Archive for November, 2012

Atlanta Falcons: Birds Grind Out Tough Win vs. Bucs

Falcons Earn Hard Fought Win Over Rivals

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass as teammate guard Justin Blalock defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Falcons Earn Tough Win (Brian Blanco)

The naysayers will keep finding ways to doubt the Falcons and their close wins. As Terry Bradshaw said today, “the Falcons are winning, but they just aren’t dominating.” Strahan chimes in that if they play too many close games, they may eventually lose one, maybe in January.” The fact is that the Falcons beat a very good division opponent who’s been one of the hottest teams in the NFL on the road, while still not even coming close to playing their best football. Sure, it wasn’t pretty at times and downright ugly others, but overall the Falcons won another tough game on the road, improved to 10-1 (which is still tied for the best record in the NFL), and essentially own a 4 game division lead with 5 games to go. A short week lies ahead in yet another enormous game, this time to the rival Saints, who handed the Falcons their only loss. A look at the Falcons big win over the Bucs………..

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Atlanta Falcons: Birds Stumble to Ugly Win Over Cardinals

Going for Ugliest Win in NFL History?

111812 ATLANTA: Cardinals cornerback William Gay breaks up a pass to Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in the endzone during 1st half action in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.    CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

One of Those Days (AJC)

Goodness gracious. This is one of those games that sees the Falcons win a game they shouldn’t even been close. How can a team turn the ball over 6 times and still win a game? Well, the Falcons found a way to do it. A win is a win is a win, but if the Falcons play like they did today it’s going to a bad collapse ready to happen. A look at one of the ugliest wins in NFL history……..

A Win, But…………….

The Falcons once again found a way to win the game, especially at home, but goodness gracious, the idea of winning an NFL game with turning the ball over 6 times is unthinkable. Gone are the days of feeling good about coming back and winning the game. The Falcons put themselves in that position and it was just an ugly display of awfulness for 95% of the game. Matt Ryan threw 5 , yes FIVE, interceptions in one game and somehow won the game. The Falcons better improve in a very quick manner because a their …

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Atlanta Falcons: Birds Fall to Saints

Too Little, Too Late

New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) on fourth down, ending the Atlanta Falcons hope for a win, in the second half an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The Saint won 31-27. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

That's About Right (Bill Feig)

All the media-elite-talking-heads should be ecstatic, the Falcons finally lost and they lost to everyone’s favorite darlings, the hated Saints. But hey, it’s only the regular season and, as we all know, the regular season doesn’t matter, right? The late game magic finally ran out and, frankly, the Birds deserved to lose. They started fast, blew way to many opportunities, and allowed the Saints to dictate the entire game, save the last quarter. Even Falcons fans and Bird Cage members knew they’d lose at some point, but it just had to be to the Bountygate Saints. A look at the Falcons first loss……….

Blew a Fast Start

The Falcons couldn’t have asked for any better start to the game. They had some big plays, scored on their first drive, and literally intercepted the first play of the hated Saints. Even though there was a shadow, garbage penalty on Asante Samuel for “excessive celebration,” the Falcons bogged down …

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Atlanta Falcons: Birds Beat Cowboys, Stay Undefeated

Falcons Beat Dallas, Stay Perfect

110412 ATLANTA: Falcons running back Michael Turner celebrates his touchdown run with guard Peter Konz during fourth quarter action against the Cowboys at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.    CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Turner Comes Through (AJC)

It wasn’t beautiful or awe-inspiring, but the Atlanta Falcons did what they had to do when it counted most to beat the desperate Dallas Cowboys to stay undefeated. The defense played a great game, the offense played good but fell short in the red zone, and even normally perfect Matt Bryant missed two field goals. Even though the media-elite talking heads will claim the Falcons still haven’t proven anything due to their style of play, the fact remains that the Birds are the only undefeated team in the NFL for a reason, despite their refusal to acknowledge the team’s quality. A look at another big win on another big stage……

Just Keep Winning

Evidently the media-elite-ditto-talking-heads are trying to incorporate style points into the NFL, at least where the Falcons are concerned. It’s not good enough to win the games anymore, but rather they must utterly dominate by at least 50 points and if it doesn’t hit …

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