Falcons Thrash Packers to Reach Second Super Bowl

Ryan routinely deflects praise, and he did so again Sunday. But even he conceded that many things had gone right for the Falcons against the Packers, starting with a new confidence that Ryan seemed to bring to the field. The game featured a showdown between Ryan and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who is considered one of his generation’s greatest quarterbacks.

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The Falcons’ Julio Jones ran past the Packers’ Damarious Randall on a 73-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

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But Ryan was easily the best player on the field Sunday as Rodgers was harassed by a swarming Atlanta defense throughout the game.

“Experience counts; experience helps,” said Ryan, who threw for four touchdowns, ran for an additional score and passed for 392 yards.

But Ryan would only go so far in admitting that something significant had been accomplished.

“It feels great, but there’s unfinished business,” he said.

Those words were a common theme all around Ryan in…

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