Super Bowl tickets in Atlanta? They just might be coming. The Atlanta Falcons hung tough yesterday, coming back stronger against the Seattle Seahawks after yielding a big lead in the NFL playoffs. Dominating through the first three quarters, the Atlanta defense got burned the whole fourth, finally giving up a touchdown with 31 second left in the game, a score that left them trailing 28-27.
At that moment visions of past playoff failures danced in the heads of NFL fans. But Atlanta’s Matt Ryan responded with a 29-yard pass to Harry Douglas and then connected on a 19-yard throw to Tony Gonzales. From there Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith sent out Matt Bryant. It got a little tricky at that point. Bryant missed his first attempt, but in a fine example of outsmarting yourself, the kick sailed wide right after Seattle called timeout just prior. Pete Carroll was probably kicking himself at that point. Bryants second attempt was dead on and the Atlanta Falcons had their first playoff win since 2004 and a date with the San Francisco 49ers next weekend and only one game now stands between Falcons fans and Super Bowl tickets.Eric Drouant