Atlanta Falcons: Birds Lock Up Home Field

Our Birds wrapped it up and they did what they had to do tonight.  We dominated early and often and it’’s time to make waves in the off-season! Much more to come very soon……….

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Slant Pattern

December 22nd, 2012
11:54 pm

“The reason the Mayan gods didn’t end the world= They wanted to see Matt Ryan win his first superbowl” – DBB

Hella funny, thank you for the laugh and putting me in better mood to enjoy the win.
Brought over from previous blog.

The Time is NOW

December 22nd, 2012
11:54 pm

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The Time is NOW

December 22nd, 2012
11:55 pm

Homefield throughout the playoffs, baby! Now let’s make it count.

Big Lou

December 22nd, 2012
11:58 pm

Dear Mike Smith,

Stop. F!cking. Using. Turner.

I swear you are a moron who is going to cost the Falcons in the playoffs!

T-minus 5 sec till the MS defenders comes out to suck his hairy-white balls.

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SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

December 23rd, 2012
12:06 am

Dirk Koetter put together another good offensive game plan tonight, Prevent offense is all Smith, I’m convinced.

Big Lou

December 23rd, 2012
12:06 am

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

December 23rd, 2012
12:21 am

Smith, Detroit Lions are a “very good team”? They are 4-11, with two offensive weapons. If that makes them a “very good team” How will he refer to the 49′ers, SuperCaliFragilisticExpialidocious?

DHunt

December 23rd, 2012
12:40 am

Calvin Johnson 225 yards, 0 touchdowns
Matt Stafford 35 of 56 for 455 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
Roddy White 2 touchdowns
Julio Jones 1 touchdowns
Matt Ryan, 25 of 32, 279 yards 4 touchdowns

That is the simple difference between very good and great. It’s ok if Smitty and the rest of the Falcons give a little credit to the guys on the other side of the ball. There are a bunch of millionaire NFl players on the opposing team, and some of them are pretty damn impressive at times. Kudos to Megatron for racking up a ton of yards, against a lot of double teams, albeit in a lot of garbage time.

But the Falcons are for real a great football team. Are they great for 60 minutes every game? NO. But who is? They are great when it counts the most and where it counts the most. IN THE WIN COLUMN!

Is anyone in the NFC afraid to face the Falcons? I sincerely hope not. Let them come into the Thriller Dome over confident, and leave like 90%+ of the teams that come into our house thinking they are up to the challenge; Losers. The Falcons team goals are lofty, and they deserve far more credit than they will get for achieving those goals. You can only get there one step at a time.

Winning Season. Check.
Win the Division. Check
Earn Home Field Advantage. Check

Next up:
Win a Playoff Game.
Win Conference Championship.
Win Super Bowl.

The road runs through Atlanta. And I see that road ending with a parade on Peachtree Street, decked out in Red and Black!

What do Falcons do?
FALCONS RISE UP!

E43

December 23rd, 2012
1:14 am

The Mayans didn’t predict the world would end on December 21st or 2012. The media saw an opportunity and capitalized. The only thing that ends in 2012 is the cycle of the Mayan calendar. The media ignores the fact that the Mayans have multiple cycles in their culture. This isn’t the last time the media will spew incorrect garbage about the Mayans.

Now that that’s off my chest, I hope Antone Smith gets major burn next week. I see no purpose in playing Turner or Rodgers.

Wabe

December 23rd, 2012
1:44 am

Big win. They capitalized on the opportunity to secure homefield.

Now, time to start prepping for playoffs. If I’m Smitty, I’m not gameplanning, or scheming for next week. I’m starting to take each one of these next days for the next couple weeks to scout every one of these playoff teams. Do some self-assessing, but also start putting together some preliminary gameplans for some of the playoff contenders.

Might seem unorthodox, but it’s an opportunity that we have now that everything’s wrapped up.

With that said, I still prefer playing our starters for 2 to 3 quarters next week. The only #1 seed that has actually made noise the past 5-6 seasons has been the Saints. A lot of 1st round KO’s in there. Keep the foot on the gas and keep the guys playing next week to build on the momentum.

Paddy O

December 23rd, 2012
2:14 am

anybody here get worried when stay puft failed to get to the LOS and gave Detroit a safety?

Slant Pattern

December 23rd, 2012
2:17 am

I called Pat Y an imbecile in one of my last posts of the ol blog. His lastest offering ( http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/43395/why-not-matt-ryan-for-mvp#comment ) will get a retraction and apology from me for that comment. You are now just an idiot for the backhanded garbage spewed earlier in the season, even if I know why you said some of it. I’m in happy time after the win but I will say I would rather Pat Y manage us in the playoffs than Smitty at this point…he’s only an idiot!

“But this isn’t a story about numbers. It’s a story about how Ryan is the dominant force for the first team in the NFL to win 13 games this season. ” – Pat Y

This is true to a point but if you did more homework Pat, you would know there are plenty of numbers to back up Ryan’s MVP claim. This last game did nothing to change that unless he pulled even farther ahead. I will say it is sad that alot of our “fans” on other Falcon blogs backstab our QB and team for the likes of a RB like AP and his meaningless yards on a meh team. Pathetic. I am gonna go be happy now, still really lame that Pat Y is a better Falcons fan than some at the alcaholic site and troll board. We might have our next HC tho so it is all good.

Paddy O

December 23rd, 2012
2:18 am

Smiths addiction to the stay puft man could very well cost us dearly in the coming up off season. He is NOT a productive element of this offense – except as a late game pounder. Our first what? 2 possession were 3 and out. We also went 3 and out after the half. Our players made some excellent plays – super execution if you will. that is what won us the game. I’d say they overcame the game plan, which was again to get Mike Turner going – a lot like the last 3 years with MM. At this point, this tendency is our achilles heal. absolutely beautiful TD catch by JJ, BTW.

Paddy O

December 23rd, 2012
2:20 am

now, I’m 2-0 with my red Falcons hat. 1-0 wearing my Reebok Matty Ice jersey (last years uni – bought for 50% off – nice too, sewn on numbers, embroidered and sewn on Falcons logo). I’m hoping to keep on winning. Probably will NOT wear it next week.

Slant Pattern

December 23rd, 2012
2:21 am

“anybody here get worried when stay puft failed to get to the LOS and gave Detroit a safety?” – Paddy O

I don’t know if worried is the correct term but I thought maybe the mushrooms I put in the spaghetti I fixed might be a kind I wasn’t expecting :) . The amount of fail in that play is hard to fathom without the help of hallucinogenics.

Paddy O

December 23rd, 2012
2:21 am

thankfully, the Lions have one of the dumbest players in the NFL in Logan. Why did he take a knee with about 1:37 to go in regulation?

Paddy O

December 23rd, 2012
2:23 am

SP: I could see the path for Detroit whooping us at the last minute open up right before my eyes, like Dante looking into the circles of Hell. They got their 2 points. We kick. They throw a long TD to Megatron; get onsides kick, score again – we are tied or lose. Horrible – absolutely horrible play call. anybody have an explanation for that level of ineptitude?

Slant Pattern

December 23rd, 2012
2:28 am

“now, I’m 2-0 with my red Falcons hat. 1-0 wearing my Reebok Matty Ice jersey (last years uni – bought for 50% off – nice too, sewn on numbers, embroidered and sewn on Falcons logo). I’m hoping to keep on winning. Probably will NOT wear it next week.” – Paddy O

Keep the mojo going! I got “swooped” on my front porch by a large raptor type bird 2 days ago…barely missed my noggin. Too fast to see if it was a hawk or falcon, they both occassionaly hunt varmints in my yard. I take this as a strong sign from the other side, hopefully raise the Lombardi in the Taints house and defecate at midfield type of strong. I need to consult a shamanic master to find out for sure tho. The bearded ones can be rather tricky.

Slant Pattern

December 23rd, 2012
2:34 am

“SP: I could see the path for Detroit whooping us at the last minute open up right before my eyes, like Dante looking into the circles of Hell. They got their 2 points. We kick. They throw a long TD to Megatron; get onsides kick, score again – we are tied or lose. Horrible – absolutely horrible play call. anybody have an explanation for that level of ineptitude?” – Paddy O

The insane reliance on turtle-balling could bite us hard in the do or die situations that are playoff games. Got to get points and keep scoring until they give up. We let a dangerous team in Detroit back into the game yet again like many other teams. This will burn us eventually, teams in the playoffs will not quit thus must be destroyed.

Paddy O

December 23rd, 2012
2:42 am

Agreed. Detroit is NOT a good team. Playoffs contain what? top 25% of NFL teams? Can’t make up ground for a crapola game plan – that is what happened against Giants last year. need to start praying now that we move away from MIke Turner centered playoff game plan. otherwise, ouch.

Big Ray

December 23rd, 2012
6:10 am

Dear Mike Smith,

Stop. F!cking. Using. Turner.

I swear you are a moron who is going to cost the Falcons in the playoffs!

T-minus 5 sec till the MS defenders comes out to suck his hairy-white balls.

Baaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa!!!!!! And you KNOW WHO, too!

Big Ray

December 23rd, 2012
6:14 am

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/week-16-cheat-sheet-new-york-giants-backs-against-the-wall-again-121712

If you think Pat Y isn’t much good, then listen to this gonad-sucker. Two direct stabs at the Falcons.

1) The blowout the Giants suffered in the Dome was planned…by the Giants. Peter Schrager might want to get with Ian O’connor so they can get their stories straight….

2) No mention of the Falcons in their matchup against the Lions. None. Just some comments about how awful Detroit has been for the last six games and how they’ll probably lose because they have issues. Not that the Falcons would win…or how…or why…just that Detroit’s season is Epic Fail.

What a nut licking, knob swabbing, turd burgling, rim jobbing, rusty tromboning (you don’t want to know what it is, I didn’t either, and now you’re going to look it up even as you read this) piss ant.

Big Ray

December 23rd, 2012
6:16 am

And I hope that the continuous Mike Turner use is either inexplicably effective in the playoffs or otherwise is a smoke screen for what we’re really going to do in the postseason.

I’m not confident that either conspiracy theory has any teeth, however.

Birdman

December 23rd, 2012
8:28 am

Home Field
And the No 1 seed.

Congratulation’s to the Falcons !!!!!

Wabe

December 23rd, 2012
8:29 am

If you’ve read anything of Gregg Rosenthal, you’ll know the dude’s football IQ seems non-existent.

With that said, this one statement he made should have folks excited:

“After the last two weeks, the Falcons should feel more confident than at any point this season. It sounds strange to say for a 13-2 team, but it feels like this group is just hitting its stride.”

I agree with that sentiment. They’re playing the best ball we’ve seen them play all season. The offense really got a wake up call after that Panthers game. Ryan’s played well in back to back games. I think the screen game with this group can be lethal. They can do so muich out of it because of the threat/attention Julio poses.

The next couple weeks will be somewhat boring. No meaningful football. And I’m pretty sure we’re all anxious to get the playoffs going.

Birdman

December 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

I agree That Turner is now a bust but the run game did not do so great last night period . Who ever got the ball . I think they no it but they still must employ it in the games to keep a little more of the pass game open . Just a thought

Cage have a Blessed day !!

Zoomie

December 23rd, 2012
8:41 am

When MR2 started slumping around game 4, and we went through the misery of the middle of the season watching the Falcons’ offense barely perform, it really validated my impression of Ryan. In my observations over the last 4 years, MR2 showed himself to be a fiery competitor, an effective leader, and a really smart football player — with rather pedestrian physical skills. He often missed wide-open receivers, overthrew/underthrew, missed easy routes, and had his receivers pulling all kinds of contortions to catch his inaccurately thrown balls. Especially last year, I think RW84 got a bad rap with the dropped passes since I thought Ryan’s inaccuracy accounted for a good portion of them. That was my opinion based on observation, and though I was vilified for it, I was firm in my convictions.

Until now.

After watching these last two games, I can tell you that Matt Ryan is as good a QB as any playing in the NFL right now. He will get his “Elite” badge in the coming post-season, and will have earned it without controversy. I am incredibly impressed with MR2’s mastery of the passing attack and, yes — I will admit it — his passing accuracy. And he shredded the Lions while under constant pressure last night.

What a great performance. Two in a row heading into the playoffs and now the Falcons get to play at home. Hopefully, the rest of the NFC is taking the approach of the idiots that write for ESPN and come into the dome thinking the Falcons are overrated. It will set the stage for much weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth come February 2013!

bigslow

December 23rd, 2012
9:18 am

LIFE IS GOOD. GO BIRDS!!!!!

snacktastic

December 23rd, 2012
9:21 am

Every year Ryan gets better. Not only are his numbers up, as usual, but he’s making all sorts of throws that he might not have made last season. I think it’s a mix of an improvement in his skills, and simply being given the opportunity to throw it with as much freedom as he does. When we stop trying to force the run and give Ryan the keys, he’ll improve anymore. MVP, hands down.

Wings

December 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

I have not read any posts since yesterday about six. Here is what I think:

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Wings

December 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

And Pat Y at ESPN issues a perfect statement:

What I didn’t like: The way the Falcons insist on continuing to try to establish Michael Turner and the running game. Look, it just isn’t working. Either make Jacquizz Rodgers the feature back or just scrap the run totally and put everything in Ryan’s hands. The Falcons had a 21-6 halftime lead, but they were stubborn about Turner and the running game early in the second half and that gave the Lions a chance to get back into the game.

Wings

December 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

The only thing that can DERAIL the Falcons’ track to a Super Bowl victory is Head Coach Mike Smith and his stubbornness in using Micheal Turner.

IT’S OVER FOR #33.

snacktastic

December 23rd, 2012
9:48 am

*even more. I shouldn’t be making typos when I’m on vacation.

Wings

December 23rd, 2012
9:49 am

The Micheal Turner fiasco is the most serious problem the Falcons have. It exceeds all other issues by a mile. I don’t think we would be talking about the offensive line if he were benched.

DHunt

December 23rd, 2012
9:55 am

That 3rd quarter let down was all about getting away from what had worked so well in the first half. Instead of methodically moving the ball down the field, the Falcons offense seemed to want to get in that knockout blow really quickly and started just chunking it deep to see what would happen. And that resulted in one three play drive and one 6 play drive. Which gave Detroit’s defense some life and made them think they had a chance to get back in the game. Combine that with Detroit’s offense getting on a bit of a roll and keeping the ball for long stretches and you get what looks like a nailbiter game. It wasn’t “Smittyball” that caused the letdown. In fact it appeared to be the exact opposite, combined with a significant decrease in focus and execution. That can happen when you have soundly thumped a team for 30 minutes and you start to feel invincible.

Isn’t it great that our coaching staff and players can make the adjustments, on the field and the mental adjustments, to regain their poise and elevate their play. Even with all the yardage Detroit ran up in the 4th quarter, the Falcons were firmly in control of the game. Even after than inexplicable handoff to Turner, staring at 8 men in the box who all expected the inside run that had no chance of getting out of the endzone from the time the ball was snapped. Even after that, the defense came back out and said, you may get a few more yards, but you will not get anywhere near to making this game close.

Regarding Turner, he is really compiling a bunch of crappy film that will not bode well for him over the offseason when everyone is reviewing the tapes frame by frame. It’s beyond a doubt now that he isn’t what he was. He hasn’t been playing hurt. He hasn’t been run into the ground. He just doesn’t have the burst and dynamic nature that made him a force for his first four years as a Falcon. At this point, I think it’s too late to just bench him and go with something different, and I think it’s not really necessary. Everyone keeps saying the Falcons don’t have a run game. They only tried to run it 20 times last night, and still only threw it 35. And still put up 31 points. Perhaps it’s time to admit that they don’t need that run game to burn clock, or slow down the rush, or get short yardage. They are getting all of that done, without a significant run game. Green Bay and New England don’t have a run game either. Rarely do I hear that mentioned as a reason they won’t win. Matty Ice is getting to the point where he is going out and taking over games like Brady and Rodgers. We’ve got weapons like Roddy, Julio, and Tony G. Maybe it’s time to realize that is enough to get the job done.

Wings

December 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

Re MTurner. I missed the last 3-4 minutes of the game last night and I read in some of the posts that he couldn’t get out of the end zone? That really makes me mad.

When will HC Smith come to his senses?

Slant Pattern

December 23rd, 2012
10:35 am

“The only thing that can DERAIL the Falcons’ track to a Super Bowl victory is Head Coach Mike Smith and his stubbornness in using Micheal Turner. ” – Wings

Maybe not the only thing but the only thing that so far can stop our offense is Smitty and Turner.

“Everyone keeps saying the Falcons don’t have a run game. They only tried to run it 20 times last night, and still only threw it 35. And still put up 31 points. Perhaps it’s time to admit that they don’t need that run game to burn clock, or slow down the rush, or get short yardage. They are getting all of that done, without a significant run game. Green Bay and New England don’t have a run game either. Rarely do I hear that mentioned as a reason they won’t win. Matty Ice is getting to the point where he is going out and taking over games like Brady and Rodgers. We’ve got weapons like Roddy, Julio, and Tony G. Maybe it’s time to realize that is enough to get the job done.” – DHunt

One of your best posts yet. First, not running Turner doesn’t mean we don’t run period but this is what the Turner homers are screaming and whining about, sad really. The next big myth going around the “clueless mofo trust me derp” scene is that you have to run effectively to have success in playaction or passing period. This ( http://footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2012/2011-play-action-offense ) is a link to an article from last year about play action passing that shows some funny results that don’t jive with the “clueless mofo trust me derp” crowd’s whining in M. Ryans MVP thread on the troll board. The team with the best running attack was the worst at play action passing and while some continue to insist the Vagiants success last year was due to their running, this little quote says otherwise;

“However, the biggest difference was not in Jacksonville, but in New York. The Giants finished with the fourth-best passing offense in the NFL, but said offense actually went from excellent to poor with the threat of a handoff. Big Blue had a 41.3% DVOA last year on pass plays without play-action, but that dipped all the way down to -21.1% on the fake. The Giants didn’t run the ball much at all, and didn’t run much play-action when they did.” – R. MCown

Today is enjoy the win day so I don’t really want to get into a stat war but suffice to say I agree that Turner is irrelevant to our success. There is overwhelming evidence against the “simple” play action action arguments with all kind of bizzare results showing up. There are no absolutes in football, prolly in anything.

Slant Pattern

December 23rd, 2012
10:36 am

I forgot to add “Trust me” at the end…forgive me :) .

DePlane

December 23rd, 2012
10:44 am

Big Ray @ 6:23am…..LMAO!!

Arno

December 23rd, 2012
11:16 am

“Either make Jacquizz Rodgers the feature back or just scrap the run totally and put everything in Ryan’s hands.” – Pat Yasinskas

We need to put the best running backs on the field, but scrap the run totally? Pat– you can’t be serious. Even a marginal running game requires opponents to put resources there. Opponents know that even a very modest running game makes the Falcons pretty much invincible– that’s why teams absolutely have to commit to stop it.

Ray

December 23rd, 2012
11:18 am

@ DePlane

Co-sign that one ROFLMAO!

Ray

December 23rd, 2012
11:22 am

@ Arno

That’s the problem most teams trying to stop the passing, but the passing leads to the run.

This team is not the 2008, 2010, or 2011 version of themselves that is for sure.

You know how good Mike Nolan is when you take a guy like A. Samuel and turn his career around like this you’re that good. I’m not saying he bad, but with the way people in Philly dogged him out they made the Eagles look stupid for releasing him.

John Waynesworld

December 23rd, 2012
12:02 pm

“Stafford finished 37 of 56 for 443 yards with an interception and the Lions say he set an NFL record for the most yards passing in a game without throwing a TD pass.”

443 yards & ZERO Touchdowns. I think that record should be given to the defense, so I looked it up and I saw this page…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NFL_quarterbacks_who_have_passed_for_400_or_more_yards_in_a_game

If that page is correct then it is true last night the Falcons defense set an NFL record, and ironically it would be the NFL record for the most bending without breaking.

darrell starks

December 23rd, 2012
12:22 pm

Quizz Should be the feature back and starte next sunday against Bucks.

LET TURNER SIT.

Quizz should get atleast 20carries against Bucks, i guarantee Quizz gain a 100yards if so.

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

darrell starks

December 23rd, 2012
12:24 pm

Im glad to see Megatron break the record last night, now he is set for 2,000 mark next Sunday.

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

Coop

December 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

Congrats Falcons. Great win.

So, I have to brag, I picked the Falcons to be 13-2 at this point. I picked the loss to the Saints. I missed the loss to Carolina (had them losing to Giants). So my preseason picks are just like their record… 13-2! Not too shabby.

Unfortunately, I picked them to lose to the Bucs. I figured they’d rest players. Maybe I’ll be wrong again.

Matty Bicep

December 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm

Was a nice win, the biggest thing is not it is only possible to meet the 9ers or Green Bay until the NFC championship…..Unless 9ers lost to Seattle and the Cards, which is pretty unlikely.

Likely opponent is the winner between NFC East champ, or #5 WC (probably Seattle), unless the #6 WC is able to knock off a #3 seed (right now, 9ers).

Zoomie@ 8:41, I agree 100%…..Rarely have I seen an athlete “adding muscle” in the off season translate into success, (or Maybe I am just a overly skeptical after Jeff Frankoeur). But it was obvious Ryan raised his physical game just watching him move in the pocket during the pre season, and it has translated into improved accuracy too, hence improved completion percentage AND YPC, THAT is what is called taking it to the next level……As I said all season, we go as far a Ryan takes us.

As for Smitty, ho hum, team lost a little focus in the 2nd half as the game turned into a sleeper, so now Smitty is some absurd 50-0 taking a 7 pt lead into the 4th quarter, so i was not too worried.
I just looked back at the Giants game, and the drive we put together to seal the game in the 3rd quarter and I know what is in the playbook when it matters…..And, stay classy my friends.

Unca' Bob

December 23rd, 2012
2:29 pm

JWW & LRD,

Good luck to both of you this weekend.

Wabe

December 23rd, 2012
2:33 pm

my boy told me that he heard on the radio that the falcons haven’t given up a passing TD in the past 5 of 6 games.

not too shabby.