Falcons Absorb Tough Loss to Saints

Tough Loss, but Goals Still Remain

After no help from O, the D finally breaks (CCompton/AJC)

The defense played great, the offense played terrible, and questionable coaching decisions abound in the Falcons loss to the rival Saints last night. It wasn’t the best performances by either team (at least offensively), but the Saints found a way to hang around just enough and win at the end. It had a playoff atmosphere and the Home Sweet Georgia Dome was rockin’, but that couldn’t will the offense to get anything going. It was a hard-fought game where the Falcons late-game heroics finally fell short. Credit goes to the Saints who proved they absolutely are a legit contender to repeat as Champions. The Falcons players, coaches, and everyone associated with the organization should take this loss, refocus, and deliver on their original goals of winning the division and locking up first the NFC #1 seed and a first round bye. The world isn’t coming to end and many say this was better to lose like this now instead of the playoffs. We’ll soon see.

Some observations from the game…..

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A Rare Good Run (JCrawford/AJC)

-The defense was lights out last night. Yes, we still missed too many sacks and tackles in the backfield, but overall we finally saw the pressure and aggressive defense we’ve all been waiting for from Brian Van Gorder. Great gameplan and good aggression. Sacks are great, but pressure, hits, and rattling the QB are definitely apart of a good defense as well.

-Not trying to make excuses, but one reason for the missed sack chances could be for a lack of aggression in the past. In other words, since the Falcons don’t blitz often than they’re not going to be perfect until they do it constantly. Practice makes perfect, so keep doing it!

-Weatherspoon didn’t have a great night, but he was in position many times and just missed the play. He’ll get better and many can already see that he’s getting back to his pre-injury form. He is a rookie after all.

-The run defense is back to speed. Bush and Thomas had no where to go and they didn’t even pretend to run the ball towards the end.

-They were a little cocky, despite what many said. Roddy’s tweets typifies that. As mentioned earlier, that should end the social smack talking. Many Saints went back out to the Falcons mid-field logo and celebrated and took pictures. Interesting how they cry about being “disrespected” by Roddy on Twitter, but then turnaround and do the same thing.

Nice Lone TD (CCompton/AJC)

-Also many good points discussed earlier about the conservative play-calling coming from Mike Smith instead of just being Mularkey’s fault. Look, we get that you want to run the ball “first, always, and forever,” but if its not working…..it’s just not working. Put the ball in Ryan’s hands and let him run the show. He has proven he can do it. For all the talk about letting Ryan have the reigns, sometimes Smith just doesn’t do it. The best run all night was throwing to set up the run. What comes next: a long run. The Falcons are more balanced than most teams in the NFL in that we CAN do both well, if not perfect. Throwing to set up the run doesn’t mean they have to turn into the Patriots, Colts, or Saints. Anyone remember the Ravens game?

-As many have been saying all year, if you play with fire long enough eventually you’re going to get burned. Some had a feeling that the Falcons weren’t going to get it this time concerning the last drive. You can’t ask your quarterback to come up with amazing comeback win after amazing comeback win just because he can. They had so many chances to get a good lead (at least in theory) and just couldn’t do it: fumble on goalline, interception by Abraham, interception and momentum swing with Chauncey Davis’ awesome TD return. Fans were clamoring in the stands to “end the game” when the Falcons got the ball on the Saints 40 yard line and did NOTHING with it.

-A huge difference in Sean Payton and Mike Smith’s philosophy is letting your QB comeback and continue to make plays even when they’re not at their best. Brees throws two interceptions in the 4th quarter and what does Payton do with Brees? Lets him come back slinging the ball around that would let him win the game. What does Smith do after Ryan hasn’t had a great game? Continues to call or condone conservative play-calling that has Turner running into a brick wall over and over and over again. And the dagger in fans hearts was not going for it on 4th and 6 with a little over 2 minutes left in the game with Brees at the helm. I mean the punt netted a whopping 20 yard change. Let your franchise quarterback win the game (or at least try). He is nicknamed Matty Ice for a reason. Absolutely the worst head coaching call by Smith all season…..hands down.

That's How Fans Felt on 4th Down Call (CCompton/AJC)

-How many times would fans say that eventually the Birds are going to get burned if they keep playing with fire this year? They had to mount late comeback drives to beat the 49ers, the Ravens, the Packers, and the Bucs. We were 4-for-4 in that category and we finally just couldn’t do it again. Shame on the coaches for relying on that once again. The chances were there all night to open it up and put some distance on the Saints. The offense did NOTHING with it.

-Where was Tony Gonzalez last night? Many think this was one of the worst called offensive games of the year. It should be prudent to include Smith right along with Mularkey from here on out. It’s the Mularkey/Smith offensive gameplan now. No longer just MM’s fault because if nothing else, than Head Coach Mike Smith condones it.

-Someone please explain how a team can shut down a franchise quarterback, a pro bowl running back (likely x 2), best receiver in the game this year, a future hall of fame tight end, a LEGIT number 2 receiver who has had a great year, a backup running back who is superb out of the backfield, an excellent pass catching backup tight end, and a speedy slot (even though not a great year). The Saints played a great game on D last night, but the 2000 Ravens or 1985 Bears….they are not.

-As brought up by Big Ray earlier, what is the deal with Harry Douglas and his lack of production this year? Scheme, injury, coaching, or his connection with Ryan?

-It was a gut-wrenching loss, but all the goals still remain. Beat the Carolina Panthers next Sunday and #1 seed, home-field advantage, and the NFC South will belong to the Falcons.

-Chauncey Davis and Kroy Biermann did a good job in the game, even if they need to work on bringing down the man.

-Both Mike Peterson and John Abraham proved they have plenty of gas left in the tank. They both balled out last night.

-Ryan didn’t have a great night, but the play-calling didn’t help very much.

Rare Turnovers Hurt (CCompton/AJC)

-Turner and McClure sure picked a really terrible time to have an extremely rare miscue.

-Michael Jenkins is having an excellent year and has proven once and for all that he’s a legitimate #2 receiver paired with Roddy White.

-Pretty awful officiating on both sides of the ball. Seemingly the first ever double pass-interference call in the history of the NFL. Nice job.

-For anyone saying that the “aura” or “momentum” has been lost with the loss to the Saints, they need to look at the Saints of last year who lost their last 3 games before winning the Super Bowl.

-Expect and already see the National Sports Media (if that’s what you want to call it), talk about the Falcons being exposed. Who knows why the NFL have their favorites, but the Falcons aren’t one of them. Just remember that talk shows and sports programming networks are profit-driven corporations the same as any other. Draw what conclusions you will from that.

-A quote from Darren Sharper about how they shut down the offense. This should light a fire under Coach Mularkey and Coach Smith. An absolutely true statement…..”The main thing is that we knew who they were going to try to get the ball to. We keyed on certain players. But I think the main thing overall was that we had good coverage overall as a secondary. We have guys that can cover. That’s our strength as a team. They kind of played into our hands.“….Ouch.

Your Turn

-Please include all of your own observations

-Agree/Disagree with above observations

400 comments Add your comment

Paddy O

December 28th, 2010
5:31 pm

Sharper is correct, and the Ice man hit Jenkins a lot more than normal. Tony G got neutralized. Harry Douglas, other than getting into some verbal altercations, was non-existent. We should have utilized an I with Snelling & Turner for blocking, with Snelling releasing in the flat. But, it was still a helluva great game – intense, close and even with our 2 great errors, we could have won the game. Still say the last punt was a gigantic tactical error.

Paddy O

December 28th, 2010
5:33 pm

It was especially puzzling after going for 2 4th downs in the same series the prior game, with the defense obviously tired and not as effective. Plus, Brees has such a multitude of options, it was unlikely we were going to stop him. We should have won.

Nise

December 28th, 2010
5:37 pm

ok how can you toot your defense as having a steller night against a prolific offense such as the saints but slight the saints D when they held you as you call it “franchise QB, hall of fame tight end, number 1 WR” to just 1 offensive TD. and that TD came from penalites. the 2 TD the saints have they earned down the field. and the saint did not disrespect your little logo. they take pics like that after every big road game.

GregKennesaw

December 28th, 2010
5:44 pm

Both teams defenses played better than their offenses. Both teams turned over the ball in careless ways. Both ‘d’ held the offenses to less than their scoring averages. I’d say they are pretty evenly matched teams. look at their records, points scored, points against, we split the games this year, each winning by 3 points.

Falcon 34

December 28th, 2010
5:50 pm

Nice — How else can you read this that D3 wrote…….“The Saints played a great game on D last night” and ” Credit goes to the Saints who proved they absolutely are a legit contender to repeat as Champions.. I don’t care either way on the smack talking. Personally, I think it was stupid for Roddy to do it in the first place and he was rightly criticized for it. D3 simply stated to not cry like babies about someone talking about “your city” and then you go do insulting stuff like that. Your player even admitted that he would be upset if the Falcons did it. Give me a break. You can return to your Saints blog now, assuming you have one.

Keep your head down Cage Family and hope you all are doing well.

John Waynesworld

December 28th, 2010
6:19 pm

Thanks D3. Wow what a game. It was so tense and everybody was flying all over the field. The play was on such a higher level than other games I had watched all Sunday and I wasn’t as mad when we lost because we HAD that game. We had it, and we gave it away with uncharacteristic fumbles. Now obviously the knowledge that we still could get the home field by whipping the Panthers next week made this loss a little easier, it was still such a good gauge on this Atlanta Falcon team. They played with exceptional heart and passion. Hats off to Brees, that lucky and good man. We will still be NFC South Champs in 5 days.

scott

December 28th, 2010
6:27 pm

unlike the saints fans from week 3, i am not about to put the blame on any Falcons players for this loss (hartley missed fg). would have loved the win but, it didnt happen. i live in louisiana and i never hear the “fans” blame drew brees for any of his 19 or 20 something ints…bc it is always someone elses fault for his mistakes (underhanded throws) the Falcon victory was “lucky” they say, well the win by n.o. was pretty damn “lucky” last night. i was told today “Breesus threw for over 300 yds and completed 34 passes on yall” yes, and how many times did ur offense cross the 50 yd line to score and only scored 17 pts and only won by 3?? Oy Vey, these aints fans make me sick!!

Chop Buster

December 28th, 2010
6:27 pm

I have been a Falcons fans since 1972 and this is beginning to really take its toll on me. Up and down. Just when you think things are on track we have a HC/OC who is stubborn and not willing to change with the game. I’ve said this many times before…if we had a smash mouth RB (which Turner is not) and a mammoth OL that can blow guys off the ball, then I could see making the run game your bread and butter. But we DO NOT have these players to fit your scheme. You have a QB that developed a reputation in college of winning from behind. Now he’s brought that to the NFL and I believe our coaching staff is handcuffing Ryan. I’m like everyone else, we need the run and the pass to be successful in the NFL; but know when to alternate when one isn’t working. When will we get that killer instinct to just keep a team down when we get them down? Smitty almost acts like he has the 2002 Ravens defense that he’s relying on to stop the Saints. We have one last game to end the season to win NFC South Champs and HFA throughout the playoffs. I hope we come out after the Panthers the way we initially went after the Saints–but with a different outcome this time. Take this win and gain some momentum for the playoffs. Develop your playoff strategy and what changes are needed to take this team to the next level. The playoffs is not the time for conservative playcalling. I am passionate about football and get a little pissed with this team at times, but I’m still a fan after all these years of ups and downs. Hopefully this team continues in the right direction.

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Chop Buster

December 28th, 2010
6:33 pm

Ok, this is the third time my comments have not shown up. What’s going on with this blog all of a sudden? Are we now selective about which comments are posted?

Chop Buster

December 28th, 2010
6:37 pm

Anyway, I observed most of what everyone else did. Same frustrations with the play calling, HC/OC and players still not tackling well. We wore the defense down for three quarters with all the blitzing and then went to the BBDB defense in the fourth–which is when Brees magically went for his 90 yard drive. The only other thing I have to say is WE ARE NOT THE STEELERS and not built to blow teams off the ball (with the current OL) and do not have a smash mouth RB. I just hope they take care of business against the Panthers and make some changes prior to the playoffs.

D3

December 28th, 2010
6:44 pm

Chop Buster — All your comments should be in now. I have no control over what the “Blog Monster” filters. It tries to weed out spam from marketing companies and the like and for some reason certain words trigger it. If you have an issue just post it on there or email me and I’ll try to release it as soon as possible. What I used to do is copy and save the post before you hit submit and you can go back and break it apart. Sorry for the inconvenience.

fsjr

December 28th, 2010
6:58 pm

On few occasions, the sentiments and decisions in the stands (which obviously don’t count) are completely different from those on the sidelines. The 4th and 6 decision to punt, after the defense had just given up a long drive (not featuring the same defensive intensity) gave many in the stands the feeling the defense would not be able to stop the Saints from getting a first down to run out the clock. I don’t believe one play, ref’s call, or coaching decision, decides a win or loss unless it is the last one. I felt we had a greater chance at that point of making the 6 yards than stopping them from getting a first down to run out the clock. We loss a game to the Saints with them running out the clock because we put it in their hands to do so. Decisions, decisions. I really hope they have to come back here. I look forward to it.

This Gets Old!

December 28th, 2010
7:28 pm

1.) Where in Hades has THAT defense been all season. Nice change up by BVG, a guy in whom I’d lost a bit of faith.
2.) Last night contrasted with Smith’s “you take what the defense gives you” statement after the Pitt. game.T.O.P. is great..if you’re really moving the ball.
3.) N.O. is really a team devoid of class. I thought it was just their fans. Taking the pic at mid-field like a high school team. Hope Falcons remember that.

D3

December 28th, 2010
7:29 pm

********UPDATE**********
7 Falcons selected to Pro Bowl: Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Ovie Mughelli, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, John Abraham, Eric Weems.

Congratulations Falcons!!!!!! Looks like the Falcons get all the respect and recognition they deserve and where it rightly belongs……….with the players, coaches, and fans. I’m sure MTV Sports (new name for ESPN) are upset. Trent Dilweed’s head just exploded.

falcon21

December 28th, 2010
7:30 pm

I’ll take 12 and 3 going into the final week with a chance to win the divison and home field throughout the playoffs any season. It would have been nice to win last night but as D3 said maybe just maybe MS and MM may have learned something that could help us over the next 4 or 5 weeks. If plan A is not working, you have to have a plan B or C, I’m not sure we have anything after B but after last night I think we will now. There is never a good loss but this one may have been.

Bangkapi Ajarn

December 28th, 2010
7:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to our Falcons Pro Bowl Selections!!

Well earned, gentlemen (assuming at least one of you guys read the cage).

Robert W Love Sr

December 28th, 2010
7:35 pm

Great Article D3,

Wow, I feel that some of the pressure of maintaining this win streak has somehow been lifted, reality has finally set in and we will be analyzing and analyzing and yes, more analyzing every facet of this loss and at some point early on in this week, I believe HCMS will have the team collectively “put this one behind us” and move on. I would offer that as fans, one of the better things we could do would be to also let this loss go now that we have had some time to make our own analogies of the game and look forward to the next game without getting too far ahead of ourselves. We are experiencing a rare moment in time, a time one would like to see as a starting point to great things ahead for Atlanta Sports and more importantly, our Atlanta Falcons. We have a whole host of reasons to pride ourselves in their accomplishments but this is only a flash in the pan compared to some of the Dynasties that have unfolded in other markets through the years. As much as I hate to say it, I can’t remember Rankin Smith investing as much into the Falcons that Arthur Blank has since acquiring the team. I think AB has great things in store for Atlanta fans so long as this marriage between team & fans remains as strong as it is at present. One hand washes the other and should one disappoint the other on a regular basis, relations could sour leading to irreconcilable differences and the like. In other words, win and promote a winning atmosphere and we’ll pour the dollars into the marriage that allows AB to invest in quality players who can bring championships to the Atlanta market. We are standing at the edge of one of those highpoints in the relationship. As a fan who has been here since the team’s inception, I feel really good about where we are and where we could be 5 weeks from now. I pledge my continued support to the marriage just as I have in leaner times. This is my time to do my part and contribute where possible for although I’m excited about my Falcon’s success, there will surely be low spots at some point in the future. AB know this, we true fans will be there through thick or thin. Rise Up Atlanta ! Go Falcons

BobbyDawg

December 28th, 2010
7:37 pm

I’m much happier with the current Falcons team and coaching staff than I was back in the ’60s when we had Norm Van Brocklin and crew. Arthur Blank has brought a team that we can be proud of. Rankin Smith didn’t care if we won or lost. It was all about the money for him. The Falcons are a first class team that will go a long way in the hearts of true Falcon fans Some of us have been patient for over 40 years. Please join us.

Chop Buster

December 28th, 2010
7:42 pm

Congrats Falcons on your Probowl selections!!!

Chop Buster

December 28th, 2010
7:43 pm

Thanks D3 for retrieving my original comments.

Bangkapi Ajarn

December 28th, 2010
7:44 pm

I kinna shot my load in the previous blog, but sporatic stotgun comments –

1) Agree totally with D3’s comments re: Mr. Sharpers statement. I think the Saints did an outstanding job at game planning our D, and BVD and Smitty did an outstanding job on game planning for the Saints Offense (although Breezie was/is outstanding at going for a quick release in the face of a blitz to the open receiver). Punch/counter punch, these teams and coaching staffs know each other well, their matchups seem to hinge on mistakes, turnovers, and the ability to cash in.

2) Agree that Jenkins is having an excellent year. Along with his emergence after the inury and Meier’s re-emergence impending, I disagree on the need to invest a draft choice in another WR. I understand the desire for a stretch the field WR, but I am thinking they would just stew in the same pergatory that HD seems to be in. What few long balls that get launched seem to be directed towards Jenkins. Also, where was Finn yesterday?? We could have used his 8-12 yard “climb the ladder” catches on that last drive.

A change of pace lightening quick stretch the field RB with the ability to catch the ball on occasion would be a much greater need in my opinion.

falcon21

December 28th, 2010
7:45 pm

D3, after listening to ESPN radio most of the day we seemed to have gained more respect from last nights loss than we have had all season.

waynester

December 28th, 2010
7:46 pm

JohnWaynesworld
Summed up my thoughts pretty well. TCB with Carolina and get ready for the playoffs.
ChopBuster
You’ve correctly identified many of our problems. I’m hoping some of last night’s bitter experience will make an impression on our coaching staff. Saints had an excellent defensive gameplan and executed well (as opposed to the previous week). It took a tough loss to get them playing right and hopefully, it’ll give our guys a swift kick just the same….

LRD

December 28th, 2010
7:46 pm

Nice to see our Birds represented in the Pro Bowl. OVIE!! that is sweet, Weems ( yes I am STILL eating crow for comments earlier this season) and then Ryan as a topper! Wow!

Bangkapi Ajarn

December 28th, 2010
7:50 pm

And, not to appear TOO greedy, I thought Babs was well deserving of pro bowl selection. Nothing I saw last night changed my mind on that.

Sarah B

December 28th, 2010
7:51 pm

D3 in regards to the ProBowl, remember when it was just the “Big Names” that got in regardless of performance? Well in my opinion that has finally changed and I think the main factor that has changed it – Fantasy Football. It’s estimated that 13+ million people play. Fantay Football players see week after week who’s for real and who’s not. Again just my opinion, but it causes people to look at all players on all teams.

falcon21

December 28th, 2010
7:55 pm

If it is still played a week before the SB our boys are gonna be busy!!!

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

December 28th, 2010
7:58 pm

Babs didn’t make the Pro Bowl? Unbelievable!

Sarah B

December 28th, 2010
7:59 pm

F21 I totally agree. What fool moved it to before the Super Bowl??? It should always be the last game of the year or none of the players in the Super Bowl will show up nor should they.

falcon21

December 28th, 2010
8:02 pm

I don’t know who came up with the idea Sarah but it is totally stupid.

LRD

December 28th, 2010
8:27 pm

OK.. show of hands here people.. how many would have said the following statement 3 years, let along 3 months ago?

Atlanta, which leads the NFC with a 12-3 record, had the most Pro Bowlers, with seven.

JB FALCON

December 28th, 2010
8:34 pm

LRD, Who wudda thunk it? Most, meaning more than NE, Eagles, GB and all the BSPN greats!

Bangkapi Ajarn

December 28th, 2010
8:57 pm

I hadn’t really realized this, but thanks to Jeff Schultz for pointing this out –

“Four linemen — John Abraham, Chauncey Davis, Jonathan Babineaux, Kroy Biermann — each have more interceptions (1) than Dunta Robinson (0)”.

I wonder if 4 DL have EVER all had interceptions in a season, and two of them pick 6 (Biermann and Davis now). This is a magical season for the ages for sure.

Arno

December 28th, 2010
9:25 pm

The Saints took their poor run defence against the Ravens and turned it into a great lesson for themselves. Falcons offence, including the running game, will profit from this loss and be better prepared for the playoffs. Congrats to Falcon’s inspired defence, Jenkins’ increasing threat, and Ryan’s sharpness/courage. And a tip of the hat to Brees, who seemed to singlehandedly drag his team out of the ditch.

FrontRow

December 28th, 2010
9:51 pm

A great game and a great crowd. Hats off to the Saints for getting it done when they had to.

I don’t get the Monday morning blues/quarterbacking. The Saints are already in desperation mode and the Falcons aren’t. If the tables are turned, the Falcon’s offense could have (and would have) exploited the obvious mismatch against the Saints secondary. Further, in a must win situation, CMS goes for it on 4th down.

The officiating I’ll leave alone; the looks on the Saint’s fans faces on the obvious offsides non-call is all I needed to see.

I would have loved to see a W but the only meaning it would have in the long run is the Falcons would have to win 13 straight overall and (most likely) 3 straight against the Saints to take the Lombardi trophy.

Ask any Patriots fan how “sweet” long winning streaks can be. It’s a good thing to get brought down to Earth with little on the line.

Lastly, the key play of the game was the game saving tackle made by Drew Brees on #55. If DB needs to make those plays like that in a game that means something, I like our chances.

BRO

December 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

The name of the game is adjustments. He that makes the right adjustment usually wins. Stubborn is just stubborn. Have the Falcons run anything other than Turner up the middle on the first play of the game–NO NO NO. Stubborn is Stubborn. Open up the game Mike. We are tired of the same old play calling. Any good high school DC could have handled the Falcons last night. And why can’t our receivers get open. No team covers that good. Draft a big back with speed. Turner is great, but he is not fast enough to get outside and goes down way to easy when hit from the side.
Wake up coaches and lets play some football.

FrontRow

December 28th, 2010
10:38 pm

@BRO – You’re DEAD WRONG. The Falcons took the second have kickoff and were slinging the ball. The mismatch was so obvious the Saint’s were tacking the Falcons with the ball in the air.

Me thinks CMS filed that series away. I believe the coach is perfectly willing to let the Saints keep thinking that stacking the box is a good idea.

Sarah B

December 28th, 2010
11:30 pm

Vikings just shook up the NFC Playoffs…

crabapplejoe

December 28th, 2010
11:40 pm

Mick Vick gives up two fumbles carrying the ball like a loaf of bread…..memories….LMAO. Now, hopefully someone like Green Bay will put the Iggles out of their misery before they come to the dome….the alternative is a circus…

D3

December 28th, 2010
11:46 pm

Just some food for thought as you go into the good night……..

Which one will you take:

1) A loss to the defending Super Bowl Champions at home by 3 points that included two fumbles and a pretty good defensive effort by the Falcons and a chance to win the game with 3 minutes left and a chance to win the home-field advantage, the #1 seed, and the NFC South Crown…..

or……

2) A loss to the 5-9 Vikings at home led not by Brett Favre, not by Tavaris Jackson, but by rookie 3rd string quarterback Joe Webb. The loss was also by 10 points to boot. The team in question has been one of the most hyped in the last 5 years as well. They had the “comeback of the decade” against a team that then went on to lose to the Packers 45-17 the next week.

Just sayin……..

stendek

December 28th, 2010
11:47 pm

Michael Sick not NFL MVP after all! Eagles upset by Vikings. Vikings! Snicker. Hee hee. I love it. Maybe Obama will give him a kiss to cheer him up. Sorry pieces of trash. Andy Reid looked so unhappy. Glad fat ignoramus had no challenges on first down spot. Now the jackass knows how Mike Smith felt during that ream job seasons ago. Hate those Eagle whiners! If Falcons want to defeat Panthers they better blitz, blitz then blitz some more. May have to score. Have no confidence in Falcon offense any more! Let all down big time against Saints. If Falcons lose to Panthers then mark down first game playoff exit. Do not say that is impossible. THESE ARE THE FALCONS! STENDEK

Sarah B

December 28th, 2010
11:53 pm

stendek – SHUT UP!!!

stendek

December 29th, 2010
12:03 am

I do not know who the Hell you THINK you are Sarah but shut the Hell up yourself! I know what B stands for. STENDEK

D3

December 29th, 2010
12:12 am

Stendek — Let’s cool it down here please. Falcons and Football in a respectful manner. Those are the only rules my friend.

Sarah B

December 29th, 2010
12:16 am

I am a real Falcons Fan. I do not post worthless drivel like this:
If Falcons want to defeat Panthers they better blitz, blitz then blitz some more. May have to score. Have no confidence in Falcon offense any more! Let all down big time against Saints. If Falcons lose to Panthers then mark down first game playoff exit. Do not say that is impossible.

Take that crap back to your own wittle blog…. that no one reads anyway.

SARAH B – See I can do stupid CAPS too…

Wabe

December 29th, 2010
12:22 am

That’s right D3.

Can’t wait to hear what the “experts” have to say about this one. You know, the same one’s who were crowning the Eagles the best team in the NFC prior to their game tonight after this loss.

Not saying the Eagles will be an easy out, but I think this just further proves that there’s really not a drastic difference from 1-6 this season in the NFC, minus the NFC West winner of course.

Looking at the playoff picture as of now:

1 – Falcons
2 – Bears*
3 – Eagles
4 – Rams/Seahawks
5 – Saints
6 – Packers

Anybody who didn’t want to see the Eagles in the playoffs should be very pleased tonight, because their road to Dallas just got a whole lot tougher. Instead of getting that coveted bye, they slide to the #3 seed and should face a stiff test from the Packers (who I’m assuming gets in).

Also, completely co-sign D3’s comments about our loss by 3 to the Saints vs. the Eagles 10 point loss at home to the 5-9 Vikings, who were down to their rookie 3rd string QB. Still upset we lost last night, but the Eagles lost today has me feeling a lot better about us at the moment. I mean, lets be real, how *great* have the Eagles been the past couple of games? They’ve had one good quarter (an 8 minute stretch really) against the Giants in the 4th quarter in the past 8 quarters. Not a good sign with a week left in the season.

We’ll see what happens.

stendek

December 29th, 2010
12:23 am

Thanks D3. Bye bye………..STENDEK

FrontRow

December 29th, 2010
12:36 am

A comment on what Mr. Sharper had to say. We played into their hands? I’m not so sure about that. This team is all about planning and process.

The Falcons took the 2nd half kickoff and did everything that everyone complains they don’t do (shoot the ball down the field); the Saints were both helpless and hapless on that drive. Only thing – #33 fumbled. Falcons filed that away (for the playoffs) and took their foot off the gas.

The Saints stacked the box and the (often criticized) staff took total advantage. Last night was not win or go home. I would like to believe the Saints are now set up for the playoff fall.

Everyone that wants all the blowouts all the time need to back off. This team and this staff have each step measured; they set their goals and have, up to now, met ALL OF THEM. Just because they don’t publish the “process” for public approval doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are doing.

And, I doubt seriously if STEDNEK could coordinate his way out of a wet paper bag.

Atlanta Peach

December 29th, 2010
12:38 am

Hi Sarah, Don’t it make you feel a little bit better now knowing the eagles also lost tonight ?! It takes some steam off of the Falcon’s lose.