In reaching the NFC Championship Game two years running, the 49ers have had to topple two of the best quarterbacks in recent years.
But if San Francisco is to be Super Bowl-bound for the first time in 18 years, they’ll have to down one more today.
“He fits right in with that group, the elite ones,” 49ers defensive end Justin Smith said of Atlanta’s fifth-year quarterback, Matt Ryan. “And he’s playing awesome football right now.”
His teammates agree. Almost. Read More
Matt Bryant pumped his fist and celebrated atop the Falcons logo in the middle of the field. Tony Gonzalez broke down in tears. Matt Ryan relished the thought of not having to answer a familiar question.
The Atlanta Falcons finally showed they could win a playoff game. Read More
Dennis Allen has seen improvement on just about every part of his team. With only one win in five games, the Raiders rookie coach realizes it’s not enough.
Not even taking the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons to the wire before losing on Matt Bryant’s 55-yard field goal in the final seconds provided Allen with a sense that Oakland has turned the corner. Read More
Raiders cornerback Michael Huff hasn’t had much time to rest since changing positions to help the Raiders’ injury-ravaged secondary.
He’s not likely to get a break this week either. Read More
A new defensive scheme that was supposed to transform a struggling unit has led to perhaps the least productive defense Raiders history.
The Raiders (1-3) returned to practice Monday after having four days off for their bye week looking for answers on how to fix a defense that is on pace to allow the most points and yards in a season in team history. Read More