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Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons too much for Green Bay Packers, advance to Super Bowl LI

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Matt Ryan of the Atlanta FalconsKeith Allison/Wikimedia

The Atlanta Falcons are heading to the Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas after dominating the Green Bay Packers Sunday. The Falcons beat the Packers with a score of 44-21, the high-scoring output courtesy of quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones.

Ryan found his receivers all day registering 392 passing yards on 27 of 38 completions with four touchdowns and no interception. The favorite target was expectedly Jones, who had 180 receiving yards on nine catches with two touchdowns. This includes a 73-yard TD early in the third quarter when the Falcons built a 31-0 lead.

High flying Falcons too much for Packers

The Falcons were the highest scoring team in the 2016 regular season and they once again used their offense to dominate the Packers. Green Bay was coming off a big upset of the Dallas Cowboys last week but their defense faltered in the game in Atlanta.

After years of coming off short in the NFL postseason, the Falcons are finally going to the Super Bowl led by Ryan in his 9th season in the league. Atlanta made the playoffs four times under Ryan and this is their best chance of winning the title.

The Falcons franchise has never won an NFL title and will be appearing in their second Super Bowl. They lost to the Denver Broncos, 34-19 in the only time they made the championship game in 1999 in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Atlanta vs. Patriots/Steelers in Super Bowl LI

Ryan and Jones have a good chance to give the franchise their first title in Super Bowl LI. Atlanta will meet either the Tom Brady’s New England Patriots or Ben Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers on February 5.

Offense wasn’t the only thing going for the Falcons in the game. Their defense limited Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to 27 of 45 completions for 287 yards with three touchdowns, an interception. The superstar QB was sacked twice in the game.

The Packers were on a nine-game winning streak before the loss to the Falcons. They trailed, 24-0 at halftime and their offense disappeared for most of the game.

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