Curtis Lofton named NFC defensive player of the week

Bears running back Kahlil Bell (32) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards, right, and linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. AP

Bears running back Kahlil Bell (32) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards, right, and linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. AP

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton was named the NFC’s defensive player of the week for the last regular season game on Wednesday.

Lofton finished the 45-24 victory over Tampa Bay with 14 tackles, one tackle for a loss and he returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Lofton said before practice.

The score was Lofton’s first career touchdown and his third career interception.

Lofton finished the season with 167 total tackles (101 solo), according to the coaches’ film review.

He will lead the Falcons defense against the New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

“We are not happy with just making the playoffs,” Lofton said. “The first couple of years, it was ‘get to the playoffs, get to the playoffs.’ But the ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Michael M.

January 4th, 2012
2:38 pm

Get one against the G-men Curtis for us on Sunday !

Falcons 4 Real

January 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

Bravo to the Police, well deserved especially when he got jobbed on the Probowl balloting.

Michael M.

January 4th, 2012
2:47 pm

Vegas has picked Green Bay to go all the way and repeat as Champs and giving Atlanta no shot at the Giants Sunday. Atlanta could have some luck in this thing which hasn’t really come their way this year , they could make some noise in this thing…………

First task is go up to New York and play good game, no turnovers, few penalties,play lights out on the giants and get some scores early and see if they can come back in the ballgame and get Turner and Rodgers running in this game to eat up that clock. A close one up there but think Atlanta will win it because they want this win bad to break the playoff curse on them.

hiramsaint

January 4th, 2012
2:50 pm

that will be the last award the failclowns recieve this season

Ben Jones

January 4th, 2012
2:53 pm

Curtis Lofton is a beast and should be in the Pro Bowl. He’s one of the best linebackers in the NFC. Why was he not there? I don’t know. But he will be. Great player.

Michael M.

January 4th, 2012
3:01 pm

If I was you hirma I would be more concerned with the Saints Lions instead of worrying about the Falcons that is if you are really a Saints man………….what I reading about the Lions and the way they played against the Packers last Sunday you better pay attention to them. I already told you they are better than they was when you first played them. If Stafford had not throwed the pick they would have taken the win against the packers !

Super Bowl Shuffle

January 4th, 2012
3:03 pm

Pro Bowl voting this year was a joke. No Lofton, no Turner, no White and no Spoon!

hiramsaint

January 4th, 2012
3:22 pm

yeah- watching a backup qb put 520 yds. on them has me real worried. seein how our d is better than the packers….oooooooooh , i’m shakin’

Michael M.

January 4th, 2012
3:28 pm

Flynn is a good quarterback and that high octane offense of Green Bay is for real…………………….keep on sleeping hirma…………..Sunday morning we may not see you any more this year……..lmao alot !

Joe

January 4th, 2012
3:28 pm

hiramsaint admit it, your a falcon fan, if not explain your consistent presence.

Hardy Falcon

January 4th, 2012
3:29 pm

How can they name anyone to D player of the week , when you are playing Tampa Bay, if he plays that good Sunday, then he deserves an award.

hiramsaint

January 4th, 2012
3:32 pm

wow-just checked out the cover of sports illustrated and their super bowl pick…very interesting. also checked out brian billicks power rankings …also vey interesting. JOE- i’m here for no other reason than to annoy , harrass you and make you laugh -lighten up before i tell mommy your playin’ on the pc again

Jake

January 4th, 2012
3:36 pm

When the Saints beat the Lions in week 13, the Lions were without Suh, Delmas, Chris Houston, etc. They were not at full strength. Also Stafford had a screwed up finger. They are at 100%. They still would have beaten the Saints had they not committed those dumb penalties. The Saints were lucky to escape with a win. Lions will beat the Saints this time. It’ll be so fun to see the Saint fans cry and make excuses like they always do. hahahaha

Michael M.

January 4th, 2012
3:37 pm

What it is .Nola just doesn’t have a thing like we have here if you go there they might be 7 or 8 comments at the most on a blog post so they don’t have nothing to entertain theirselves so they have to come here and try to intimidate us and stink up our Falcons but they just worried that Atlanta might win that game and move on to the second round in the playoffs. The thought to them of Atlanta moving on and them being one and done just frightens them so much they will pull all strings to try and disrupt any thing good about the Falcons period.

Falcons 73

January 4th, 2012
3:39 pm

I’m a passionate Falcons fan, but I just don’t see how this team will magically turn a switch and become the super aggressive team that imposes it’s will in the playoffs. Unfortunately, this is not how Mike Smith coaches and his ultra conservative philosophy is not built for post season success. This style of football leaves the Birds with VERY little margin for error and always puts them behind the 8 ball against superior competition.

The offense which is more than capable and talented, is still stuck in the “old school” mode of trying to win the time of possession and grind out the clock with the running game. This would work, if only the offensive line was built to REALLY run the football and play smash mouth football. The O-line is really more finesse than physical and that’s the reason for the drop off in running average. Dimitrof has provided Mularkey and Smith enough weapons to transition to an “explosive” offense with the likes of Jones, Rodgers, Douglass, White, Snelling, Gonzalez, and Ryan, but the overall results have been lacking. It’s sad that Mularkey doesn’t utilize more 3 and 4 wide receiver sets and open up the running lanes for Turner. We will come out on the first series against the Giants, in a two wide receiver set, Mike Cox in the back field with Turner, and try to play “smash mouth” football…we do it every game without care to what the opposing D will line up in.

On defense, we have more than enough athleticism in the secondary to play more man coverage and blitz the qb (with super quick LB’s in Weatherspoon & Nicholas), and yet we are stuck in “bend but don’t break” zones. This is a direct result of Smith’s background and unwillingness to play with extreme pressure and impose their will on the opposition.

Until the philosophy of this staff changes (or Arthur Blank mandates coaching changes), the Falcons will not progress to their stated goal of playing for a Super Bowl.

Jake

January 4th, 2012
3:44 pm

Even if we beat the Giants, there will be people that say “Well look who it was against.” etc etc. They’ll start to say the Giants weren’t any good, and they were an easy playoff opponent, yada yada yada. It’s gonna happen if we win. The haters will always find an excuse. Bottom line, a win is a win, and hopefully we can get it done on Sunday.

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hiramsaint

January 4th, 2012
3:52 pm

hey michael m-read falcons 73 post but try not to tear up when you realize the truth of it. lol lol lol

SirReal

January 4th, 2012
3:54 pm

@ Jake To those saem people that will say that, here’s what you say. To quote Rhett Butler “Frankly I dont give a damn” LOL ( I know he says my dear but….you dont say that to guys.LOL)

Birds win or lose by less than a TD Sunday. Book it.

Sofa King

January 4th, 2012
5:40 pm

Dirtbags beat Blowhards!

WS

January 4th, 2012
5:45 pm

FALOCON 73, I agree with you a 100%. falcons can not change what they are doing because that is not Mike Smiths way. BVG and MM get the blame, but it goes back to Smith.

Firsttimer

January 4th, 2012
6:59 pm

way to respond to that bogus fine on you Curtis. Show the refs that your motor does not shut off.

FalconRed

January 4th, 2012
9:21 pm

Congrats Curtis! Go stomp some a$$ on Sunday!!

hiramsaint

January 4th, 2012
10:34 pm

Check this link out! This is what’s gonna happen in the playoffs AGAIN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBHk9rc4hHc

DR. FALCON

January 5th, 2012
1:15 am

IT’S ABOUT TIME, CURTIS GETS RESPECT THROUGHOUT THE LEAGUE! HE SHOULD’VE MADE THE PRO BOWL!! URLACHER IS GOOD, BUT LOFTON IS MORE PRODUCTIVE AT THIS STAGE, IN THE NFC!!!

Frontman

January 5th, 2012
7:21 am

Folks, please watch the games. I think Curtis Lofton is a good guy, but please stop calling him a beast. Sean Weatherspoon is a beast and actually makes plays. Lofton’s int was thrown right at him and two of Tampa’s guys collided and fell down in front of him or one would have caught the ball. He had 14 tackles because Josh Freeman threw on him all day. As I said, I like him, but you can count on a couple of fingers the plays he has made this year. Not enough tackles for loss and not enough attacking the football. Most of his tackles are downfield, not at the line of scrimmage. We don’t have anyone better currently, but would I take Patrick Willis of Brian Urlacher over him? Absolutely…

SeenThisBFalcon

January 5th, 2012
7:58 am

CURTIS LOFTON PROBOWL SNUB THIS YEAR.AND TO THE LIL AIN’TS SAT YOUR GOING DOWN 37-31 TO THE LIONS…..

Noneya

January 5th, 2012
11:36 am

Well deserved. Lofton and Spoon are solid layers who will continue to improve. I expect a big game from them Sunday. Go Falcons!

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