Falcons Beat Seahawks: Tony Gonzalez Secures First Playoff Win

Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) takes the field prior to facing the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez has finally tasted playoff victory.

The Atlanta Falcons have defeated the Seattle Seahawks in yet another playoff thriller in what is turning out to be one of the most exciting weekends of playoff football in years.

The former Chiefs great had six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.

But his most important reception, perhaps the biggest catch of his career, came on the penultimate offensive play for the Falcons.

Atlanta stunningly fell behind with just about 30 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks led 28-27 with the Falcons taking over at their own 28. Matt Ryan then completed a 22 yard pass to Harry Douglas, putting his team on the 50.

Then it was Tony time.

With 13 seconds left, Ryan hit Tony G. on a 19 yard pass over the middle. Now with the ball on the Seattle 31, the Falcons sent out the FG unit. The first kick was no good but Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll called timeout. The next kick was right down the middle.

While some Chiefs fans were sad to see Tony go, it is hard not to be thrilled for him now. The Chiefs may not be in the playoffs this year but I suggest that fans of the red and gold adopt the Atlanta Falcons as their playoff team this year. Tony will retire a Chief. Let’s cheer for him to do it with a Super Bowl ring.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Sarah Thomas

    Love this post! Go Tony!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Go Tony, indeed. Also, my preseason prediction of an all-birds, Falcons vs. Ravens Super Bowl is still alive. =)

  • Travis Forsyth

    go get that super bowl tony g. no one deserves it more than you!!!

  • superman_25_58

    I’m jumping on this wagon as well! It was an awesome game though!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      What a weekend of games it has been. I have had a blast.

  • Spire

    The Mulligan That Shook the Nation. What a gift! Bryant expected the time “ice” any second. You always expect it. This time it came just a little too late and he must have smiled. haha, fuck you. Here was a football that had freebie written all over it. A warm up kick. What a gift. And Pete just inherited a new recurring dream. What an end. I’m a Team49er. Thanks for the memories. See ya next week. Hopefully Harbaugh’s timing is better than Carroll’s.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Happy for Tony G, but I predicted a NE vs SF Super Bowl and that is what I’m pulling for.

  • Michael Shaw

    Not so sure about him retiring as a Chief if he gets a SB with Atlanta, as much as that hurts to say!! GO GET’EM BEST DAMN TIGHT END IN NFL HISTORY PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/33_HERO Stone Johnson

      There is noway he does not retire a Kansas City Chief.

  • kacee59

    Tony G represents not only his current team but also Chiefs fans who have supported and cheered him on for his 16 years. Congratulations, TOGO! We are celebrating with you.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Great comment. Right there with you.

  • ArrowFan

    I find it funny that NFL D’s and D cordinators are having trouble stopping a High School play like the QB option. #1 rule always hit the QB no matter what. I mean even if he hands it off you still come down on the QB for even thinking about running.

  • ladner morse

    Congratulations to G-Dawg. Never stopped loving you man! Now… go get them 9ers!

  • jimfromkcj

    I think I remember a discussion on Tony retiring as a Chief before and someone said that they don’t retire as a chief or a Falcon. It is an individual thing. Maybe some one can look into it.

  • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

    I want him to win one. He’s earned it, best ever and a class act. However most other Chiefs fans I know seem to have some resentment toward Gonzo and were rooting against him.

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