The Atlanta Falcons have flipped the script and turned Murphy’s Law on its head. This NFC Championship Game trip is nothing like the previous two.
The Atlanta Falcons are one victory away from the Super Bowl, an incredible feat considering where the team was in 2015. They were watching the NFC Championship Game from the couch last year. It was laughable to think that 2015 team could rise up to a Super Bowl berth a year later, but that’s now reality. The Falcons seem like they belong here and are favored to win the NFC.
What a difference a year makes.
Three months ago I wrote an article about the Falcons reversing Murphy’s Law. I suggested the Falcons continually found ways to beat themselves. Too many ‘hot’ starts were destroyed by the typical, late-season collapses we had gotten used to. That’s not the case this season. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but it feels like this is the season the Falcons are prepared to actually capture the Lombardi Trophy.
It might be just me, but there have been moments this year where the season just seemed a little too good to be true. Who predicted Vic Beasley to lead the NFL in sacks? Was there anyone who guessed the Falcons would flat out bully the Seahawks in the playoffs? I guarantee the majority of Atlanta’s fan base wouldn’t have dreamed Matt Ryan being on the cusp of the NFL MVP award. Most of us were wrong and reality is currently what we once thought was impossible.
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The Atlanta Falcons used to wilt and self-destruct. Even seasons in which they reached the NFC Championship Game were labeled a “fluke”. Things have drastically changed and the bad luck has reached the opposing sidelines. We no longer fear the Falcons are unable to score touchdowns from the red zone. We now expect Atlanta to drop 30 points per game, just as Matt Ryan predicted before the season began.
The Falcons find themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime spot. As a fan of the team for a majority of my life, I never imagined the Falcons in such a position. Today’s appearance in the NFC Championship Game isn’t a matter of luck or some “fluke”. The Falcons are the best team in the NFC and will further prove so with a victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Enjoy the game Falcons Nation for everything it’s worth. The future is bright for our team, but who knows if we’ll ever witness another opportunity as this. The Atlanta Falcons stand 60 game-minutes from another shot at the Lombardi Trophy. Why not the Atlanta Falcons? Why not us?
For once, instead of everything falling apart, the pieces have finally come together for the Atlanta Falcons.