Report card: Falcons’ grades for win over Panthers

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White goes up for a long reception over Carolina Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura setting up the winning field goal for a 30-28 victory in the final minute of the game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White goes up for a long reception over Carolina Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura setting up the winning field goal for a 30-28 victory in the final minute of the game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Here are the Falcons’ grades for the 30-28 thrilling win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

B-plus – QUARTERBACKS: Matt Ryan completed 25 of 40 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He finished with a quarterback rating of 107.2 and the Falcons improved to 27-0 when he has a passer rating of more than 100. He doesn’t have an ‘A’ because the last-minute drama would have been unnecessary if hadn’t thrown an interception in the end zone to Haruki Nakamura, whom he would later victimize, in the first quarter.

A-plus — RUNNING BACKS: Michael Turner powered his way to 103 yards on just 13 carries. He had some power runs and Jacquizz Rodgers chipped in with six rushes for 18 yards. Turner had his first career touchdown reception as he accounted for 171 total yards.

A-minus — RECEIVERS: Roddy White put on a show as he caught eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. No catch was bigger than his 59-yarder over Nakamura to kick-start the final drive. Gonzalez (five for 51) was solid as Julio Jones was used primarily as a decoy as his hand heals.

D-minus — OFFENSIVE LINE: Matt Ryan was on the move in the pocket. Carolina’s Charles Johnson did his best Lawrence Taylor impersonation. He was camped out in the backfield when he wasn’t sacking Ryan or putting hits on him. He had 3.5 sacks and five quarterback hits. Some guy name Frank Alexander got in on the action, too. He had 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits. The Falcons had given up just four sacks entering this game. The unit would have received an F, but they did spring Turner for more than 100 yards and they did hold up on the 59-yard pass play.

B — DEFENSIVE LINE: The defensive line did not adequately put Carolina’s Cam Newton under duress. They had three sacks and just three quarterback hits. They’ll have to ramp up the pass rush in the coming weeks. They were stout against Carolina’s zone-read dives as defensive end John Abraham had five tackles and tackle Jonathan Babineaux had three. Ray Edwards recovered a fumble and had three tackles.

B — LINEBACKERS: This group did most of the heaving lifting against the run. Stephen Nicholas led the team with eight tackles. Akeem Dent and Sean Weatherspoon both had four tackles. Both Nicholas and Weatherspoon had some nice open-field tackles on Cam Newton.

B — DEFENSIVE BACKS: Safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore had their toughest games of the season, but finished strong. Dunta Robinson forced a fumble on Steve Smith. Abraham saved Asante Samuel from getting into it scuffle with Steve Smith, when he just picked Samuel up and carried him away. Smith was held to three catches for 52 yards. Also, Robert McClain made his debut as the nickel back, replacing Dominique Franks.

A — SPECIAL TEAMS: Matt Bryant wasn’t around to tell us about the kick after the game, but he’s made nine in a row. Franks nearly broke another punt return for a touchdown, but was tripped up by Jason Phillips after an 18-yard return. Matt Bosher averaged a 42.4 on five punts and placed two inside the Panthers’ 20-yard line.

B — COACHING: The Falcons were running the ball down the Panthers’ throat on their second drive on the game, but started to pass inside the red zone and ended up tossing an interception. The call to get the field goal to cut it to 28-27 was an astute move. It paid off with the later field goal for the win. Sunday’s win against the Panthers moved Mike Smith ahead of Leeman Bennett who posted a 46-41 record between 1977 and 1982. Smith, who is now 47-21, trails only Dan Reeves who went 49-59-1 from 1997-03.

NEXT UP: Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. at FedEX Field.

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Tommy Nobis belongs in HOF!

October 1st, 2012
6:20 am

If Turner would run every game like he did today, the Falcons would be unstoppable!

Ivan

October 1st, 2012
6:26 am

The oline held up on the bomb to Roddy because it was a max protect formation that only sent Roddy and Julio deep. They should let a 4 man rush get to the Qb.

Ivan

October 1st, 2012
6:26 am

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Tommy Nobis belongs in IHOP!

October 1st, 2012
6:48 am

Nobis for Canton!

JJ, you got to learn to drag those feet down on the sideline.

Marcus

October 1st, 2012
6:50 am

DOL,

Is there any prep advantage that the Falcons have in having to play vs. Cam Newton and RGIII in back-to-back weeks?

Also, I saw some other team yesterday (can’t remember who) doing the same type of amoeba defense that Nolan put in for the Falcons.

GregKennesaw

October 1st, 2012
7:05 am

Superman……………….Superman……………I want to lose like Superman

ThatGameRocked

October 1st, 2012
7:17 am

After all these years of hearing Turner down the middle for one 30 times a game, the Falcons have finally figured out that by selectively using Turner, he has become more productive. Would much rather see him running 10-15 times a game along with a few screen passes. One of his most productive games ever and I didn’t have to hear Turner for one 25 times during a game.

Dirty Bird since 71`

October 1st, 2012
7:35 am

As long as the Falcons beat the tar out of the Aints twice this year we are a success. Beat em like a rented mule. Beat em like the stole something. Beat em like they are a red headed step child. Just beat em baby.

Runner-

October 1st, 2012
8:00 am

Our O-Line was terrible in pass protection. Then again, these Panthers lineman are mo walk in the park, but still, I have no idea how we won that game with all the pressure on Matt and with Julio out of the game.

Mike is Back

October 1st, 2012
8:04 am

Dled, I thought the BIRDS might have a tough go of it…against CAM…especially since he is from the ATL…Hey, the BIRDS made the plays, when they had to…A win is a win.

RISE UP BIRDS…KEEP IT GOING..LET’S GO…LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LDawg

October 1st, 2012
8:07 am

I was at the game, and the stats just don’t look like what I saw. Defense was pretty vanilla from where I was sitting – I had kinda been hoping for that defense that showed up for the Broncos and Chargers. Don’t get me started on the O-line.

LDawg

October 1st, 2012
8:09 am

Of course, when Newton figures out there are 21 other people on the team, he will be unstoppable.

Getaway

October 1st, 2012
8:18 am

Saw Roddy’s interview on NFL Network where he came out and said he and Julio were the best outside receivers in football. I was thinking uh oh…But,then he has a statement game like this. He was incredible. I thought he was going to fade into the background this season, but he looks better than ever. Way to step up!
It’s hard to pick who to give a game ball to. Turner? First receiving TD and great north/south running, but he had a few drops as well. Robinson? Had strip, some great stops and was very physical when he played up at the line. Nicholas? He is everywhere and there just isn’t many yards after he makes contact. He abused Stewart. Bryant? One word. Money.
Who am I kidding? The game ball goes to Carolina coach Rivera for not going for that 4 and 1. In his defense though, how could he know that Ryan and White are dangerous from just about anywhere on the field?

Realfalconfan

October 1st, 2012
8:25 am

I understand we had a bad game on D … BUT they shut out chargers on there turf.. they let Cam light them up!! its time to get consistent !!!

waynester

October 1st, 2012
8:47 am

marcus
There was a huge adjustment from facing Rivers to Cam and RG3 next week. You subtract at least one guy from coverage just to spy the QB. Hopefully, this will benefit us as we prepare for Wash and Philly and their mobile QBs….

Jimmy Crack

October 1st, 2012
8:57 am

Mostly agree on the grades, DOL, but if you’re going to give the O line a D- (I agree with that) then maybe Ryan’s grade should get a boost from a B+ to an A- for “bravery under duress”. Even though he got roughed up for 4 quarters he never flinched in that pocket late in the game. I’d give Matt an A myself.

itmeagain

October 1st, 2012
8:58 am

Maybe the west coast game effected the team more this week than last week. The panties did have 3 more days to plan and rest. But who really cares about all that. The best team won. If Carolina was so dominate they should not had allowed Matt to move the ball from the one yard line to get the winning score. Ill not give any props to the panties…none. They must earn it from me.

WAS THERE

October 1st, 2012
9:01 am

How in hell do you give the D a “B” rating when they were lit up by Newton all afternoon, especially on each and every sideline pattern they ran–they completed passes at will. I was at the game and watched the coverage played softer than I’ve ever seen it–they never challenged Newton in the pocket, and they never challenged the receivers either along the sidelines or across the middle–they played off 3-4 yards all afternoon. I’m amazed we weren’t torched far worse than we were. Great win, guys, but the defense played scared.

Go Falcons!

October 1st, 2012
9:12 am

Dunta Robinson dives and whiffs on too many tackles

Bullseye

October 1st, 2012
9:14 am

Every week is different in the NFL. Teams just do not blow out opposition 16 weeks in a row. That was a crucial first win in the NFC and in our division. Just count it and let’s get another next week.

Falcon James

October 1st, 2012
9:21 am

The Panther brought Superman and the Falcon brought Kriptonite.

This weekend saw a lot of close games. I would have liked to see our O-Line hold up better under the pass rush. Whatever the problem is will get worked out this week. I love the 4-0 start. Couldn’t ask for anything more from the team. Even Dunta had a good game and that is saying something. Nice Win!

Mr. Mustard

October 1st, 2012
9:21 am

Could not see the game this week, but caught the final 2 minutes.

I have been hard on Turner, so must be fair about his great game today. Play calling helped him and there is nothing wrong with that.

Offensive line giving up sacks and weak pressure from the defensive line are worrisome, but divisional games often are close and come down to turnovers or big plays. Familarity leads to level play.

So far, everything has gone the Falcons’ way. Great job.

Finally, Roddy White is a professional’s professional. Gifted athlete, hard worker, very smart and every year he grows as a leader and player.

With the game on the line, with one play left, you cannot do better than throwing the ball to Roddy White and I am beginning to believe in all of history.

Jerry Rice and Roddy White. Roddy’s that good and getting better.

Man, we can go into the week off undefeated, come back rested and the teams in our division sucks.

Playoffs! Need to figure them out. Great game Falcons. Keep it up.

shesoleo

October 1st, 2012
9:45 am

Yes everyone wants the Falcons to go every week and just blow the opposition away, but this is the NFL and all these teams want the same thing,a (W). Even though it was a little to close for comfort I was actually glad to see that our team not only could win the easy games,but really dig down deep and pull one out that looked as if we certainly were going to lose. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!! on to next week.

PMC

October 1st, 2012
9:51 am

Every college player should be watching tape of Dunta’s caused fumble. Get your heads up, and play the ball instead of putting your helmet in thier gut and you won’t break your neck, and you’ll still make the play.

I am elated obviously in the outcome, I’ve had a smile on my face all evening into the morning.

I expected this game to be a lot tougher than most people did. I hope Smitty can keep this group humble and hungry.

The shortcomings on the lines of scrimmage were on display, but so to were the differences in coordinators.

2 STOPS late in the 4th. 2!! A 60 yard bomb from MR2 with a great elbows in catch from Roddy White.

I said it before, I’ll say it again, this is my favorite Falcons team ever, flaws and all.

PMC

October 1st, 2012
9:56 am

Matt has never looked more proficient in a dirty pocket, the Panthers had a great rush, and he held it long at times, but he got rid of it with some proficiency too.

This is the team we’ve been dreaming of minus a better pass rush and a slightly better OL. They did a great job run blocking yesterday though. If Turner can go 13 for 103 you know the first guys touching him were second level.

SeenThisBFalcon

October 1st, 2012
10:02 am

RISE UP!!!!!!! FALCONS 4-0, SEENTHISB4 TROLLS AND THE SAINTS 0-4 LMAO!!!!

John

October 1st, 2012
10:02 am

Defense stepped up when needed, they will have to do better in contain next week against RGIII, who plays a lot smarter than Newton does at this point.

Pass protection was poor for the most part, but they will improve next week since the Redskins won’t have Orakpo.

Great job by Ryan and the offense, they seem to execute with more proficiency than we’ve seen since this regime started.

SeenThisBFalcon

October 1st, 2012
10:02 am

SEENTHISB4 WHERE ARE YOU NOW…GONE FISHING LIKE THE SAINTS!!!!!!!

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
10:04 am

On the drive that went down the field and ended with the intercept in the red zone………..just think if Atlanta had of scored 7 then ………this game might not have been so close towards the end.

Either way you look at it though…………..it is over , and we the winners and sitting so pretty all by ourselves in first place on top of the Division !

………………STBzip…………….please stop by and tell us the Superbowl story you was telling us before the season started ……………………

sam

October 1st, 2012
10:12 am

I was at the game, I sure would have liked us to put more hits on Cam when he was running that option play. When he’s doing that slow read with the fullback he’s a runner, not a passer, so we should be putting the wood to him. Something to think about for next time.

Falcon James

October 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Michael M….LMAO….

….”daddy, please tell me a story” in a child’s voice.

MV7

October 1st, 2012
10:18 am

Luck in the season, no luck in playoffs. Been there, done that.

Joey

October 1st, 2012
10:26 am

The game reminded me why I don’t like Cam Newton. When he scores, he runs away from teammates so he doesn’t have to share the spotlight with them – then does the little idiot-dance began by the all-time self-promoter, Deion.

Just a rehersed, solo-celebration. What a guy – no wonder some of his teammates can’t stand him already.

Mediocrity continues...

October 1st, 2012
10:27 am

Could you imagine waking up today a Carolina Panther fan? Coach with no balls, shoulda gone for it on 4th and 1 to close out the game. QB who cares more about looking cool and his image than winning a game.

DIRTY BIRDS BABY

Enkinan

October 1st, 2012
10:35 am

Definitely room for improvement, especially on the O-line, but still a gutsy win against a team that is much better than that Giants score led everyone to believe. Watching the defense have to deal with Cam was pretty nerve wracking. It almost feels like the defense and Nolan handle pocket passers much more efficiently than the mobile ones. Should be interesting to see if this helps them against RGIII next week.

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
10:37 am

hehehe @ Falcon James………………………..where is that good for nothin at anyway……………he must have gotten abducted !

Enkinan

October 1st, 2012
10:38 am

Also, anyone saying the Panthers should have went for it on 4th and 1 must not remember our (Falcons) game against NO last year. I think it was the right call. Unfortunately for them Nakamura was terrible after that early interception, and somehow let Roddy by him. Not that I’m complaining =)

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
10:42 am

I doubt if any team in the NFL today would have come back from down on the 1 , no timeouts and a minute to play and pulled out the win…………….Falcons caught em off guard on that bomb to Roddy………………we was lucky and fortunate it worked out our way……………..but heck. a win is a win and we will take it……………………………………….

Mike Franklin

October 1st, 2012
10:44 am

One game at a time… we’ll be fine.

Mikey

October 1st, 2012
10:48 am

This was an offensive show and all the credit for this win goes to Dirk Koetter. There were various issues throughout the game such as fearsome pass rush, knicked up WR, land ong distances to cover quickly. You could see a tactical battle going on the entire game with Koetter adjusting the plays to counter the situation. He kept the foot on the peddle and never let up. There were times that a play did not go as planned but the offense came back fighting with a great play on the very next play. No one on offense was giving up. After failing to block for a pass, we saw the line muster a perfect run block. With 99 yards to go at the end of the game, that we didn’t seen a draw play on the first play of the drive. Every play in that drive was a masterpiece and it won them the game. Football is like that. You never know what is going to occur, you just have to have great schemes and adapt to need. The defense did enough but the offense won this one for them. By the way, do the Falcons have WEAPONS on offense? Way to go Falcons! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Lex

October 1st, 2012
10:51 am

I still find Turner not running right. The few he broke were due to staying square to the endzone. You dont need to dance when you are his size…Hit the hole…Make a hole…Just run and quit messing around.

Damage Inc.

October 1st, 2012
10:58 am

In the NFL you are as good as your record. When you are one of the best teams you are going to get the best from the teams that you play. Carolina was HYPED and had ten days rest. Carolina always has a good defense, especially the front four. Good thing for us they also have something we used to have. A self absorbed, egomaniac who thinks it better to look good losing rather than look bad winning. I’ll take the W.

CoreyPlenum

October 1st, 2012
10:58 am

Roddy White stepped up his game and played an all-out monster of a game. It was probably Roddy’s finest hour as a pro, but of course Ryan gets all of the headlines–ryan closing in on greatness. Thanksfully, the NFL’s countdown crew recognized whites performance sunday and voted him the player of the day, giving white national recognition. Of course Ryan threw the pass to white and was equally as impressive, but nothing should diminish whites performance because although the falcons made countless mistakes, they were flawless in a few details that they had to be perferct with in order to secure the victory. Although it was a team effort, I think the three men who were the most responsible for Sundays victory over the hapless panthers were coach Mike Smith, qb Matty “Ice” Ryan, and Roddy White. All three were flawless when they had to be.

Ken

October 1st, 2012
11:24 am

Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Michael Turner, Matt Bryant and the Falcons know how to RISE UP!! Can’t wait to see more RISE UP feats of the DIRTY BIRDS!!

Senior Falcon

October 1st, 2012
11:28 am

When Tyson Clabo did adequately the past couple of years it was because other DCs were picking on the injured Sam Baker who has recovered and is now playing well. That leaves Clabo as the weak link but how do you fix it?

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PMC

October 1st, 2012
11:34 am

Clabo has been playing hurt this week. That’s why he had trouble. Johnson blew by him and Mike Johnson on the edge one time.

I credit Johnson playing well more than the Falcons OL playing poorly this week. They came to play after being ripped for 10 days after the Giants loss.

St Simons

October 1st, 2012
11:41 am

Johnson and Baker, I’m sure they’re fine fellers,
but just not high level NFL linemen.

That was Carolina’s super bowl. They knew they were out of it w/a loss.

They beat us all over the field. Be honest. We did not bring the heat
yesterday. We should have dominated, embarrassed the Scam.

Matt Ryan is big-time. The receiving corp is the best in the league.
That kicker is the ice-man.

Great entertainment, but O & D lines win championships.

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 1st, 2012
11:50 am

My Grades:

QB – B + Ryan was good, but nothing form McNown
RB – A
WR – A+ The block Roddy made on the Turner TD is all you need to know about Roddy
DL – C – Lots of rushing yards and not enough pressure on Cam
DB – B
ST – A Bosher is wayyyyy better than last year.
Coaching – C Why oh why did they change the flow of the game each time in the red zone? The ground game was working, yet when in the red zone, they went to the air.

Fans – B Loud, but still wait too long to get in their seats
Concessions – D Why did Taco Mac take Red Brick Blonde out of the line up and replace it with Shock Top?

MARTA – B – Had plenty of trains lined up after the game was over.

Weather – F It was raining hard when I got off MARTA.

Sleep -D – I did not sleep well last night.

Drive in to work – F – Traffic was horrible

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
11:56 am

Heres the ……………….Grade That Matters the Most…………….Falcons are 4 – 0 baby , undefeated, and in first place sitting pretty………………………….

Singletary

October 1st, 2012
11:56 am

Why did we play so well against the AFC West defenses (and offenses) yet looked JV against another NFC “Kudzu” team? Were the AFC teams taught to line up like good little British Redcoats, kneel and shoot instead of the guerrilla techniques of Swamp Fox Francis Marion? I just can’t see why our D was clearly bewildered out there after 3 games against good teams.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

Shesoleo — That was a close one.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

Go Falcons! – But when Dunta connects, he knocks the snot out of people!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Jimmy Crack — You are probably correct. He should get an A, but I held that interception against him. That kept me from giving him an A.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Jimmy Crack — You are probably correct. He should get an A, but I held that interception against him. That kept me from giving him an A.

LOL at The Aints

October 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Afternoon folks,, Well as I survey the NFL landscape I see the Falcons are 4 and 0 and leading the NFC South and the Aints, Well. They are still the Aints. LOL.

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

Panthers had a 10 day stretch to get over the Giants beatdown which helped them out by being the more refreshed team and they came in ready to fight.I underestimated them by posting 31 – 16 Falcons win early on…………..think the Team underestimated them too but the final result is all that will matter in the record books……………………………….

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
12:10 pm

please don’t get me started laughin at the Caints again today Lol at the Aints…………………

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Whadda Ya Know?

October 1st, 2012
12:16 pm

QB – A
WR – A
RB – A
OL – F (Especially Clabo–he needs to be sat down)
DL – C
LB – C
DB – C+

Overall we played a very conservative defensive game sitting in zone for 95+% of the game. We gave Cam way too much respect and should have had Weatherspoon shadow him all day. LBs were taken out of almost every play, safeties were in hiding today. Tackling still a problem–not wrapping up. You can shoulder tackle a TE or QB of Cam’s size. We needed a tough hard fought game like this, but there are a lot of work to be done on the OL and DL still. I’ll take a winany day of the week though. Good game overall, but the fire in our defense wasn’t there yesterday.

Whadda Ya Know?

October 1st, 2012
12:17 pm

“can’t shoulder tackle” I meant

Whadda Ya Know?

October 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

Coaching – C+ for Smitty and his conservative defensive gameplan. I know that wasn’t Nolan’s doing.

Mediocrity continues...

October 1st, 2012
12:25 pm

Cam Newton’s Endzone dance while losing – F

LOL at The Aints

October 1st, 2012
12:25 pm

I know they are saying its all Goodell’s fault,, Did he suit up yesterday? LOL.

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
12:28 pm

yup…………..when the Season is done ……………they will be blaming him for it all…….see em on here already with the excuses………….hehehe

North FLA Falcon

October 1st, 2012
12:40 pm

I think the pass rush was lacking because we were hesitant to full on rush vs. Cam. Not sure if we had a spy on all plays. They really gashed us on some well-called plays. The defense needs some work, folks! But, we got it done. I think the Redskins will be a step down from Carolina. It will be good to torch DeAngelo Hall … Rise Up Falcons!

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
12:43 pm

Here is something nice I found and I am out………………………………

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/10/1/3436782/nfl-injury-report-nfc-south-week-4

chucktownfalcon

October 1st, 2012
12:52 pm

Coach Smith has to find some offensive line help. There has to be some free agents that can come in and play OT better than what we displayed on yesterday…

mark

October 1st, 2012
1:00 pm

O line was awful man!! Clabo looked like a last year sam baker and that aint right clabo was suppost to be the good one not anymore charles johnson looked like deacon jones yesterday, d was good at a times and bad on another times to but thats why i call having big cojones for ryan in the deep pass to roddy he stood up and deliver!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 1st, 2012
1:12 pm

Marcus – I don’t think so. Both run, but RGII looks to throw first. I’ll check with DC Nolan tomorrow for you.

md

October 1st, 2012
1:14 pm

That D is mostly smoke and mirrors so far……..sure hope defensive line is on the board as the #1 pick next year as this one very seldom gets any pressure on the qb.

Samuel

October 1st, 2012
1:18 pm

The Falcons squeaked out a win, even though sometimes they got sloppy with the ball and the O-lines problems all day. But in reality they should of put this team away. So a win is a win., next up RG3 and the Washington Redskins. I hope the Falcons learn from that game.

North FLA Falcon

October 1st, 2012
1:24 pm

At one point they put in Hawley as a fullback! What was up with that play DLed?

Bill Crim

October 1st, 2012
1:24 pm

Preparation, preparation, preparation! Charlotte came into the game against the Falcons better prepared. That is a tribute to the Panther’s coaching staff. They have a good team. Honestly the Falcons had some luck to win that game, to go with their overall superior talent. There was a sack on Ryan that still amazes me how he managed to not fumble the football.

If the Falcons don’t do something about the O-Line, the season could turn South very quickly. I am glad we won. It was a very exciting win. It’s nice to be way up already in the Division. But there is a lot of football to be played.

bigdawg1

October 1st, 2012
1:37 pm

Okay, let’s go 1-0 this week! I believe the O-line will be ticked at itself, plus the Skins are short two studs on D. RISE UP!

Pete Babcock

October 1st, 2012
1:39 pm

Everyone needs to appreciate what has been accomplished in the TD and Smith era. If Smitty goes 3-38 he will still have a better record than Dan Reeves in Atlanta. Not that Reeves set a high standard but 3-38 and still better? thats remarkable.

Esquire

October 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

Kudo’s to Matt Bryant.

FYI – NFL Network is going to rebroadcast the Falcons/Panthers game Tuesday @ 8pm.

ijonathan

October 1st, 2012
2:03 pm

I think MCR may be banned on DOL’s blog, not sure about JSS and some others…regardless, and interesting article:

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8434708/the-numbers-never-lie-ravens-fueled-their-defense

“The Myth of Joe Flacco”

Not sure I completely buy his simple stats…but an interesting read.

Esquire

October 1st, 2012
2:04 pm

Falcons Offense (thru Sunday nights game)
PTS 31.0 (3rd)
YDS 365.2 (15th)
PASS YDS 267.5 (10th)
RUSH YDS 97.8 (18th)

Falcons Defense
PTS 19.0 (9th)
YDS 353.2 (15th)
PASS YDS 207.0 (9th)
RUSH YDS 146.2 (29th) ouch!

Washington
Offense
PTS 30.8 (4th)
YDS 421.8 (3rd)
PASS YDS 246.2 (16th)
RUSH YDS 175.5 (1st) ouch!

Defense
PTS 30.8 (27th)
YDS 415.2 (29th)
PASS YDS 326.2 (31st)
RUSH YDS 89.0 (10th)

warfalcon

October 1st, 2012
2:04 pm

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. at FedEX Field. LETS GO FALCONS ONE GAME ONE WIN AT A TIME.

ijonathan

October 1st, 2012
2:09 pm

Esquire…interesting…Falcons are third in points, only 15th in yards. Has to be due in part to the opportunistic defense.

Starship 1

October 1st, 2012
3:22 pm

Last year, Matt or as some of you called “ole noodle arm” would’nt or probably could’nt have made that throw to Roddy that would give the Dirty Birds the chance to win the game over the Panters. Glad Mr. Ryan decided to enter his training regimin early after last years debacle at the G-men. But that what everyone wanted to happen. Just sayin…

Socal Falcon Fan

October 1st, 2012
3:26 pm

We were lucky to pull this one out. We have to protect the quarterback. 3-0 and on the verge of being considered a serious championship contender, and lay this egg. 4-0 by the skin on our chin.

Matt "CLUTCH" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
3:57 pm

LOL at The Aints

October 1st, 2012
4:03 pm

I think MCR may be banned on DOL’s blog, not sure about JSS and some others…regardless, and interesting article:

If He’s (JSS) not he should be, he brings nothing of interest to the conversation,, Just a angry little man LOL,

Cejay

October 1st, 2012
4:09 pm

Man,… the blogs are void of several resident douche bags lately……

LOL at The Aints

October 1st, 2012
4:19 pm

MCR doesnt bother me,, he’s just a fool,

PMC

October 1st, 2012
5:22 pm

It’s the NFL, every single team has really good players. They don’t ask how at the end of the year, they ask how many.

Falcons 1

October 1st, 2012
5:34 pm

Don’t blame the fans too much for not getting in their seats before kick off. The new security is ridiculous. Left parking lot 40 minutes before game time and got to my seats 15 minutes after one. I have been leaving 30 before game time and making my seats before kick off and most of the time for the players entrance.

The Dome has to something to speed up the lines…

shesoleo

October 1st, 2012
6:56 pm

Thanks D Led no ones ever posted about anything I’ve said on this blog, KUDOS to you sir.

KQuark

October 1st, 2012
6:56 pm

Giving Ryan only a B+ just shows the high expectations we have for him now. How about that arm? Two passes over 60 yards in the air was phenomenal. Ryan had two bad plays all day and several exceptional plays. I would call that an A.

It was good the Falcons got Cam this week because it should help them with RGIII next week. Next week is gonna be a real tough game.

Really?

October 1st, 2012
6:58 pm

Cam ain’t Superman chorus (to the tune of Superman by REM)

cam ain’t
cam ain’t
cam ain’t Superman
and he wil steal anything.

Superman is da Man

October 1st, 2012
6:58 pm

Another Monday, another drunk Falcon arrest, sorry excuses for football players, good ole No Play Ray, he got smoked more times than a fat pig at a BBQ!!!!!!

nuclearjim

October 1st, 2012
8:38 pm

The Saint’s fans are busily blaming various people except the playyers on the NOLA forums for the Saint’s. This includes the mean old NFL for suspending their coach for a) bounties, b) lying repeatedly about bounties. Just to set the record straight there is a troll who posts as nuclearjim on this forum. I am flattered yet baffled. I don’t post enough to be a serious target of trolls. If you care just google Nola forums and check out the Saints forum. In case you want something useful to do then go to their Dining forum. Much easier on the palate.

Delbert D.

October 1st, 2012
8:44 pm

I read where Los Angeles is close to approval on the Saints’ new stadium. The cost is in the same range of the proposed Falcons’ facility, but with less public money.

FalconsFan #13

October 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

O-line will be fine, we just need a few seconds of time and the Falcons Air Force will bring the heat and then the backs will the find cracks and get on track. With all the weapons we have there is someone to pick up the slack on any given play. Every win is a step closer to the prize, go Falcons.

Mora less Petrino

October 1st, 2012
9:30 pm

@Delbert D.: “I read where Los Angeles is close to approval on the Saints’ new stadium.”

I read where LA shot that rumor down real quick. The LA organizers said they want an NFL team!

DiamondDaveincali

October 1st, 2012
9:56 pm

we can’t pass protect when we face a 4-3 D, but we run well against the 4-3. Washington employs the 3-4. lets see if we can run on these guys.

GA DAWG

October 1st, 2012
10:15 pm

Pass rush was no existent this weekend. Might’ve been by design to keep Cam from getting around the egde. If it wasn’t be design then its time to shake up the rotation. Its time to give Sidbury some real playing time. Only remember seeing him on the special teams. Neither Biermenn or Ray Edwards touched or pressured Cam for a lost of yardage. We need another pass rusher besides Ole Abe. I’ll give it up to our DT’s though, they are producing better than rest of the DE’s besides Abe. Two more weeks and we be Corey Peters back. Go Falcons!!!!!

GA DAWG

October 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

Was none existent i meant! Sorry

MaxxFalcon

October 1st, 2012
10:37 pm

I have to give Matt Ryan an A-. The not reason there is a minus is because he did throw a pick in the end zone. Besides that, the guy was incredible. He was running for his life all ga,e long, getting sacked and hit for 4 quarters, and in the end he stands and delivers. Without that silly pick he throws 4 TDs even though he’s getting beat and pressured all day. MVP

LOL at the Aints

October 1st, 2012
10:50 pm

Matt Ryan cant keep taking a beating like that, Mike Smith should have punched the O line,,

LOL at the Aints

October 1st, 2012
10:52 pm

and LOL at @ 9:30

DR. FALCON

October 2nd, 2012
12:09 am

CREDIT GOES TO DIRK KOETTER, & MIKE NOLAN! END OF DISCUSSION! SAME PLAYERS, THAT MIKE MULARKEY, & BRIAN VAN GORDER HAD! COACHING MATTERS! SEE: THE SAINTS!!! LOL! BY THE WAY, WHAT HAPPENED TO SEENTHISB4, & HIRAMSAINT? HIDE THE KNIVES, FROM SAINTS FANS!

Blake

October 2nd, 2012
12:12 am

I don’t care what anybody says…John Abraham Is a class act…Running over and carrying Samuel from the play was huge….He also admitted that the arrest was bad timing…He also caused the fumble on that third down play that caused Cam to fumble…I’d say He’s more that made up for His bad timing mistake!

Blake

October 2nd, 2012
12:15 am

@DR. FALCON ….I wholeheartedly agree my friend…btw…where Is SeenThisB4 and hiramsaint? Refreshing Isn’t It?

explosive sideline

October 2nd, 2012
12:25 am

Maceo

October 2nd, 2012
1:01 am

The fans get a C-. They were loud only on the Panties 3rd downs, sitting in their seats and quiet as mice on 1st, 2nd, and while scam was in the huddle.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2012
7:41 am

DR. FALCON – Excellent points. Should we send out a search party for Seen?

Adam Martin

October 2nd, 2012
11:10 am

The chances of Cam Newton getting 6 inches has to be around 80%. I would have gone for it.

CoreyPlenum

October 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

I think the coaching staff graded an A for last sundays win against carolina. On an afternoon where time was at a premium and there was no margin for error, coach smith and his staff did an outstanding job having the falcons prepared to beat Carolina. Its true the falcons struggled to get the job done, but the Falcons coaching staff was efficient and well prepared and coach smith’s coaching genius was largely responsible for guiding the falcons to victory. Coach Smith threw the challenge flag early in the game, and the play was overturned in favor of the Falcons. Later there was a controversial play late in the game when carolina was downed their kickoff at the one yard line of the falcons, but the replay showed where the panther player had taken a knee or an elbow in the end zone and would have given the falcons the ball as a touchback on their own 20 instead of at the 1 inch line. If coach smith had thrown the challenge flag then and it failed, the falcons would have not had enough time to win the game at the end. All in all, I felt that the win was a total team effort–but 3 men who were most responsible for this win was MATT “ICE” RYAN, COACH MIKE SMITH, and RODDY WHITE. Turners 100 yards also chipped in to help seal the win, but those three guys were incredible and were the main reason why the falcons prevailed in the end.

Joe Tess Fish House

October 2nd, 2012
1:34 pm

I give em all Fs accross the bored.

NealArmstrong

October 2nd, 2012
1:34 pm

The Falcons already look ‘VERY EXPLOSIVE’ with very marginal/small contributions from Julio Jones. Julio has been hamperred with a nagging injury that has slowed him down. When Julio is at full strength, I am expecting the Falcons to average 40-50 points a game throughout all the games, including their superbowl victory next january when the Falcons become superbowl champions. Good luck.

BobPritchard

October 2nd, 2012
1:36 pm

Adam Martin: I disagree with you. I think the chances of Cam Newton getting 6 inches is even greater than that, maybe at 100%. This was a victory that the Falcons stole from the jaws of defeat.

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falcone

October 2nd, 2012
8:57 pm

“If Carolina was so dominate they should not had allowed Matt to move the ball from the one yard line”
HAHAHAHA YEAH

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