Taylor Gabriel watched Game of Thrones instead of Packers vs. Cowboys

Taylor Gabriel watched Game of Thrones instead of Packers vs. Cowboys

The NFC championship game will be a dramatic final bow for the Georgia Dome. He's led the Packers to the NFC title game for the 4th time in his 11 seasons at the helm.

Sure, the victor of the Green Bay vs. Dallas game would go on to face Atlanta in the NFC Championship. A win would exercise a demon that has been hanging around since 2013.

The Packers beat the Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, and then went on to beat the Chicago Bears, before winning the Super Bowl.

The Packers and Falcons weren't on too many National Football League experts selection list to make it to the NFC title game when the postseason began, but right now you couldn't have asked for a better showdown.

Fans could not have dreamed up a better start. That's because the more a team wins and covers the spread, the higher its spread will be the next week and the week after that.

The Falcons (12-5) have leaned on Ryan and their balanced offense in their pursuit for the second Super Bowl appearance and first championship. And Falcons coach Dan Quinn once again praised Ryan for how much commitment he put in to improving his game - dating back to February and never relenting.

Adams had a miserable season last year, due in large part to an early-season ankle injury that lingered throughout the year. If they do not change strategies against Jones and he can stay healthy enough to play this weekend's game Jones will be the difference maker Sunday against a depleted Packer's secondary that will not be able to handle Julio Jones.

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-The Falcons one-two punch of running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for more than 200 total yards for the fourth straight game. Jordy Nelson (ribs) was listed as limited participation but said he only caught passes.

An important side injury to note is that of Falcons' DL Adrian Clayborn, one of the team's leading pass rushers, who will not play this week.

Whether it was the loss of standout safety Earl Thomas to a broken leg in December, or the struggles of the offensive line to adequately protect quarterback Russell Wilson the Seahawks couldn't overcome their flaws. Justified or not, it's how most National Football League fans and pundits operate.

But once the room quieted, Ryan quickly moved on to speak about how he ultimately will be measured alongside greats such as Rodgers.

In that game, the two teams enjoyed sparkling quarterback play, with Aaron Rodgers completing 28 of 38 passes for 246 yards and four (count 'em. four!) touchdowns. The others already have that platinum card Jennifer Garner is always on TV talking about in commercials. That has bolstered New England's position atop the Super Bowl 51 odds, where they sit as the +150 favourites.

What's in Ryan's wallet? The Packers are also unbeaten SU their last four road dates, and have averaged 35 points per game over their past three visits to Atlanta while going 2-1 SU and 3-0 against the spread (ATS). Rodgers lost the ultimate heartbreaker, 33-32, when the teams met on October 30.

"Shame on you! And a Falcons viewing party on Sunday?" But a victory, Ryan and his teammates can prove all of the doubters wrong and create one last Georgia Dome memory that no one could forget.