NFL Playoffs @ The Dome: Falcons-Packers Rematch

It’s Finally Here……….

Can Falcons Make it 2? (CCompton/AJC)

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Falcons Fan Family, it is finally upon us. The biggest game of the year awaits against a foe the Falcons have played (and beat) in the Green Bay Packers. Now that the Eagles are out, expect to hear about the “most dangerous team” since Lombardi walked up and down the sidelines in Green Bay. The Falcons should have all the advantages since they’ve had a week off to rest, home-field advantage, and playing an opponent who will be playing their 2nd road game in 6 days and coming off a big emotional win in Philadelphia. Many questions come to mind as the Packers come to town. How will the Falcons come out of the gate? Who has improved more since they met back in November? What will the home crowd be like on Saturday night in the Georgia Dome? Is there a fear in the back of many Falcons fans heads? This is setting up as one of the biggest home games in the Atlanta Falcons history. Will they Rise Up?

Six Searing Questions as Playoffs Await

 

1) How Will the Falcons Come Out?

Will Roddy Come Out Hot? (CCompton/AJC)

The theory of course goes that the team that has the bye will be much better prepared and rested as they get ready to host the playoff game. That should be true, but another argument is that a wild-card team may be playing better since they’ve been playing for their playoff lives for quite some time now. Even though the Falcons had to beat the Panthers at home to wrap up the division and home-field advantage, they knew quite some time ago that they had the inside track compared to other teams. The Falcon have had an extra week to heal and prepare, but that means they will have gone almost a full two weeks without playing. Backed by a home crowd going crazy (let’s hope) and knowing the opportunity in front of them, will they come out scorching hot and light up the tired Packers? Or will they come out somewhat flat and be playing against the “most dangerous team in the history of the NFL? This is what it’s all about.

2) Will the Defensive Gameplan Be the Same?

Since the Green Bay Packers are all of a sudden “balanced” on offense after one game of running the football well, will the defensive gameplan be the same as it was last time? The Falcons did a superb job of keeping Aaron Rodgers to a minimum by often rushing only 3 to 4 lineman and dropping 7 to 8 defensive backs into coverage. It will be interesting to see since the Packers may have found an answer in the running game with James Starks, a 6th round drafted rookie from Buffalo, who ran for 123 yards against the Eagles. Another concern is brought to mind to where the Falcons struggled a little too much defending the run. Will Brian Van Gorder and Coach Smith dial up the pressure on Rodgers as they did against Drew Brees to pretty good success, or will they drop and play zone and simply try to take Starks out of the run game. Anytime two teams meet for a second time in a year, you can bet that there will be new wrinkles and designs to the gameplan. What should the Falcons do with Aaron Rodgers and their newfound balance?

3) What Will the Offense Look Like?

The Atlanta Falcons are one of the most balanced football teams in the NFL, and they have actually done it more than one game, but they have been having a little more trouble running the ball the last two games. The goal on offense most certainly will be to run the rock, control the clock, and keep #12 on the sidelines, but just because they want to run the ball won’t mean that they can. Not counting the Panthers game since they jumped on them so early, the Falcons absolutely could not run on the New Orleans Saints. The lack of a speed back to complement Turner and Snelling has become painfully evident lately since most teams are dead set on stopping the interior run game. The Birds beat the Ravens when Turner ran for 39 yards, but all three other times when Turner hasn’t run for more than 50 yards they have lost (PIT – 42, PHI – 45, NO – 48). Will the Falcons come out and sling the ball around in a hurry up or spread type offense? Not likely since they want to keep Rodgers on the sidelines as much as possible, but it certainly has proven to be effective and even can win games if Matt Ryan needs to. Will they go with the obvious run first and always or will they mix it up and come out slinging the ball around?

4) Have the Falcons Kicked the Turnover Bug?

One of the Birds greatest strengths has been limiting turnovers and not beating themselves and that has played a major role in their success this year. The last three games saw the turnover total take a spike with an interception in Seattle, two fumbles against the Saints, and another red-zone fumble against the Panthers. The Falcons-Packers matchup will pit two great teams against one another and such a close game might come down to a turnover or a penalty. The Falcons have to get back to taking care of the football like they used to. They will be facing one of the best and most aggressive defenses in the NFL and one that will surely be looking to get their hands on a turnover. On the flip side, the Falcons defense will want to continue their ball-hawking ways, as they’ve nabbed a number of interceptions and sacks in the last several games. Was the turnover bug a just a hiccup?

5) Can Falcons Fans “Rise Up?”

Since this is the biggest home game in the Falcons history in the Georgia Dome, can fans do their part to make the Dome a terrible place to play? Domes are usually always louder than open air stadiums and that certainly played a major part in the Saints reaching the Super Bowl last year. Falcon fans have played a big part in some of the Birds biggest home victories of the season, including the Ravens and Packers. The Falcons organization and football team lucked out in getting the late Saturday game where the fans should be good and revved up for the huge game. The playoff tickets went quick and hopefully that’s a good sign that the Dome will be maxed out with red and black. Can the home crowd be committed to making it loud and hard for the Packers for the whole game? The fans have certainly done their part and played a role in the Falcons success at home under Coach Mike Smith. The question is if the fans can make this the loudest game in Birds history at the Georgia Dome. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers proved they could go into a hostile stadium and win in Philadelphia, so it may not make a huge difference. But the fans should make sure that they give their all in the reward the Falcons achieved with their awesome 13-3 season. Will the Falcons fans “Rise Up” and be a true 12th man?

6) Least Acknowledged #1 Seed……..Ever?

We all know exactly how this game will be framed (and already is so) by the talking-ditto-media “experts.” The first game it was how in the world would the Falcons paltry defense contain one of the best and most red-hot offenses in history (remember the 80 points in 3 games stat) and that the Packers would win the first one walking away. Now the tagline is that the Green Bay Packers are not only red-hot, but they’re the team that no one wants to play, and they’re even throwing in the fact that they are completely balanced and have one of the best running games in the NFL. Their defense is stuff of legend with having Jack Tatum, Mean Joe Green, and Mike Singletary lining up on that side of the ball. With them being the 2nd favorite darlings to the previous favorite darlings, they now take over the “most dangerous team in NFL history” and one that no one wants to play. Should the Falcons just forfeit? Fans should just sell their tickets because the Packers will win this one in the 1st quarter, right? Listening to pretty much all the media experts and ditto heads, its as if they don’t even want to acknowledge that the Falcons are even in the playoffs and certainly that they’re not the #1 seed and a good team. Over in the AFC, its the Patriots title to lose with them being the #1 seed and you wouldn’t even know that the Falcons are actually in the playoffs. The Bird Cage has beat the “no respect” thing like a dead horse, and until the ultimate goal is reached, than it should continue to be used for motivation. Even though the Falcons actually beat the Packers on the field of play back in November and held the greatest offense ever to 17 points, the ditto heads are framing it as what the Packers didn’t do as opposed to what the Falcons did do. Only one way to keep proving them wrong.

 

The Real Experts Weight In (Your Turn)

-What’s your gut feeling on the rematch with the Packers?

-Excited, nervous, or both?

-Will the Falcons have the true advantage of a bye and home field?

-Will Packers have more momentum since they played and won last week?

-What will the defensive gameplan be?  What should the D gameplan be?

-How should the Falcons attack Aaron Rodgers: drop back or blitz?

-What will the Falcons offensive gameplan be?

-What should the Falcons O plan be?

-Run the rock or air it out?

-Have the Falcons kicked the turnover bug?

-Can the Falcons counter the ever-aggressive Packers D?

-Are the Packers now officially “balanced” after one good running game?

-How loud will Falcons fans be?

-Should this be the loudest game at The Dome in Falcons history?

-How many opposing fans will be there?

-Is this Falcons team the least acknowledged #1 seed in history of NFL?

-If Packers lose, what will the Ditto-Talking-Head Elite grab onto next?

-If Packers lose, will media elite ask for a re-do or ask for Playoffs to immediately become double-elimination?

-Finally, how confident are you as the Big Day approaches?

953 comments Add your comment

D3

January 10th, 2011
9:49 am

Hey Cage Fam — Not completely finished with this post, but wanted to go ahead and get this one up since the other one expired. Enjoy and I’ll return later to add to it.

Falcon Dale

January 10th, 2011
10:20 am

Receivers having trouble getting separation lately. Need to use Harry
Douglas in the slot more so he will be a mismatch on some of
those linebackers. What yall think ?

Falcon Dale

January 10th, 2011
10:21 am

Use Douglas more in the slot to get some separation on the linebackers.

Falcon Dale

January 10th, 2011
10:28 am

Also I hope in short yardage situations that we line up in the I formation with Mughelli leading the way, especially like a yard or to go.

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Pablo

January 10th, 2011
10:35 am

Not sure 344 yards and 10 yards per attempt was limiting Rodgers. Unfortunately, the Falcons peaked too early and will lose this game by at least 10.

Karl

January 10th, 2011
10:37 am

I believe in Matt Ryan. This is where he starts to become an NFL star – it’s always in the playoffs. But I think it’s the bird’s defense that will win the game.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

January 10th, 2011
10:41 am

Falcon Dale, I beleive we will use Doughlas in the slot and receiver screens, Doughlas caught a screen in the game against the Panthers for about 15 yards, they didn’t attempt that play again in that game, which lead me to beleive they were testing it out for future use.

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 10th, 2011
10:46 am

1) How Will the Falcons Come Out?

I am thinking this will be the same as when they came off the bye, they were strong, and started a winning streak that earned home field advantage. The bigger problem will be if prep is hampered by the weather, I doubt they have enclosed practice field in the Branch (but I don’t really know). The big thing, they have time to heal.

The home field crowd won’t let them sleep thru the first qtr, they will come out fighting, maybe sack Rogers in the first D series and drive the crowd into a frenzy.

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 10th, 2011
10:49 am

2) Will the Defensive Gameplan Be the Same?

Thinking that they will take their chances on the run and make sure Rogers doesn’t sit comfortably in the pocket picking them apart, if he is hurried we could get a couple turnovers, and that could ultimately be the difference.

Spoon’s ability to play in more than third down situations could impact this as well.

zgoldatl

January 10th, 2011
10:50 am

I don’t know what will happen in this game. In fact the Packers were the team (out of the 3 possibilities) that I least wanted to play. I obviously would have much rather played the seahawks, and even the Aints. I don’t think the Aints could win 2 times in ATL in a few weeks. I do know this as a season ticket and playoff ticket holder. The fans WILL RISE UP, we will be heard. We sure as hell were loud during the Aints game, and really have been all year. I know the fans will do their part, now its up to the players to get on some Samuel L Jackson type sh*t and RISE UP ATLANTA!!!

D3

January 10th, 2011
10:55 am

Just finished the post officially.

Falcon Dale — Great point. This sure would be a great time to get HD heavily involved.

Pablo — If you knew anything about the Falcons, then you would know that they’re not very good at limiting yardage, but they do limit points. Remember how the Falcons had no chance of stopping the best offense in history (80 points in 3 games), and they come away with 17. Seven of which was scored in the last 2 minutes of the game?

Karl — Let’s hope that Matty Ice continues his regular season mojo.

SOMEBODY — Yeah, that’s about the time that the Falcon started pulling way back against Carolina. I just hope this coaching staff has this team prepared.

BA — They do have an enclosed practice facility and I sure hope that we can replicate the bye week production. There should be a challenge to make this the loudest game in Falcons history at the Dome. Not just one quarter, the whole game. We got a gift from the league with the Saturday night game.

Aaron

January 10th, 2011
11:01 am

FYI… the packers drafted Starks from Buffalo.

D3

January 10th, 2011
11:04 am

Thanks Aaron. Just changed it from undrafted to sixth round draftee.

Paddy O

January 10th, 2011
11:10 am

As stated previously, if the D from the 2nd NO game shows up (complex, unrelenting blitz package) and the O from the 1st NO game (Ryan no huddle, Ryan calling plays leading to a 19 play scoring drive, plus other long, time consuming drives), the Falcons should win by 14. Starks has a great burst through the middle. Also, ala last GB game, we MUST keep Ryan upright. OUr O line played great, and I hope to see this continue. GO FALCONS!!!

jesse

January 10th, 2011
11:14 am

I live in wi and LOVE the Pack. With that said this is two very talented teams. The winner will either score on defense, have +2 or better turnovers, or if neither happens the team with the ball last wins I think.
I wouldn’t discredit James starks. He has some real talent and Rodgers only needs a small running game to get it done. Oh yeah Rodgers can run too. I’m hyped for this game and as always gentlemen, may the best team win.

LRD

January 10th, 2011
11:15 am

I am happy as Lofton and Roddy with knee issues had more chance to recover. Abe hopefully drank deep from the fountain of youth. Mularkey had a chance to revamp his playbook while flying to interviews. Turner walked around for the last week with the football duct taped to his hands. Jenkins looked in the mirror and said to himself its my time, Ryan is going to become the QB we know he is ( just the rest of the country is going to see it now). VG had a chance to look at how we did the Saints on D and we will see same aggressiveness against GB.. and we are at home in the Dome.. and short week for GB

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 10th, 2011
11:15 am

3) What Will the Offense Look Like?)

Run Control,pound the rock, burn the clock with the occasional dink pass on the edges to try and loosen the iddle of the field. Keep Rogers off the field while minimizing violent meetings between Ryan and Matthews, Hawk, etc.

Gonzo and Jenks will get 8-12 yd passes to keep the chains moving, and Roddy will be working the edges to try to loosen up the middle for the Pain Train. Look for Finn to get a couple of throws on fade outs, using his height – trying to force the Pack to drop LB’s to cover receivers clearing the tracks for that Snelling/Turner pain Train.

D3

January 10th, 2011
11:18 am

I guess we shouldn’t even show up……………

Steve Wyche — The Packers were so upset after their 20-17 loss at Atlanta in November that they wanted a do-over. Little did they know, seven weeks later they would get one.

“We felt we left a lot of football on the field (against the Falcons),” Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said after his team’s 21-16 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs. “This time around, it won’t happen.”

This time around is next Saturday, in Atlanta, in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. It’s where the best team in the conference, Atlanta, plays host to The Team Nobody Wants to Face.

The Packers say that is who and what they are, and it’s really hard to not buy in.

Their victory on Sunday was the second time they had beaten the Eagles in Philadelphia this season. That’s not what makes them so scary. The way that they beat Philadelphia does. They pounded the Eagles with long drives on offense, executed brilliant schemes on defense, and made plays when they needed.

The frightening part is that the Packers are still an evolving team that’s difficult to figure out. With so many new players replacing injured ones, and coaches devising schemes to fit the influx of different talents, Green Bay isn’t easy to decipher.
Dangerous? Frightening? We should forfeit.

Clay Matthews — You can say we’re dangerous.
Did someone leave the oven on? Dangerous……there it is again.

Arno

January 10th, 2011
11:22 am

Starks is a nice new wrinkle at tailback for them, but Rodgers didn’t toss him any balls like Ryan can do with Turner and Snelling.

Richard P

January 10th, 2011
11:26 am

We sure are not getting the respect we deserve. Green Bay is a very dangerous team but I think we will handle them if we come out determined to prove we are best in the NFC. Just a little worried about our pass defense, we need to tighten up there. Everyone remember, no one gave us much respect in 1998 and we all know how that turned out!! Think this team is better than 1998 team and we have the advantge of being in the dome for the entire playoffs!! Needs to be sea of red and black and louder than anything anyone has ever seen!!!

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 10th, 2011
11:26 am

-What’s your gut feeling on the rematch with the Packers?
Blue collar, bruising bloody battle between behemoths of the big show.

-Excited, nervous, or both?
Both, anything can happen in the playoffs, every tem, every game, is against top, proven competition.

-Will the Falcons have the true advantage of a bye and home field?
Yes, this team is HUNGRY for a superbowl, this is football country and the local College teams left us empty and disappointed. The Falcons can make that right with three wins.

-Will Packers have more momentum since they played and won last week?
The Falcons went 9-1 since the Philly game in October. THAT is momentum.

Blindog

January 10th, 2011
11:31 am

The winner of this game will go on and win the SuperBowl, GO FALCONS

dean

January 10th, 2011
11:43 am

I prefer it when the other team talks smack. I have always prefered the Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick mentality. Like my daddy told me: “Never tell someone you’re going to whip their azz. Just do it.”

Yo Vince

January 10th, 2011
11:45 am

I am personally pumped to have the opportunity to beat the “Scariest, Most dangerous, Talented, Gifted, Wonderful, Tradition laden, Fastest, Most Handsome, Smartest, Best Dressed team in the history of man being able to walk upright. Bla Bla Bla. We win again, go home Obese, walking heart attack, gravy sucking pig cheese heads.

LRD

January 10th, 2011
11:48 am

On thing for GB.. they basically have been playing in the play offs now for the last 4 weeks.. can they keep the momentum going?

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 10th, 2011
11:53 am

Maybe it is just me, but—

What if the talking heads really love the Falcons, are betting heavily on the Birds in Vegas, and are doing their best to get the best possible odds on their bet, etc. by trash talking the birds and talking up their opponents each week.

Anyone think they are above doing something like this? What is Trent Dilfer driving these days??

BigLou

January 10th, 2011
12:01 pm

Always a pleasure reading your posts D3. I guess we should just quit… OBVIOUSLY the GB packers are the Patriots of the NFC. Love it…. If the players watch any television, all they are gonna get is motivation. TIME TO PROVE THEM WRONG! Go FALCONS!!!!!!

BobbyDawg

January 10th, 2011
12:01 pm

We had two critical errors in the last Aints game or we would have won. These are things that are good to go ahead and get out of the way before the more important games start. I think we have done this and the team should be ready to rumble with the Pack. Our offense should be good for at least 28 points and our defense should and will be able to hold GB to 21 or less. Falcons — 31 Packers — 17 “GO FALCONS”!

Behold the power of cheese

January 10th, 2011
12:03 pm

It’s true that The Falcons beat the Packers in week 12 by a last second field goal. The Packers had so many starters on IR and still it was close game. Atlanta contained Rodgers to 344 passing yards and 51 rushing yards, thats not my idea of containment. Aaron Rodgers QB rating was 114.3 and Matty Ice was 107.9 but only threw for 197 yards.

Common opponents were San Francisco at home and Filtadelphia on the road. Atlanta went 1-1 and were outscored 35-45. The Packers played twice in Filthy, went 3-0 and outscored these teams by 30 net points 82-52. Atlanta was a good team this year but not a great dominating team. The Packers remind me a lot of the Steelers of a few years back. A very dangerous 6th seed.

Green Bay had the ninth toughest schedule for the 2010 NFL season, and the most difficult schedule of any playoff participant. They overcame an injury issue at QB when Aaron Rodgers had to sit out against the Patriots after sustaining a concussion. Still the Packers remained competitive at New England. Only The Packers and Patriots made the playoffs after playing tougher competition with over 500 winning percentage. The Falcons played the NFC west and only had the 21(t) hardest schedule to make the playoffs.

Atlanta needs to feel good on how far they have come back from what Micheal Vick put you through. I just wouldn’t go planning a parade just yet.

Behold the power of cheese

January 10th, 2011
12:16 pm

Yo Vince Pass the gravy on up to Titletown. Thanks for noticing how “Scariest, Most dangerous, Talented, Gifted, Wonderful, Tradition laden, Fastest, Most Handsome, Smartest, Best Dressed team in the history of man being able to walk upright. This is payback for winning in Green Bay with your dog (errr … too soon?) Michael Vick

Behold the power of cheese

January 10th, 2011
12:18 pm

Aaron Rodgers, who art in Lambeau, Hallowed be thine arm. Thy bowl will come, it will be won, in Dallas as it was in Lambeau. Give us this Saturday our weekly win and forgive the less-passers as you will not let them pass against us. Lead us not into frustration, but deliver us from Falcons. For thine is the MVP, the best…… of the NFC, and the glory of the Cheese heads, now and forever. Go get em. Amen

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 10th, 2011
12:21 pm

part 2 –

-What will the defensive gameplan be? What should the D gameplan be?
Pressure Rogers in pass situations (look for Moore here in certain situations), work on defending reverses and onside kicks this week, put our DB’s in positions to mke plays. This game may well be decided on who holds on to the ball, and who converts in the red zone.

-How should the Falcons attack Aaron Rodgers: drop back or blitz?
Blitz, force errors, and count on our guys to snag some INT’s. Rogers will get his, he always will, but if we can disrupt him enough to create some turnovers that could be the difference between W and L

-What will the Falcons offensive gameplan be?
Ball control, pound the rock, burn the clock with the occasional dink pass on the edges to try and loosen the middle of the field. Keep Rogers off the field while minimizing violent meetings between Ryan and Matthews, Hawk, etc.
Gonzo and Jenks will get 8-12 yd passes to keep the chains moving, and Roddy will be working the edges to try to loosen up the middle for the Pain Train. Look for Finn to get a couple of throws on fade outs, using his height – trying to force the Pack to drop LB’s to cover receivers clearing the tracks for that Snelling/Turner pain Train.

-What should the Falcons O plan be?
The above with an occasional deep throw to HD and Jenkins

-Run the rock or air it out?
Run the Rock

-Have the Falcons kicked the turnover bug?
Hope so, they have had time to heal, get stronger

-Can the Falcons counter the ever-aggressive Packers D?
Pound them, dink them on the corners and we can slow them down

-Are the Packers now officially “balanced” after one good running game?
Nope, they were attacking a perceived weakness and took advantage of the D scheme they were presented with.

-How loud will Falcons fans be?
Loud enough.

-Should this be the loudest game at The Dome in Falcons history?
Don’t know the history, but that would be justified in a night game with a spot in the NFC championship game on the line.

-How many opposing fans will be there?
A few, but not significant.

-Is this Falcons team the least acknowledged #1 seed in history of NFL?
Don’t know the history, but I would suggest it is the least sexy team at this stage (sexy in the marketing sense of the word). The Falcons aren’t creating marketing magic, they aren’t dazzling fans around the country with highlights (although I would put the Biermann and Davis pick six plays at the top of the list myself, along with some circus catches by Roddy and Jenks one handed snag).

-If Packers lose, what will the Ditto-Talking-Head Elite grab onto next?
Da Bears revive memories of the superbowl days, they put out another song with witty lyrics, perhaps “Flock you” to the tune of a catchy ditty from the lead singer of Gnarles Barkley that I can’t mention in a family friendly blog (check youtube)

-If Packers lose, will media elite ask for a re-do or ask for Playoffs to immediately become double-elimination?
They will offer excuses. A Cheese appetizer would be appropriate with the whine that would inevitably come. Stale, putrid, turning green, and left over after a pack of rabid rats had their fill.

To be fair, I am NOT talking about Packer fans, I would expect far more class from them. I am referring to talking heads.

-Finally, how confident are you as the Big Day approaches?
Moderately. This is a game either team could win, but IF the Falcons bring their “A” game they should make it to the next round. If they come in looking ahead to Dallas it will be a LOOOOOONG winter.

BobbyDawg

January 10th, 2011
12:21 pm

Behold–
The Cheeseheads definitly have a team to be proud of and we can’t blame you for bragging. Could you give us an excuse for losing to Detroit 7– 3?

Behold the power of cheese

January 10th, 2011
12:32 pm

Rodgers went out with a concusions and Detroit is a vastly improving team.The Packers still had one of the largest net points second only to the Pats. I’d rather have a team peaking at the end of the year verses.too soon. Yo Vince I’m from So Cal, so make fun of our silicone injected, porn producing, hollywood driven, starbucks drinking, “doiing lunch meetings” fake fake fake (beat you to it) The Packers have fans everywhere. I’m sure this is going to be an epic game.

Let's Keep It Real Now!

January 10th, 2011
12:33 pm

Packers are Champions.

Falcons are Quitters, Drug Users, Wife Beaters and Drunk Drivers.

Guess who wins on Sunday.

Sorry, Green Bay.

Behold the power of cheese

January 10th, 2011
12:35 pm

Tick Tick Tick your season is ending soon

Coop

January 10th, 2011
12:37 pm

D3 – Great article as always. Big games like this always make me so nervous I’m sick all week. However, I’m starting to get a real bad taste in my mouth.

Jumping out of airplanes always got my nerves going. Sometimes, so bad, I thought I’d puke on the way to the flight line. I knew what was supposed to happen, but I couldn’t get the negative thoughts of “what if this happens, or what if that doesn’t happen, or what if I get hurt” out of my mind. I was always able to overcome and complete the mission, but it was often tough.

However, there we a couple of times, when I waited for that green light like a hungry beast. There have been a few moments where the mission at hand ignited a fury that overcame all fear.

These are my Falcons, who I have watched through thick and thin. We have had many lean years and anytime we did start to improve, I always waited for the other shoe to drop. Even in 98, I never thought we’d beat Denver. I was resigned to the loss and happy to be in the Super Bowl.

But, I’m really starting to get p!ssed off with all the disrespect our team continues to receive. That nervous, sick feeling is fading away and the mission at hand is clearly in focus now. I’m done with the Saints and Vick. I’m done with the national media, and I’m done with these idiot cheeshead fans. Quote all the stats you want, just remember to quote the most important one, 20-17.

The Packers and all there fans should enjoy being serviced by the national media this week, cause Saturday night when that light goes green, their death will come from above.

Rise Up Falcons! Take your rightful place as the best in the NFC. The place you earned all season long by beating nearly everyone put in fron of you, including the scariest team of douchebags ever assembled!

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

January 10th, 2011
12:39 pm

I think one of the most dangerous weapons we have on offense is Ovie, I know he is the snow plow, (pun intended) that clears a path for Turner to do his thing, but on Saturdaynight, he must be a sercurity blanket for Ryan, I beleive the Packers will scheme on defense much like the Saints to stop the run and roll a safety over top of Roddy, so, with that said, IMO, Ovie should and will be used as one of Ryans checkdown options, IMO, The offensive game plan should invole him in greater depth, much like the Colts utilized Dallas Clark, Ovie has shown to have soft hands catching the ball and he knows how to get his pads turned, get up field quickly for good yardage, much like the play he scored on against the Bucs inTampa.

The Packers will go all out to stop the running game, quick checkdowns for 4-5 yards are as good as a handoff to Turner, will go along way in sustaining drives. Please Mularkey,I beg of you, hit them with screens (plural) they are blitz neutralizers.

Finneran IMO, should have more snaps, after having time to ponder, I think he’s a better slot option, he’s proven and has a habbit of showing up huge in big games.

Wabe

January 10th, 2011
12:40 pm

I’d say GB is a dangerous team.

But, I’m confident in what our Birds can do.

I know this may seem pointless to mention, because I’m sure everybody would give the same assessment. But, I think this time around, the Falcons defense needs to strike a perfect balance of coverage and pressure. BVG needs to pick his spots, and send some creative pressure packages. It gets tricky because GB does tend to come out of their huddles set in empty backfield – 5 WR packages. It’s tough, not sure what they’ll do. But, I’m certain that as D3 pointed out in his write-up that there will be wrinkles.

Offensively, this thing all starts and ends with Michael Turner. GB was less than stellar last time out stopping the run. Will we be able to run and have the same kind of success or better this time around? We can’t afford to have Turner get stone-walled and expect Matt Ryan to sit back in the pocket dodging those exotic blitz packages and pick apart a solid Packers secondary. Turner struggled against the Saints and hasn’t been as effective here coming down the stretch, but he’s gotta get it rolling on Saturday early and often.

Looking forward to everybody’s takes all week. I’ll go ahead and say this, *if* the Birds get past the Packers this week, I really don’t expect anything short of a trip to Dallas. I don’t see neither the Seahawks/Bears posing the same threat that the Packers do. IMO, this weeks game is the NFC Championship game. Win this one, and I think we’re in Dallas.

BobbyDawg

January 10th, 2011
12:42 pm

Detroit Lions — 7 GreenBay Packer Champions — 3

Beer 'n Cheese

January 10th, 2011
12:44 pm

No excuse. Detroit was the better team that day.

That said, the win is up for either team. As fans, it will be fun to watch.

Wabe

January 10th, 2011
12:47 pm

No better slogan to have than “Rise Up” at this point. This is the time that that slogan comes into play. Win or go home, time to rise up.

Also wanted to mention really quickly, I heard something on one of the networks yesterday that caught my attention. It dealt with the Colts/Jets game. The analyst mentioned the fact that the Colts are a “fast defense”, with their speed rushers (Freeney/Mathis) coming off the edges. The analyst pointed out how the Jets were able to successfully run the football on the Colts. The point he emphasized was how when playing a fast defense, as an offense, you’ve got to beat that speed with physicality. Sure, the opposing defense may be faster, but chances are, they’re not as physical. I take that and look at our game vs. the Packers and I think the same holds true. The Packers have a fast defense. They can get after the QB. But, that’s the primary reason why we need to “out-physical” these guys. Our O-Line will need to send the message early. Gotta knock these guys backwards all game…

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

January 10th, 2011
1:03 pm

To be honest, we should expect them to take Roddy out of the offensive equation, and they will. They will dare us to beat them with other options, I truly hope Mularkey has an alternate offensive scheme.

BobbyDawg

January 10th, 2011
1:05 pm

I actually enjoy sitting in the stands with Cheeseheads. They are for the most part polite and friendly unlike some of the fans from other teams. It’s out of character for them to be name callers such as in the previous 12:33 comment.

Coop

January 10th, 2011
1:07 pm

Truth – I agree they will try to take away Roddy. We need to have alternatives and spread the ball around, but frankly, I don’t think anyone in the league can stop Roddy. He has consistently beat double coverage all year.

Troupdawg

January 10th, 2011
1:09 pm

Didn’t this “scariest team of all time” get thumped by the Lions and their backup QB in December??

Just saying……….

LRD

January 10th, 2011
1:10 pm

Jenkins time to shine… I am hoping.

Arno

January 10th, 2011
1:12 pm

To Peterson, Abraham, Gonzalez, Bryant, Finneran, and all the vets- go get ‘em.