Now it's time for the first 2010 NFC Divisional Playoff from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta: The Eagles scored after taking the opening kickoff. Jorrick Calvin's return set up the offense at its own forty-two, and Michael Vick hit Corey Maclin for fifteen yards and Desean Jackson for fourteen more. Shady McCoy's fifteen-yard gain on a draw play gave the Eagles a first down at the Falcons' twelve-yard line, and from the five David Akers kicked a twenty-two yard field goal to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 9:48 left in the opening period. The Falcons answered with a field goal of their own. The big play of the drive was quarterback Matt Ryan's forty-six yard strike to reserve wide receiver Harry Douglas, which gave the Falcons a first down at the Eagles' twenty-six. The drive died at the twenty, but kicker Matt Bryant converted a thirty-seven yard field goal attempt to tie the game at three with 7:57 left in the opening quarter. The Eagles took only one play to get back in field goal range, thanks to Vick's sixty-four yard bomb to a wide-open Jason Avant. The Eagles thus had a first down at the Atlanta eleven, but they could only get as far as the three before calling on Akers, who hit from twenty yards out to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead with 5:35 left in the opening period. The Falcons came right back with a touchdown on their next drive. Douglas turned a short pass in the slot into a twenty-yard catch-and-run, and Ryan also completed passes of fourteen yards to reserve wideout Brian Finneran and eighteen yards to future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez. Running back Michael Turner ran up the middle for eleven yards and a first and goal at the Eagles' three, and one play later it was Turner up the middle again for the touchdown. Bryant made the extra point, and with 3:42 left in a wild opening period the Falcons led 10-6. We had our fourth lead change of the game before the first quarter was out, as the Eagles answered the Atlanta touchdown with one of their one. Vick and Jackson connected on a sideline pattern for a thirty-four yard gain, and he also found Avant for fourteen. Vick also contributed to the drive with his legs, as his thirteen-yard scramble gave the visitors a first and goal just inches from the Falcons' goal line. McCoy took care of the last few inches on the next play, and Akers made the extra point to give the Eagles a 13-10 lead after only fifteen minutes. The Eagles added another touchdown early in the second quarter. Vick completed a twenty-two yard pass to Jackson, and he also scrambled for twelve yards and a first down. Jarome Harrison gained seventeen yards on a itch to the right, and Vick finished off the dries by scooting into the end zone from twelve yards out. Akers added the extra point, and with 10:38 left in the first half the Eagles led 20-10. The Falcons answered with a touchdown of their own. Ryan found Gonzalez for twelve yards and Jenkins for eleven, and reserve running back Jason Spelling found a hole of the left side of the Philly defense and poured through it for fourteen yards and a first and goal at the Eagles' two. Turner scored his second touchdown of the day from two yards out on the next play, and Bryant added the extra point to cut the Philly lead to 20-17 with 6:17 left in the first half. The Eagles extended their lead with another touchdown in the final two minutes of the half. Vick ran for twelve yards and a first down, then connected with Maclin down the middle for a thirty-two yard gain. Maclin also ran a reverse for fifteen yards and a first and goal at the Falcons' nine. The Eagles lost four yards over the next two plays, but on third and goal from the thirteen Vick found Avant between two Falcons defenders for the score. Akers added the extra point, and with 1:44 left in the half the Eagles now led 27-17. The Falcons ran the two-minute drill to perfection to get a field goal before the end of the first half. Ryan found Douglas for twelve yards, Gonzalez for thirteen, and wide receiver Roddy White for fifteen. Spelling's fourteen-yard gain off right tackle gave the Falcons a first and goal at the Philly five, and on the final play of the first half Bryant was good from twenty yards out. Our halftime score: Eagles 27, Falcons 20. The Falcons tied the game with a touchdown after taking the second half kickoff. Ryan completed a nineteen-yard pass to Finneran, and Tuner showed his versatility by cutting a pitch back to the right for eleven yards, then running a sweep to the left for eleven more. The touchdown came on third and seven from the Eagles' thirteen, as Ryan found White in the right corner of the end zone for the score. Bryant added the extra point, and we were tied at twenty-seven with 7:59 left in the third quarter. The Eagles reclaimed the lead with a touchdown before the end of the third period. Vick connected with Avant for fourteen yards and a first down, then later in the drive teamed with Jackson, who made a dazzling one-handed catch at the Falcons' three-yard line for a gain of fifty-one. The touchdown came from five yards out, as Vick hit Harrison circling out of the backfield for the score. Akers added the extra point, and after three quarters it was Philadelphia 34, Atlanta 27. The Falcons tied the game again with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The biggest plays of the drive were a twelve-yard run up the middle by Turner and Ryan's eighteen-yard pass to White. White later caught his second touchdown of the night from twenty-four yards out, and Bryant's extra point tied the game at thirty-four with less than twelve minutes left in regulation. The Eagles answered with yet another touchdown of their own. Vick hooked up with Avant for eleven yards and a first down, then found Jackson for twenty-four more. on first down from the Atlanta thirteen, it was Vick to Maclin for the score, and Akers' extra point put the Eagles up 41-34 with a little over six minutes left in regulation. The visitors put the game away with a field goal in the final two minutes. Vick hit Avant for twenty-four yards, Brent Celek for seventeen, and reserve wide receiver Chad Hall for twelve. McCoy's sixteen-yard dart up the middle gave the Eagles a first and goal at the Atlanta three, and from the two Akers nailed a nineteen-yard chip shot to put the game on ice. The Eagles had taken all but fourteen seconds off the clock and driven ninety-five yards on fifteen plays to seal their 44-34 victory. This post was put together from two different sims, so I don't have statistics for the game. However, both sims recognized Vick as the MVP. The following week, the Eagles traveled to Lambeau Field and took on the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Vick finished twenty of thirty-six for 292 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Avant was his leading target with seven catches for ninety-three yards and a score. Maclin caught three more passes for seventy-three yards. On the ground, McCoy managed just forty-six yards on twelve carries, and Vick contributed thirty-two yards on eight carries with a touchdown. None of the above was a match for Aaron Rodgers, who finished eighteen of twenty-seven for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Donald Driver led the receivers with fifty-six yards on five catches, and running back James Starks gained 123 yards on twenty-three carries. The Pack thus escaped with a 21-16 victory and a trip to Super Bowl XLV. The Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 on February 6 in Arlington, Texas to win their fourth Super Bowl and their fourteenth overall NFL championship. Rodgers was named MVP, completing twenty-four of thirty-nine passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. We've contested thirty-seven Super Bowls so far in the Pythagorean universe, and the NFC has a 21-16 all-time lead. Next: To be determined. Thoughts?