Falcons Mount Gritty Comeback Over Bucs

Five Film Reviews from the Inspiring Win

A Big Comeback Win! (AP)

 It was ugly. It looked fairly hopeless for a minute. Many streaks had already ended (no turnovers, no penalties, Ryan’s INT streak), and it looked as if the Falcons 5 game win streak would end in Tampa Bay where they killed the curse last season. The Falcons looked sloppy, out-of-sync, and completely flat for most of the game and the Bucs were fired up and ready to get back in the NFC South mix. Then the Falcons do what they’ve done all season: never quit. An overall pretty bad day across the board, but this team refused to lose and found yet another way to win the ballgame. This team has a bunch of fighters that never quit and will do whatever it takes to win the game. The Falcons beat a tough Bucs team and overcame a poorly played game to get the W. The ugliest wins are so much better than the prettiest of losses, and the Falcons got it done once again. Five film reviews from the “refuse to lose” Falcons……….

1) Wonder Weems

The Bird Cage author will gladly eat crow all day long and for the rest of the year with criticism that has been aimed at one Mr. Eric Weems. The guy single-handedly turned this game around when most hope had gone out the window. The Bucs had all the momentum in the world. Following another bad interception by Matt Ryan, the Bucs took the ball right down the field (as they did most of the day) and scored to make it a 10 point game in the fourth quarter and gave the home team all the momentum in the world. It looked as though the Falcons would need a miracle to get this one. Eric Weems has always had pretty good returns in terms of pure yards, but has never broke one all the way for a touchdown. The guy broke several tackles, found a seam, and was gone. 102 yards later, Weems hung onto his first touchdown ball with dear life. No flags and great blocking from a much maligned special teams got the Falcons right back in the game and sucked all the momentum right out of Tampa Bay’s stadium. Even a desperate challenge flag thrown by HC Raheem Morris couldn’t overturn. The Falcons had new hope and it was almost known at that point that the Falcons would find a way to win it. Weems criticized no more, instead…….Wonder Weems!

2) Grimes the Great

Grimes the Great (AP)

Not to be negative here, but (as Somebody and CBrass pointed out) which cornerback got the $50+ million dollar contract this off-season? Brent Grimes played it like it today, not Dunta Robinson. The guys is all of 5’9 and plays like he’s 6’5. He has some of the best ability and fight of anyone else on the team. He’s been picked on all year because of his height and because of Robinson’s “supposed” cover skills. He’s certainly had some plays made on him this year, but when the Falcons defense as a whole couldn’t make a play to save their life (especially on 3rd down), Grimes made not one but two outstanding interceptions that turned the game around. The overturn call on the first interception was complete garbage. The second one was even reviewed again and the former NFL official on satellite seemed to almost be rooting against Atlanta with his calls. The play was upheld in a change from a really terrible day officiating and the rest is history. Grimes not only had the superb skills and awareness to break on the ball perfectly, but he also had the recognition to know he was untouched and race down the sideline and get a cheap shot by the new Golden Boy Josh Freeman. Even though Grimes got the cheap shot, Freeman ended up with the bloody lip. Many fans wonder whether Grimes is in the Falcons long-term plans. The answer should be an emphatic YES!!

3) 3rd and Terrible

This one goes directly to the defensive coaching staff, particularly DC Brian Van Gorder and HC Mike Smith. As Screen Pass noted, how many times during a season can you go with a three man rush against a good quarterback holding a tenuous lead and allow the opponent to drive right down the field with absolutely all day to hang out in the pocket, do the laundry, watch a full season of The Office, mow the lawn, and still be able to pick apart the defense. The players may miss plays, but this one goes directly to the play-calling. The Falcons actually bring pressure with the lead on first down and guess what happens…a near sack that concluded with an intentional grounding penalty that dropped the Bucs to 2nd and 20 with only a few minutes left. Guess what came next? The same old garbage they’ve been doing all year: three man rush with soft zone, prevent (from winning) defense. After a broken up pass on 3rd down, Freeman once again had all day and fired a bullet right into Sammie Stroughter for a first down. Remotes from the Bird Cage Family were likely launched across the room.

Despite a few bad individual plays here and there, the players are there on defense to be aggressive and make plays. The defensive play-calling is awful and they have to be one of the worst 3rd down teams in the NFL. How many 3rd and longs did the Bucs convert? It seemed like about 10. It’s almost a forgone conclusion now that the opponent will convert on 3rd and long. Yes, the secondary can have lapses and poor plays at times, but everyone in the world knows what the Falcons will do on 3rd and long. Brent Grimes made a huge play that bailed out the terrible play-calling. Please stop blitzing Brian Williams when its so obvious what’s coming and it never works (not his fault, but insanely predictable). Hard to complain when the Falcons are 10-2 and keep finding ways to win, but play with fire too many times and eventually you’ll get burned and the offense or a great play on defense may not bail you out.

4) A Sloppy but Gritty Performance by Offense

Everything started pretty good. The Falcons were up to their usual tricks of running the football extremely well and making great routes and throws to march down the field. Sure, they didn’t look like world beaters and didn’t have their marquee 10+ play drives, but they were doing what they had to in order to take control of the game. The Falcons built a 14-7 lead and had the ball with 2:00 minutes left in the second quarter. At best the Falcons could go down and score a touchdown or field goal and at worst they could eat the clock and put the Bucs in bad field position. Matt Ryan had one of his worst days of the season and his errant throw intended for Tony Gonzalez went directly to Sean Jones. A nice return followed and the Bucs of course punched it in to completely change the entire makeup of the game. The offense committed a ton of penalties after playing error-free football for so long. Ryan’s struggles continued in the 3rd quarter where he threw another interception, which then gave the Bucs a 10 points lead.

The Bucs absolutely ate up the underneath and intermediate stuff and Ryan could have easily come out of the game with 4+ picks. He was off and looked like the 2009 version, making bad decisions and even worse throws. After Weems magnificent 102 kick return for a touchdown, the Falcons got it together and marched down the field for a score. When the game’s on the line, this offense plays at its best. A few penalties and a clutch, perfectly thrown ball to Roddy White on 3rd and 20 kept the game-winning drive alive. Facing a third and goal without Tony Gonzalez, Ryan threw a bullet to Michael Jenkins who made a great catch and run to win the game in the endzone. Michael Turner had a great day running, but definitely missed Snelling’s relief and pass catching abilities out of the backfield. Ovie Mughelli had a huge day and made a statement to the coaching staff to give him the ball more in space and through the air. Bottom line is that the offense had an ugly day, particularly Matt Ryan, but once again when the game was in the balance late, they found a way to win.

5) Atrocious Tackling

Another Missed Tackle (AP)

Most of the times when you have one of the worst pass defenses and pass rushes in the NFL, you can get by if you also have one of the best run defenses. The Falcons had neither today. After being able to shut down pretty much any running attack, the Falcons run defense floundered today to a Bucs team that started 4 rookies on offense (Blount, M. Williams, Benn, Larsen) and eventually grew to 5 with veteran center Jeff Faine getting injured. Legarrette Blount and Josh Freeman ran on the Falcons pretty much at will and most of it had to do with terrible tackling. Countless times defensive lineman, linebackers, and the secondary alike would get hands on the offensive player only to see them slip away. The tackling was pretty atrocious across the board. Players couldn’t finish the tackle all day long. Often times they would have either Freeman or Blount in the backfield for a loss and allow them to escape either for a big gain or at least get back to the line of scrimmage. HC Mike Smith was commenting the other day on how they’re easing up in terms of practice and let’s hope that’s not taking a toll on the defenses fundamentals of tackling or aggressive nature. The Birds have a lot to correct on the D side of the ball and tackling/wrapping up is at the absolute top.

Bonus Points

-Roddy: Just let your play do your talking for you.

-That field looked like a cow pasture. Both teams were sliding.

-The officiating was pretty bad.

-Grimes first interception overturned was garbage.

-It was ruled an interception on the field and there was no “conclusive” evidence to overturn it.

-Does NFL TV official Mike Ferrera have a son who plays for the Bucs?

-Bad blood between these two teams.

-Biermann’s late hit was a bad call. Freeman wasn’t even out of bounds.

-The very next play Freeman acted like he was going out and darted back in.

-William Moore is arguably the best hitter on the team.

-Dunta Robinson made a few plays, but got burnt way too much by rookies.

-The Bucs started like 8 rookies and almost beat us.

-HC Raheem Morris has done a great job with this team.

-Gartrell Johnson had zero impact and Snelling was missed.

-Need to draft a RB high in next draft.

-Harry Douglas had nice long catch, but he and Ryan still have issue on long ball

-Can Mularkey please try and stretch the field when the D’s intent on stopping intermediate?

-Hope Gonzo’s injury is not serious.

-Coach Smith is already 4th all-time on Falcons list of all time victories by a head coach….WOW!

-Babs had another huge game.

-Still no pass rush from D-Ends.

-Stephen Nicholas had a good day.

-Every time they send Nicholas on a blitz, something good usually happens.

-Biermann’s like JA#98 used to be…always an inch from a sack.

-Should Jamaal Anderson get the nod back at DE?

-Spoon still doesn’t look the same since the injury.

-Should they just shut Spoon down for the season and heal up.

-Here’s a name you’ve forgotten: Trey Lewis. Inactive again today.

-Corey Peters pick sure is looking good right about now.

-DeCoud seemed to look a little better today.

-The Falcons are 10-2, could still lose to N.O. and get #1 seed with wins over Panthers twice and Seahawks.

-Can we get Weems in the game on offense?

-Coach Smith missed a big challenge when Bucs weren’t even close on a “called” first down with Josh Johnson in the game at QB and the pitch to the RB.

 

Your Turn

-Agree/Disagree with observations?

-Make sure to give your own points and analyses

-How big was this comeback win?

-Weems the Wonder or just one huge play?

-Grimes the Great or just a good game?

-Should Falcons re-sign Grimes now?

-What the H with Dunta Robinson?

-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early?

-How awful are we on third and long?

-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC?

-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success?

-What was Ryan’s problems today?

-How would you rate the O’s performance today?

-What in the H is up with our pitiful tackling?

-Name the Falcons defensive scheme: Bend-But-Don’t Break, Do-Whatever-You-Want, or give your own nickname.

-How happy are you with the big comeback win?

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

351 comments Add your comment

waynester

December 5th, 2010
10:16 pm

Great road win despite being out of sorts all afternoon. We’ve shown we can get beaten on an off day(Phi) and now that we can win against a good team on an off-day. GB and TB have exposed us on 3rd and long and that’s got to get fixed….

Darian

December 5th, 2010
10:24 pm

Falcons only had 9 wins last season so HC Smith is NOT first coach with back to back 10+ win seasons

Sarah B

December 5th, 2010
10:26 pm

-Agree/Disagree with observations? Agree
-Make sure to give your own points and analyses
-How big was this comeback win? HUGE
-Weems the Wonder or just one huge play? Love Weems, been a defender for a while.
-Grimes the Great or just a good game? Awesome!!!
-Should Falcons re-sign Grimes now? Yep
-What the H with Dunta Robinson? Don’t know – made one really good play.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? To early.
-How awful are we on third and long? Great until today.
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC?
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? Works for now as long as they throw incompletes.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Don’t know – hope it was just a funk.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Sloooooow but then great.
-What in the H is up with our pitiful tackling? Poor to unacceptable…
-Name the Falcons defensive scheme: Bend-But-Don’t Break, Do-Whatever-You-Want, or give your own nickname. We will let you score – but we will score more.
-How happy are you with the big comeback win? Freaking thrilled!!! 10-2 BABY!!!

And PUNCH Chris Collingsworth.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

December 5th, 2010
10:28 pm

Falcons BBDB defense, is officially broken.

Coop

December 5th, 2010
10:29 pm

D3 – Today typifies our season. Completely amazing run we are on, but we all recognize some serious issues that could cost us a game. Once we get to the playoffs, I may stroke out before the end.

At this point, if we don’t win the 1st round bye, I call fail. Two against CAR and SEA on the road should be wins. 13-3 should be enough to beat the Bears for #1 seed.

Great Falconi

December 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

In all fairness to Ryan, that second pick wasn’t his fault. Roddy slipped and the ball was already on the way out. The first one was a bad pick.

Great win. We’ll take ‘em any way we can get ‘em, right?

falcon21

December 5th, 2010
10:32 pm

The grind defense, grind your fans hearts out but find a way to win. The Grind D it is.

Sgt. Pepper

December 5th, 2010
10:33 pm

All of these points are exactly on the money! Pour decisions by Matt Ryan, poor tackling and poor officiating. Luckily we know how to win when needed.

Clearly Talib was calling White a pu$$y. 10-2, that’s all. Deal with it!

Sarah B

December 5th, 2010
10:34 pm

The field looked as if a polo match had been played there yesterday.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

December 5th, 2010
10:37 pm

Chris Collingsworth is a pu$$y.

D3

December 5th, 2010
10:41 pm

waynester — Great win. Who cares how we got it done on the road against a desperate opponent. 10-2!!!!

Darian — Error corrected. It now reads Coach Mike Smith is 4th all-time in career wins list as Falcons Head Coach. BTW, nice job picking out that one error out of 2,173 word post. Superb comments otherwise also.

Sarah B — What exactly did he say? I remember him being an @hole last year when they did the SNF game in The Dome against the Bears. Remember, he did play WR at Florida.

Coop — My man, I was thinking about you today when we kept giving up 3rd and longs. I was thinking “I hope not too much gets broken at Coop’s house.” My son is 20 months old and in the repeat-everything stage. One of his new words is now “joke,” hearing me scream it about our defense on 3rd down. I’m really starting to question BVG, unless its a lot of CMS. Still 10-2.

SOMEBODY — How about the “Already-Broke-to-Hell” Defense?

Have a great night all!!

Chop Buster

December 5th, 2010
10:42 pm

We need two true pass rushers next year…and not any of these small guys either. I don’t know where Smitty gets that you need to small to be fast. The guys we have are small and slow. Ever watch them trying to chase around the end? Abraham is done! He is constantly being driven to the ground and just gives up. It’s like all those counter-moves have went into hiding. He is really looking old and slow. I hope these scouts find a couple of diamonds in the rough this off season. They are very fortunate to come away with a win today with all the sloppiness.

Darnetrius Flambeaudry

December 5th, 2010
10:44 pm

It was obvious on the first or second Falcons play when Bucs defender gave Roddy a hard shove after the play, and he didn’t get a flag, that the officials were getting their palms greased by Tampa Bay.

Sarah B

December 5th, 2010
10:45 pm

D3 nothing specific, yet everything that comes out of his mouth is condecending. As if he was the greatest football player EVER. It’s the snid/slight insults that are Collinsworth classic and have been for years and for years, awhile ago granted, he was assigned to Falcon games like every Sunday. I’ve been wanting to punch him for awhile now. Just listen to him – it’s backhanded insults all night long. Tonights target – Tha Ravens.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

December 5th, 2010
10:47 pm

If I am not mistaken we are the only team in the league that plays prevent defense/3 man rush in the 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th quarter of the game, I even think we play it at halftime. We know longer have a BBDB defense, the coaching staff is compensating for a broken defense.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

December 5th, 2010
10:52 pm

Sarah B, punch him I got ‘cha back.

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Sarah B

December 5th, 2010
10:55 pm

Thanks Truth. I knew I can’t be the only one who can’t stand the guy.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:01 pm

-Agree/Disagree with observations? – Good stuff. I agree with everything except that Screen Pass guy. How can a Falcon fan be called “Screen Pass” when it is obvious the Falcons don’t use such weak gimmick plays.?
-Make sure to give your own points and analyses – Somebody compared this team to Hulk Hogan. Atlanta will be the “foil” this year…sounds more like the Iron Shiek.
-How big was this comeback win? – Tremendous…I didn’t think the refs could pull it off but somehow they did. Never count out the zebra crew, they don’t throw white flags for a reason.
-Weems the Wonder or just one huge play? He has been coming close lately, finally broke the dam. Let’s hope a flood of such plays ensue…we will need them.
-Grimes the Great or just a good game? – Not great yet, but definitely playing like he wants to be staying. Grimes, like a campfire, can burn you up or keep you warm and cook your breakfast. He was more chef than arsonist today.
-Should Falcons re-sign Grimes now? – Yes. We need him and a few more just like him.
-What the H with Dunta Robinson? – needs different scheme that would allow him to jam at line with back-up instead of leaving him alone.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? – Not a bust yet, but a better scheme could utilize his talents better.
-How awful are we on third and long? – I’m gonna be sick
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC? Emeril Lagasse is not our DC? BAM! There goes the lead.
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? – Carl Sagan estimated the universe was infinite and still expanding..tiny compared to the chance of that 3 man rush shite working.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Shhh, there was a bachelor party at Mons Venus last night.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Mularkey out did himself today. I’m am always complaining that he only has 5 plays and today he breaks out a magical 6th play. I didn’t think he had it in him.
-What in the H is up with our pitiful tackling? Nothing many wind sprints at Flowewry Branch this week can’t fix.
-Name the Falcons defensive scheme: Bend-But-Don’t Break, Do-Whatever-You-Want, or give your own nickname. – I came up with a nickname but the folks at MTV tell me “Jackass” is already taken.
-How happy are you with the big comeback win? – Ecstatic. This win means we will be the feel good come out of nowhere SuperBowl story. I will feel better if “the powers that be” let us win a Lombardi.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:03 pm

Gah! Blog monster is hungry. Sorry if this posts twice.

-Agree/Disagree with observations? – Good stuff. I agree with everything except that Screen Pass guy. How can a Falcon fan be called “Screen Pass” when it is obvious the Falcons don’t use such weak gimmick plays.?
-Make sure to give your own points and analyses – Somebody compared this team to Hulk Hogan. Atlanta will be the “foil” this year…sounds more like the Iron Shiek.
-How big was this comeback win? – Tremendous…I didn’t think the refs could pull it off but somehow they did. Never count out the zebra crew, they don’t throw white flags for a reason.
-Weems the Wonder or just one huge play? He has been coming close lately, finally broke the dam. Let’s hope a flood of such plays ensue…we will need them.
-Grimes the Great or just a good game? – Not great yet, but definitely playing like he wants to be staying. Grimes, like a campfire, can burn you up or keep you warm and cook your breakfast. He was more chef than arsonist today.
-Should Falcons re-sign Grimes now? – Yes. We need him and a few more just like him.
-What the H with Dunta Robinson? – needs different scheme that would allow him to jam at line with back-up instead of leaving him alone.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? – Not a bust yet, but a better scheme could utilize his talents better.
-How awful are we on third and long? – I’m gonna be sick
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC? Emeril Lagasse is not our DC? BAM! There goes the lead.
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? – Carl Sagan estimated the universe was infinite and still expanding..tiny compared to the chance of that 3 man rush shite working.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Shhh, there was a bachelor party at Mons Venus last night.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Mularkey out did himself today. I’m am always complaining that he only has 5 plays and today he breaks out a magical 6th play. I didn’t think he had it in him.
-What in the H is up with our pitiful tackling? Nothing many wind sprints at Flowewry Branch this week can’t fix.
-Name the Falcons defensive scheme: Bend-But-Don’t Break, Do-Whatever-You-Want, or give your own nickname. – I came up with a nickname but the folks at MTV tell me “Jackass” is already taken.
-How happy are you with the big comeback win? – Ecstatic. This win means we will be the feel good come out of nowhere SuperBowl story. I will feel better if “the powers that be” let us win a Lombardi.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:04 pm

Check one… come in Houston….

Falcon since 78

December 5th, 2010
11:05 pm

Gotta agree…..Stockton and Davis were almost peeing on themselves with the way they called the game. Officiating sucked…..how can you overturn our pik, but have TB’s stand? Unreal. Thank GOD for Weems. It awoke a sleeping giant, pardon the pun.

Coop

December 5th, 2010
11:05 pm

D3 – Got 5 impressionable ears. Told household 6 at halftime to get take them out, cause it was gonna get ugly.

I love this team, but seriously, could we win a laugher next week? My blood pressure can’t handle it.

finally, I don’t know what to do with this D. Are they young? Old? Poor Scheme? I just don’t know. The DTs are better. Maybe not good enough? I think we need more penetration, mor rush from the end, better LB play overall, and better coverage. I hope they grow, but I don’t see any improvement over week 1.

Cane Pole

December 5th, 2010
11:06 pm

The Falcons have been running on teams and passing on teams pretty good this year for wins .
Today they were not running on all cylinders for sure , but for the team players to step in today like Grimes and Weems playing a hell of a game to assure another win are at least to fight for that victory tells people that it ant just a few players wanting to win, its the Team . … And this team is going to be hard to beat by any body and they all know this . And its got to bother them .

On a note also the Saints can be beat again not all that impressed with them today . But I am sure they feel the same about our Birds.

Happy for the win today . Now thats out of the way its time to go make it 11 wins .

GO FALCONS….!!!!!

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:07 pm

Try this in two parts lol.

Gah! Blog monster is hungry. Sorry if this posts twice.

-Agree/Disagree with observations? – Good stuff. I agree with everything except that Screen Pass guy. How can a Falcon fan be called “Screen Pass” when it is obvious the Falcons don’t use such weak gimmick plays.?
-Make sure to give your own points and analyses – Somebody compared this team to Hulk Hogan. Atlanta will be the “foil” this year…sounds more like the Iron Shiek.
-How big was this comeback win? – Tremendous…I didn’t think the refs could pull it off but somehow they did. Never count out the zebra crew, they don’t throw white flags for a reason.
-Weems the Wonder or just one huge play? He has been coming close lately, finally broke the dam. Let’s hope a flood of such plays ensue…we will need them.
-Grimes the Great or just a good game? – Not great yet, but definitely playing like he wants to be staying. Grimes, like a campfire, can burn you up or keep you warm and cook your breakfast. He was more chef than arsonist today.
-Should Falcons re-sign Grimes now? – Yes. We need him and a few more just like him.

Coop

December 5th, 2010
11:07 pm

Night Cage – Gotta run. Feels great to be 10-2. Don’t figure we’ll “fix” anything before end of season, so hopefully the magic lasts.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:07 pm

-What the H with Dunta Robinson? – needs different scheme that would allow him to jam at line with back-up instead of leaving him alone.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? – Not a bust yet, but a better scheme could utilize his talents better.
-How awful are we on third and long? – I’m gonna be sick
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC? Emeril Lagasse is not our DC? BAM! There goes the lead.
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? – Carl Sagan estimated the universe was infinite and still expanding..tiny compared to the chance of that 3 man rush shite working.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Shhh, there was a bachelor party at Mons Venus last night.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Mularkey out did himself today. I’m am always complaining that he only has 5 plays and today he breaks out a magical 6th play. I didn’t think he had it in him.
-What in the H is up with our pitiful tackling? Nothing many wind sprints at Flowewry Branch this week can’t fix.
-Name the Falcons defensive scheme: Bend-But-Don’t Break, Do-Whatever-You-Want, or give your own nickname. – I came up with a nickname but the folks at MTV tell me “Jackass” is already taken.
-How happy are you with the big comeback win? – Ecstatic. This win means we will be the feel good come out of nowhere SuperBowl story. I will feel better if “the powers that be” let us win a Lombardi.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:08 pm

Part Two

-What the H with Dunta Robinson? – needs different scheme that would allow him to jam at line with back-up instead of leaving him alone.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? – Not a bust yet, but a better scheme could utilize his talents better.
-How awful are we on third and long? – I’m gonna be sick
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC? Emeril Lagasse is not our DC? BAM! There goes the lead.
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? – Carl Sagan estimated the universe was infinite and still expanding..tiny compared to the chance of that 3 man rush shite working.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Shhh, there was a bachelor party at Mons Venus last night.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Mularkey out did himself today. I’m am always complaining that he only has 5 plays and today he breaks out a magical 6th play. I didn’t think he had it in him.
-What in the H is up with our pitiful tackling? Nothing many wind sprints at Flowewry Branch this week can’t fix.
-Name the Falcons defensive scheme: Bend-But-Don’t Break, Do-Whatever-You-Want, or give your own nickname. – I came up with a nickname but the folks at MTV tell me “Jackass” is already taken.
-How happy are you with the big comeback win? – Ecstatic. This win means we will be the feel good come out of nowhere SuperBowl story. I will feel better if “the powers that be” let us win a Lombardi.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:09 pm

Dam this is annoying

-What the H with Dunta Robinson? – needs different scheme that would allow him to jam at line with back-up instead of leaving him alone.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? – Not a bust yet, but a better scheme could utilize his talents better.
-How awful are we on third and long? – I’m gonna be sick
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC? Emeril Lagasse is not our DC? BAM! There goes the lead.
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? – Carl Sagan estimated the universe was infinite and still expanding..tiny compared to the chance of that 3 man rush shite working.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Shhh, there was a bachelor party at Mons Venus last night.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Mularkey out did himself today. I’m am always complaining that he only has 5 plays and today he breaks out a magical 6th play. I didn’t think he had it in him.

Singletary

December 5th, 2010
11:10 pm

D3, don’t beat yourself up on Eric “Special” Weems. While I haven’t seen coaches’ tapeI truly believe he was about to break one in the *last game* when the GB player wrenched his facemask (and thus his spinal column into a new configuration.) The fact that he was back in, in top form, pulling a highlight reel is impressive.

If he wants to equal or beat Cribbs/Hester, I say we let him. Indeed, shall we cheer him on?

Ueeediot

December 5th, 2010
11:11 pm

-Can Mularkey please try and stretch the field when the D’s intent on stopping intermediate?

Isnt that the truth. I read this summer that Matt was studying other QBs and learning. Too bad he hasnt learned the pump fake off play action. Is it me, or should Roddy be turning up field more to stretch the field himself?

-William Moore is arguably the best hitter on the team.

Arm tackling will get you in trouble….was amazed how many times i was frustrated @ missed tackles today.

Mike Ferrera:
Is there a more irritating personality inserting themselves into the game commentary?
Please, NFL, fix the replay – make the head official stand at the 50, watch the replay on the big screen and make the call in 45 seconds. Whatever, just speed up the dam thing.

10-2

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:11 pm

One last try
-What the H with Dunta Robinson? – needs different scheme that would allow him to jam at line with back-up instead of leaving him alone.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? – Not a bust yet, but a better scheme could utilize his talents better.
-How awful are we on third and long? – I’m gonna be sick
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC? Emeril Lagasse is not our DC? BAM! There goes the lead.
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? – Carl Sagan estimated the universe was infinite and still expanding..tiny compared to the chance of that 3 man rush shite working.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Shhh, there was a bachelor party at Mons Venus last night.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Mularkey out did himself today. I’m am always complaining that he only has 5 plays and today he breaks out a magical 6th play. I didn’t think he had it in him.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:14 pm

Thanks for shout out D3. I tried to finish up but the monster is really hungry tonight.

Screen Pass

December 5th, 2010
11:15 pm

-What the H with Dunta Robinson? – needs different scheme that would allow him to jam at line with back-up instead of leaving him alone.
-Is D-Rob entering FA bust territory or way too early? – Not a bust yet, but a better scheme could utilize his talents better.
-How awful are we on third and long? – I’m gonna be sick
-Is Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez our DC? Emeril Lagasse is not our DC? BAM! There goes the lead.
-How long will this 3 man rush continue with no success? – Carl Sagan estimated the universe was infinite and still expanding..tiny compared to the chance of that 3 man rush scheme working.
-What was Ryan’s problems today? Shhh, there was a bachelor party at Mons Venus last night.
-How would you rate the O’s performance today? Mularkey out did himself today. I’m am always complaining that he only has 5 plays and today he breaks out a magical 6th play. I didn’t think he had it in him.
-What in the H is up with our pitiful tackling? Nothing many wind sprints at Flowewry Branch this week can’t fix.
-Name the Falcons defensive scheme: Bend-But-Don’t Break, Do-Whatever-You-Want, or give your own nickname. – I came up with a nickname but the folks at MTV tell me “Jackass” is already taken.
-How happy are you with the big comeback win? – Ecstatic. This win means we will be the feel good come out of nowhere SuperBowl story. I will feel better if “the powers that be” let us win a Lombardi.

Singletary

December 5th, 2010
11:16 pm

D3, don’t beat yourself up on Eric “Special” Weems. While I haven’t seen coaches’ tapeI truly believe he was about to break one in the *last game* when the GB player wrenched his facemask (and thus his spinal column into a new configuration.) The fact that he was back in, in top form, pulling a highlight reel is impressive.

If he wants to equal or beat Cribbs/Hester, I say we let him. Indeed, shall we cheer him on?

A shout out to Mike Peterson. He threw his body into several contortions to take hits so that others could finalize tackles. Sarah is right. This was huge, because we proved once and for all “we got our big boy pants on.”

Second, shout out to Coach Fish. TB has some huge, honkin’ players, Blount, Freeman, etc. But you saw our nimble guys challenging and draining their energy reserves so that we had a better than even chance to rally in the 4th Quarter.

JManye

December 5th, 2010
11:21 pm

Falcons continue to win. Thats all thats important. Its always tough to win on the road. Look at the Saints today. Made a statement though. Really hope TG is alright. Maybe Spoon should get this week off. Depending on how he feels, hopefully minimal snaps vs. SEA and have him back healthy for NO. If not, give him both games off. He is gonna be important for the playoffs. Leave Beerman in. Need RB (a fast one particularly), DE (anyone who can do anything), CB (a big one), OL, WR in that order.

Wildebeast

December 5th, 2010
11:59 pm

That’s good stuff..thanks D3

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December 6th, 2010
12:55 am

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Wayne in Decatur

December 6th, 2010
1:26 am

Great victory by the Falcons today!!!..However I do agree that our DC Van Gorder is so predictable..I get tired of his pedestrian blitz packages,what makes him think that you can reach a QB with 3 rushers if you hadn’t been getting there with 4…Lets think outside of the box please sir because you will cause us to lose a game at the wrong time…I think we are on a march to Dallas Tx..we are built the right way,coached the right way and we have the QB to take us all the way.Lets clean up the defense…And give this city what it derserves a Super Bowl Winner

Rock

December 6th, 2010
1:26 am

Played Corner on Ga Southerns 85 and 86 National Championship teams so I know a little. Granted its not 1-A but relatively speaking. A Corner will get beat so get that straight now I dont care who the corner is. So what a makes a good corner is limit getting to beat (especially deep), being a little cocky or confident (know you are good), A terrible memory (being able to forget getting beat), and lastly ability to make more plays than get beat. Being fast and athletic is a given so So thats Grimes. So the people on here that say he is too small dont know what the hell they are talking about. If that was a factor do you think a NFL scout, and Mike Smiths Coaching staff would have him out there? So what makes you smarter than them? It makes you sound stupid when you say that. Were the receivers that he made plays on all year and yesterday taller than him? He makes plays every game he’s very athletic. His vertical is ridiculous. More importantly he breaks on the ball and/or route quicker than anyone on team. Hes like an acrobat. The only time his height might be a problem is on the fade route on goal line but his vertical makes up for it. If you are in position that makes up for height. Enough of that, keep his ass here Mr. Blank.

Box

December 6th, 2010
2:26 am

WTF? I followed the game online since Jerry Jones can control the sports media, but why is Lofton making a tackle 28 yards downfield? Where are our DB’s? I’ll take the win, of course, but we seem to be on the same enchanted journey that NO was able to ride last year. It scares a Falcons fan too used to waiting for the other shoe to drop. Just my observations.

Knievel

December 6th, 2010
7:00 am

What a finish!! Grimes had a great game!! Matt Ryan seemed to be off target or people were running wrong routes. The whole team looked off kilter for the first three quarters. It was great to still have hope for a win even in the fourth quarter, I’m used to watching those pitiful dawgs and having no chance to pull it out.. It’s so refreshing to rout for a team that has the ability and coaching to win even when down. GOOO FALCONS!!!!! Great Blog D

Chop Buster

December 6th, 2010
7:24 am

True Matt did throw some errant passes today, but TB DBs were all over our WRs and TEs way beyond five yards. That’s why they were close to picking off Matt all day. They finally called one on Barber after he mauled Gonzalez.

stendek

December 6th, 2010
7:47 am

Luck alone cannot justify ten wins in a dozen games…

http://stendec7.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/falcons-rally-past-bucs-28-24-for-tenth-victory/

:0 :0 :0 :0 STENDEK

stendek

December 6th, 2010
7:56 am

Lots of scenarios entered my mind when Falcons fell behind by 10 points in fourth quarter. NONE OF THEM WERE GOOD. Matt Ryan was way off in first half. Two interceptions were frustrating because receivers were open. I felt it would take a sports miracle to rally. That miracle was a 100 plus yard kickoff return. At that point I KNEW Falcons would prevail. Did not know how. Just knew they would. Hated injury to Tony Gonzalez. Loved timely receptions. Especially one by Roddy White on third and forever. Brett Grimes came through with clinching interception. Another pickoff was overturned. Have never doubted his heart just his height. Lot of Buc holding calls either missed or ignored by officials. Falcons still won. Measure of championship outfits. Ten wins? And counting? Who would have thunk it? STENDEK

stendek

December 6th, 2010
7:58 am

Lots of scenarios entered my mind when Falcons fell behind by 10 points in fourth quarter. NONE OF THEM WERE GOOD. Matt Ryan was way off in first half. Two interceptions were frustrating because receivers were open. I felt it would take a sports miracle to rally. That miracle was a 100 plus yard kickoff return. At that point I KNEW Falcons would prevail. Did not know how. Just knew they would. Hated injury to Tony Gonzalez. Loved timely receptions. Especially one by Roddy White on third and forever. Brent Grimes came through with clinching interception. Another pickoff was overturned. Have never doubted his heart just his height. Lot of Buc holding calls either missed or ignored by officials. Falcons still won. Measure of championship outfits. Ten wins? And counting? Who would have thunk it? :) STENDEK

fred

December 6th, 2010
8:00 am

am already old they make me older when they do this.! but i lilke it!! dont need new place to play if you are good enuf. this beats cannonball butler!!!! saints just the same way , have to outlast them! fred in sc

FrontRow

December 6th, 2010
8:00 am

Pretty sloppy but attribute some of that to the cheap shop play of the Bucs. My observation of them being a pretty good team or “up and coming” went out the window yesterday – Raheem and crew are playing the same “edge of the rules” strategy the Saints play.

Chop buster it wasn’t only Barber that mauled Gonzo – the player on the ground took a swing at his ankle and tripped him. The Bucs were playing (if you call it that) outside the rules and daring the refs to make a call. Way too many non-calls in the Bucs pass blocking and pass coverage. Never mind that Talib (as a spectator) gave Roddy a forearm and the refs came over and scolded Roddy – Talib should have been flagged and tossed.

In the end the refs couldn’t ignore the rules. Bucs LB intentionally grabbed the pads B/C Turner had the corner and Josh Freeman got the fat lip he deserved (6-6 guy taking a cheap shot at Grimes).

FrontRow

December 6th, 2010
8:03 am

REMINDER – Season ticket holders can purchase playoff tickets starting today. You have until the 21st to buy your seats.

The link to purchase extras does not seem to be working at the moment (not on sale or sold out?).

Dean 21

December 6th, 2010
8:05 am

After watching this game live and then again via DVR…I want to express these comments:
Negative:
1.) The officiating was the worse i’ve seen all year! WOW at the
over turning the grimes catch but not the lynch catch! WOW at
Roddy’s penalty but not hayes punch in clear view of an official!
WOW at the non holding calls against the creme colored puffs!!!
2.) The defensive coordinator and coaching was awful and almost
made this game a huge loss for us. This was a weak defense at
at times today and No way do you rush only 3 lineman with a
4 & 11…reminds me of a certain 4 & 15 a few years ago. The DC
simply must do BETTER with his rush packages!!!
3.) The offensive coordinator seems to tank at crucial times. It is
time to allow Matt to call at least 75% of the play calling. The
No Huddle was working and the birds was not using it effectively
like they did against GB & Balt. This must be addressed!!

Positive:
1.) Brent Grimes is my fav defensive player because his motor keeps
turning and he never gives up. The man deserves a Jimmy V award!
2.) D3, I too was skeptical about our special teams return man, so I
will glady eat crow as well. I will say that he has impressed me
more with his cover skills with HITS than in returns.
3.) Matt Ryans showed true character in this game! He had a bad passing
game until he made one of the most crucial throws of the year! Well
actually he continues to make these types of throws which is why we
are 10-2! The guy is a winner and I believe he should run this
offense right now!

Overall GREAT win and what a shame that the NFL allowed a crucial game during this part of the year to be played on a field in that condition. That college game should have been played elsewhere! WTF is going on with FOX!! Changing the game to have it be their national game and only to have it be the seond game to dallas???? are you freakin kidding me???? Anyway, we just have to keep winning and to heck with those haters from ESPN, FOX and CBS, etc.
D3, is it time to bring out those earlier predictions we did before the season started?