Mike Smith said it was a ‘tough night’ for the Falcons

110115 Atlanta -  A dejected Atlanta Falcons head football coach Mike Smith says " it was a very discouraging night for our football team but we will learn from it" during his post game press conferance after losing to the Packers 48-21 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

110115 Atlanta - A dejected Atlanta Falcons head football coach Mike Smith says " it was a very discouraging night for our football team but we will learn from it" during his post game press conference after losing to the Packers 48-21 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith did not make any excuses for the teams poor showing against the Green Bay Packers.

Here’s what he had to say:

OPENING STATEMENT: Obviously, it’s extremely hard in this league to get the outcome that you want when we play the type  of football that we played today. It was very uncharacteristic in terms of turnovers, proteching the football and winning third down on defense. It was a tough night for our football team. We had way too many mistakes. We ran into a real hot quarterback, playing at a high level. We obviously had a real tough time stopping them. Their offense did a very good job. Then when you turned the offense over four times and have five sacks, it’s not going to be pretty. We thought that the first quarter of the game went well. As we got into the second quarter it started to kind of go away from us. We had an opportunity ,in the third quarter on third down and 13  with them backed up, and we didn’t get a stop. We couldn’t spin the momentum. Again my hats off to them. They are moving on. We’ll be a better team and learn from this experience. Everyday, if your win or lose, it’s a learning experience. This is something that we will learn from. With that, I’ll open it up for questions.

ON THE INTERCEPTIONS RIGHT AT THE END OF THE HALF: “That was a tough play. We were right at the edge of a long field goal attempt. . . We wanted to try to get it in five more yards for the range that we had set for our field goal kicker. It was a throw where the guy jumped the route and ended up really turning the tide right before the half. . . . then it really started to snowball from that point.”

(DID GET THIS QUESTION): Again, I would not Mark. There were numerous opportunities to get the guy on the ground. That’s a very good quarterback, a very good offense. Our intent was to get him on the ground. We had some free runners, but we didn’t convert. I would have never have imagined that happening. It was not very characteristic of the way that we want to play football. That was not the way we played football all season long.

ON THE PLAY OF THE SECONDARY: “Well, we gave up way too many yards obviously. Touchdown passes. We had some penalties that hurt us. Until I watch the tape it’s going to be really difficult  . . .  but obviously when you give up the number of points and the passing yardage that we gave up today, we didn’t play our best game. That’s very obvious. I don’t know if we tackled as cleanly as we needed to. It was a very discouraging evening for our football team. For our organization, but we will come back from it. I can assure you of that.

DID YOU ALL MISS BRIAN WILLIAMS: “Brian Williams is our starting nickel back. When a guy is hurt, the next guy has to come in and make the plays. You want to have all of our players out there if possible. He wasn’t there. I thought that Chris did some nice things when they were out there  tonight.  Until I watch the tape, I’m not going to make any judgments  on how individuals played.”

ON WHAT THEY DID WELL: I think we did a pretty good job stopping the run. We did a pretty good job this week preparing for the run. They used the same game plan they had the last time we played them. They made the plays when they had to make them and we didn’t. That’s  what happened in the ball game. They were the better team in the ball game tonight.

WAS RODGERS BETTER THAN LAST TIME? “Yes he was. Aaron Rodgers was better than he was the last time we played them and we weren’t as good.

ON WEEMS KICKOFF RETURN: “It was a big play by Eric and our special teams. Then we got put back out there on the field defensively and we didn’t get a stop. It was one of those 80-yard drives  .  .  . we didn’t get it stopped. You can’t go out there and play that many snaps in a football game and think that you are going to be stronger and you’re gong to win the fourth quarter.

ON RYAN’S INTERCEPTIONS: “I’m not going to comment  on bad throw, bad decision until I’ve had the opportunity to really watch the tape and study what the coverage was. I think I know what it was, but until I watch the tape I’m going to hold onto any type of judgment.”

THE FOURTH AND ONE ON THE FIRST TD DRIVE: “Our philosophy this season on fourth down, especially in the red zone, we feel we have a pretty good chance to make it statistically. We did that and it ended up turning into a touchdown down instead of a field goal. We you are facing an impressive offense like that you’ve got to score touchdowns. You can’t get into a field goal kicking contest because that offense right now is playing very effectively.”

ON HIS POST GAME SPEECH TO THE TEAM: “Generally speaking, I know they are disappointed. I’m disappointed. We didn’t like the way the game went and that we would learn from it. The important thing is that we learn from what took place. I also told them that they need to realize that even with as bad as they feel right now, they have to remember that there is a whole body of work that we put out there this year and we can’t forget that either.”

WAS THE WEATHER THIS WEEK A FACTOR: “No excuses. We’re not going to make any excuses. I thought our preparation was good. All week, when we came to practice we were focused. We just did not play Atlanta Falcons football. The way the Atlanta Falcons have played all season long. I think the statistical bear that out from the score on the scoreboard to what happened to us offensively and defensively.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Reid Adair

January 16th, 2011
12:58 am

Kudos to Coach Smith. This is the right response (regardless of the questions) and the right attitude. In the pre-season, this team wasn’t predicted to go to the Super Bowl. They weren’t even predicted to win the NFC South by most people. Some didn’t even have them making the playoffs.

2010 was another step FORWARD in the process. I know everyone with the organization is disappointed about tonight, as I am, but they’ll look at the big picture as Coach Smith suggested.

UGABugKiller

January 16th, 2011
1:02 am

As long as this franchise is steeped in the philosophy of Play Not To Lose, they will NEVER win when it truly matters.

As long as this football team is chained to a Martyball Offense that has NEVER won in the postseason, they will NEVER win when it truly matters.

As long as this football team continues to play in these vanilla SoftWillie-like Zones (which are NOT BVG’s true 4-3 defense, it’s Mike Smith’s lame Jaguars’ defense), they will NEVER win when it truly matters.

This team must divest itself of Mike Mularkey, hire Josh McDaniels, and tell Mike Smith to stay the hell away from the offense and stop messing it up with his play-not-to-lose mentality.

This team must allow BVG to coach defense like he did at Georgia, and NOT like Mike Smith did in Jacksonville.

If they don’t make these changes, then this team will NEVER win when it matters most.

Just like Marty Schottenheimer’s teams NEVER won when it mattered most.

kaminari

January 16th, 2011
1:05 am

Give me a break Mike Smith. The “whole body of work” you just flushed down the toilet in 60 minutes.

Joe_Camel

January 16th, 2011
1:06 am

Great season overall but I hate to go out in such an embarrassing fashion. What happened to our linebackers and the secondary? They were simply awful tonight.

Mattyicemelted

January 16th, 2011
1:06 am

Hey pigeon fans. You took GREAT JOY in the Saints defeat last week. Seattle beat a banged up Saints team, at home, by 5 points. The Packers made my year by shutting up you arogant pigeon fans. They exposed you for the fraud you are, #1 seed, loses by 27 at home, that’s a true BEAT DOWN. As an NFC South rep, I as actually going to root for you to go all the way, but you took great joy in celebrating the Saints loss. So I broke out my voodoo doll. It’s true, Dirty Bird can’t fly with a broken wing. What goes around comes around.

real falcon fan

January 16th, 2011
1:07 am

THANK YOU TEAM AND COACHES ,SMITTY AND THE STAFF AND THE TEAM HAVE ONE A GREAT JOB ALL YEAR. I REALLY BELIEVE THE PACKERS DIDN’T BEAT THE FALCONS ,THE FALCONS BEAT THEMSELVES! IT’S BEEN A GREAT SEASON AND I HAVE NO DOUBT SMITTY AND THE STAFF WILL HAVE THE 2011 FALCONS BACK TO THE PLAYOFF’S AND THERE WILL BE DIFFERENT RESULTS! I LOVE MY TEAM AND CAN’T WAIT TILL NEXT SEASON.GO FALCONS!

Glenn

January 16th, 2011
1:08 am

It was just one of those games, you have them sometimes. Great year Falcons and wish you the best for the future looks bright.

Waffle House or Bust

January 16th, 2011
1:10 am

I would say the Falcons have their own version of Bobby Cox in Mike Smith.

Close but yet so far……

Kane337

January 16th, 2011
1:11 am

Thanks for the good season coach Smith. We are all disappointed by the loss but there were sure a lot of good times this season. The future of Falcons football is bright but we have got to fix that 3rd down defense. It was an Achilles heel all season long and we got embarrassed by it tonight.

Mattyicemelted

January 16th, 2011
1:13 am

Joe Camel, you must be a Focker. Dude, a great season is winning the Super Bowl, you’ve got to learn to aim higher! Oh that’s right, the pigeons have never won a championship. #1 Seed=Great Season.

Waffle House or Bust

January 16th, 2011
1:13 am

Why are Atlanta teams always on the wrong end of these stupid stats?

Aaron Rodgers’ 86.1 completion percentage (31-of-36) at Atlanta is an NFL single-game postseason record for a QB with 35-plus attempts.

Mattyicemelted

January 16th, 2011
1:15 am

Real Falcon Fan, real fans would have stayed and thanked the team for a good season, but the cleared out in the 4th quarter like the fair weathered fans they are.

Mattyicemelted

January 16th, 2011
1:18 am

Mike Smith=Jim Mora, he might get you to the dance, but he’ll never get to dance as long as he plays conservatively. Dude, Matt Ryan has the makings of an elite QB, if only you’d let him throw more.

Mattyicemelted

January 16th, 2011
1:22 am

0-2 with 6 turnovers in the playoffs. Yea that’s the QB I want leading me when in the spot light. Sorry pigeons, see you next year.

cheesehead

January 16th, 2011
1:22 am

I said I’d b here, win or lose. That’s what I thought. No falc fans in the 4th quarter at the dome either. What happened? Running out of beer in the 2nd quarter?!? Stay classy atl

Go Pack Go!

TopNCO

January 16th, 2011
1:23 am

It all starts with the fans. Did you notice how well the Packers’ fans travel? Were you watching them in the stands, and the attention they paid to the game. Fans that have to be told to buy tickets, come early, rise up, get loud are not true football fans, and the players notice that. The game was lost in the 3rd quarter not when Rodgers scored, but when the fans left. Thats when any chance of a miracle vanished. Don’t be ashamed of the Falcons for they were beaten by a better team, you were told that all week. You need to be ashamed for yourselves for you are some of the poorest fans in the NFL.

falcons fan

January 16th, 2011
1:26 am

Falcons play football games like they are afraid … must get a killer instinct in the running game (with FASTER more explosive alterative to Burner Turner). He’s a great back, but needs help. Snelling isn’t the answer — let Gatrell Johnson loose. Also, you need more deep threat receivers like the packers, harder hitting line backers like clay matthews, and playmakers on the team. Stop wasting money on weenies — get players. OC and DC should be fired tonight. With them, you will never succeed. need more aggressive play calling. And the players dont need to be coddled any longer – they are men, who play like boys. Up your coaching, and the Falcons might have won the game tonight.

gman

January 16th, 2011
1:41 am

ive seen Brady lose Payton Manning lose Drew Breese lose Aaron Rogers lose and when i think about it, i always sense disappointment and maybe even a little shame. but does anyone notice how Matt Ryan doesnt seem to be fazed by losing even such a big game like this.

ATL Observer

January 16th, 2011
1:50 am

Ouch. That hurt. A lot.

EVERYBODY (except possibly Weems) underperformed. It all ended on the pick six. The entire team, coaching staff and fanbase went into VISIBLE shellshock. The brutal shortcoming of the otherwise great regular season is that the team only really faced a big deficit in one game (Eagles loss). The moment they were down two scores, they clearly were emotionally unequipped to deal with the situation.

In the offseason, they will need to address the following:
- opening things up so Ryan can develop. He’s a great leader but isn’t getting enough ground testing with a more wide open playbook. I called the pick six b/c I knew where the ball was going before they even got out of the huddle. While the Ryan hatred often annoy me, in their critique of his now-suddenly-worrisome forays into the postseason lies a legitimate kernel of truth: this Falcons team knows how to construct a winning offense but it doesn’t adjust well in the playoff environment.
- getting a defensive difference maker. The Falcons D was ATROCIOUS tonight but they did exhibit overall improvement this year. What’s missing is the difference maker. GB has Matthews, CHI has Urlacher, PIT has Polamalu….the Falcons need a guy like that.

ATL Observer

January 16th, 2011
2:02 am

- The fans need to create a big time environment from DAY ONE. This team played so well at home…..until the Saints and Packers games. Why? I think the fans are usually fairly apathetic and, strangely, the team gets used to it and comfortable in that environment. Whereas the Steelers, Pats, Packers, etc. don’t sense anything unusual about a “playoff atmosphere.” EVERY home game has that atmosphere.
- while you address these things…don’t get TOO crazy and blow everything up. While I’m barfing a little using the Saints as an example, when they experienced some letdowns after some inflated expectations in light of ‘06, they didn’t panic and completely overhaul the operation. They made some defensive tweaks, added some role players and voila, Super Bowl. They need to avoid being the Eagles (stable enough to contend but never getting the missing pieces for a title) but also avoid being the Redskins (so much instability has made them a joke).

In time, I’ll have fond memories of the season but for now…….ouch.

Greg Brose

January 16th, 2011
2:03 am

Atlanta, you finally have met the real Green Bay Packers.

ut puttJD

January 16th, 2011
2:04 am

Seemed like Van Gorder had no answer on defense. Sometimes a KO Return fo a TD hurts the defense more than helps the offense. The preceding drive was a 80 yarder. We score without the offense going on the field and then they drive another 85 yards and score. That in essence was the turning point. The Defense was work nout . Go Dawgs

michael s falcons#1

January 16th, 2011
2:08 am

im dissapointed with the results but the falcons have to get off the field on third down to much zone defense when you rush 3 and drop 8 back in coverage to cover 5 players you should be able to disrupt a pass i saw alot of watching the qb instead of the receivers and the 4 or 5 times the dline got to almost sack rodgers they missed the tackle . I dont think the packers are any better 11-6 they played better tonight and atlanta didn’t cover well when you have 3rd and 6 or 8 dont play off nearly ten yards you give them the first down. The 2 interceptions killed the atttitude of the falcons and the opening score of the 2nd half. But its football anyopne can get beat. Hopefully next year they play better and the fans didn’t lose the game for atlanta that’s stupid .They don’t give out free tickets they cost money it must be nice to follow your team but not all of us can afford to do it. Atlanta is still my team i hope to see them do better next year! Im proud of them 3 winnig seasons in a row. GreenBay had over a decade of losing until favre came in 1992 atlanta has good coaching and a owner who wants to win unlike rankin smith who was just about making the money for his family. Im looking forward to continuing to see good things for the falcons in the future.

michael s falcons#1

January 16th, 2011
2:09 am

im dissapointed with the results but the falcons have to get off the field on third down to much zone defense when you rush 3 and drop 8 back in coverage to cover 5 players you should be able to disrupt a pass i saw alot of watching the qb instead of the receivers and the 4 or 5 times the dline got to almost sack rodgers they missed the tackle . I dont think the packers are any better 11-6 they played better tonight and atlanta didn’t cover well when you have 3rd and 6 or 8 dont play off nearly ten yards you give them the first down. The 2 interceptions killed the atttitude of the falcons and the opening score of the 2nd half. But its football anyone can get beat. Hopefully next year they play better and the fans didn’t lose the game for atlanta that’s stupid .They don’t give out free tickets they cost money it must be nice to follow your team but not all of us can afford to do it. Atlanta is still my team i hope to see them do better next year! Im proud of them 3 winning seasons in a row. GreenBay had over a decade of losing until favre came in 1992 atlanta has good coaching and a owner who wants to win unlike rankin smith who was just about making the money for his family. Im looking forward to continuing to see good things for the falcons in the future.

WC Falcon

January 16th, 2011
2:11 am

The players are an elite group who has bonded well. They will get better as a team. What this team need is an offensive coordinator that is consistent and and can help the player adjust during the game. I beleive Mac would be a good position coach. Every game we have lost during the past two years were due to in effective coaching.

JD

January 16th, 2011
2:15 am

Wow. Couldn’t finish watching the game it was so ugly. BugKiller was right, the performance tonight was way too buttoned-down. McDaniels may be the ticket for the offense but the flaws in the defense were obvious.

For having two weeks to prepare, BVG was out-coached and out-schemed. I feel bad for Gonzalez more than I do for Smith. There ought to be a real air-clearing tomorrow in Suwanee.

Bart

January 16th, 2011
2:16 am

Falcons got their axx handed to them on their home field……….All their work got flushed down the drain……What an embarrassement

Karl

January 16th, 2011
2:16 am

Did Dominique Franks replace Owens in the nickel position becuae I didn’t watch the whole game. It seems the he just keep on regressing as the season went on from a starting nickel back to just primarily a speacial team player and I feel his job is gonna be on the line. The play where I thought that shift the momentum was the illegal contact by owens after getting the sack on 3rd and 3 that could of been either 14 to 10 or 14 to 7 had crosby missed a chip shot. Also the play by Matty Ice just wasn’t as good eiter with two ints with one taking back to the house. Despite this an overall a good season especially in the third year I just wish for a better outcome and I’ll be rooting for them next season or 2012 season if there is a lockout to beyond.

michael s falcons#1

January 16th, 2011
2:16 am

hopefully they have a rematch next year

Karl

January 16th, 2011
2:18 am

Also, Tony Gonzalez, well see you next season where there is still unfinished business.

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JE

January 16th, 2011
2:44 am

The 24 point turn around right before half did really destroyed the team. Driving in to tie at 21 and an interception…GB goes down the field and scores. Then the missed opportunity for a FG on the pick six was devistating… They scored 14 and we missed 10…. The defense having to be on the field around 30 plays between their first score our runback TD and their next long drive foe a td killed the defense physically. They took us out of the running game quickly. For some reason we could not make a tackle on Rogers in the Back field….What is with those “Ole” tackles. Is that lack of fundamentals or lack of coaching? Van Gorder had no answers… Rogers was probably as hot as anyone has ever been but we certainly helped him look that good with Van Gorders defense.

JE

January 16th, 2011
2:50 am

24 point turn around before half killed the team. Instead of going up 21-14 or 24-14, we ended up 28-14 behind after both of those interceptions…Van Gorder’s defense was terrible.. They really helped Rogers look great. The return for a td killed the defense after GB’s first TD.. They had two long drives that the defense had only the short rest between drives of a total of nearly 30 plays. Time of possession or lack of possession killed the Falcons plus poor defense, and a few questionable play calls…Total crash of the whole team.

idgafkurt

January 16th, 2011
2:51 am

Did you guys hit 115 decible level? Nice job Atlanta supporting your team in the 4th quarter! Domination. Better luck next year geeks!

idgafkurt

January 16th, 2011
2:52 am

It’s so loud in the dome! I can’t hear! Is that 115 decibles? Oh wait you all left and went home.

idgafkurt

January 16th, 2011
2:53 am

Matty Ice is sick in the playoffs! Pro Bowl!

Alpha9

January 16th, 2011
3:18 am

how is 20 – 29 not doing your job as qb i get the pick 6 bad throw..but should the stat sheet have read 22 – for 29 with about 60 more yards added too it and a 2 td 1 int game if jenkins can hold on too the ball and stay upright..Not Matty’s fault a guy fell down in the end zone…every Well Known Player ala Abe Roddy Turner Grimes Weems Ryan did something positive in the game But individuals don’t win games teams do bad team effort worse coaching dumb penalites..and Having 2 guys Owens and Spoon should have never been on the field..Spoon gets a pass but Owens come on man

Alpha9

January 16th, 2011
3:20 am

Oh well at leat all of our women don’t look like AJ Hawk and Clay Matthews..so we still kinda won

Brian

January 16th, 2011
4:19 am

OK…The pain of this embarassment has subsided. For the REAL Falcons fans here…let’s talk about the glaring needs for 2011 (provided there is one). Here where I think we need upgrades:
LT – Sam Baker is not a TRUE LT. This year, he cost us much yardage in false start and holding penalties because he was too often getting beat of the edge.
OG – Can the 2010 draft picks step up next year or should we look for Dahl’s/McClure’s future replacements in free agency?
WR – Roddy needs a speedy compliment with great hands. HD was surprisingly ineffective and inconsistent in his role out of the slot.
DE – When will Sidbury be ready to step into 55’s role?
RB – Is Gartrelle Johnson a keeper? Just like WR, we need a speedy, aggressive compliment to 33.
DB – I think we have the talent here, but maturity is an issue.

Thoughts?

Bman

January 16th, 2011
4:58 am

You have to give a ton of credit to A Rod for eluding the falcons’ pressure tonight just Lon enough to allow a receiver to get open. Trust me, I am a Broncos fan and Kyle Orton wouldve been sacked at least 8 times if it were him behind center.

Overhaul Now (trust me)

January 16th, 2011
5:52 am

They can be fixed but Blank will CERTAINLY NOT do what it takes to fix them. Could the young up and coming NFC Champs need a major overhaul already? YES!!!

1. Either Mularky or Matty Ice (lol) or both need to GO! The ultra-conservative play calling will never get you past the FIRST ROUND of the playoffs. These plays are called either because the Mularky knows no other way and cannot adapt or because he knows that Ryan is very very iffy on long balls and tough reads. Given that Mularky HAD a rep for offensive innovation before coming to the Falcons; I would say that he knows Ryan’s limitations and has been trying to prevent the type of interception fest that went on last night. The third rather intriguing option is that Mularky has been INSTRUCTED by Mike Smith to call the plays that way to protect Ryan, in which case I can’t really blame Mularky.

2.Van Gorder has got to go. It quickly became obvious in this game, as in several recent ones that the only way the birds can stop a high powered O, or a hot QB is to Blitz, Blitz, Blitz! Everyone watching, including the announcers could see that we needed to blitz except BVG. Unless once again he was following Smith’s orders.

3. We obviously need personnel upgrades ALL OVER THE FIELD!

I could go on and on. But without the first two changes, other changes, including player personnel would be futile. Mr. Blank is enamored with his coaching staff and QB due to the moderate success that they have had. So this NEW FALCONS DEBACLE will continue for at least another three years. Then we will start all over again.

Rise Up! Go Birds! Blah, blah…..blah.

Vidalia Falcon

January 16th, 2011
6:45 am

Has Dunta Robinson done ANYTHING (besides knocking out DeSean Jackson) this season to warrant that huge contract? Dunta Robinson = Peerless Price = Ed Hartwell.

FSSikes

January 16th, 2011
7:18 am

Looked alot like Georgia vs. Auburn except the G was on the other helmet.

Buckeye

January 16th, 2011
7:38 am

How many steps are there in Coach Smith’s “process”?

Tough to end it like this…..good fun run though through the regular season.

At least I’ll have the #1 Ohio State basketball team to watch twice a week.

P.S. UGA was 6-7 and lost to Conf USA in the Liberty Bowl!

Packer Pete in NC

January 16th, 2011
7:47 am

Congrats to the Falcons on a very good season. Every team has a game like this, especially a young one in the playoffs. You guys could use a few more players on the defensive side of the ball, but really, the Falcons are set up to compete at a high level for the next several years. And I think Mike Smith is an excellent coach. You guys will be back. In fact, I think the Packers and Falcons will have some great battles in the coming years. Go Pack!

Jerry

January 16th, 2011
7:52 am

That coaching staff is going to represent the NFC in the PRO Bowl? Yeah, right!

Jbomb

January 16th, 2011
7:54 am

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GB Fan

January 16th, 2011
8:01 am

I wonder if you Falcon fans understand how really bad you got beat in this game. I’ve heard lots a noise about not having your starting 5th DB available. Wonder if you realize that not only did you get beat, but beat bad, by a team that has their starting halfback, tight-end, right guard, middle linebacker, outside linebacker, safety and cornerback all on IR for most of the year. In addition, GB has 4 backup linebackers in IR also. So please don’t complain about injuries to us. Just realize that our team was much deeper and better prepared then yours.

RMikel58

January 16th, 2011
8:03 am

I’d like to congradulate the Greenbay Packers on the win against us. They out coached us in everyway and even if you take away our 4 turnovers it still couldve been 28-7. They are a class organization with great fans. Good luck in the NFC Championship.

Tampa bay bucks

January 16th, 2011
8:03 am

Under performed, thats a understatement. More like we did not show up. More like as a number one seed, we thought we had won the super bowl already. More like we were exposed, like the frauds we are. More like, we hope one year, before 2050 to win a super bowl for our long suffering fans. More like one day we will have a Lombardi trophy like our NFC south teams, new Orleans saints and Tampa bay bucks. As I see it, the frauds got lucky against my bucks two times this season, now the luck ran out on the falcons, and it’s fans are going crazy. The bucks will be the team to beat in the future, not your team.