Atlanta Falcons Look to Prove Doubters Wrong Once Again

By Connor Muldowney
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons have been fighting all season long for respect, and after today’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, they may finally get it.

Head coach Mike Smith has seen his team finish 13-3 this season– tied for the best record in the NFL. The Falcons dismantled team after team this season and had one of the best offenses in football.

Today, one of the top offenses in the NFL meets one of the top defenses. The Falcons and 4,700-yard passer Matt Ryan look to take the NFC title as the underdog.

It’s crazy to think of a team with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs being an underdog, but that’s exactly what the Falcons are.

The 49ers’ defense has been one of the best under Jim Harbaugh and have been one of the best teams in the NFL since he has taken over, and despite their record, many believe that the 49ers are still the best team in the league.

Although Ryan just got his first playoff win since he’s been a pro, he looks to lead the Falcons to their second conference championship and their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.

The Falcons will need big plays from Julio Jones and Roddy White in order to be successful. In their wins this year, the Falcons had big play passes of 80 yards and 60 yards to Jones and White, respectively.

In losses, the big plays seemed to be at a loss.

For this underdog story to have a happy ending, the Falcons need to rely on what they know best: passing and big plays.

Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 27, Atlanta Falcons 34

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