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Since the regime in Atlanta turned for the better in 2008, with the hiring of general manager Thomas Dimitroff, head coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have gone 0-3 in the playoffs.
Not much was expected of Atlanta in the first try. In 2008, the Falcons lost on the road with Ryan as a rookie, 30-24, to the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona made it to the Super Bowl.
But, the Falcons left a 13-3 regular season record for not in 2010 with a 48-21 loss to Green Bay, and followed that failure with an abysmal showing in East Rutherford against the Giants in 2011, falling 24-2.
There are no words to describe the amount of pressure that currently sits on the shoulders of Smith and Ryan. For as much success, continuity and professionalism that has been brought into this organization over the past five years, criticism would be at an all-time high if Atlanta skidded to 0-4 in the postseason at the hands of Pete Carroll and his rookie quarterback.
Arthur Blank, who's one of the more emotional and likable owners in the NFL, would possibly have some upsetting decisions to make, even for fans.