How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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126 comments Add your comment

mecca

December 13th, 2009
3:56 pm

GET THE HELL OUTTA TOWN MIKE SMITH!!!!!!

Harpie

December 13th, 2009
4:02 pm

This is one time I’ll say that the Falcons got jobbed by the refs! If the game had been called fairly, they would have won. I’m disgusted, because they ( for once ) gave it their all, and got screwed.

Micheal

December 13th, 2009
4:04 pm

Come on Mecca! The Falcons did great without Ryan and Turner. I am proud of this team and feel that we can still have a winning season with this team. Mike Smith did great getting this team to come together after last weeks loss. I am proud to be a Falcon fan and know that we will be one of the elite teams very very soon. Who cares about the playoffs..we wouldn’t of gone very far anyway. Lets have back to back winning seasons and nip that in the bud. I am behind this team 100%! Go Falcons…BEAT the Jets!

Eric Amos

December 13th, 2009
4:05 pm

You SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Micheal

December 13th, 2009
4:05 pm

I agree with the officials! What a ripoff! We did get screwed and everyone knows!

Eric Amos

December 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

Thanks again for another losing season!

Micheal

December 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

How old are you guys with the bad attitudes? Geez!

ATLVick101

December 13th, 2009
4:08 pm

Offense played great all day except for a couple plays (wildcat and the pick). Defense didnt play good at all and was fortunate to of only given up 26. Special Teams did good with 3 FG’s, a bunch of touchbacks, missed PAT, and the fake FG stop. Coaches did a great job preparing the Falcons to play the undefeated Saints and played them close. Falcons need to win out in order to have back-to-back winning season for the 1st time

Micheal

December 13th, 2009
4:08 pm

We won’t have a losing season! Go out and injure yourself and see how it feels not to be able to play. Grow up! We will finish with a winning season!

boots

December 13th, 2009
4:11 pm

Despite the poor play calling on the last two drives, the team played really well. (Mecca, you are an idiot.) However, it seemed like the refs wanted to keep the streak going for the Saints. Several questionable calls and several just CRAP calls. “The spot,” 2 interference calls, missed facemask on Redman, and others make this loss hard to take. Really makes you question the integrity of the game. If the NBA can have crooked refs, why can’t the NFL?

Lil Larry

December 13th, 2009
4:13 pm

This is the same Falcons of old…get the fans hopes up and go into a losing spiral. Mularkey is Dan Reeves reincarnated. We have too much talent on this offense to be losing like this. Redman, why in the world would you ever throw the ball short of the first down line on a 4th and 2? I’m tired of this…supporting a team that just finds a way to lose the game week in and week out. Dimitroff this is just as much your fault for the lack of moves you’ve made to solidify this defense. You know that this defense was weak and had plenty of question marks with the secondary. Shoot the defensive line is just as bad. Arthur if I were you I would want some answers and my GM and coaches better have some answers.

Lil Larry

December 13th, 2009
4:14 pm

No, get the hell outta town Mike Mularkey!!!

gman

December 13th, 2009
4:14 pm

one thing you can count on is, if something is working you can bet the falcons are going to change it. i tell you guys these coaches have got to go, they probably wont because we have such a sensitive front office. we need to change at least one of them. my choice is BVG. but MULARKEY is a close 2nd. and someone has to do something, maybe start fining these refs with the horrible flagging ive ever seen in my life. someone needs to be able to flag them for some of this foolishness. but this ones not on redman. this ones on the coaches period.

Patrick Romano

December 13th, 2009
4:17 pm

Falcons need to get rid of Mike Mllarkey, who the hell throwa a 1 yard pass underneath when you need 2-3 yards. He has proven that he does not belong in NFL )not For Long league when you call those kinds of plays…Get him gone! Reffs calls were questionable, at the end of the day, they won’t make .500/worse stat in the league no back to back winning seasons in franchise history. Is there any reason why the dome is full of oppsoing teams fans. Hard to be a falcons’ fan…D’Hall still sux!!!

JD

December 13th, 2009
4:19 pm

Why call a reverse? This could have been a big win easily except for the refs. Can Smith file a complaint with the NFL?

LantaFalcons

December 13th, 2009
4:26 pm

Bryant is good on all of his kicks and the best he is, is “good”?

I guess to be excellent he would have had to have missed one???

Who Cares ?

December 13th, 2009
4:27 pm

Michael you must be new at this Falcons thing

TUNA

December 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

Roddy paid like an elite reciever, sure doesn’t catch like one. He has to make plays when given the opportunity.

cutter

December 13th, 2009
4:34 pm

If the players play well enough to win the coaches step in and crap on the field. Mike Mularkey, wild cat at that time in the game when momentum is in your favor was one of the stupidest calls I have ever witnessed. You are not even a wildcat team but at this stage in the game you pull this bulls@#t out of your ass. I’m sorry Falcon fans but we don’t have a coaching staff yet so going to the playoffs and winning Super Bowls has got to be a ways down the road. BVG and Mularkey are not the answers we need. Mike Smith I like your intensity but you are starting to look retarded on the sideline with those faces.

David

December 13th, 2009
4:38 pm

Watching the Falcon’s celebrate with the Saints after the game on the field just proved to me that the Falcon’s have a bunch of losers on their team. I noticed Atlanta’s best players just ran off the field, probably because they hate to lose.
They will not be able to win if they hang on to players that are used to losing and are ok with it. The coaching was horible today, from not throwing the challenge flag when the Saint’s where a yard and a half short and Redman throwing a one yard pass when they needed two.
Whoever is picking the players to be on the team really needs to look at where they are and rethink their responsibilities.
And if the players are sick of hearing about how they never had back to back winning season, well, MAYBE IF THEY WOULD WIN IN A WHILE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT…..

o-me

December 13th, 2009
4:44 pm

Damn good game.

After last week the TEAM came back today and did a great job! Refer’s sucks at least 3 bad calls cost Falcons. Coach Smith did great job having them ready.I 100% back Falcons. It will get better.

Smitty

December 13th, 2009
4:51 pm

I should be fired!!

dekalbdawg

December 13th, 2009
4:53 pm

Terrible Play Calling on the Wildcat Play!!!!stupid…. Why throw underneath on the last two plays???…..stupid again! Has FIRE MikeMularky.com started up yet!

Tom

December 13th, 2009
4:54 pm

The last two offensive plays of the game are very bothersome to me. 3rd down and ten, and Tony runs an eight yard route, I do not understand why he would not have ran at least a ten yard route and picked up the first down. I love Tony and know that he plays hard every play. 4th down and 2 yards to go with the game on the line and we don’t throw a pass for a least two yards. We throw behind the line of scrimmage and don’t get the first down. Season, as far as playoffs, officially ended with those poor choices. It is very disappointing as a life long Falcon fan, this one is on the coaches choices of plays. If someone a lot of knowledgeable than I, can tell me why these choices were made I’d would appreciate it.

I told you so

December 13th, 2009
4:54 pm

Falcon fans what happen to all the BIG HYPE for this season. I thought the Falcons were going to have back to back seasons and win the Super Bowl this year. Mike Smith was the greatest coach. Matt Ryan was the next great QB. Tony G. was going to take them to a Super Bowl win. Now fans are all mad at the Falcons. The Falcons do this all the time. Big hype then they let fans down. I love to say this, I told you so. The Falcons will always be losers. Great shot of Daddy Arthur with his head down shaking it at the end of the game. Don’t blame the refs. That is for losers. Ha Ha. Falcons let their fans down AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!

scott

December 13th, 2009
5:14 pm

i love the Atlanta falcons..(about the only thing i love in Atlanta lately)but come on now falcons how much can a fan take..you continue to break my heart and dissapoint me with your lack of energy for winning…the media wants that stinking city in the swamps of louisiania to win the super bowl cause they think it would be a great feel good story and make up for katrina…makes you wander whats real..

FalconDawg

December 13th, 2009
5:19 pm

Considering the fact that our franchise qb and rb didn’t play, not to mention several other valuable players, I am proud of how this team performed. Under the same circumstances in the past, they would have quit long before the whistle blew. Except for a few bad breaks and a couple of bad plays, this game would have been ours when it shouldn’t have even been close.

Wolverine Fan

December 13th, 2009
5:31 pm

Kick the Falcons out of the Dome and replace with High School Football every Saturday…Much more entertaining.

Will

December 13th, 2009
5:48 pm

Overall great game, you cant be mad about that one. We played well on both sides of the ball. A couple of bad penalty calls and a few bad offensive play calls at the end could have made a difference, but still great game.

And for the fans that are upset, try going to the game and support your team. A third of the fans were saints fans, thats pathetic.

Will

December 13th, 2009
5:50 pm

Also like everyone has mentioned, we didnt have Ryan or Turner. Not to mention the saints are undefeated. Proud of the team today thats for sure.

jmt

December 13th, 2009
5:54 pm

Remember Karma you were warned 6-10.As Jayz said “OVER”

Norris

December 13th, 2009
5:59 pm

I’m a Falcon’s fan no matter what. I’d rather be a Falcon’s fan and be
0-13 than be a Saint’s fan at 13-0. I thought our guys played their hearts out. Not bad to come within 3 points of beating the Saints using our backup QB. I guess anybody can be 13-0 when you’ve got the Refs in your pocket. That was some of the worse officiating I’ve ever seen. I’ve said for a while that a lot of NFL games seem fixed. Unfortunately, this game only make me think that even more. Somebody needs to check into these officials.

mac

December 13th, 2009
6:00 pm

Hey wolverine fan, the Falcons don’t play on Saturday. What a nimrod.

who dat

December 13th, 2009
6:03 pm

excuses good teams find a way to win and not lose their composure. Anyways LA is awaiting Mr Blabk decision time to leave the local yocal for class and winning environment

Reid Adair

December 13th, 2009
6:10 pm

When you consider that the Falcons were without Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Harvey Dahl and others, it’s really surprising they kept it this close.

But, with the exception of the interception, Chris Redman had a great day, and the defense came up with stops when they had to.

I’m not into moral victories, but the team didn’t roll over and play dead – like some of the teams in the not-so-distant past would have done.

Lil Larry

December 13th, 2009
6:11 pm

Look for you guys that are always making excuses for this team, i.e., our schedule was too hard, our starters are out, etc., the backups get paid to play, the coaches get paid to coach–which they haven’t been doing a good job at–and the GM is suppose to staff this team to complete (which he failed at this season). Injuries happen to every team. NO has injuries, but do you see it stopping them from winning? I just hope Arthur holds Dimitroff and Smith accountable for the playcalling of his DC and the lack of talent on defense. This team has been disappointing for the over 26 years I’ve been supporting them. When are we ever going to get it going on all cyclinders…GM, Coaching, Offense and Defense?

Barbara

December 13th, 2009
6:18 pm

Poor play calling some of them just gave up as usual. Can I have the paychecks please because some of the players don’t care, and did you see Arthur’s face PRICELESS !!!!!!!!

T-Bone

December 13th, 2009
6:19 pm

Well, the BAD news is we will lose to the Jets next week in NY. The GOOD news is that we preserve that sorry RECORD of no winning back to back seasons….44 and counting….PATHETIC !!!

Falconsflyer

December 13th, 2009
6:23 pm

Isn’t it about time Blank started wearing one of those Rankin Smith Sr. hats on the sideline.
Same result, same team and same old same old. Calling Taylor and Rankin Jr. please come back we apologize. We miss you!!!

tmac

December 13th, 2009
6:31 pm

Defense: was swiss cheese out there today.

Coaching: was ok except for Malarkey… you gotta be kidding me with the “wildcat” reverse and the underneath call on 4th down at the end.

Refs: definately slanted towards Saints, but the falcons had two chances to win the game… and did not get it done.

I didn’t expect this beaten up team win. So, congrats on a good effort… but i would have liked to get the “W”.

Dolamyte

December 13th, 2009
6:37 pm

Losers always blame the refs when that cant win games. If you look at the penalties you will see that the Saints were flagged more than your Feltchings. Everyone always says the games are fixed, Saints should have lost bla bla bla. If you look at the Saints last two games you losers would see that against NE we were flagged 5 times they were not flagged at all. What a joke. Last week we were flagged 7 times for 130 yards they were flagged twice for 15 yards. Please be my guest and look at the box scores. You’ll have the time, your loser team will be home for the playoffs

KEEP IT 100

December 13th, 2009
6:39 pm

the refs cheated!!! falcons had that game but the falcons just need to go to the jets stadium and get a win

Dolamyte

December 13th, 2009
6:39 pm

Oh yeah and Who Dat!!!!! You thug loving losers…… 13 and 0…………… go cry me a river

Dolamyte

December 13th, 2009
6:40 pm

Thats the best you can come up with. wow throw a few facts out there and you Losers don’t have much to say.

Life Coach

December 13th, 2009
6:43 pm

Good Effort by the Falcons. Too bad most of our offense is on IR and our schedule was very tough. If we swapped schedules with Green Bay we would have their record.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL, GA

December 13th, 2009
6:43 pm

WELL, HEY HATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

s

December 13th, 2009
6:45 pm

The Falcons played a great game. The refs didn’t win the game for the Saints. The Falcons should have known that they didn’t have a chance against the Saints any way. Mike Smith needs to stop the tantrums and all the inappropriate conduct. They’ll lose again next week. All those people who are continuosly making excuses (injuries, refs …) for them, prepare your excuses for next week because they will lose next week.

Dolamyte

December 13th, 2009
6:46 pm

Come on, please someone justify your statements that the game was fixed, please. Oh wait you cant because the truth is we were flagged more that you for more yards. So please tell how the game was fixed please. That is just an easy way for you losers to justify your over hyped sorry thug loving team

Dolamyte

December 13th, 2009
6:47 pm

Wow weak team with weak fans…………shame

Lil Larry

December 13th, 2009
6:49 pm

Dolamyte, enjoy it while you can and stop with the B.S. Act like your team has won some games before. Ok?