Atlanta Falcons: Top 5 Playoff Games of All Time

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13: Matt Bryant
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#4: 2002 NFC Wildcard

Box score at Pro Football Reference

The Atlanta Falcons were matched with the Green Bay Packers in the 2002 playoffs. It seemed hopeless for Atlanta, as Lambeau Field was where teams go to die in the winter. In fact, the Packers had never lost a home playoff game leading up to this matchup.

But the Packers weren’t ready for Michael Vick. He shocked the Green Bay defense, the NFL, and the world, as he led the Falcons to a 27 – 7 victory.

Atlanta’s defense was also a huge factor, keeping Packers quarterback Brett Favre in check and returning a blocked punt for a touchdown.

This game was not only an unexpected upset, it was proof that Vick wasn’t just a gimmick for Sports Center highlights. He could win when it mattered.

Relive the game here.