Sun., January 16, 2011 2:16am (EST)

Falcons Crushed In Playoff Loss
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The Falcons earned a top NFC seed and home field advantage by virtue of its 13-3 regular season record. But that mattered little in a crushing loss to Green Bay Saturday night. (GPB file photo)
The Falcons earned a top NFC seed and home field advantage by virtue of its 13-3 regular season record. But that mattered little in a crushing loss to Green Bay Saturday night. (GPB file photo)
Just like that, the season is over for the Atlanta Falcons.

The visiting Green Bay Packers rolled to a 48-21 win over the Falcons inside the Georgia Dome Saturday night. The victory advances Green Bay to next weekend's NFC title game. For the Falcons, they're left to wonder what might have been after a tremendous 13-3 regular season.

Atlanta led this NFC Divisional playoff game two times in the first half. A 7-0 lead was matched by the Packers. But the Falcons's Eric Weems took the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown to reclaim a 14-7 edge for Atlanta. But it was soon after the wheels fell off.

Green Bay would tie the game again at 14, and soon take command. A back-breaking play came on the final play of the first half--the Packers' Tramon Williams returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. It was one of two interceptions thrown by Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan. Green Bay led 28-14 at the half and never looked back.

Atlanta had little answer defensively for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed 31-of-26 passes for 366 yards and 3 TD's.

The loss represents the Falcons' worst in franchise playoff history.