Game Notes Conference Championship vs. Green Bay Packers

Falcons Advance to Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship game to advance to their second Super Bowl in team history.

Celebration

The Falcons started off the game by scoring on their eighth straight opening drive. The offense finished with 493 total yards, which is a playoff franchise record.

The Falcons also became the fifth team since the merger to score 44+ in the Conference Championship game. The team has also scored 30+ points in six straight games (including playoffs).

Matt Ryan went 27-of-38 for 392 yards and four touchdowns with a 139.4 passer rating. Ryan also recorded a rushing touchdown, his first rushing touchdown of his postseason career – first rushing touchdown since 2012. The 14-yard touchdown run was the longest touchdown run of his career, and he is the only quarterback in franchise history to have a rushing touchdown in the postseason.

Ryan’s four passing touchdowns were the most in a single postseason game in franchise history. He became the first player with four touchdown passes in a Conference Championship Game since Kurt Warner for Arizona in 2008 against the Eagles. Ryan now has 16 postseason touchdowns, which ties him with Bernie Kosar for 24th on the NFL's all-time list.

Devonta Freeman caught his first postseason touchdown. He finished the game with 84 total yards.

Tevin Coleman recorded his first rushing touchdown in the postseason. Coleman finished the game with 64 total yards. The duo combined for 100+ yards for the 10th time this season (including playoffs).

Mohamed Sanu opened up the scoring for the Falcons by catching a two-yard pass from Ryan - his second career playoff touchdown. Sanu has snagged a touchdown reception in each of his last three games. He finished the game with five receptions for 52 yards.

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdown receptions moved him into the franchise record book, as he now holds the record for most postseason touchdowns (5).

His second touchdown pass was a 73-yard reception, which was a career and franchise playoff high.

Team Defense

The Falcons defense sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers twice, extending their streak to 17 straight games with a sack (including postseason). The team also forced two turnovers – their 13th turnover in the last six games.

Jalen Collins forced his first fumble of his career, which he recovered for a touchback.

Ra’Shede Hageman recorded his first postseason sack.

Tyson Jackson posted his first sack of the season and the 1.5 sack of his playoff career – first postseason sack since 2010 with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ricardo Allen recorded his second postseason interception – second straight game. His two interceptions are the most recorded in a single playoff run in franchise history.

Matt Bryant connected on a 28-yard field goal and now has a seven career made field goals in the postseason, which is second in franchise history. Bryant is also the franchise’s postseason scoring leader (41).

Created By
Curtis Jackson
Appreciate

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.