It's too early to say if this is the season the Atlanta Falcons finally show up in the playoffs. But through four games, we're seeing signs this could be a different team.
The unlikely 30-28 win moves the Falcons to 4-0. You can argue the San Francisco 49ers are the class of the NFC -- especially after they lobotomized the New York Jets in Jersey -- but the Falcons deserve to be in the conversation. A playoff matchup between the two teams could come down to who's at home.
Much of the Falcons' praise goes back to Ryan (25-of-40 passing, 369 yards, three TDs, one INT), who's taking his Tom Brady impersonation to the next level this season. The throw to White tells you so much about him. He's physically gifted enough to drop it in the bucket from 65 yards away and cool enough to do it in his own end zone against a Panthers pass rush that battered him all afternoon.
If you're looking for an NFL MVP at the season's quarter pole, look no further than the Falcons' No. 2.