Weatherspoon was cramping up late in the game

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) intercepts a Drew Brees pass in front of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19). Associated Press

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) intercepts a Drew Brees pass in front of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19). Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS –  Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon had a severe case of cramping and was taken to the locker room on a golf cart during the overtime session on Sunday, but some fluids and a 27-24 victory over New Orleans did a lot for his recovery.

“I was just locking up,” said Weatherspoon, the team’s 2009 first-round draft pick. “I feel much better know.”

Weatherspoon, making his third NFL start, was drafted in part because of his coverage skills and his ability to play in spaces against teams like the Saints. He had seven tackles and a quarterback hit against New Orleans. He wasn’t a liability in coverage and had a couple of other big hits in his first game in the Superdome.

“It was amazing,” Weatherspoon said. “We needed everybody. We just kept fighting and fighting. We knew this game was going to be tough.”

Weatherspoon has now played in two overtime games in three outings in his young NFL career.

San Francisco next up at home

Last season, the Falcons slapped around the 49ers 45-10 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, and suspect they’ll be in a foul mood when they arrive at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.

“They played New Orleans really tight,” Weatherspoon said. “They almost won that game. We know what we’ve got coming in. … They are going to be really fired up about playing us.”

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Season Ticket Holder

September 26th, 2010
9:51 pm

Season Ticket Holder

September 26th, 2010
9:55 pm

The Falcons played a good game. I am glad the birds got a second chance after, NO missed the FG in OT. The Bird ran the ball well against a tough defense especially in OT when everyone knew that the Falcons were going to run the ball.

PMC

September 26th, 2010
9:58 pm

Good good. Glad to hear that was just a crap for Spoon.

Drink your fluids man we NEED YOU SPOON!

Come on Coca Cola… Get that man some POWERADE

Jumping on Bandwagon

September 26th, 2010
10:04 pm

Ryan looked more fired up than I have ever noticed him being as a Falcon. The camera showed him yelling at several players during the game …seems like he is more comfortable in becoming a veteran leader on the field and sidelines. The long drives he engineered are the stuff that gives confidence to a team that will believe it can win these types of games the rest of the season. Still a long time left in the season but if the defense holds up these Falcons can go a long way.

Iron Head

September 26th, 2010
10:04 pm

I can not wait until the Falcons Eagles match up; see you Mr. Vick.

Jack

September 26th, 2010
10:23 pm

Glad the “Vick ” game is away, did not want to see that circus again

David

September 26th, 2010
10:56 pm

“I feel much better know”???

I’m pretty sure that isn’t what Weatherspoon said. I know this is blog-style writing, but is it too much to ask for a guy paid to be a journalist to check his work? A couple days ago, Orlando posted a bunch of player names without even telling us what it meant. Were they inactive players? Probably. But Ledbetter didn’t bother to notice that he missed any kind of verb or descriptor. ODL, are you even trying? You’ve got one of the cushiest jobs in Atlanta. Please give some effort.

2Legit2quit

September 26th, 2010
10:57 pm

PMC it was cramps not crap, i was rolling on the ground laughing:) Great job getting up for this game, lets hope they keep their focus and don’t get in a trap game next week.

Big Ray

September 26th, 2010
11:24 pm

David ,

When you become a newspaper editor for the AJC, let us know. Until then….STFU. Now, back to blogging about the Falcons…..

Notice the Falcons don’t get burned like they used to over the middle and in the short flats? Hmmm….looks like Sean Weatherspoon was a great pick after all. Already the team’s leading tackler. Finally, bringing honor (and much needed production) back to the LB spot, and back to the #56…

nes

September 26th, 2010
11:29 pm

DOL, thanks for super fast update on ‘Spoon! Great game! Falcons and Saints played a heck-of-a-game and both teams deserved to win, but thank goodness it was the Falcons! Funny how kickers are, Hartley a super bowl hero last year misses a chip shot in O.T. and Bryant kicks a 46 yarder in O.T. to win the game for the Falcons! And to think the Falcons almost let him go in preseason after battling with Husaukua, and then all the talk in the news about looking for another kicker in the last roster cuts by other teams to challenge Bryant. I said it before that he hits 82% of his field goals and can hit the 40-50+++ yarders, bet no one is bad-mouthing Bryant now! Nice to finally beat the Saints!
Sorry, but still don’t like Mularky’s play calling period!

bigslow

September 26th, 2010
11:35 pm

DAVID Same as BIG RAY. STFU

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 26th, 2010
11:36 pm

Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. It was justice that the Saints missed the short field goal after they got a “home” call from the refs to help them get within range. Falcons were impressive.

bigslow

September 26th, 2010
11:37 pm

Lets pack the dome sunday.

bigslow

September 26th, 2010
11:46 pm

great job DOL

FalconsFan284

September 27th, 2010
2:03 am

It is so very nice to come to a Falcons blog and not see, SEEN this B4, hiramsaint and the WHODATNATION! It’s sort of like these guys are home and trying to figure out what excuses they’ll use for losing this game! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy not seeing or hearing from them but we all know that, like an ugly woman, they’ll be back even though they aren’t welcome.
As for Sean Weatherspoon, this man has looked extremely good in his first three games. As I said to my son, after a huge Spoon hit, “This man is hitting everything with eyes!”
My only question is why are the Falcons keeping the super slow Mike Peterson in on passing downs? Yes, he caused a fumble but he is a liability against the pass. Stephen Nicholas isn’t great but he is better than Peterson. A goos share of Shockey’s catches were with the old man on him. If Nicholas isn’t the answer then we need to find one.
I would also like to know why no one has mentioned the play of Dunta Robinson since week one? He has played fairly well while adjusting to being in a zone scheme. He is going to get better as the season goes on and he gets used to his placements.

Charlie

September 27th, 2010
5:10 am

Big Ray and bigslow.

And just who gave you bozos the right to criticize David? If he doesn’t like DOL’s journalistic efforts, that is his concern, not yours. As far as STFU is concerned, I’d say stick it in your ear.

Mike is back

September 27th, 2010
6:42 am

Big Play Ray, Ditto on David needs to STFU.

Great Win Falcons…I called it after week one…Go back and check…Aints fans…read’em and weep.

GO BIRDS…Get Them Niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Dude

September 27th, 2010
8:52 am

Who Dat…? We Dat!!!

ClassicFalcons

September 27th, 2010
9:11 am

WE DAT! ALL AINT’S FANS GO AWAY!!

Joe Tess Fish House

September 27th, 2010
9:22 am

Flacons got lucky. Their kicker, Captain Hook gave the Falcons the win. It was a good victory to have, but they can’t keep counting on huge mistakes every week.

Erk Russell

September 27th, 2010
9:30 am

All I know is 27 is more than 24.

alanfalcon

September 27th, 2010
9:35 am

LET’S GIVE THIS DEFENSE CONGRATS, THEY HAVE REALLY TURNED THIS YEAR AROUND AND ARE SO LONGER CONSIDERED PUSH OVERS-the excitement level of a game comes from the defensive effort, the thrill comes from the offensive effort, PRIDE COMES FROM THEM TEAM EFFORT.

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

alanfalcon

September 27th, 2010
9:37 am

Joe Tesh Fish House-luck is made, not a given. REF: Last years version of the SAINTS. ——————————————————-

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Singletary

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Does anyone have the video of HDTV and Roddy after the 3rd quarter touchdown? VERY CLASSY to be on the sidelines for the celebration(not the end zone,) and they have great moves.

CTstyle

September 27th, 2010
10:38 am

Great win Falcons!!! Now we have the confidence to beat anybody. We need to win vs. the 49ers to validate yesterday’s win. I’ll be at the dome on Sunday. Will you?

newgafatboy

September 27th, 2010
10:39 am

joe tess nothing was given, the offense still had to drive to get into field goal range. maybe this will get all the AINTS fans off here for a while. last year new orleans was the luckiest team in NFL history, maybe thier voodoo luck has run out.
2 overtimes, two long passes on the first play. first where is that play durring the game? second hit it and you look like a genius, miss it and you put you team in 2nd and long, second and long on our side of the 50 in over time, seems like they could come up with a few higher percentage plays to move the ball 50 yards in OT
all that said , great game BIRDS.

Keith

September 27th, 2010
10:52 am

Re: CTstyle,

Agree. Amazing win! Might have just made the leap from a good team to a great one this year.

I have 2 tickets to the Falcons game, but I also have 2 tickets to the final Braves game (which will be the last regular season game Cox ever manages)….you see my dilemma.

If the Braves’ game doesn’t count, I’ll be at the Dome (I’m leaning Falcons anyway – I have been to 20 games this year lol)….If the Braves’ game does count for something, I’ll be conflicted.

But I want to say YES CT. :)

Keith

September 27th, 2010
10:52 am

*20 Braves games

Chucktown

September 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Grimes Quoted Drew throws a really catchable ball. HAHAHAHa

stendek

September 27th, 2010
11:08 am

Even I must admit I am proud of Falcons. Sometimes entire seasons swing on one play. That play was probably the short field goal miss by Saints. That splits uprights then world champions are 3-0 on way to another division title. Falcons drop that one to fall to 1-2 then it is uphill all the way. Not impossible but highly improbable. Falcons spat in face of providence in Pennsylvania after short field goal miss by Steelers. Not this Sunday. Ball control was excellent. Almost flawless turnover wise. If only some dunderheads would learn to watch out for punts. There is actually cause for optimism. Never thought I would type that. Time for a solid winning streak. No regression. STENDEK

Greg from Marietta

September 27th, 2010
11:43 am

SAY Has anyone seen that obnoxious braggart New Orleans fan “SeenthisB4″ or something like that? He has been talking so much crap over the past weeks about how great his Saints were and how it was their time and how bad the Falcon’s were. I only have one thing to say to that loud-mouth and that is this. When the crowd in New Orleans kept chanting “Who Dat?” the Falcons answered with this victory in THEIR HOUSE “We Dat, Dat’s Who! We ALL Dat!!!” Go Falcons!!!

Mac

September 27th, 2010
11:50 am

I want to know where B. finneran is in the grand scheme of the falcons?

North FLA Falcon

September 27th, 2010
12:06 pm

Great win. I followed it on my computer, as the local cable showed the BUCS. Can’t tell you how many times it said “Turner left guard 3 yards….Turner right guard 3 yards…” it was frustrating, but it worked beautifully. I have been critical of the coaching/play calling but everything clicked this time. The defense absolutely STUFFED the run, what a masterful game. The muffed punt seemed like a home field call. We could work on special teams a bit, the Saints had a couple of long returns and the original OT field goal was blocked. Tweak the little things but everything else is looking real good! Falcons 3-1 this time next week. GO BIRDS@@@

Ken Strickland

September 27th, 2010
12:42 pm

To all of you AINT fans in hiding. Now you see how is feels to lose gms you know you should have won. Now you know how we felt after our 2 losses to you last yr after our shakey FG kicker missed those FG’s that cost us the gms. TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY.

I take my hat off to your team, because they played like SAINTS, instead of AINTS. That gm was filled with action, OFF, DEF, big plays, drama, and none stop excitement from start to finish. The headlines should read, THE DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPION SAINTS LOST A HEART BREAKER AT HOME TO THEIR RIVAL ATLANTA FALCONS, AN UP AND COMING HEAVY WEIGHT IN THE MAKING.

From the time he was drafted until the beginning of this season, there was certainly no shortage of negative comments and suggestions concerning DE/DT JAnderson. Well, why hasn’t there been any mention of how he’s rapidly and quietly becoming a force at both positions. His unrelenting pass rush consistently forced DBrees our of the pocket, and force him into throwing that last INT. He also made the big hit that stopped them dead in their tracks on a very critical 3rd and short run.

WE HAVE GOT TO GET BETTER COVERAGE AND OVERALL PRODUCTION OUT OF OUR SPECIAL TEAMS. New Orleans was put into position to win this gm because of our poor special teams play, particularly our poor punt and kick coverage. If you take away the gimme, when they got the ball back when we punted, because the ball hit DeCoud’s foot, and that long punt return the had, both setting up scores, this gm wouldn’t have been that close.

But you know what, the Atlanta Falcons are still a very young and relatively inexperienced team overall, and we’re still in the learning and adjustment stages. We’ll certainly get better as the season progresses. Consider the following. With all of the new additions, adjustments and unknowns coming into this season, we’ve managed to take 2 very good teams into overtime, winning one, and register a 2-1 overall record. With the Steelers, Cardinals and Saints being our 1st 3 opponents, most would have likely predicted us being 1-2.

Keep in mind, the Saints started their Super Bowl run in the same dramatic fashion. Tell me which of these slogans you prefer.

1-EVERYBODY SPREAD THE WORD, THERE’S A 2ND COMING OF THE DIRTY BIRD, OR
2-EVERYBODY HAVE YOU HEARD, THERE’S A 2ND COMING OF THE DIRTY BIRD!!!

Joe Tess Fish House

September 27th, 2010
1:35 pm

Funny how Schaub and Vick AGAIN have better games than Ryan……

Hey Mr Blanks, who you gonna let get away next?

Eric C.

September 27th, 2010
1:41 pm

I’m really glad to see Weatherspoon looking ahead to SF!!! That is what can make the Falcons a team great…quickly forgetting about a great week 3 win and being able to stay focused on the next game. SF will be out for blood…you better believe it.

Eric C.

September 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

great team that is

LJ

September 27th, 2010
2:59 pm

@Joe Tess: Funny how Ryan defeated the defending world champs. Schaub’s team was favored to beat Dallas and LOST. Vick played well, and I’m happy to see that he now gets it, but no one should mistake Jacksonville or Detroit as super bowl caliber teams.

Not to mention, Blank didn’t “let” Vick get away. Vick purchased his own one-way ticket out of ATL. For that matter, Blank did everything he could to show faith in Vick, even when the dogfighting allegations first came up. So basically, your statement is pretty much moronic….not saying you are, but still….

Bored of the go-Dawg AND Who-Dat Nations

September 27th, 2010
3:00 pm

The way the ESPN/national media as well as scorned Saints fans play this game out is like the Falcons were ‘lucky’ to win. there has yet to be a single mention of the fact that it took a play reminiscent of the Emaculate Reception to keep this from being a 2 possession affair. The Saints were dominated in their own building. The Saints, if anyone, were lucky to be in the game. The Falcons D held the Saints scoring in check as best as possible given the scenarios (1st drive began in red zone after uncharacteristic shoddy punt coverage, a blown assignment td on 2nd and 15, then lastly an extra possesion after a 3 and out as a result ofthe aforementioned emaculate reception off of DeCoud) and carved them up systematically on offense. Complete victory on the Falcons behalf. Lucky? Garrett Hartley hit a duck hook twice in a row. The first one started out far enough to the right and made it through. The 2nd…well…it was unwatchable. Perhaps if the 49ers guy hadn’t tipped the FG in week 2 it would have gone sour on its own and the Super Saints would be 1-2. Think about it.

Drew Brees' Colon

September 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

Apparently, the whole city of Nawlins had cramps this weekend. Maybe it’s just gas.

Cejay

September 27th, 2010
3:20 pm

Seenthisb4—- where are you bigmouth ????? C’mon talk some more sh!t loudmouth!! The aints went down and your nowhere to be found !!hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah . All that talking you did !! Tell me,did you cook that crow or eat raw !!! hahahahahah where are you !!!! thats right geaux hide!!! I love when people like you get thier shoe in thier face !!hahahahaha You LOSER !!!! The falcants (as you say) beat you!!! hahahahah Good riddens butt-hole !!!!!
who-dat——-FALCONS dat who !!!!! hahahahahah

Cejay

September 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

They all scattered like roaches when a lights turned on !!!!

Who Dat?
Falcons Dats Who !!!!!!!

Cejay

September 27th, 2010
3:45 pm

They’ll probably be back eventually, with all thier excuses and resons for losing. Its like this old guy told me one time:
There’s a “W” column and a “L” column……but there ain’t no “like’ta” column !

Who Dat ?
Falcons Dat Who !!!

Cejay

September 27th, 2010
3:49 pm

It’s amazing how low the blog traffic is, when the trash gets thrown out the nite before !!!!!

Who Dat?
Falcons Dat Who !!!

Joe Tess Fish House

September 27th, 2010
3:49 pm

Blanks turned his back on Vick. He was just fighting dogs…..Not like he was killing people or raping women Like Kerney did……I really feel Falcons would of have won the superbowel by now if they still had Vick. Even so, had they sighned TO, they would of have won it this year. They ghot lucky against the Saints and that wont last long.

Cejay

September 27th, 2010
3:54 pm

Lucky…..
There’s a “W” column and a “L” column……but there ain’t no “like’ta” column !

falconfanintitantown

September 27th, 2010
3:55 pm

Yes, yes children, I hope we all have learned a most valuable lesson. Many will talk, but few will actually walk.Joe tess fishbreath, Look! I am giving you the same advice I gave your lover, heramaint, find a real girlfriend, not one that has to be inflated. Funny, but I am not seeing any ignorant blogs from seenb4, or HERamaint. Aww, did you get yo liddle feelers hurt? As I have said all along, da falcons are 4 real. I am not making predictions, but, this team has 2 be taken seriously. “And now you know DAT!”…..Bobby Bouche.

F Troop

September 27th, 2010
3:56 pm

Falcons secondary has improved. It was Grimes’ 2nd INT of Drew Brees in as many meetings, both showing amazing hops and athleticism. Give him props. We are weak at 3rd receiver. Finneran couldn’t seem to get open. Douglas got open but didn’t always catch it. Matt Ryan came of age on that 4th down sneak. Snelling should start over Turner to get #33’s attention. The yards per carry sez so. D-line has improved against the run. I though Abraham had retired, so who was that wearing #55? Where’s he been? Do we have any depth at LB? These guys fly to the ball! My goodness, if we don’t have a major injury at that position we’ll win the NFC. Is it me or does our punt returner look unwilling to return anything? Matt Bryant’s the hero, but he’s had his issues so don’t everybody get too comfortable, aiight?. Who’d have thought our most undisciplined players would be white guys? LoL. You know who you are Sam “Holding” Baker and Harvey “After the Whistle” Dahl. Tyson Clabo, all is forgiven.

Mularkey’s play calling is classic “old school” NFL. It eats clock, so all you run and shoot advocates need keep this game as a reference. Keep Peyton, Drew, and yes, Michael Vick off the field and you win ballgames. Defense wins ballgames and we’re improved over last year so I’m relatively satisfied. No predictions tho, it’s the NFL. Injuries can change everything. if it’s “our year” and “our time” we’ll know it soon enough.

Joe Tess Fish House

September 27th, 2010
3:57 pm

If that is your best response than I feel sorry for you. You insult me, but do not provide any reasnable debate.

Cejay

September 27th, 2010
4:00 pm

There’s no debating this…
There’s a “W” column and a “L” column……but there ain’t no “like’ta” column !

Who Dat?
Falcons Dat Who!!!!