Game-Winning Situation Not New to Falcons

Game-Winning Situation Not New to Falcons

Jay Adams

Published January 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Sunday afternoon around 3:55 p.m. felt like deja vu.

The Falcons had the game in hand only to have the opponent storm back and take a lead. Matt Ryan hits the field. There’s not much time. There’s not much chance. There’s not much hope.

Yet, somehow, someway, the Falcons find a way to win.

We’ve seen this kind of story before, just different versions of it. Go back to 2010. Games with San Francisco, Baltimore, Green Bay to name a few. Go to this year, with games like the first Carolina matchup, Oakland, Arizona.

What better way for the Falcons to get the playoff monkey off their backs and Ryan’s first postseason win than by doing it in similar fashion?

“I think it definitely helps you because you’ve been in that situation before,” linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said after the game. “Ultimately, you want to go in there and put them away and keep them down, but today we didn’t. Next week, we’ll try harder to do that.”

Regardless, a win is a win, and there is no bigger this season than the 30-28 win that came Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Heading into next week, the Falcons will face a very tough San Francisco team that looks eerily similar to Seattle — young quarterback, strong running back, tough defense.

And if it’s going to be close, the confidence is there on the Falcons’ sideline

“We’ve done this before. That’s all there is to it. We’ve done this before. It’s not like it’s the first time we’ve seen this. It’s not like we didn’t know we could do it, because we’ve done it before,” said kicker Matt Bryant, who nailed the 49-yard field goal that proved to be the game-winner. “And we can do it again.”

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