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#21 TheShogun

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

View Postfalcons007, on 16 January 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:

I bet 2000$ on falcons, I am pretty sure I will win. It was money I kept aside for SB tix.
I'd take that bet

#22 roman42

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

Game summary 1 2 3 4 OT Total Falcons 7 7 3 10 3 30 Vikings 7 13 0 7 0 27
at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota [show]Game information
  • Scoring
    • ATL - J. Anderson 5 pass from Chandler (M. Andersen kick) ATL 7-0

    • MIN - Moss 31 pass from Cunningham (Anderson kick) Tie 7-7

    • MIN - field goal Anderson 29 MIN 10-7

    • MIN - Cunningham 1 run (Anderson kick) MIN 17-7

    • MIN - field goal Anderson 35 MIN 20-7

    • ATL - Mathis 14 pass from Chandler (M. Andersen kick) MIN 20-14

    • ATL - field goal M. Andersen 27 MIN 20-17

    • MIN - Hatchette 5 pass from Cunningham (Anderson kick) MIN 27-17

    • ATL - field goal M. Andersen 24 MIN 27-20

    • ATL - Mathis 16 pass from Chandler (M. Andersen kick) Tie 27-27

    • ATL - field goal M. Andersen 38 ATL 30-27
This was the first conference championship game to feature two teams who play their home games in domes. The 14-2 Falcons came into the game as 11 point underdogs, but managed to win an extremely competitive game late in overtime, making Minnesota the first 15-1 team ever to fail to reach the Super Bowl (a dubious feat since matched by the two other 15-1 teams, the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2011 Green Bay Packers). The Vikings had set an NFL record with 556 points and won their nine previous home games by an average of 23 points, but they could not win this game despite maintaining a lead for nearly all of the time in regulation. Fox Sports ranked it the third most exciting NFC Championship Game ever.
Atlanta took the opening kickoff and stormed down the field, scoring with Chris Chandler's 5-yard pass to Jamal Anderson. Aided by a 30-yard pass interference penalty on Falcons defensive back Ray Buchanan, Minnesota struck right back on their first drive with Randall Cunningham's 31-yard scoring strike to Randy Moss. In the second quarter, the Vikings converted an Atlanta fumble into a Gary Anderson field goal. Then after forcing a punt, Cunningham's 1-yard touchdown run increased his team's lead to 17-7 with 5 minutes left in the half. Atlanta lost another fumble on their next possession, giving the ball back to Minnesota again. The Vikings blew a chance at another touchdown when Moss dropped a pass in the end zone, but Anderson kicked another field goal to make the score 20-7. After forcing another Atlanta punt, the Vikings attempted to increase their lead more before halftime, but this time Falcons lineman Chuck Smith forced a fumble from Cunningham and Atlanta recovered the ball deep in Vikings territory, setting up Chandler's 14-yard touchdown pass to Terance Mathis to cut their deficit to 20-14 by the end of the half. It was the turning point for the Falcons, as the game's momentum began to shift their way (albeit subtly).
Atlanta forced the Vikings to punt on the opening drive of the second half, and two plays by receiver Tim Dwight, a 26-yard punt return and a 21-yard run, set up Morten Andersen's 27-yard field goal to cut their deficit to 3 points. The Vikings countered on their ensuing possession, driving 82 yards in 15 plays and scoring on Matthew Hatchette's 5-yard reception (his only touchdown of the season) to make the score 27-17 with just over 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

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Credit: Wikipedia - 11 point underdogs this game.

Edited by roman42, 16 January 2013 - 06:35 PM.


#23 jm_falcons

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

You are the #1 seed with an elite offensive air attack. You are facing a team with 35% 3rd efficiency on offense and yet they are 4.5 pt road favorites. hmmmmm

Edited by jm_falcons, 16 January 2013 - 06:41 PM.


#24 D0Z3R

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

I think the point spread when we pkayed the vikings was 12

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

View PostMarvin49, on 16 January 2013 - 06:29 PM, said:

All these 49er picks do is make me nervous. I'd much rather be the underdog.

Thankfully, the niners lost in the NFCCG last year so they aren't gonna take ANYONE lightly.

I think the media is underestimating the power of the atlanta ground game.  If coupled with the Atlanta passing attack, it's pretty good.  In reality, this game will be much closer than what the media wants everybody to believe.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

View Postslimjim, on 16 January 2013 - 06:17 PM, said:

Seriously, Atlanta is on the verge of the Super Bowl and no one gives a Kraeperdink.

Forget this fickle/fake popularity contest regarding STYLE POINTS and get the win.

Period.

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#27 JerseyNo12

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

View Postslimjim, on 16 January 2013 - 05:15 AM, said:

http://www.cbssports...ionship-weekend

We are the biggest underdogs in a Conference Championship game in history?

Pathetic.

I just don't buy that at all.

Atlanta is just gonna have to RISE UP again and win another game.

It's Atlanta's time. Super Bowl or bust this Sunday!


Big deal. It was the same in '98 (even worse since the Vikings set a then offensive record that year for most points in a season), and then they were doing the dirty bird all the way down to Miami.

#28 billb49

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

It's hard for me to believe any team like the Falcons, with their record this season, the league's best 1-2 tandem at receiver, a hall of fame TE and Matt Ryan throwing the ball could be underdogs at home. I don't buy it at all. And, I guarantee you the Niners aren't buying it.

#29 north falcon

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

View PostTandy, on 16 January 2013 - 07:46 AM, said:

Those odds are largely based on the betting.
This. Lines are supposed to be made so there is equal betting action of both sides. Vegas predicted this wrong since over 75% of the money is on SF. Line should be  6.5

#30 j.lane lineman

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

up in the sky -its a bird- its a plane- its a frog- a frog?--- no--not a bird - not a plane-- not even a frog----its the soon to be super bowl champs atlanta falcons--UNDERDOG!!!!!!

#31 JayOzOne

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

America is betting against us.  The line moves because of how the betting swings.  So many have bet against us, they have to give longer odds to get more to bet for the Birds.  Imagine if we didn't get three points for being the home team.

#32 big_dog

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

The honest truth, nothing but the truth, so help me! The Falcons are a much better team than the Niners. Don't be nervous. We will take care of busines.

#33 jm_falcons

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

Why bet now.....wait until just before kickoff....there are apparently pleanty of idiots out there that want to take SF -4 1/2 right now. That 4 1/2 could go a little higher.

#34 kenk

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

NO RESPECT !!!



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#35 slimjim

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

Added a video in the OP.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

I want to see another bird matchup...

FALCONS VS RAVENS

#37 FalconFanForLife

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

Personally I am loving all the hype on the 49ers.  This is shaping up exactly like the Vikings game in 98 when no one gave us any chance  to win.

History does repeat itself as we will see this Sunday.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:07 AM

View Postjm_falcons, on 16 January 2013 - 06:38 PM, said:

You are the #1 seed with an elite offensive air attack. You are facing a team with 35% 3rd efficiency on offense and yet they are 4.5 pt road favorites. hmmmmm

6th in yards and 7th in YPC is "elite"?
In their past three games both ATL and SF converted about 40% of their 3rd downs.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:15 AM

View PostTheWooLick, on 18 January 2013 - 12:07 AM, said:

6th in yards and 7th in YPC is "elite"?
In their past three games both ATL and SF converted about 40% of their 3rd downs.

We scored more points in three quarters against the Seahawks than the 49ers could manage to do in two full games.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

View Posttheoaklandphenom, on 18 January 2013 - 12:15 AM, said:

We scored more points in three quarters against the Seahawks than the 49ers could manage to do in two full games.

What does that have to do with anything?