NFC playoffs Q&A: Vindication gained

Ryan finally got first playoff win, while Kaepernick proved to be right choice

Originally Published: January 13, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Matt Ryan got a new nickname. Colin Kaepernick started a new legend.

As it turned out, a transition has started in the NFC, a conference that was once dominated by Brett Favre and eventually sprinkled in hot runs by Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. But the divisional round created a new order.

On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons finally got their first playoff win for Ryan and head coach Mike Smith. Although Atlanta blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead, Ryan staged ...

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