AND THE GEORGIA DOME GOES OUT IN STYLE! Wow, it was an absolute thrilling victory as the Falcons lit up the scoreboard in a 44-21 beatdown of the Green Bay Packers to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. From the opening kick, it was clear the Packers’ secondary had no answers for the Falcons tempo. Led by sure-to-be MVP Matt Ryan, the Falcons drove it into the end-zone to take a 7-0 lead. The Packers opening drive started well as Jordy Nelson, broken ribs and all, made his presence felt with a couple catches. Surprisingly, always consistent kicker Mason Crosby missed a field goal which made things feel different from the start.
To make matters worse in a close 10-0 game after a made field goal by the Falcons, the Packers followed it with a trip into the Falcons’ red-zone before fullback Aaron Ripkowski fumbled on a potential touchdown-scoring run at the 10-yardline. That moment on, the Packers never really established a rhythm or kept it close as Atlanta continued to pound it on them and scored time and time again. Relive the final moments of the Georgia Dome from my point of view as the Falcons punched a ticket to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999 with a 44-21 rout over the Packers on Jan. 22: