3 points regarding the Falcons, who won on a 3-pointer

Michael Turner, again the Burner, on his touchdown jaunt. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Michael Turner, again the Burner, on his touchdown jaunt. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

1. On a day when Carolina’s pressure made it hard to throw, Michael Turner had his biggest game of the season. Roundly castigated after two indifferent games and his subsequent DUI arrest, Turner rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 68 yards, 60 of them coming on a dinky screen pass that the Burner turned into something greater. On that burst, he didn’t look old or slow or chubby. He looked pretty much like the Michael Turner of old, which is welcome news for the Falcons.

2. Often great, Roddy White has rarely been greater. Falcons wide receivers caught 10 passes Sunday; White had eight of them, for 169 yards. Three of his receptions either scored points or led to them: The leaping-over-Haruki-Nakamura 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter; the 14-yard slant for a touchdown in the second quarter, and the 59-yard victimization of Nakamura on the first play of the Falcons’ drive to the winning field goal. Oh, yeah: White also had a deft downfield block on Turner’s 60-yard touchdown reception.

3. The defense that shackled Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers could never get a handle on Cam Newton. The Mike Nolan schemes that confounded those two veterans didn’t appear to faze the second-year man from Auburn. The Panthers’ offense was a deft blend of power (199 yards rushing, 86 by Newton) and precision (Newton completed 15 of 25 passes for 215 yards). Opponents are surely realizing that the way to attack the Falcons is to run at them, and the absence of a sustained pass rush continues to be a source of concern. (Though the Falcons did finish with three sacks, their highest total of the season.)

By Mark Bradley

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Aaron

October 1st, 2012
9:48 am

Gotta play the same style QB next week in RG3, so the defense better adapt quickly.

poppi

October 1st, 2012
9:49 am

Kane337

October 1st, 2012
9:49 am

Rise Up Atlanta!

Sneaker Pimp

October 1st, 2012
9:52 am

They need Corey Peters back (and healthy) in the middle of that line to shore up the run D, and more snaps for Vance Walker.

When the opposition wants to run it down their throats, Jerry, Edwards, and Biermann either run themselves out of the play or get easily pushed out of the way. Gaping holes when those 3 are on the field.

USMC

October 1st, 2012
9:56 am

As a 45 Year old NATIVE ATLANTAN, I would say these Falcons are the real deal.
That said, you have to keep winning to get to the Super Bowl. The last team standing WINS. Yesterday was a big step in the right direction.
Go Falcons!

GT GRAD

October 1st, 2012
10:03 am

I have been hard on Turner the past two years.

I will admit I have been wrong……….IF Turner continues to play/run with the desire and effort he showed yesterday! He played like he did during his first two seasons with Atlanta when he had a chip on his shoulder (because he had been relegated to back-up for four seasons while playing with the SD Chargers).

Matt Ryan earns his very suitable nickname “Matty ICE” once again.

People who hate on Matt Ryan are ignorant, biased and/or have a slanted agenda……period……what is not to like?

Roddy White was the MVP!!!!!! {Honorable mention…….Turner was the MVP going into the fourth quarter}

Go Falcons……4-0 baby!!!!!!

gtt

October 1st, 2012
10:03 am

So, you’re saying, in all, they played deftly?

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:05 am

Morning time is coming soon for the Falcons. A beat down at the hands of a superior opponent, shades of last season. Fans will be calling for Koetter’s and Nolan’s job soon.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:06 am

30-24 48-21 24-2

Nothing else matters…….

Same ole CHOKE

Same ole stat stuffer

Same ole playoff CHOKER

2004 & Counting suckas……….

Damn that Vick…..how dare do the Eagles beat the team that

EMBARRASSED us in the playoffs, by beating them 8 of the last 9

games.

HA HA :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:07 am

How dare those Eagles are beating Ravens and Giants with their “C” game and CHOKE is beating up on the basement dwellers……….

HA HA :)

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:08 am

@GT Grad
Calling people ignorant because they don’t like Ryan is…ignorant. And why are Yellow Jacket fans throwing themselves off of the upper deck bleachers when GT loses?

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:08 am

Needing a miracle to beat the 1-3 Panthers…………..

HA HA :)

falCANS

October 1st, 2012
10:09 am

Loved last night game. THATS wat champs are made of!!!. As far as pass rush we couldnt blitz them to death because Cam feeds off that. Dent still went unnoticed. Daunte is looking better EVERY GAME!!. One more game like that and hell officially b a decent cover corner. Last year I wanted him gone but now he stays forever. Imagine how deadly he would been if Grimey were here. Imagine the “hitsticks” on QB’s as he blitz from slot.

Matty “ICE” Indeed. Sure im not the only one who knew WITHOUT DOUBT #2 would march us down the field. Oh yea is it too late foe Roddy to make push for Canton??

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:10 am

Panthers defense couldn’t stop a sink. Morning time is coming…

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:12 am

If Roddy didn’t come back for that floating butterfly pass the game would have ended in a pick.

Since 2010 Vick and the Eagles lead the entire NFL with 180 passes of 20 yards or more.

Throwing 1 lucky deep ball does not show you can throw it deep on a regular basis.

That ball was up for grabs, Roddy just wanted it more.

Once the 1st round starts, the deer and headlight syndrone will come back.

HA HA :)

gtt

October 1st, 2012
10:12 am

If the Falcons keep playing like this, they could wind up in the SUPPER BOWL!!!!!

Get it?

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:12 am

Haruki Nakamura is the Falcon’s MVP of the game.

falCANS

October 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Loved last night game. THATS wat champs are made of!!!. As far as pass rush we couldnt blitz them to death because Cam feeds off that. Dent still went unnoticed. Daunte is looking better EVERY GAME!!. One more game like that and hell officially b a decent cover corner. Last year I wanted him gone but now he stays forever. Imagine how deadly he would been if Grimey were here. Imagine the “hitsticks” on QB’s as he blitz from slot.
SuperBowl
Matty “ICE” Indeed. Sure im not the only one who knew WITHOUT DOUBT #2 would march us down the field. Oh yea is it too late foe Roddy to make push for Canton??

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:13 am

@gtt
No, I don’t. But I really wanted to…

Jaded

October 1st, 2012
10:14 am

I agree the lack of a pass rush is still a major concern. Ray Edwards’ production (zero sacks) continues to be embarrassing. Gonna have to find some other guys who can get heat on the passer, because clearly he can’t.

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:15 am

@falCANS
The only Canton Matt Ryan will ever see is in Cherokee County.

gtt

October 1st, 2012
10:17 am

It was a reference to the troll, could actually be Choke, who used to write about Vick taking the Eagles to the SUPPER BOWL!!! while the Falcons suffered without him. He wrote in all caps, whoever used to make those posts. Now you can sleep peacefully, Wake up, without having to wonder. Now you get it.

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:20 am

@gtt
Comic relief is CLEARLY not your thing. Thanks for playing
e_e

Wake up call.

October 1st, 2012
10:20 am

@gtt
Comic relief is CLEARLY not your thing. Thanks for playing
e_e

Old Falcon Flagelantz

October 1st, 2012
10:20 am

Hey Matt “CHOKE” Ryan I’ve got some wind to send you’re way to sober you up! Ryan Rules.

WOW, "CHOKE"...

October 1st, 2012
10:24 am

…is bragging about an Eagles win that was the same point differential as the Falcons (and which they should have lost) and he says the Falcons are not good? As I said, Wow, just Wow…

And isn’t the Eagles # 7 leading the league in turnovers all by himself – individually more than any TEAM has????

Michael

October 1st, 2012
10:28 am

Matt “Choke”,

“Miracle to beat the 1-3 Panthers HAHA”? You left out the fact that the Eagles needed a game-winning drive to beat the 0-4 Browns (Brandon Weeden) and they got dubbed by Kevin Kolb 27-6. Calm down before you come on here talkin’ reckless champ.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:39 am

You guys should be asking yourselves if CHOKE is elite (which he’s not)

But you should be asking yourselves this question………..

Who owns the record for the most wins without a playoff win?

Look in the mirror Atlanta and ask yourselves the truth…….

Do we support CHOKE because we hate Vick or do we support CHOKE because playoff wins don’t matter.

:)

Texas Pete

October 1st, 2012
10:42 am

Yes, it was a great win. However, if we continue to play like that, we’re in big trouble. Anytime you suffer 7 sacks on your QB, every team in the NFL will be gunning for you. And when Ryan didn’t throw the ball away, taking us out of field goal range in the fourth quarter, you have to question where Ryan’s head was at and has he matured like we all have hoped.

Lots of things to work on after this game. But, 4-0 feels great!

@spencaman

October 1st, 2012
10:42 am

Hey guys, don’t respond to “choke”. That is the only reason he writes that crap, to get under your skin. Leave the dumb drunk redneck alone and just enjoy the great win!

And just how many...

October 1st, 2012
10:43 am

…Super Bowls has # 7 on the Eagles won? What good is a playoff win if you don’t win the big one? Speaking of Elite, # 7 sure is not…

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:43 am

72-23

No that is not a college basketball score. That is CHOKE’s last

2 playoff EMBARRASSMENTS.

I’ve seen this story before and in the end Atlanta will turn into a

pumpkin.

HA HA :)

Yeah, the guy that wears # 7...

October 1st, 2012
10:44 am

…for the Eagles leads the LEAGUE by himself in turnovers so far this year…

Michael

October 1st, 2012
10:47 am

Matt “Choke” Ryan,

Do us all a favor: LET IT GO. We all loved Michael Vick, Michael Vick is gone. If you are a Falcons fan, you root for the team and whoever the QB is. Matt Ryan had to come into a situation where suckas like you were never gonna give him a chance and he has still done his thing. No one is giving him a crown yet, he still has to give us a playoff W or two, but quit acting like this man hasn’t played ball. “Since 2010 Vick and the Eagles lead the NFL with 180 passes of 20 yards or more…” AND? How many playoff wins do they have since 2010?

And...

October 1st, 2012
10:47 am

…who was the leader of the Eagles “Dream Team” last year that did not make the playoffs?

mark

October 1st, 2012
10:47 am

Ryan critics are so funny, three playoff losses in his first four years. One of the greatest QB of all time never won a Superbowl. Mike Vick has never won a Superbowl, Trent Dillfer has won a Superbowl. By that rational Dilfler was a better quarterback than Dan Marino and Mike Vick. Mark Sanchez has more playoff wins than Matt Ryan, boy I wish Mark Sanchez was on my team. Vick is a convicted dog killer he tortured animals for his own personal pleasure. Matt Ryan gets sacked 7 times yesterday and knock down several more times and won the game. Hate all you want, he has not won anything yet, but he will and when he dose it will be sweet. Of course if he dose then the excuses on how it was not him, it was something or someone else will be the next round of attacks.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:48 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/11/michael-vick.html

Until you get your jersey in the Hall of Fame…………..

ZIP IT…………..

HA HA :)

Harpie

October 1st, 2012
10:49 am

What about the offensive line? They stank most of yesterday’s game.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:50 am

30-24 48-21 24-2

Get those lottery tickets………

Ooops my bad, that is CHOKE’s playoff performance……………..

HA HA :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 1st, 2012
10:52 am

Meanwhile…………….

At 30 million vs 72 million Flacco is working on that

5 playoffs 2 championship game resume…………

CHOKE…………not so much…………….

HA HA :)

dave

October 1st, 2012
10:56 am

WOW “Choke” does not have a life.

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
10:57 am

What does the Eagles have to do with a sports blog about the NFC South Undefeated Atlanta Falcons anyways ?…………………………………………………………….

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
11:01 am

also, by the way…..last time I checked………………only two Teams remain undefeated in the entire NFL……………..

Josh

October 1st, 2012
11:03 am

Great win. But what about the O-Line play? Yikes. Just a bad game or indicative of things to come? Better fix that.

Josh

October 1st, 2012
11:03 am

@Michael M. Check again – 3 teams. Arizona, Houston, and ATL.

K Money

October 1st, 2012
11:04 am

Great win today. Absolutely breathtaking. However. the thing that needs to be mentioned is that we should have never been in that situation if not for the horrible result of our first redzone trip. Carolina gave us NUMEROUS chances to score inside the 10 yard line and we whiffed badly, and we had nobody to blame but ourselves. Great teams dont waste that easy a chance in the NFL. I know this was only Matt’s 2 int all season (to go with 11 touchdowns), but it was his worst pass of the year (slightly worse than the int in SD) at a time when a touchdown there would have been huge. So we get down to the 3 yard line, first and goal. First, Turner gets the handoff and cant get into the endzone despite a hole, because he trips on his own man’s legs and falls at the 1 yard line. Next play Jason Snelling leaps and cant get a single yard, because the O-line gets pushed back. However, thankfully Carolina had a substitution/offside infraction, so we repeat 2nd down at the half yard line. Then the worst play call and worst result happened that could have happened. Instead of just pounding it in on 2nd down from the 6 INCH LINE, Mike Smith wants to get cute and Matt Ryan throws what appears to be a TD pass to Gallarda, but the refs said he pushed off. I saw the replays and it seemed like a normal, acceptable pushoff that Tony G gets away with 99 percent of the time, but whatever. Terrible call, and the worst possible result. This pushes the Falcons all the way back to the 10 yard line, 2nd down. Next play Falcons get lucky again, on a personal foul helmet-to-helmet call, that should have been 3rd and goal from the ten. Instead, its first and goal again from the 5 yard line. Ryan throws a low bullet to a streaking Roddy, that should have been caught, but wasnt…so now we have 2nd down at the 5 yard line. Poor O-line protection causes Ryan to be sacked at the 13. Now it is 3rd down and goal at the 13 (remember we had 2nd and goal at the 6 inch line moments ago, and first and goal at the 5 yard line 2 plays ago), and Ryan throws his worst pass of the year right to 43 in between the numbers. It should have never gotten to that point, why were we even facing a 3rd and goal from the 13 yard line, when we had the ball inside the 1 yard line? That was the worst sequence of playcalling, combined with horrible pass protection and poor execution, that I have seen all year from the falcons. Then you add in Carolina’s penalties and the falcons had 7 chances to punch it in inside the redzone, and not only do they not get the touchdown, Ryan’s int meant that we didnt even get a single point off an 70 something yard drive. I hope I never have to see this type of goal-line scenario from the Falcons again this century. However, impressive comeback when they needed it. Roddy gets the gameball, most of Carolina’s attention seemed to be on Julio, the Falcons just have too many weapons…

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
11:05 am

ty ………………Josh

Michael

October 1st, 2012
11:05 am

Matt “CHOKE” Ryan says we’re acting like playoff wins don’t matter but in support of his “argument” he sends us to a link talking about Vick getting his jersey in the hall of fame for a regular season performance against a 6-10 Redskins team. When I was a child I was mesmerized by big-plays and juke moves too, but when I became a man and matured in my football knowledge I quit hyping up that BS.

UpYourArsenal

October 1st, 2012
11:06 am

Choke likes to harp on Matt Ryan’s playoff record so far…but there’s another future Hall of Famer that just fell to these Falcons that did much worse than Matt Ryan in his first three playoff appearances.

Let’s see a comparison, shall we?

Matt Ryan’s first three playoff appearances:
30-24 loss to the Cardinals (who then lost in the Super Bowl)
48-21 loss to the Packers (who then won the Super Bowl)
24-2 loss to the Giants (who then won the Super Bowl)

Peyton Manning’s first three playoff appearances:
19-16 loss to the Titans (who then lost the Super Bowl)
23-17 loss to the Dolphins (who then lost in the Divisional Round)
41-0 loss to the Jets (who then lost in the Divisional Round)

It wasn’t until Manning’s fourth playoff appearance that he notched his first W in the post-season, a 41-10 victory over the Broncos.

Josh

October 1st, 2012
11:11 am

Fellas, fellas…. reasoning with the unreasonable (Choke) is a fool’s errand. Stick to the big boy side of the playground.