The Falcons were in control of their destiny, they held what was a 17-0 lead over the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship game. But it all changed, and this time, unlike last time when they allowed Seattle to come back into the game, and won the margin for error was bigger against the 49ers.
This time the Falcons couldn’t afford it, they couldn’t overcome the emotions they overcame vs Seattle, or the team defining moments that ultimately make or break you as a team. Atlanta played one solid half of football, it went downhill after that, for the Falcons, anyway. – – – The 49ers, though like the Seahawks weren’t going to allow themselves to go down to easily. Atlanta knew what they had to do. It was Matt Ryan, at home in the playoffs, how could this game not end their way? The Falcons’ lead however demolished.
It went away just like a sand-castle that got destroyed by the waves of the water on a beach. And that’s not the way Matt Ryan wanted to go out, or Falcons’ tight-end, Tony Gonzalez, who said “all good things must come to an end” after the game.
For the Falcons, that’s exactly what happened on Sunday. – – – The lead, the fact they were a half away from heading to the Super-Bowl went away, they left their minds in the first-half, like many teams have before. It all looked to familiar to Atlanta on Sunday. The very game of which they held the fate of in their hands fly away. It all happened in front of Tony Gonzalez’s eye’s, too. This time however, there wasn’t much that could be done. Tony Gonzalez though, put it perfectly: “all good things must come to an end”.
This time, in the end it was just too much to overcome.
Thomas Brunt is the sports-editor in chief for Birdville High School’s “Hawk newspaper” as well as the lead contributing NFL columnist for “In the neutral-zone.com” and a blogger for “Next Era Wrestling.com” You can follow his personal Twitter feed: @ThomasSportsguy, or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org