The Falcons defense was promisingly stifling, too, holding Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to 17-of-30 passing, including two touchdowns and two interceptions, en route to a 36-20 Atlanta victory.
But no member of the Falcons defense had anything to do with one of the game's key moments, when Wilson had his foot stepped on by Seahawks backup right guard Rees Odhiambo, a rookie, which sent the quarterback tumbling into the end zone for a safety.
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The two-pointer brought Atlanta within one. They then used the short field position from the Seahawks' ensuing punt to kick a field goal and assume a 12-10 lead. The Falcons led the rest of the way, thanks in large part to quarterback Matt Ryan.
The MVP hopeful was spectacular against the Seattle defense, going 26-of-37 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Ryan entered the game 1-4 in career playoff games. His previous victory also came against Seattle, in 2012.
As the game ended, chants of "MVP" rained on the quarterback.
"It was pretty cool considering the circumstances, too, with the game in hand," Ryan said. "That's got to be as loud as it's ever been in here."