Fullback Ovie Mughelli was key to ground game

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner gets past Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins for extra yardage during 2nd half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner gets past Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins for extra yardage during 2nd half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Fullback Ovie Mughelli came up with a couple of clutch plays for the Falcons.

On third and 19 from the Atlanta 48, Mughelli made a catch and rambled for 16 yards in the second quarter. The Falcons went in to score to make it 10-3.

“When they do call on you to make a play, you’ve got to answer that call,” Mughelli said. “When I got that ball, I was not going to be denied. I was really trying to pick up the first down.”

Mughelli also had the key block on Michael Turner’s 1-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-goal play in the fourth quarter.

“Just blow the guy up,” Mughelli said. “I hit him, he knifed down and I pushed him. I did my job. If my man is in the end zone, then I’ve done my job.”

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rayatl

November 28th, 2010
8:32 pm

way to go Ovi …nice win dirty birds!!!!!!

Chop Buster

November 28th, 2010
8:33 pm

This team is not complete. Yet we’re finding ways to win with a mediocre secondary. Go Falcons!!! Keep playing hard.

Once "Recent" Reader

November 28th, 2010
8:37 pm

Chop Buster . ……This was a powerful Packer offense . . …they normally score in the mid/upper 20s or higher. The Falcons D held them to just 17 points . . ….bend but don’t break . . ..hey I’m fine with that. QB’s are going to get their yards against us as they have to throw due to our tough Rush D. Rogers is a very good QB . . ..but again . . . .only 17 points . . .and 10 up to the last minute! I think this was a complete game. Even with the many yards Rogers threw for . . ..we once again win the Time of Possession challenge.

Once "Recent" Reader

November 28th, 2010
8:41 pm

And on another note, I was just reading the Live Chat . . .. .I think it was “Matt “Choke” Ryan” who kept posting at first how the Pack was going to crush Falcs, then how Ryan would throw a Interception at the end (notice how that Int Concern really hasn’t panned out thus far?) . . .then he started going on about passes for 40 yards or more, which of course led to his “criticism” that Ryan was a Dink and Dunker. Whatever. I remember watching Montana Dink and Dunk and here and there get his big passes to Jerry Rice. As a long time Pats fan first (then Falcs), I also remember watching Brady be mostly a Dinker and Dunker until that crazy year they went 18-1 and he went wild . . .specifically to Moss on the long plays. It’s a silly argument. I guess if you Dink and Dunk and don’t get first downs, don’t win time of possession, and specifically . . . .DON”T WIN GAMES . . . .then it is an issue. Right now I see a very efficient offense being lead by a very efficient QB.

GovClintonTyree

November 28th, 2010
8:41 pm

DOL: Love you, man, but you might want to check this sentence from your game story:

The Falcons needed only 20 yards to get into Bryant’s range. Ryan, throwing quick passes to Roddy White and Michael Jenkins, and two to Harry Douglas, moved the Falcons to the 29 before Bryant was summoned and executed.

bigworm

November 28th, 2010
8:42 pm

if snelling is out i say we sign corey ross out of the ufl good 3rd down back

Once "Recent" Reader

November 28th, 2010
8:46 pm

This is something I just pulled from Boston Herald regarding Patriots new offensive style . .. . which seems to be going back to the old offensive style under Brady when they won SBs. This is why I believe complaining about a lack of “40 yard + passes is kind of silly . . ..if your team is winning!!”

“They’ve eliminated a lot of the low-percentage type throws, those 40-yard streaks down the sidelines,” Baldinger told Karen. “So, it’s really (playing) to Tom (Brady’s) strength right now, just point and shoot and get the ball out of his hands quickly. Since the Cleveland game, that offense has been awfully sharp. It’s a good-looking offense right now.”

Once "Recent" Reader

November 28th, 2010
8:48 pm

So just bringing up Brady and Pats new “retro-style” of what many would call “dink and dunk” to counter those bashing Ryan for his short efficient routes. Note . . .he hasn’t gotten sacked much lately . . .if that much at all this year . . .because of his quick release plays.

Savannah Fan

November 28th, 2010
9:14 pm

Dink and dunk all the way to the Super Bowl-then the naysayers and Knotheads will shut up

UGABugKiller

November 28th, 2010
9:17 pm

Reader,

There is a difference, though, in offenses. The Patriots are AGGRESSIVE on offense at all times, dictating to the defense, playing to their strengths, and taking advantage of ALL their weapons.

The Falcons are conservative to a fault and Mularkey’s playcalls are some of the most predictable in the NFL.

When the Falcons go no huddle and be aggressive, they score points in bunches. The resemble the Colts and Pats offenses that have been so good.

The Falcons SHOULD be doing this ALL the time. Letting Ryan run the offense from the no huddle, getting three plays to take to the line, and then HIM deciding which play to run based on the defensive read.

When the Falcons huddle up and allow Mularkey more freedom over playcalling decisions, the offense doesn’t move near as well.

Mularkey holds the offense back.

falcon in Memphis

November 28th, 2010
9:18 pm

@GovClintonTyree. The 20 yds was all they needed after the penalty yds from the facemask call on Weems kick off return is what he meant by only needing 20 yds. We were jus 20 yds away from Bryants range after the penalty yds were added.

Sid

November 28th, 2010
9:24 pm

you the bomb Mughelli

Once "Recent" Reader

November 28th, 2010
9:26 pm

BugKiller . . …..I definitely hear you on the difference. I love Roddy White, but in that type of offense there is no one as “efficient” as Welker. Now . . . .I’m not saying I’d take Welker over White . . ..totatlly different styles. And as of now, yes I’d have a little more confidence or stronger belief in the Pats getting done. But to this point . . . .. the Falcons have gotten it done just as well as the Pats . . .. and I mean finding a way to win!!

Once "Recent" Reader

November 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

BugKiller . . . .. I think that Ravens game showed how this offense could really click against an incredible D with those quick short passes equating to “long” runs and great ball control. Like to see that more . . . .but I know they like setting pass by normally using the run first . . .. .when they deem they can run on the other team – which has been most of the time, except Baltimore. On the other end, Pats and Brady use those same short passes to set up their running game with the formerly No-Name RBs of Ben Jarvis-Green and Danny Woodhead.

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Creaky

November 28th, 2010
10:54 pm

If Bryant was “summoned and executed”,who kicked the fieldgoal?

PHIL

November 29th, 2010
12:59 am

falcon in Memphis you missed the point there BOZO. The point was the story said that Bryant was summoned and EXECUTED. Geez put the net up. It’ll keep things from going over your head.

GovClintonTyree

November 29th, 2010
6:13 am

Creaky, that’s what I’m saying. Dude was dead.

QUICK80

November 29th, 2010
9:51 am

Good morning Atlanta!
…congratulations on a good win; you were clearly the better team yesterday.
Enjoy the win and good luck the rest of the way.

Sly Ty

November 29th, 2010
10:00 am

Guys the Falcons have the most balanced offense in the NFL. Combined with a competitive and fast Defense, that is why we are 9 and 2. Who cares that we still aren’t considered the best team even in our own division (Saints), Smitty, Van Gorder, Mularky and Matty Ice are winning. Oh yeah, winning is the most important stat by the way.

Falcon Jim

November 29th, 2010
10:28 am

Quick,

Thanks. I figured you would be the only Packer with the guts and class to come back and congratulate us. You are the epitome of good sportsmanship.

Good Luck to the Pack…………until they maybe meet us again.

Frozen Rope

November 29th, 2010
11:31 am

Ditto Jim,, nice to see some class on here for a change,, great game and good luck Packers

North FLA Falcon

November 29th, 2010
11:51 am

The Packers are a class act. They have a tough team. Their pass rush was pretty ferocious, I think they had 2 sacks vs Ryan? But they really need a run game. Having to throw on 4th and 1 was a sign of doom … you just can’t do that and go far in the NFL. Remember when they had Eddie Lee Ivory from Ga Tech many years ago. Now that was a rushing attack!

rebelson

November 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

i noticed a comment about snelling being out…did he get injured….?…and what about Spooney….is he down again?

Falcon Jim

November 29th, 2010
1:38 pm

I know the Falcons hold injury reports close to the vest (and I’ve defended them in this), but there must be some preliminary report on Snelling.

Chucktown

November 29th, 2010
2:22 pm

The problem with dink and dunk it works for awhile then everyone lines up in the box.Slows the running game. You need to be able to chuck the ball60 yards down field one in awhile.

Chucktown

November 29th, 2010
2:25 pm

Hold on? When did the falcons start running the west coast of? Dinking and dunking?

Enkinan

November 29th, 2010
5:47 pm

I’d like to point out that our “crappy” secondary held Green Bay to the their third lowest point total of the season.

Deplane

November 29th, 2010
6:05 pm

I read Spoon pulled a hamstring…can’t say how accurate that is because I don’t remember where I read it!

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FrontRow

November 29th, 2010
11:18 pm

@UGAbugkiller – the Falcons dictated the entire game Sunday. The Packers never had a lead and never had a chance.

Nice present that Rodgers fumbled but that was a 4th down stop anyway.

BTW the Falcons dictated the Rams and Ravens games as well. Nice to see we can dictate against NFL division leaders.

JBird

November 29th, 2010
11:58 pm

Great game against an every good opponent. I’d like to give kudos to the Falcon’s offensive line who have been getting it done, especially over the last three games against excellent defenses. Dink and dunk, whatever! Matty and the most balanced offense in the league are doing what it takes to win games and that’s really all that matters. Personally, I think Mularkey’s (and Smith’s) game plans suit the Falcons very well and maximize their assets. They play a style of football that can carry them very far into the playoffs – especially if they have home field. This season is a whole lot of fun!

PlanB

November 30th, 2010
8:06 am

Chucktown – I’m not sure how you think the dink and dunk will be stopped by putting 8 in the box. It didn’t seem to ruin Joe Montanas career. I wish Ryan’s arm was a little stronger but his mental capabilities more than compensate for that.

True Falcon Fan

November 30th, 2010
8:24 am

Does anyone have good information on status of Snelling injury??

Great game – sent those Cheeseheads/blockheads Packing – 10-4 “GOOD BUDDY”

GO FALCONS

Gamer

November 30th, 2010
12:37 pm

THERE IS NO REASON WHY THE FALCONS CAN’T BE IN THE SUPERBOWL.. NONE WHATSOEVER.. AS LONG AS THEIR KEY PLAYERS ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE REMAIN HEALTHY ENOUGH TO SHOW UP AND PLAY THEN I EXPECT THE FALCONS TO BE THERE…

I KNOW, STILL A LITTLE TO EARLY TO LOOK THAT FAR AHEAD. BUT THE NFL ANALYSTS SORT OF LIGHT A FIRE FOR THAT CONVERSATION.

I KNOW, DON’T LET THE HATERS RILE YOU,,RIGHT,,RIGHT,,YEA RIGHT..

IT’S OBVIOUS, MOST OF THE NFL ANALYSTS HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE FALCONS STYLE OF FOOTBALL.. A DISRESPECT THAT’S ALMOST, IF NOT PURE HATRED FOR THE FALCONS.

FALCONS KEEP WINNING AND THE RESPECT WILL COME..

GO FALCONS….