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Falcons soar to NFC Championship, fans react


The Atlanta Falcons are one win away from a Super Bowl bid.

The Falcons, under Coach Mike Smith's leadership, won their first playoff game in five years at the Georgia Dome, 30-28.

Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the final seconds of the game.

The Falcons were up 20-0 at the half, but the Seahawks came back, taking a 28-27 lead with just 31 seconds left to play.

Falcons fans filed out of the Georgia Dome fired up.

"Not in our house, baby. Not in our house. Rise up," said fan Ashlie Hyde.

"I'm so happy and ready to go to New Orleans. I was there, [the Super Bowl] in 1998. And I'll be there in 2013, yeah," said fan Keisha Burns. Burns is the official 'Bird Lady' mascot for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship for the first time since 2004 and will host the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. It's the first time in history the franchise will host an NFC Championship game. Tickets for the NFC Championship game went on sale at 10 a.m. Monday on Ticketmaster.com and were sold out within 20 minutes.

Other ticket brokers like stubhub.com already had tickets on sale beforehand, though at much higher prices.

Despite barely squeezing out a victory after setting of for a field goal, Falcons' fan Bob Clark told CBS Atlanta News he had no doubt the Falcons would win.

"Matt Ryan has done this so many times. I wasn't worried. Who was worried? I wasn't worried. Were you worried? I wasn't worried. No," said Clark.

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