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ATLANTA -- When did the Georgia Dome become such a casino-like, cash-in spin for the Falcons? How is it that in this Georgia Dome, the Falcons draw aces?

It is spooky what the Falcons are doing in this place. The Green Bay Packers were the latest team all shook up by the Falcons' piercing play and carnival crowd. The Falcons flipped them, 20-17, on Sunday afternoon, winning on a Matt Bryant 47-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining. And that was only 47 seconds after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had steered his team 90 yards in 16 plays, converting a fourth-and-goal from the 10-yard line into a touchdown pass to tie the game at 17-17.

Not enough. No, the Falcons were not sinking. Not here. Not in this dome they call home.

They have won seven consecutive games here now. They are 19-1 with quarterback Matt Ryan in this dome. He has won 15 straight here.

That is beyond good. That is a winning spin, the trump card, nearly every time.

Dome sweet home.

Somebody in the Packers locker room afterward described the place as sort of a "Lambeau South."

As good as the Packers have been in Lambeau Field for so long, they know a home-field advantage when they see one.

"It is a great atmosphere here for them," Packers receiver Greg Jennings said. "They feed off that atmosphere. I mean, it's huge. We had a lot of things we did that we can hang our hat on, but we are not a moral victory kind of team. I have little doubt we will see this team again."

Looks like in this dome.

Because Atlanta (9-2) owns the best record in the NFC with five games left. Its next three are on the road. Its final two are in the dome.

"We are fighting for home-field advantage," Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson said. "We are on a roll and feeling good in here. It's huge to play here. It's home. It's energy. We play with more confidence here. It's a family atmosphere. We feed off the crowd and they feed off of us. When I came here from Houston, they used to say, 'Hey baby, we're in the dome today.' And I was like, 'What does that mean?' I found out."

It is an explosive team in a festive environment.

The Falcons feature Ryan, who completed 24 of 28 passes in this game. Rodgers had bigger passing numbers, but Ryan was more efficient, just as nimble, just as crafty and just as good. These quarterbacks dueled in impressive ways.

Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers said of Ryan: "He's smart. He read our coverages. He ran outside the pocket and made some third-down throws. I had a lot of respect for him coming in. I feel no differently now."

Ryan also enjoyed the balance of Michael Turner's hard running. Turner rushed for 110 yards -- including a fourth-down, 1-yard score. Atlanta outrushed Green Bay 117 yards to 77 yards.

The Falcons defense was good and their special teams assisted in the winning field goal with a 40-yard kickoff return (the Packers added 15 more yards with a face-mask penalty during the return). You could sense it. The Falcons were going to find a way in this dome.

Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff said his team was built to play on the dome's fast indoor surface. He has built the Falcons to feature athleticism, speed, urgency. Sort of like the Warner-Faulk-Bruce-Holt Rams on that fast track in their old dome. And the more success the Falcons have in this dome, the more they believe they will not lose here.

"It's always 70 degrees and sunny," Falcons receiver Roddy White said of the dome.

Fullback Jason Snelling added: "It's magic in here."

Which team in the NFC playoffs is going to ride into this dome and clip the Falcons?

The Falcons sure hope they have the chance to answer that. And if they, indeed, earn home-field advantage, they are confident they already know the answer.

"We may not be invincible in here," Falcons safety Thomas DeCloud said. "But we will be hard to beat."

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In my two years of going to every home game, it was the biggest visiting crowd I've seen yet

That was probably the greatest experience of the Green Bay fans' life.

Before the season they probably decided to come to this game and huddled around their space heater in the living room while sitting on their lawn chairs and was like "OH MY ******* GOD GUYS, LETS GO TO ATLANTA GEORGIA, THEY HAVE CONTROLLED HEATING AND LIKE RESTAURANTS THAT SERVE SWEET TEA AND ****"

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ATLANTA -- When did the Georgia Dome become such a casino-like, cash-in spin for the Falcons? How is it that in this Georgia Dome, the Falcons draw aces?

It is spooky what the Falcons are doing in this place. The Green Bay Packers were the latest team all shook up by the Falcons' piercing play and carnival crowd. The Falcons flipped them, 20-17, on Sunday afternoon, winning on a Matt Bryant 47-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining. And that was only 47 seconds after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had steered his team 90 yards in 16 plays, converting a fourth-and-goal from the 10-yard line into a touchdown pass to tie the game at 17-17.

Not enough. No, the Falcons were not sinking. Not here. Not in this dome they call home.

They have won seven consecutive games here now. They are 19-1 with quarterback Matt Ryan in this dome. He has won 15 straight here.

That is beyond good. That is a winning spin, the trump card, nearly every time.

Dome sweet home.

Somebody in the Packers locker room afterward described the place as sort of a "Lambeau South."

As good as the Packers have been in Lambeau Field for so long, they know a home-field advantage when they see one.

"It is a great atmosphere here for them," Packers receiver Greg Jennings said. "They feed off that atmosphere. I mean, it's huge. We had a lot of things we did that we can hang our hat on, but we are not a moral victory kind of team. I have little doubt we will see this team again."

Looks like in this dome.

Because Atlanta (9-2) owns the best record in the NFC with five games left. Its next three are on the road. Its final two are in the dome.

"We are fighting for home-field advantage," Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson said. "We are on a roll and feeling good in here. It's huge to play here. It's home. It's energy. We play with more confidence here. It's a family atmosphere. We feed off the crowd and they feed off of us. When I came here from Houston, they used to say, 'Hey baby, we're in the dome today.' And I was like, 'What does that mean?' I found out."

It is an explosive team in a festive environment.

The Falcons feature Ryan, who completed 24 of 28 passes in this game. Rodgers had bigger passing numbers, but Ryan was more efficient, just as nimble, just as crafty and just as good. These quarterbacks dueled in impressive ways.

Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers said of Ryan: "He's smart. He read our coverages. He ran outside the pocket and made some third-down throws. I had a lot of respect for him coming in. I feel no differently now."

Ryan also enjoyed the balance of Michael Turner's hard running. Turner rushed for 110 yards -- including a fourth-down, 1-yard score. Atlanta outrushed Green Bay 117 yards to 77 yards.

The Falcons defense was good and their special teams assisted in the winning field goal with a 40-yard kickoff return (the Packers added 15 more yards with a face-mask penalty during the return). You could sense it. The Falcons were going to find a way in this dome.

Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff said his team was built to play on the dome's fast indoor surface. He has built the Falcons to feature athleticism, speed, urgency. Sort of like the Warner-Faulk-Bruce-Holt Rams on that fast track in their old dome. And the more success the Falcons have in this dome, the more they believe they will not lose here.

"It's always 70 degrees and sunny," Falcons receiver Roddy White said of the dome.

Fullback Jason Snelling added: "It's magic in here."

Which team in the NFC playoffs is going to ride into this dome and clip the Falcons?

The Falcons sure hope they have the chance to answer that. And if they, indeed, earn home-field advantage, they are confident they already know the answer.

"We may not be invincible in here," Falcons safety Thomas DeCloud said. "But we will be hard to beat."

I like the comment by their DC Dom Capers. I would rather have the respect of a good DC, like Dom Capers, than some TV pundits.

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I'm thinking he was probably talking about all the Packers fans that showed up in our stadium. As Billick said " I want names people". If you sold your seats to a packer fan ....shame on you!!! If you have season tickets and the falcon fan who is normally beside you is replaced by a packer fan...let that guy have it next game!!!

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I'm thinking he was probably talking about all the Packers fans that showed up in our stadium. As Billick said " I want names people". If you sold your seats to a packer fan ....shame on you!!! If you have season tickets and the falcon fan who is normally beside you is replaced by a packer fan...let that guy have it next game!!!

Totally agree!!

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