The aftermath: Coach Smith explains decision to punt

Falcons head coach Mike Smith screams at an official after a first down catch by Roddy White was called back by a penalty, killing a Falcons drive during 1st half action against the Saints. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons head coach Mike Smith screams at an official after a first down catch by Roddy White was called back by a penalty, killing a Falcons drive during 1st half action against the Saints. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith was gracious in his post-game media session.

He gave the Saints credit for shutting down the offense and explained his fourth quarter decision to give the ball back to the Saints so they could basically run the clock out.

Here’s what he had to say:


OPENING STATEMENT: “I thought it was a very hard fought ballgame tonight. It was two pretty good football teams playing against each other. I liked the preparation throughout the week; we just didn’t get the outcome that we wanted. Defensively, I thought we had a good plan and executed it; we just didn’t make some plays. We left some plays out there. We did some things very uncharacteristic in terms of turnovers in the ballgame. We’ll regroup, we’ll get back together, and we’ll put this one behind us. Again, we still like where we’re at, I can assure you of that. We’ve got to get this one behind us as quick as possible and move on to the Carolina Panthers.”

ON THE OFFENSE’S JAGGED PERFORMANCE: “I’ll credit New Orleans, they did some good things today. We were not very efficient on third down which is something we have been very good at all season. We have not been turning the football over and we had two uncharacteristic turnovers that I think were critical in the game. They did a nice job in defending us. It wasn’t our best effort and a lot of it has to do with the way that we played. “

ON THE DECISION TO PUNT: “Definitely thought it was the right thing to do. It was fourth down and six with the ball out their 38, 39-yard line maybe even a little bit further out. But on fourth and six we felt like the way that we’d been playing defensively and we had two timeouts and we hopefully could wrap one around the two-minute warning. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it done there at the end.”

ON WHETHER THE DEFENSE GOT TIRED: “I don’t believe so. We didn’t execute very well on that one drive. The other score was a short field after a turnover and I thought we kept our rotation like we wanted to. They made the plays. It’s the typical game when these two teams meet, since I’ve been here, there’s only been one game that hasn’t been at eight points or less. Most of them are at two or three or four point games.”

ON THE NO-HUDDLE: “We moved the ball down in the no-huddle. Again, we felt like it was in our best interest to get back in and huddle. What they were doing in the no-huddle was the same thing they were doing defending us when we were huddling. We felt that it was the right thing to do at that point in time at the game.”

ON THE PRESSURE ON BREES: “I think we had a very good plan in terms of getting pressure on the quarterback. I think we left a number of plays out there in terms of getting QB Drew (Brees) on the ground. He did a good job extending plays. It was a well-designed game plan and I thought the guys went out and executed it. We just did not always finish the plays. You can see why Drew Brees is a Pro Bowl player in terms of being able to extend plays. He was able to do that tonight.”

ON REGROUPING: “We’ll put this one behind us as quick as possible. The outcome we didn’t get tonight, but we still like where we’re at I can assure you that. I think there’s probably 15 teams that would want to trade with us so I like where we’re at. We didn’t get the outcome. I’m disappointed but not discouraged because there was some really good football played out there tonight by both football teams.”

ON RYAN’S PLAY: “Until I watch the tape I’m not going to make an evaluation. I know we weren’t as efficient on third down like we have been. We’ve been a very good third down football team. We didn’t run the ball statistically. Again, until I watch the tape I’m not going to make any statements about how our guys played. I know they played hard tonight and it was a hard fought football game. That’s two good football teams going at it, slugging it out and they were the better team tonight. My hat’s off to Head Coach Sean (Payton) and his staff.”

ON WHETHER HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT THE RUN GAME: “No, not at all. We didn’t get the yards that we would have liked to tonight. It wasn’t as efficient, but this is a football team that at the core of what we do is running the football. We will always be a team that’s going to run it. We just didn’t do it very well tonight. Again, you have to talk about the whole body of work. We’re talking about one night, but this is a good football team. There’s a bunch of guys in there that are disappointed but not discouraged. We’ll put this behind us and move on.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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439 comments Add your comment

rfgh

December 28th, 2010
9:21 am

Dfense played great all niight putting pressure on Brees, UNTIL the NO final scoring drive when they stopped blitzing. Didnt understand why coaches changed plan during that drive.

Keith

December 28th, 2010
9:22 am

While I will agree that Turner’s fumble on the 1-yd line was the backbreaker, the Saints seemed to have all the breaks:

Officiating
Shanked punt that rolled an additional 30 yards

GO FALCONS! :)

Tough Nolla Guy

December 28th, 2010
9:24 am

The decision to punt is indicative of the true colors of a chump. The ‘cons like the gutless chumps that they are did what comes naturally to chumps, punt and don’t take risks.

ha ha ha ha. :)

LKW

December 28th, 2010
9:24 am

Coach Smith and non-quarterback Ryan – how much were you paid to throw the game? If you want to win a game you have to play like you want to win a game. Everything from the time that Ryan walked onto the field to the non-running – fat ass turner showed that Atlanta Falcons were not hungry for a win! Only the FANS are hungry for a win, for the Division title, for a Superbowl ring. What is it going to talk for the Atlanta Falcons owner, staff, coaches and team to have that same hunger? It was a pretty stinking game!

Tough Nolla Guy

December 28th, 2010
9:26 am

Keith

December 28th, 2010
9:22 am
While I will agree that Turner’s fumble on the 1-yd line was the backbreaker, the Saints seemed to have all the breaks:

Officiating
Shanked punt that rolled an additional 30 yards

GO FALCONS!

‘con fans are just dumb. the critical play waswhen you chumps failed to score after brees second turnover. You were ahead thus fat boi’s miscue was irrelevant at that point.

BLACKNGOLD

December 28th, 2010
9:29 am

I WARNED YALL SO-CALLED (BANDWAGON) FALCON FANS…YALL ARE NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME..YOUR BOY MATTY ICE CRACKED UNDER THE WHODAT PRESSURE..I GUESS YALL CAN BLAME RODDY WHITE FOR GIVING US THAT EXTRA MOTIVATION..THE PATHETIC THING IS THAT EVEN WHEN WE TRIED TO HAND YALL THE GAME BY THROWING INTERCEPTIONS AND THE SO-CALLED (FAKE A$$ FALSE START ON THAT TOUCHDOWN PASS TO COLSTON),,YALL STILL COULDNT WIN…. I HAVE ONE QUESTION THOUGH..WHY ON EVERY PLAY, THE FALCANTS LOOKING FOR A FLAG????? CAN SOMEONE ANSWER THAT??? A FLAG ON WHAT????
(f&#kin FLAGS AND CHEATING IS YALL BREAD & BUTTER)
HEY SHOUT OUT 2 #1ATLANTAFAN…WHERE U AT?
WHODAT???!!!!!!!
WHAT IM REALLY WONDERING IS WHAT RODDY WHITE’s NEXT TWEET IS GONNA SAY…HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…THATs WHAT HE GETS 4 RUNNING HIS STUPID MOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!
WOOOOOOOOO WHODAT BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tough Nolla Guy

December 28th, 2010
9:29 am

the ‘cons have been exposed. shut down fat boi, force him to run sideways and the birds will a ha, aha, aha, gag. :)

Roddy big “mouf” White where are you?

fred

December 28th, 2010
9:30 am

go for it on 4th, nothing to lose b ut game witch we did anyway…. if it had worked smith would have been a hero… game ment a lot but you have to try and win it now, not next week! still on the wagon, will not jump!!!!

Enkinan

December 28th, 2010
9:31 am

Both of these defenses were playing absolutely out of their minds in this game, that is an offensive juggernaut that we held to 17 points (even though there should have been about 3 more sacks than there was). The Saints totally shut down Turner as well and had some good coverage.

The officials really riled me up on this one though. The offsetting pass interference was total crap, the Shockey catch hit the ground, and there was no booth review on the second down run at the end, which made it 3rd and inches instead of 3rd and 1-2.

I’m also of the mind that Smith should have considered our last drive 4 down territory the whole way and have the game called as such. You can’t give Drew Brees the ball and able to win the game with 3 minutes left, regardless of how the defense looked all night.

I hope this is a big motivator for this team, they need to take care of business next week or it will be a colossal melt down.

The Joker...

December 28th, 2010
9:31 am

JT,

Roddy White is entitled to his own opinion, he called y’all Aints, just like almost everyone was calling y’all prior to last year, what was so horrible about what he tweeted, and besides, it was his personal Tweets (Freedom of Speech), he didn’t mention anything that was downright degrading about N.O. He was simply adding on to the bitter rivalry that has existed between these two teams for years.. Get over It! Tough Times come and go, its what you and your city do/make of it!! With the exception Hurricane Katrina and the ‘96 Olympics, Atlanta and New Orleans were very similiar cities at one point in time,i.e High Homicide Rates, Notorious Section 8 Complexes, Large African American Communities, etc. We take a lot of pride in our cities (or at least the overall Home Grown Sections that are trying not to become extinct) in each other cities, we always travel to each other’s Stadiums (Dome’s) each year trash talking the other teams and talking sh*t on these blogs. So of course, trash talk and perhaps unsportsman like style actions are expected to occur. Don’t worry JT and other (AINT’S) Fans, we will welcome you again in a few weeks to the Dome but only with a different outcome this time so that we can stop hearing the played out ” We got our SuperBowl Ring/Lombari Trophy Last Year” Talk…..

SAINTS2010

December 28th, 2010
9:34 am

@ENKINAN..
ON THE SHOCKEY CATCH: THE RULE IS AS LONG AS HE CONTROLLED THE BALL AND HE DIDNT BOBBLE IT..(maintain possession) UNLIKE WHAT U BOY BRENT GRIMES DID IN THE GAME AGAINST THE RAVENS, when, CLEARLY THE BALL HIT THE GROUND AND IT BOBBLED THE WHOLE WAY….

SAINTS2010

December 28th, 2010
9:37 am

WHODAT WHODAT WHODAT SAY DEY GON BEAT THEM SAINTS…HAHA…LMAO…YALL GOT EXPOSED LAST NIGHT AND THE BETTER TEAM WON..F&&K YALL SO CALLED FALCANTS (BANDWAGON) FANS….

The Joker...

December 28th, 2010
9:39 am

derek brown,

Seriously???? Please go back and read back over your comments… you forgot to add “LOL! Jus Playin” at the end of it….

Falcon for life!!!!

December 28th, 2010
9:39 am

Aints fans laugh it up…while you can. I hate to say it, but some losses you just need. If you ever played the game you’ll know it can be easy to get too high on yourself when you’re on a tear. This loss will make them hungry, and humble again. The Aint’s are a good squad. But they looked identical to us, especially on defense. Good ol’ fashioned southern hate. I’m still proud of my boys. See you chumps in the playoffs.

fred

December 28th, 2010
9:41 am

to martin who dat? you cant speak english? thats right you pull for n o ! for saints fans when you cross the river u can jump if u like!!!!

The Joker...

December 28th, 2010
9:42 am

HAHAHA!!! It’s funny how sAINT’s Fans are steady calling Falcon Fans bandwagon Fans…where were your Fans at 4 years ago? The few that were in the stands had bags over their heads!!!! Once you go back to your notorious losing ways, we will see who the real sAINT’S Fans are!!!!!

Derrek

December 28th, 2010
9:43 am

The team played a good game, however, they have three big problems heading into the playoffs. 1) We have herrendous play calling, particularly on 3rd down, the offensive coordinator needs to step up his game or go. 2) Stop trying to run Turner wide, he’s minus 20 yards for year trying to run wide, he doesn’t have the speed…again play calling. 3) We HAVE very poor tackling, RB’s are gaining 3 to 4 yards after initial contact. We need more speed in the back field and we need to stop thinking that Matt Ryan is going to pull us out of the fire each and every time.

RM

December 28th, 2010
9:43 am

Oh well, it’s just one game. These 2 teams will probably see each other again in the playoffs.

McBubba

December 28th, 2010
9:46 am

You never want to lose the ballgame, but I think this might turn out to be a silver lining for the Birds. After getting that bitter taste of a loss in their mouth’s, they now have to play to win against the Panthers. Plus, I think it’s pretty obvious these two teams are gonna end up seeing each other again, and you know what they say about beating a team three times in a season.

Resilient

December 28th, 2010
9:47 am

This team lost one game in the last 9, this one hurt but I would rather have a loss now and have our team know that feeling and not want it again this year. I believe these Falcons are a good team, Ryan, Turner, White, Gonzo and the rest of the offense will get it together and make a good run. Keep being resilient and backing our team, GO FALCONS!!

Lesa

December 28th, 2010
9:48 am

Come on, people!! We lost a heartbreaker to a very good football team that we beat earlier in the year. Stop blaming the coach, the players, etc. The winning streak was bound to end sometime. I’d rather it end now than in the playoffs. Get a grip!! The Falcons played a great game tonight, particularly on defense. They just came up a few plays too short. Look at it this way: it is rare that a team can beat a good opponent 3 times in one season. If we had to lose a game to the Saints, better now than in the playoffs. The Falcons will wrap up the division and home field advantage on Sunday. No way will we lose to the pathetic Panthers. The Falcons are going to the Super Bowl!!!!

Who Dat Stinks

December 28th, 2010
9:50 am

All the Falcons need is speed on the wideouts, because Turner just isn’t fast enough. We end up playing the Saints again LOOK OUT WHO DAT. You won’t be so lucky next time, and i do mean lucky.

SAINTS2010

December 28th, 2010
9:55 am

THE BETTER TEAM WON LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!

TampaGator

December 28th, 2010
9:57 am

It was Turner’s fumble, not Smith decision to not go on 4th down, that was the biggest moment of the game. That fumble changed everything. Also: dumb play calling in that situation.

Ed

December 28th, 2010
10:00 am

Up until last night the Falcons were on an 8 game winning streak and tied with the Patriots for the best record in the NFL. One loss on Monday Night Football to the Saints isn’t the end of the world. As a matter of fact I think there is a such thing as a good loss and I think the Falcons will regroup and come out stronger than ever next week against the Panthers, finish 13-3 and get Home Field advantage in the Playoffs. The game could’ve easily went either way and a rematch in the playoffs would serve as the rubber game in the 3 game series for the year. Go Falcons!!!

hey dufus Bart's Boy

December 28th, 2010
10:01 am

Bart’s Boy
“A lot of lost souls seem to think Coach is saving all his offense for the Super Bowl. What Super Bowl?? The Saints play all out offense all of the time, every play of every game, all of the time!!”
———————————————————————
ummm and got 17 points…..7 on a 30 yard drive and won by 4 with Turner fumbling on the 1.
…………………..if that was wide open I would hate to see their :not wide open” offense. LOL

SAINTS2010

December 28th, 2010
10:04 am

@BLACKANDGOLD

Thats how dey been winning those games, get a flag on every play…(take a look at the Mike Smith @ the top yelling at the official) cause the calls were not coming his way…CHEATS CHEATS CHEATS!!!!
I am curious about RW next tweets though…

hjones

December 28th, 2010
10:05 am

COACHING FAILURE!
Earth to Falcons coaching staff: Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, and Tony Gonzalez are the offensive engines of this team. Micheal Turner is only one man.

OUR DEFENSE PLAYED AT A LEVEL THAT WOULD LET ATLANTA BEAT ANY TEAM IN THE NFL. OUR OFFENSE PLAYED WITH ONE ARM TIED BEHIND ITS BACK BECAUSE OF THE PLAY CALLING!! TWO catches for Gonzalez and THREE CATCHES for Roddy White SAYS IT ALL

WE HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER TEAM WITH A COACH CALLING HIGH SCHOOL TYPE PLAY SEQUENCES!

DO YOU READERS THINK WE CAN WIN A SINGLE PLAYOFF GAME IF WE OPERATE OUR OUR OFFENSE THIS WAY?

WE WILL BE PLAYING GOOD TEAMS (PROBABLY NEW ORLEANS AND PHILADELPHIA) WHO HAVE GREAT COACHES. ONE LOSS AND WE ARE OUT! BOTH OF THESE TEAMS ALREADY HAVE OUR NUMBER (OFFENSIVE PLAY CALLING SEQUENCE)!!!

I have said this MANY times in posts during the year. Our play calling is too predictable!!! It is obvious that NEW ORLEANS knew our usual sequence of how Mike Malarkey calls the plays. We were beaten before the initial kick-off.

There are too many Turner runs on first and second down when he has 0, -1, -2, -3, ,,,, -5 yards to put the team in a no-win situation. Then Matt Ryan is under pressure to make a first on third down.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU READERS SEEN THIS HAPPEN THIS YEAR? And last year?

I am not a football coach but if I see the tendency, the NEW Orleans coaches certainly see the tendency. After the Jenkins interference in the end zone, our objective should have been to score points NOT to prove that Turner can run the ball into the end zone. A play action pass would have been a great first down play call. We didn’t learn on the first attempt, so let’s run Turner again. COME ON MAN (Malarkey), points win a game not your stubbornness to continue to run Turner in this way.

After the Abraham interception, there are no excuses for not scoring points. This type of scoring urgency has been the norm all year. We are playing the big boys now, not the losers of the NFL.

Running Turner this way has happened so many times this year and mostly at a first down situation. I said it before, if Mike Smith continues to let Malarkey call plays like he does, then Mike Smith is part of the problem too.

hey dufus Bart's Boy

December 28th, 2010
10:06 am

How can anyone with a brain actually think Atlanta did anything but play vanilla offense and defense. We know we have a virtual bye week next week….a glorified practice game. I would not have played my starters past the half, regardless of score. Falcons certainly didnt show anything but the base packages,…….and still only lost by 4 points to a team DESPERATE for a win to STAY ALIVE

hey dufus Bart's Boy

December 28th, 2010
10:10 am

If you think Atlanta played to win…..ur brain dead. Playing hard for what????? Atlanta needs to beat the worst team in the NFL next week to gain all they could have gained last night……..WHY WOULD ANY SMART COACH SHOW ANYTHING SPECIAL WHEN WE MAY FACE THEM WHEN IT COUNTS.

senior falcon

December 28th, 2010
10:13 am

It has been a long time since I have seen a Falcon defense(Grits blitz?)play any better than they did last night. Meanwhile, the offense appeared to be sleep-walking. The “D” needs to lick their wounds, and do exactly what they were doing again on Sunday. The “O”(particularly the line that got pushed around)needs to do some soul searching and man-up for Sunday and the Panthers.

Karl

December 28th, 2010
10:20 am

I was beginning to get worried in the second half when the Falcons offense couldn’t move the ball, kept punting and leaving our defense on the field – they were definitely tired in the fourth quarter for maybe the first time all year. The Saints defense really stepped up – there was no one open for Ryan to throw to. We need to watch film and game a solution for when they come back to the dome in the playoffs. I still think we’re going to the Super Bowl.

SAINTS2010

December 28th, 2010
10:22 am

Posted by hjones:

We are playing the big boys now, not the losers of the NFL
Our play calling is too predictable!!! It is obvious that NEW ORLEANS knew our usual sequence of how Mike Malarkey calls the plays. We were beaten before the initial kick-off.
WE WILL BE PLAYING GOOD TEAMS (PROBABLY NEW ORLEANS AND PHILADELPHIA) WHO HAVE GREAT COACHES. ONE LOSS AND WE ARE OUT! BOTH OF THESE TEAMS ALREADY HAVE OUR NUMBER (OFFENSIVE PLAY CALLING SEQUENCE)!!!
We are playing the big boys now, not the losers of the NFL

@hjones:
Right On Man..School your boyzzz!!!!

John G

December 28th, 2010
10:23 am

Why was John Parker Wilson playing the last offensive series wearing Matt Ryan’s jersey? Oh really, that was Matt Ryan? Played like JPW. I hope this is not an example of what we can expect in the post season; if it is,… it will be a short one.

Marshall

December 28th, 2010
10:25 am

Though the defense played great….only problem was we quit blitzing on the drive that they went ahead on….all the critical plays on that drive we only had a four man rush….and as always when we got the lead, we went into our conservative play calling…I love what we do but would like to see our offense go for the jugular in those sitituations.

SAINTS2010

December 28th, 2010
10:26 am

Hey Whats Yall Them Song????
RISE UP???
Well they rose up alright…THEY(the fans)ROSE UP AND LEFT!!!!!!!!
LMAO!!!
WHODAT???!!!!!!!!

extremus

December 28th, 2010
10:27 am

The loss could (hopefully) be a blessing in disguise in the long run, because whenever you’re on a long winning streak of any kind there’s the inevitable question of when the other shoe will drop. Just remember what happened to those “perfect” Patriots in the Superbowl a few years ago; they were SUPPOSED to win, but they didn’t. The Atlanta Falcons are blessed that their streak (both wins and wins at the Dome) ended last night as opposed to sometime during the playoffs; there’s time to still address the issues and iron out the things that went wrong before the playoffs. A very good sign is that the entire team KNOWS there were plays not made and things that could have been done better…and they’re not happy about it. I believe it will motivate them to no end in the coming weeks. Having that splash of cold water on their confidence last night may just be the very thing that will help them refocus and come together at exactly the right time.

Here’s hoping it will be enough to bring home a Superbowl championship.

GO FALCONS!!!!!

John G

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

Was anyone else as tired as I was hearing about how great Drew Brees was? All night long that’s all the TV broadcasters (a/k/a Drew Brees fan club) talked about – according to them he healed the sick, raised the dead taught Mother Teresa everything she knew, and has brought peace, love and harmony to the world. Jesus looked up to him. If for no other reason, I would have liked to have seen our Falcons win it just to SHUT THEM UP!

C-Money

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

Roddy White…I guess HELL JUST FROZE OVER!!! We came, we saw, we conquered and laid the SMACK DOWN on that candy &^%!!! The “Dirty birds” just got their wings broken. Guess those “Aints” got a lil sumthin-sumthin the Dead Birds don’t have…A SUPERBOWL RING!!!
WHOOOOOOOOOODAT say gon be dem SAINTS? Surely NOT the Falcons!!!

papadawg

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

Good grief folks we lost to the standing champs and could have beat them. We can still win the division and home field advantage and make them come back here again. 12-3 still better than 9-7.

45

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

Saints2010 dont look now but we’re in front of you. lmao,too.

chipontheroad birdsrus

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

dont give up falcons fans we are good if you saints fans dont believe it hide and watch

ken

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

The Falcons are good but they could be great if their coaching staff had a killer instinct. This is what’s been missing all season and why the national media has not taken them seriously as a Super Bowl contender. I had the feeling even when they went up by four that their conservative play calling was going to cost them in the end and it did. Its not about getting the home field throughout the playoffs, they should get that next week against Carolina, but its about having a championship mindset that they can win it all now. The Falcons coaching staff must change this mindset immediately if they are serious about not just going to the big dance, but winning it.

45

December 28th, 2010
10:31 am

sorry c money but the facts say different. 45 times surely.

Phil

December 28th, 2010
10:31 am

I thought we should have changed up some in the backfield and used Johnson or Weems to get some speed in the game. Turner was getting stuffed and couldn’t get to the corners. A change of pace would have helped.

The blitz would have worked perfectly if our guys could have wrapped up Brees. Too many clean shots and our guys just went flying by without getting him on the ground.

Disappointing loss but hopefully we can learn from it.

SAINTS2010

December 28th, 2010
10:32 am

Falcons receiver Roddy White took to his verified Twitter account, @roddywhiteTV, to write, “No chance in hell the Aints come into the dome and win once trent dilfer.”

HaHaHaHaHaHaHa…Where u at Roddy???????
WHODAT????!!!!!!!!!!!

FalconInDC

December 28th, 2010
10:32 am

These aint fans are really annoying. I hope the falcons paste pictures in the lockeroom of the saints taking some photos on our logo after the game..1 of 2 things will happen. The saints will be a wildcard team, no doubt, and will have to win one in the snow, which i doubt they will, but if they happen to, i hope they come back to atlanta, so we can shut these big mouth fans like tough nolla jerk up…..get off our site nolla chump!

Roddy's over there

December 28th, 2010
10:33 am

with the division leader

Bluto

December 28th, 2010
10:33 am

No problem with the loss. Everyone knew it was going to be a tough game, I am just surprised how the saints fans are acting like just beat the Superbowl champs. You are right we have not won anything, even when ATL won in N.O. they treated it like just another win. I guess the Saints fans feel their SB window is closing so they need to make a big deal out of victories like this. The falcons on the other hand know this loss is no different than losing to the eagles or Steelers as long as they win next week.

Tommy

December 28th, 2010
10:33 am

It’s much better that they figured out that this game plan doesn’t work last night than 3 weeks from now. . . .

but someone tell Mularkey it’s not a felony to go play-action on first down.