The underdog Atlanta Falcons gave San Francisco all they wanted Monday Night, but could not pull off the upset. In the final game played at Candlestick Park the 49ers sent off the stadium in style with a dramatic, playoff clinching win.
While the rematch from last year’s NFC Championship Game will not quite live up to the hype that was expected when the season started, it’s still a very interesting match-up. Both teams have plenty to play for and will do everything they can to leave the field Monday with win.
Having an elite signal-caller who can win you the game in crunch time is essential for any NFL franchise.
John Madden thinks the 49ers will win Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Falcons in Atlanta, but doesn’t expect a cake walk.
When the Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks, they earned the first playoff win for both Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. The entire franchise was able to breathe a sigh of relief, but will need to re-focus with San Francisco up next. With the winner heading to the Super Bowl, Atlanta must be careful to not suffer an emotional let down, and will face even more pressure as the stakes have been raised.
Chip Kelly’s announcement that he’s leaving Oregon for the Philadelphia Eagles is another sign of big changes in NFL offenses. But John Madden said it’s too early to say the read-option executed by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others will fundamentally alter the NFL.
The Oakland Raiders were crushed by the New Orleans Saints 38-17 Sunday. They’ve given up 135 points in their last three games, and are 3-7 for the season.
The Atlanta Falcons are tied with the Houston Texans for the best record in the NFL at 5-0. With depth at every position, how can the Raiders hope to stop the high powered Falcons?
John Madden reviews his notes from Sunday’s NFL games.
John Madden talks about Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who led the Falcons to a comeback 26-21 win over Baltimore Thursday night.