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Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Russell Wilson and the tough Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game on Sunday.

The Falcons (14-3) appeared ready to sit back for the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL playoff history when Marshawn Lynch scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds left.

But Matt Ryan completed two long passes after the kickoff, setting up Bryant's winning kick and sending the Falcons to the NFC championship game for only the third time in franchise history. They will host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.

Wilson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, but it wasn't enough for the Seahawks (12-6 ).

The rookie finished with 385 yards passing and did all he could to lead the Seahawks back from a 27-7 deficit entering the fourth quarter. When Lynch powered over in the final minute, a play set up by Wilson's brilliant scramble, Seattle celebrated like it would be moving on.

Not so fast.

Ryan, who had struggled in his first three playoff appearances, had just enough time to rally the Falcons. He went down the middle for a 19-yard throw to his favorite target, tight end Tony Gonzalez, a Hall of Famer-to-be playing what could've been his final game, to set up the winning snap.

Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant celebrating his game-winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoff, Janyary 13, 2013.Credit: AP