Falcons Advance to NFC Conference Championship Game
Falcons pour it on Seattle, beating them 36-20, gaining their first playoff win since 2012, and the first playoff win in the Dan Quinn era.
Pouring it On
The Falcons recorded 422 total yards on the day. The 422 total yards are the third most yards the Seahawks have given up all season (including postseason). Atlanta’s 338 passing yards were the most Seattle has given up all season (including postseason).
The Falcons also scored on their opening drive for the seventh straight game.
Matt Ryan was 26-of-37 for 338 yards with three touchdowns and a 125.7 passer rating. Ryan has had a 120+ passer rating in each of his past five games. In those five games he’s been 115-of-157 for 1,469 yards with 14 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 131.8 passer rating.
Ryan’s 190 passing yards at halftime were the most passing yards by any quarterback in the first half of playoff game against Pete Carroll's Seahawks.
Taylor Gabriel caught four passes for 71 yards for a 17.8 average.
Mohamed Sanu caught his first career postseason touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with four receptions for 44 yards.
Julio Jones caught his third career playoff touchdown pass in the first quarter, which tied him with Roddy White and Terance Mathis for the most in franchise history. He also passed Mathis and White for the most playoff receiving yards in franchise history (372).
Jones finished the game with six receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown.
Devonta Freeman scored his first rushing touchdown in the postseason. The last player for the Falcons to score a rushing touchdown in the postseason was Michael Turner (1/15/11 vs. Green Bay). Freeman also hauled in a 53-yard reception, which was the longest of his career.
He finished the game with 125 total yards, including four receptions for 80 yards.
Tevin Coleman scored his first career postseason receiving touchdown. He is one of four Falcons running backs in franchise history with a receiving touchdown in the postseason – last was Jason Snelling (1/13/13 vs. Seattle). He also chipped in 57 yards rushing on 11 carries and had 79 total yards.
Coleman and Freeman combined for 204 total yards. This is the fourth straight game the duo has combined for 200+ yards – sixth time this season. The Falcons are 6-0 when they reach the 200-yard mark.
The defense sacked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson three times, marking the 16th straight game (including postseason) the team has recorded a sack. Atlanta also forced two turnovers during the game. The team has forced 16 turnovers in the last nine games – 11 in the last five games.
Ben Garland recorded his first sack of his career for a safety in the second quarter. It was the first safety the Falcons have recorded since 2012 (1/8/12 vs. New York Giants).
It was also the first time the Seahawks have allowed a safety in a postseason game in team history.
Ricardo Allen tallied his first career playoff interception in the fourth quarter. The interception was also the first postseason interception by any of the active Falcons defensive backs.
Matt Bryant went two-for-two today on field goals, which tied him for the second most in postseason franchise history – Jay Feely 6; Morten Andersen 9.
Brooks Reed recorded his sixth career sack in the postseason in the second quarter – first sack of the game for the team.
Jonathan Babineaux recorded his 2.5 career sack in the playoffs.