Fly Like A Falcon?
This was all setup as a perfect storm. The one major flaw with the Green Bay Packers was their defense. It showed in the worst way possible in Atlanta. The Falcons could do no wrong as they continued to drive endlessly down the field time after time. Most of it was done in the first half as they led 24-0. This game was billed as a shootout and it lived up to it on one side. The Packers did score 21 points, but the damage had already been done. The one danger out of this is that if Atlanta’s defense does not play up to par in the Super Bowl, it will be a disappointing showing for them just like in Super Bowl XXXIII.
When you’ve been to six straight AFC Championship games, you’re bound to have a lot of success. That’s been the case now for the New England Patriots on their record breaking run. Tom Brady only missed on 10 of his 42 pass attempts. His passing yards mostly went to Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. All of this was accomplished without their best pass-catching threat, Rob Gronkowksi. The sad part about this game was that the Pittsburgh Steelers best player, Le’Veon Bell, missed most of the game with a groin injury. That spelled doom for their chances of keeping pace with the Patriots. There’s no denying what could have been. For now it’s the Patriots and everyone else in the AFC.