The Atlanta Falcons are heading to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history. And they did it the same way they had all season, with another offensive explosion in the playoffs.
The Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship game January 22. The big home victory sets the Falcons up to play the winner of the AFC Championship Game in Super Bowl LI. The game pits the New England Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The championship match up between the two AFC foes kicks off at 6:40 p.m. Eastern on January 22 and will be televised on CBS.
Super Bowl LI will be played February 5 at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas.
In the NFC Championship game against the Packers, quarterback Matt Ryan was on fire. He was 27-for-38 passing with 392 yards and 4 touchdowns. Falcons receiver Julio Jones has caught 9 passes for 180 yards to go along with 2 touchdowns. His biggest play of the game was a 73-yard touchdown reception.
The Falcons have never won a Super Bowl, but did play in Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999. Atlanta lost to the Denver Broncos, 34-19. In the game, the Broncos held a 17-6 lead at halftime but never faltered down the stretch, winning in blowout fashion.
Falcons quarterback Chris Chandler struggled in the lone Super Bowl appearance, throwing for 219 yards with 1 touchdown through the air. But threw 3 backbreaking interceptions.