Falcons earn second straight NFL playoff berth

The Vince Lombardi Trophy on display at the Super Bowl. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

The Vince Lombardi Trophy on display at the Super Bowl. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

 

 

 

 

 

With Green Bay’s 35-21 victory over Chicago, the Falcons clinched a playoff berth for the third time over the past four seasons on Sunday night.

The Falcons (9-5) play the New Orleans Saints (11-5) at 8:30 p.m. Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The playoff berth marks the first time in franchise history that the team has made the playoffs in consecutive seasons.

In addition to Chicago’s loss, the Falcons needed losses from Dallas and Arizona. Philadelphia beat Dallas and Cincinnati beat Arizona on Saturday.

The Falcons can win the NFC South title and earn the No. 3 seed with victories over New Orleans and Tampa Bay coupled with a loss by the Saints to Carolina.

The Falcons would host a home game if they can land the No. 3 seed.

“This is exactly where we wanted to be, in the mix in December with everything we want still in front of us with two games to play,” said quarterback Matt Ryan when asked about the playoffs on Thursday.

In 2008, the Falcons were eliminated by the Arizona Cardinals in the wild-card round. Last season, the Falcons were the No. 1 seed but were upset at home by Green Bay in the divisional round. Arizona and Green Bay went on to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

The Falcons are one of the league’s hottest teams. They have won seven of their last night games and could go into the playoffs with a lot of momentum if they can defeat New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

“You want to be playing your best ball in December,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said recently. “One of the things that we talk about as an organization and a football team, we want to be relevant in December. To be relevant, you have to be playing good football. . . It becomes very important that you win games going down the stretch.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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268 comments Add your comment

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:03 am

And all they had to do was sit there and watch it D-led…………..how sweet !

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 26th, 2011
12:11 am

Yep, just watch!

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:17 am

I must say…….that ” Superbowl Trophy ” sure would look nice sitting down here in ” Hotlanta ” !

What ya think about that Saint Fans ?

Heath

December 26th, 2011
12:18 am

Now they can relax and play loose against the Saints and concentrate on winning the division. Panthers have won, what, 5 of 6? They aren’t going to lay down against NO either.

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:21 am

Ueeediot

December 26th, 2011
12:26 am

What do you mean Joe, the Falcons are playing the the SuperBowel tomorrow night.

Lamar

December 26th, 2011
12:27 am

NOW IF DUNTA ROBINSON will break a leg, or get the flu they might beat NO. How can a guy like Robinson play corner in the NFL? This guy could not cover a high school receiver! Watch old #23 get burned Monday night. When he does not get burned, he spends the rest of the game chasing a guy he let get open! They need help bad at the CB position, at least they get Grimes back. He might be small, but at least he can cover somebody!

Heath

December 26th, 2011
12:27 am

JTFH, are you just pretending to be so stupid that you spelled every other word wrong?

tyler

December 26th, 2011
12:27 am

Pretty impressed with the way Smitty and the staff have been able to change the culture around here. Nice job. Now, as far as the playoffs go, I know that there are a ton of different possibilities seeding-wise but the most liking appears to be vs Cowboys/Giants winner. A 6 seed vs SF wouldn’t bother me either.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:28 am

Hey they done backed in 2 the play ofs no way they can go N E furter.

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:29 am

This is getting fun now……………………….Indeed , that could be called a precursor to a Superbowl game because a lot is up for grabs !

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:29 am

Shad up Heath

Herschel Talker

December 26th, 2011
12:32 am

Where is that IDIOT poster named Matt “CHOKE” Ryan? What a buffoon.

extremus

December 26th, 2011
12:32 am

Hopefully the fact that a playoff spot is already clinched will enable the Falcons to play loose and ease the nervous tension that sometimes seems to cause mistakes for them in big games. Obviously there’s still a lot to play for (namely the division title and seeding) for both teams, and despite all the trash talk from either fan base it’s very likely going to be a tight, highly contested game between two good teams.

It does also help that the Falcons sound like they feel they have something to prove; a chip on their shoulder is something that’s been missing up till now, and would be welcome (and needed) going into the playoffs.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:34 am

Backin in 2 the palyoffs does not mean the Flacons will beet the Saitns. Dont get 3 exitied.

tyler

December 26th, 2011
12:34 am

Joe Tess- 2 things here- 1. I hope that your post is some sort of joke or something b/c otherwise I feel very sorry for you. Or 2. you are in fact under the age of 10…..

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:34 am

It wouldn’t surprise me if Atlanta goes out there tomorrow night and stuns the Saints and shocks the NFL nation. Got to like the way the Stars are lining up in favor of the Birds this year !

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
12:39 am

JOE Fish thinks he is funny. Nobody can be that dumb without trying.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:39 am

I aint joking a round. There are 2 many things wrong with the Falcons for them 2 win the Superbowel.

They need 2 get rid of some dead wait. Perrier Jerry, Donte Roberson, Witherspoon, Sam Baker and Matt Ryan. Do that and I thing they can go all the way.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
12:41 am

Joe Fish HOW did the Falcons Back in to the playoffs? Did the Packers Back into the playoffs last year?

BrickHead

December 26th, 2011
12:42 am

Let the good times roll. Here we come Saints

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:42 am

Easy they had to wait on the Bears 2 loose. Did you not reed that? And U call me stooppid

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:45 am

That was funny BrickHead

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
12:46 am

The Bears losing tonight just made it happen sooner. The bears would have to have won 2 and the Falcons lose 2. That is not Backing into the playoffs.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:49 am

Does not mater win it happen. Flacons had 2 wait on the Bears 2 loose. U dont no N E thing about football do U

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
12:49 am

FISH I guess EVERY TEAM that gets a Wild Card Birth then Backs into a playoff spot?

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:50 am

And Im tire of seein that rice up comercial.

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:51 am

Congratulations Atlanta Falcons for just watching the television tonight……….what a way to get in the playoffs, watching the Team you will defeat in the playoffs to go grab that Lombardi Trophy and bring it home to Hotlanta.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:51 am

If they have 2 wait on another team 2 loose than yeah.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
12:54 am

Well by your definition I will gladly take backing into the playoffs like Green bay did last year to get a shot to win it all.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
12:55 am

Back in 2 the playofs only means U will not make the Superbowel.

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December 26th, 2011
12:56 am

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Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
12:58 am

This is more fun this year than last year’s adventure and I just love it ……………..there’s a different feeling this year to me than last year, just can’t explain it in words, but its a pretty good feeling. Some of you out there have that feeling too ?

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
1:00 am

Fish you thought the BEARS were going to win @ Green Bay and Minnesota with McCown? You really can’t spell and you are not to bright either.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
1:00 am

Yeah I have a felling that the Flacons R domed. They got cheated by Ray Edmunds, donte Roberson and gave up way 2 much for Juliet Jones.

Reel bad felling.

TBALL

December 26th, 2011
1:01 am

CONGRATS FALCONS!!!

RISE UP!!!!

Joe Tess Fish House

December 26th, 2011
1:01 am

5150 toad U just need 2 go 2 bed. This is 4 adults now.

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
1:03 am

lmao………….Jones keeps catching those football catches and he will be a Monster in the playoff race, he plays with a mean attitude out there.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
1:08 am

Fish if it is adults then get spell check or study for your GED.

Big Bad Wolf

December 26th, 2011
1:11 am

Well, one thing that is for sure is that there are some crazies that come on these blogs after 12:00 a.m. ( a.k.a. Mr. Fish House)…. I’m bout ready to pop my next beer, keep the fun rolling…..

Deapp

December 26th, 2011
1:13 am

Atlanta has been the Under-Dogs far to long. Ignored by ESPN, Fox, Sports Center, etc. But they will be the ones that shock the haters. If Ryan keeps his cool, unlike the last NO game and not panic, he will be the key to winning this game. Watch, HATERS and believe!

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
1:13 am

Big Bad Wolf did you take advantage of the Sunday beer sales today?

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
1:13 am

Alright everyone, going to hit the sack here………..playing Santa wore me out ! Get your Game snacks and what have you early tomorrow because be a lot out on the roads taking junk back to the stores so it will be busy, busy ,busy …………..

Michael M.

December 26th, 2011
1:15 am

Falcons 31 Saints ” a lot of sacks “

Dwayne C

December 26th, 2011
1:17 am

“Rise up”? My ass. Change that to “Fall flat”. Give the Falcons credit for making the playoffs. They will not, like in past playoff appearances, last long and will be defeated in the wild card round. A wild card team may be all these Atlanta Falcons can manage year to year.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2011
1:18 am

CHOKE and HiRam Taint will be Tea-Bagging each other all night during the MNF game

Bdawg

December 26th, 2011
1:19 am

You guys just need to leave this Joe Tess guy alone. He is either 1. mentally retarded or 2. just trying to ruffle your feathers. Either way it’s not worth the time trying to explain logic to him.

BooBoo

December 26th, 2011
1:28 am

“The Falcons (9-5) play the New Orleans Saints (11-5) at 8:30 p.m. Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.”

Couldn’t help but notice you have Atlanta’s record at 9-5 (correct) and the Saints’ record at 11-5 (a projection they lose their last two games). Wishful thinking on Christmas?

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Big Bad Wolf

December 26th, 2011
2:15 am

LMBO!!! Oh Yes 5150, I had to celebrate with my wonderful Savior today with a cold one……