Falcons Beat Down the Bills

Enormous Game Awaits in Tampa Bay

(((Editor’s Note)))

Apologies for shorter posts than normal, still out of town. More in-depth post will follow soon

The Falcons took care of business and then some against the Buffalo Bills in the final game in the Georgia Dome by romping to a score of 31-3. The Birds had an imperfect day in the first half and only led the emaciated Bills 10-0, but came out and put away the injury riddled team in the second half. The beatdown of the Bills brings up the biggest game of the season ,in terms of the franchise’s history anyway, in attempting to break the ridiculous “curse” against the Tampa Bay Bucs . Normally, it may not be so worrisome, but the Bucs just beat the NFC’s best team in the Saints at home today. Certainly sets up for must-see TV in a week’s time.

Quick Hits from the Final Home Victory

Big Day for Dimitroff’s 2009 Draft Class

After having his top two draft picks go out for the season with injury, Peria Jerry and William Moore, Dimitroff’s next two draft picks, Chris Owens and Lawrence Sidbury Jr., had huge days. Chris Owens handled likely future Hall of Fame draft pick Terrell Owens really well and even came away with his first pick. Sidbury Jr. played a large role in the game in general, but came away with a strip and recovery for a touchdown. After being panned most of the year, TD’s draft class of 2009 suddenly looks really, REALLY promising.

Ryan’s Good (Not Great) Day

The Bills have one of the most injury riddled teams in the NFL and had their coach fired before the end of the year, and Matt Ryan took advantage of that fact, at least for the most part. It started off great with the long bomb to Roddy White and looked as though it would be a record day. Ryan then went on to look pretty sluggish throughout the rest of the half, missing receivers by over or under-throwing his receivers. Hard to argue throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, but this was an injury-decimated and overall weak defense. Tampa Bay’s defense will be much, much better next week. However, Ryan bounced back from an injury hiatus and a poor showing against the Jets to throw for three TDs.

Defense Stellar Against Struggling Offense

The Bills had Brian Brohm starting his first ever NFL game and the Falcons took advantage of it. They limited the Bills to low yards and made the virtual rookie beat them and he couldn’t. The Falcons continued their excellent run defense against a tough running tandem of Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. They held an opponent to a paltry field goal and that can never be questioned, regardless of the opponent. Brent Grimes and rookie Chris Owens held the potentially lethal tandem of Terrell Owens and Lee Evans completely in check. Granted, it was a team in complete disarray, but the defense played tough after a year of being the black sheep of the team. They better get ready for a great rookie in Josh Freeman next week, because last time he threw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns in the Georgia Dome.

Beyond Big in Tampa

Hard to believe that the last game of the season with no playoff implications against a team that is 3-12 is this big. This Falcons team will have the weight of the world on their shoulders in preparation this week to break the dreaded “curse” of never having back-to-back winning seasons in the franchise’s history, regardless of how much it means in the grand scheme of things. The Falcons get a very dangerous 3 win team that is sky high after beating the NFC’s best team at home in the New Orleans Saints. Huge game to end the season is putting it lightly.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

113 comments Add your comment

DePlane

December 27th, 2009
8:25 pm

Well said D3. Happy Holidays!

LRD

December 27th, 2009
8:54 pm

Roddy goes over 1000yds for the year.. Gonzo closes in on his 1000 catches, too bad he did not do it in the Dome…Biermann further secures himself as a crowd favorite, and Smitty has a rather calm day stalking the sidelines. And then bunch of other little things..again, Fun game.

Sarah B

December 27th, 2009
8:58 pm

Yes LRD it was. Did your son fit under the turnstyle?

LRD

December 27th, 2009
9:09 pm

We didnt try…we tried a turnstyle at the Aquarium yesterday, and he was way too tall to fit under.. so brought him back a poster. I will take him to training camp again next year and pre-season game( he loved training camp this year..have a great picture of Svitek and Baker signing his pad..Baker was “scaring” him and it was funny, and man is Baker just huge!) We should have brought him seeing we had basically half a row to ourselves.

Oh, and if Grimes would not have been turf tackled, he would have run that INT back for score.

Coop

December 27th, 2009
9:15 pm

Good win. Sluggish, but in the end we beat a team we should have and did it with fair ease. Other times this year, we’ve played down to competition, but this was more like SF.

Fake Team/League of Dorks

December 27th, 2009
9:26 pm

(18/35 receptions, 250 yards, 3 TDs): Ryan came out of nowhere to post a huge stat line against the Bills, who had entered the week allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. That didn’t matter for Ryan, who threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-3 blowout win. The 28 fantasy points in the contest were the most for Ryan since Week 5, when he scored 29 points against the 49ers.

Brendan

December 27th, 2009
9:33 pm

NFL.com is reporting that Rich McKay got a 5-year extension. Don’t everyone celebrate all at once.

darrell starks

December 27th, 2009
10:15 pm

Great game falcons.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!

Singletary

December 27th, 2009
10:44 pm

Wow, Sidbury. Way to make a statement in the NFL.

Grimes, a few more interceptions and people will stop picking on your height.

I’m glad TB won today because, hopefully, that will make it possible to sneak up on them on their home turf. I’d really like that no-winning-season stigma erased.

Happy New Year to all, and may the 2010 Falcons play deep into 2011.

Ed

December 28th, 2009
12:01 am

Good work on the road D3. You are so right about TD’s draft class coming around. With a healthy return next year of Jerry & Moore it will look even better. Hopefully we can grab the winning season and start looking forward to the draft while debating the Falcons draft pick.

PlanB

December 28th, 2009
8:42 am

Good game corners. Keep improving. Good to see NO isn’t invinceable but it looks like we will be going up against a much improved team next week to get back to backs. Hope our guys know how important this is. I also hope Ryans accuracy improves.
All in all we have learned alot this year. If 9-7, not too bad, especially with tough schedule, injuries and (Elam) FG kicker having a bad year. How many teams have ever had their punter, FG kicker and kick off specialist injured and out for the rest of the game on the same play?
Take care of the Bucs!
GO FALCONS!!!!!!

D-DawgDavis

December 28th, 2009
8:56 am

Great home victory! Defense came to play and good to see the young guys making plays. What can you say about Kroy Biermann? Self-less player!!! Kind of makes you want to see what happens if we just dedicate more time to him at DE or LB?

The future is still bright for this franchise after the debacles of the past few years! I do have one gripe……

Jacking up our season ticket prices? During the worst Economic downfall of our generation?? C’mon Man! Arthur, please give us a Super Bowl winner and I can justify to my wife the need for $120 tickets!!

ChippersLoveChild

December 28th, 2009
9:49 am

“Future Hall of Fame draft pick?” What does that even mean? Why does the draft class suddenly look really, REALLY promising? One good game against the Buffalo Bills makes them look REALLY promising? What would have been promising would have been if the Falcons could have beaten a team with a winning record this year.

Mx Chelle

December 28th, 2009
10:10 am

GREAT GAME….GREAT TEAM…GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FALCONS!!!!! :)

Dwayne

December 28th, 2009
10:22 am

A Mike Vick quote….”I have 2 things going for me, my arm, my legs and my brain”……

Jed Clampant

December 28th, 2009
11:31 am

Dim Saint an’t the team they once wuse but dim Tampon Bay bucs allways gives them Falcons fits ever time they playem.

LRD

December 28th, 2009
11:46 am

Saints: Banks from SI may have summed it up.. their SB was when they humiliated the Pats.. and now they are in decline. Eagles are looking good, but I am keeping my eye on Green Bay.. they could sneak up on a team.

LRD

December 28th, 2009
11:51 am

Birdman: was it you that the big screen wished happy bday yesterday..? if so, happy bday..

TRUTH

December 28th, 2009
12:12 pm

Who dat aint all dat.

CBrass

December 28th, 2009
12:59 pm

Just saw that TD is going to be the guest on tonight FalconsLive. Looks like he will discussing the upcoming draft and free agency. It will be streamed live on atlantafalcons.com @7.

2010 Draft

December 28th, 2009
2:13 pm

1.Buy a Corner and a Offensive Left Tackle With the raise in ticket Prices.
2.Move Samantha Baker to Right tackle.

3.Use Chris Ownens as one Corner and have the Veteran on the otherside allowing Grimes to come in on the Nickel. He has earned that right.
Draft Defensive line , DT,DE and Maybe OLB , Also Look at Wide Reciever and Running back help in the Late rounds. We are really thin there..

We gotta to get Our Offensive lines and Defensive lines up to par..
We have to get our Quarterbacks more than 2 seconds to throw the ball and get our running backs some holes. Samantha allowed another sack again, Does he have the Team Record?

We could use a OVER 300lb beast in the Middle, all our Defensive Tackles are undersized.. We need Someone the size of Terence Cody, in there to stuff up the middle..

Robert Luciano

December 28th, 2009
3:06 pm

Huge Game? Regardless of the outcome, all of the Falcon wins came against second tier and worse NFL teams. They epitomize the parity of the NFL with a bunch of teams in the middle and a handful that are elite. 9-7 or 8-8, if you don’t make the play-offs, what diference does it make?

SOUTH GA BIRD FAN

December 28th, 2009
3:41 pm

go for 9-7 go FALCONS !!!!!!!!
as for the PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!!!
the packers or the eagles against the chargers
the chargers win it all

Birdman

December 28th, 2009
4:51 pm

I think to the Falcons it makes a lot of deference . 8 & 8 TO 9 & 8 . It means a franchise back to back with a very very good outlook on three four or five wining seasons in a row coming . Thats something to keep a person looking forward to watching this team play.
I may have had my doubts about the Birds coaching at times this year but when my not so smart thinking kicks in because I am upset about a loss. Well lets just say I need to kick myself.
The Birds do have a heck of a coaching staff and GM . What these guys have done with this team in just two years is astronomical .
Did anyone notice besides me how much more praise and good things the announcers in this game said about the Falcons ( compared to FOX ) ?
The Birds just had a lot of what ifs this year. And we all know where they might be if not for those what ifs. But I am proud of this team and where they are headed . I just hope they do pull a win this coming Sunday against the Bucs and get that back to back under there belts .
GO FALCONS…!!!!!!!!

No LRD that was not me . My Bday is in November
GREAT JOB D3 .

Birdman

December 28th, 2009
5:04 pm

They may have had trouble with some teams this year . But every team that plays the Birds now has a huge concern on there hands and they know they have a fight on there hands and a win wont be easy. Compared to some teams !!

falcon21

December 28th, 2009
5:27 pm

I agree Birdman, I wish we were going to the playoffs but we need the 9-7 season and maybe everyone will let it go. Hopefully next season be back to back to back and the playoffs. Be back later, I’m watching the Dawgs.

Birdman

December 28th, 2009
6:03 pm

whats the score

falcon21

December 28th, 2009
6:08 pm

0-0 second quarter.

falcon fan

December 28th, 2009
10:25 pm

I like what I’ve seen of
Booker this year. he was a good pickup.

thunderbull56

December 29th, 2009
2:49 am

Brohm I think has an NFL future.He was likely Atlanta’s choice if not for the Petrino connection.Fair or not,I thought he played tough/gamely for a ravaged Bill’s team.For Bird’s to break their curse, they must play as tough on the road as at home.I can also see why Mularky no longer coaches the Bill’s.Come on man,lose the MFing end around.This ain’t high school no more.Yes,even NFL knuckleheads can figure that out after like,one play.STOP all Falcons coaches from watching film of former Falcons coaches;Campbell,Glanville,Jones,Mora,Petrino.Reeves,Bennett,I know,at least you guys had a clue.

Unca' Bob

December 29th, 2009
5:53 am

FFL News

D3,

Thank you for the opportunity to compete in the League this year. It was great sport and I look forward to our next season.

Lil’ Dave,

Congratuations on a very good season and your Championship! How you managed to pluck a victory from the jaws of defeat two weeks in a row..??
Who do you know at ESPN(LOL)?? Once again, Congrats.

JJ

December 29th, 2009
7:18 am

Unca’Bob, ditto on all. It really changed the entire nfl experience 10x. Besides the great competition, I’ve picked up a wealth of knowledge on other players and teams. As my friend Sarah B. told me before the draft, it’s addicting. Cannot wait ’till next yr!

CBrass, it’s over, you can come out! lol

RUDEDOGG

December 29th, 2009
9:55 am

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Coop

December 29th, 2009
10:43 am

Big game this weekend. I understand why some say if you don’t make the playoffs what does it matter? Respectfully, that is short-sighted. I beleive it is the same flawed logic of those who said, “don’t worry, it’s just pre-season”, or “it was just one loss to the Cowboys”. I encourage everyone to take a step back at times and look at the big picture.

Making the playoffs is more than just winning 10 games and “hjoping” that’s enough. We had several folks saying 9 wins might get us in this year. You have to beat certain teams at certain times. The Cowboys were vulberable when we played them. The loss to the Panthers was the back breaker. So when we look at the schedule next year, look at the whole thing and work your way through the wins and losses you really need to get to the playoffs. Right now, I say you have to win 5 in the NFC South and find another 5 somewhere else.

All that said, take the same “strategic” look at the franchise. 9 wins is huge. It’s huge people. The mentality of this team AND the city are on on the line. Winning 9 takes us into the offseason with an accomplishment. It gives us hope for next year (and we are only about 3 players from being elite – DT, CB, OL). Lose this weekend, and we start wondering about Matt, Smitty, TD, etc. This teams NEEDS positive attitudes and karma. This city NEEDS good things to happen to this team.

So to say that the game doesn’t matter is true when you look at this year, but taken in context of the process and the future of the franchise, it is MASSIVE.

Finally, draft Terrence Cody. One big body could seriouly make us a top 7 defense immediately. Agree we need help on the O line.

Happy New Year folks.

WR

December 29th, 2009
10:45 am

Unca’Bob and JJ, Ditto on both of your comments, especially on Lil’Dave knowing someone at ESPN, but it was a great season and it brightened up a down year that seems to be getting worse, even in the last few days, talk about rolling with the punches, if I get hit with something else I’m going to be out like Leon Spinks during the Tyson bout of the late 80’s.

But on another good note, it appears some of the Falcons draft picks of this year are getting more time and on the field experience, and they are making the most of it by showing good signs of being potential starters or rotational players that will contribute substantially in the near future. Hell even BVG who has sparked much debate, has looked like a good DC with the pressure of the preseason off his chest. Hopefully the defensive unit as a whole can use this to build on for next season and future seasons.

Two years ago in the draft most thought the Falcons would take a DT, specifically a Mr. Dorsey out of LSU, they took Ryan a QB. Now we think they will try to grab a DT, but I don’t think it will happen, at least in the first three rounds, my reasoning: Peria Jerry the first round pick from last year showed great promise before his injury and he will be back next year, you have Babs who has preformed really well, Johnson who has proven to at least be a good rotational DT, and Walker who has had good moments during his rookie campaign, Trey Lewis may be the odd man out, which leaves a spot for a DT, but not one that will be taken in the first couple of rounds.

At DE, Biermann, Davis, and Sidbury, are going to be around, which leaves Abe as the odd man out, its time to get younger at the position and I believe Abe is gone. As for JA98, chances are he sticks or is traded, he sticks because he can be moved to a DT or play as a DE, maybe even an LB in a 3-4, versatility goes along way in the NFL. He goes if the Falcons can get his first round salary off the books, either through a trade or an out right cut. The Falcons can afford to draft a really good DE in early rounds, they will have room and need here.

If your looking for the Falcons to pull the trigger early in the draft look at the LB or DB positions. At LB Nickalous and Lofton are pretty much set, Petersen will be back next year more as a stabilizer, but expect the birds to get younger at his position. Spencer Adkins has shown promise but he’s probably another year away, Wire is counting his days to being waived, and the rest of the LB’s are at best fill ins. Coleman and Decoud will continue to hold down the Safety positions that is until William Moore can overtake Coleman, and that is if Moore can stay healthy, big if, Chris Owens appears to show signs of the Falcons moving in the right direction by having him as one CB, Grimes will continue to be a contributor whether on the defense or special teams, heart is another NFL quality hard to come by. Houston is on the clock, Owens is another solid start away from replacing him as the Falcons best CB. Chevis Jackson will stick, but there’s not another CB on the roster or practice squad of much value, here is where I see the Falcons first round pick being used. There’s alot on offense also to discuss, that discussion will follow.

CBrass

December 29th, 2009
10:46 am

JJ,

I’ll admit that’s the only reason that I’m glad to see the season wind down. FF is something that I will never understand. I’ve tried to get into it but I just can’t. It’s pointless to me.

CBrass

December 29th, 2009
10:54 am

Coop,

You are so right about the Carolina game being a back breaker!!! I was thinking about that a couple of weeks ago!!! Maybe if we could have won that game things would have been different. Maybe just Maybe!!!

mel in midtown

December 29th, 2009
11:40 am

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CBrass

December 29th, 2009
11:59 am

BigHittas

December 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

3D, I hope we whip Tampa like a buncha yard dogs, they deserve it.

well…after thinking about it maybe the yard dog analogy ain’t the best but,

GO BIRDS, BEAT THE MUCK-A-NEERS!

DePlane

December 29th, 2009
3:35 pm

DT, OT, CB, WR, RB.

Dr. Andy

December 29th, 2009
4:47 pm

Hey, remember a year before last when SI said that the Falcons would win 1 game that year and many people said that it would take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to rebuild this team to a respectable level? I guess they were wrong!

JJ

December 29th, 2009
5:19 pm

Mr. Blank, you spent what, a half a BILLION dollars on the falcons. You finally moved McCay and hired the right football people (TD/Smitty).
You finally have this franchise sailing in the right direction.

You can walk ANYWHERE YOU DAMN PLEASE, IT’S YOUR TEAM!

Mel in midtown, get a life!

Birdman

December 29th, 2009
5:28 pm

JJ agreed . Its his team he can do as he likes . At least now they have an owner who gives a crap. And if they were my team , you better believe I,d be on the side line in every game and would not care what any one thought .

Birdman

December 29th, 2009
5:33 pm

If you were to get a nice new TV Mel . I guess you would leave it turned off.

BT

December 29th, 2009
6:14 pm

WR,
Is quoted as saying..
”At DE, Biermann, Davis, and Sidbury, are going to be around, which leaves Abe as the odd man out, its time to get younger at the position and I believe Abe is gone. As for JA98, chances are he sticks or is traded, he sticks because he can be moved to a DT or play as a DE, maybe even an LB in a 3-4, versatility goes along way in the NFL. He goes if the Falcons can get his first round salary off the books, either through a trade or an out right cut. The Falcons can afford to draft a really good DE in early rounds, they will have room and need here.”
Overall, I agree with that assessment.
Except, I doubt if, JA98 could be traded for a bag doughnuts!
In my estimatation, the guy is worthless.
He can`t play DE while being no better at DT.
To top all that off, he has missed the last two games with a (presummeably) mild chest injury, opening the door for some younger guys to show their progress.
He could ill afford to allow that.
I don`t think there is a cap hit in 2010 if he is released, even if there is?
He should be told to take the next bus out of town, he is doing nothing but occupying a valuable roster spot.

” Houston is on the clock.”
His services are no longer needed either, IMO
Put him on the same bus (as Anderson) back to Arkansas.

Coming needs, IMO are DE, OLB, OT, RB and WR.

BT

December 29th, 2009
6:24 pm

WR,
I failed to mention CB as a need.
If, they can land one of the top 2 or CB`s in the 1st round.
Do it or if not, consider trading down to pick up possibly a 2nd and an additional 3rd pick?

BT

December 29th, 2009
6:33 pm

Houston, Dahl to IR, Falcons make roster moves

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons today signed kicker Steve Hauschka (HOWSH-kuh), placed offensive guard Harvey Dahl and cornerback Chris Houston on injured reserve and signed linebacker Robert James from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Hauschka, 6-4, 210 pounds, is in his second NFL season and has competed in 17 career games with the Baltimore Ravens. He has converted 10 of 15 career field goals while adding 27 of 28 PATs for 57 points. Hauschka also served as the Ravens kickoff specialist and totaled 89 kickoffs and seven touchbacks in two seasons.

BT

December 29th, 2009
6:39 pm

If, Bryant and Hauschka are both still on the 53 man roster.
That means they will both be will likely be invited back to 2010 TC for a kicking battle?

It`s nice to see Robert James brought up, I wonder if that move was to protect him from being pirated off the PS or they really want to give him an opportunity to get in some PT?

CBrass

December 29th, 2009
6:43 pm

BT,

Thanks for the update. With this kicking move is it feared that Bryant may not be able to go on Sunday? I know he strained his hammy on Sunday that’s why I’m asking.