That’s right you heard correctly………the ridiculous, irrelevant, awful curse of never having back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history is OVER! The Falcons battled through so much in a season riddled with an unbelievable amount of injuries and a ridiculously hard schedule and the Falcons deserve all the credit in the world for what they’ve accomplished this year. This may sound preposterous to the common outsider, but this was an enormous game for the players, coaches, fans, staff, and owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
They held the dubious honor of having the longest streak of any franchise of never having back-to-back winning seasons and that graciously and wonderfully ended on this cold day in Tampa Bay. Things looked bleak many times throughout the year, when the Falcons injuries started piling up from training camp, but especially when the Falcons lost to the Saints at home at sat at 6-7 on the year knowing they had to win out to break the streak. Add in the fact that the curse may stay in tact when Matt Ryan threw an interception in the Falcons own territory. Chris Owens had just been burnt for the tying TD, but redemption would have different forms in the victory and the death of the curse.
On the very next play, Owens picked off Josh Freeman to set up the next drive. Tied at 10-10 in the game, Jason Snelling took over the game and took it down the field refusing to quit. Facing third down, Ryan had his chance at redemption as well. An out pass that looked like it may be picked went right to Roddy White, who made an amazing play to stay in bounds and score the go-ahead touchdown. The most ironic play may have been when Brent Grimes picked off Josh Freeman again on a 3rd and 1 in the endzone on a deep pass. One of the most beleaguered players throughout the year ended up saving the game. Jason Snelling’s hard-running and recently added (and former Bucs kicker) Matt Bryant iced the game. (Check out DOL’s New Blog)
The 2009 Atlanta Falcons season may now officially be over with no postseason trip and there’s plenty of time to look ahead to reflect on what could’ve been and what may be yet to come. But the feat that this team achieved with all the adversity in the world is pretty unbelievable and gives fans hope for the future. Amazing credit and praise go to all the individuals in the Atlanta Falcons organization. They earned the right to say these beautiful words:
Feels so good to say doesn’t it?
Tons more to come later today…………..but for now, enjoy it Falcons fans!