Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was spot-on from the get-go, leading the Falcons on touchdown drives on each of their five first half possessions. He finished the game 27 for 36 for 331 yards and four touchdowns.
The Falcons (10-5) earned their first playoff berth since 2012. They earned a coveted first-round bye by beating division rival New Orleans. The Falcons got conservative in the second half and allowed the Saints to mislead many into thinking they played a close game. But all in all, Week 17 was another great-Atlanta performance and a nice way to end the Georgia Dome’s regular season tenure.