Falcons to host the 49ers in the conference championship with 30-28 win

My stomach hurts. I’m sure Matt Ryan’s does too, after finally receiving a taste of his first playoff win since the Falcons drafted him in 2008.

Regardless of the solid 20-0 Atlanta lead at the end of the first half, the game was not decided until Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson’s final heave to the end-zone was intercepted by WR Julio Jones with 0 seconds left on the clock.

Matt Ryan stood behind his trusted linemen and delivered two strikes in the middle of the field, displaying full awareness of his kicker’s field goal range. Matt Bryant’s initial attempt from the right hash mark sailed wide right but thanks to Coach Pete Carroll’s time-out call, the veteran got his second chance. To Carroll’s dismay, Bryant drilled his redemption shot and the Falcons fans broke into pandemonium.

The boisterous fans were silenced immediately with a strange onside boot in the ensuing kickoff. With dream field position, the Seahawks were left six seconds and a miracle to advance – but it wasn’t in their favor, mathematically, to make a comeback.

Matt Ryan’s performance was sketchy in the second half but at this point, what matters is that he finally grabbed a win in the postseason after 3 opportunities.