The Falcons’ offense dominated the Seahawks’ defense all afternoon, and the defense did it’s part when it was called upon, including icing the game in the fourth quarter.
Holding a 36-20 lead with the Seahawks hemmed deep in their own territory, Russell Wilson completed a pass to tight end Luke Willson for what would have been a Seahawks first down with just over two minutes remaining in the game. However, the Falcons swarmed Willson and forced a fumble, which subsequently turned into an interception for Deion Jones, sealing the Falcons’ fate and ending the Seahawks’ season.
The Falcons will play the winner of the Packers-Cowboys game on Sunday afternoon in the NFC Championship game for a chance to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI.
The Falcons haven’t played in an NFC Championship game since 2012, when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, and haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 2000, when they lost to the Denver Broncos in John Elway’s final game.