Monthly Archives: September 2012

Matt Bryant’s Leg Lifts Falcons Over Panthers, 30-28


Choice words from Matt Ryan. (Big Lead Sports)

The Atlanta Falcons (4-0) defeated the Carolina Panthers (1-3) by a score of 30-28 in an absolute thriller of a game.

Matt Bryant kicked the game winning field goal (40 yards) with just 10 seconds left in the game. The Panthers had one last prayer, but John Abraham sacked Cam Newton to end the game.

The Falcons started the game-winning drive on their own one yard line with 59 seconds left on the clock. Matt Ryan threw a deep bomb to Roddy White on the first play, who made the catch for 59 yards. A defensive pass interference call on Captain Munnerlyn, a seven-yard reception by Tony Gonzalez, and a six-yard reception by Harry Douglas set up the 40-yard field goal for Bryant.

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Roddy White: Victor Cruz is a Slot Receiver

The Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones sat down with NFL Network’s Michael Irvin for an interview to air today on GameDay Morning.

Irvin asked if the two receivers are a better duo than the New York Giants’ duo of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

“Victor Cruz is a lot more of a slot receiver,” said White. “The big boys play on the outside.”

Cruz returned fire. “I couldn’t care less about what anybody else has to say,” he told The Star-Ledger on Friday. “I got a ring back home. I don’t care about what Roddy White has to say.”

If you have to immediately resort to the ring argument, you don’t have much of an argument to begin with. Furthermore, White is absolutely correct; Cruz predominately works the slot.

Perhaps Cruz should salsa his way to writing another book.

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Falcons Injury Report: Four Players Ruled Out

The Atlanta Falcons Piedmont Healthcare Injury Report published on Friday lists four Falcons as out for Sunday’s versus the Carolina Panthers: cornerback Chris Owens, fullback Lousaka Polite, running back Antone Smith, and tight end Michael Palmer.

Both Owens (head) and Smith (hamstring) were ruled out for last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Palmer suffered his injury during the game and was declared out earlier this week.

Linebacker Mike Peterson (ribs) is listed as questionable. Jonathan Babineaux (groin), Tyson Clabo (hip), Julio Jones (hand), and Stephen Nicholas (thigh) are all listed as probable.

With Polite out, Jason Snelling will be inserted into the fullback role. Tommy Gallarda will take Palmer’s place.

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Atlanta Falcons Vs. Carolina Panthers Preview

The Atlanta Falcons (3-0) host the Carolina Panthers (1-2) this Sunday in a pivotal NFC South match-up. This will be Atlanta’s first divisional game as well as the first opponent versus an NFC team.

For Carolina, the game against Atlanta will mark the third match-up against a divisional foe. The Panthers opened the season with a loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa, and then hosted the New Orleans Saints in a Week 2 victory.

Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense presents a huge a huge challenge for the Panthers defense. Ryan is off to a scorching start, passing for eight touchdowns and just one interception. His completion percentage is at 72.0, and he’s the league’s top ranked passer with a rating of 114.0.

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NFL Referee Lockout Has Ended

According to’s Albert Breer, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association have reached an agreement.

It’s about time. Let’s face it: the replacement referees were out of their league (no pun intended). It’s not entirely their fault – they did they best they could. Unfortunately, their best wasn’t good enough by any stretch of the imagination. They got several calls wrong, culminating with the huge debacle this past Monday night.

The referees will get a standing ovation upon returning. Then, we’ll proceed to berate them for making terrible calls throughout the rest of the season. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Falcons DE John Abraham Arrested

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham was arrested on Monday night and charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters (a misdemeanor), as reported by Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Police were responding to call about a woman threatening to jump from a building in Midtown Atlanta. Abraham refused to leave the restricted area for whatever reason.

Abraham is the second Falcon arrested in as many weeks. Last Monday night, Michael Turner was arrested on DUI and speeding charges.

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There is Something Special Brewing with the 2012 Atlanta Falcons

The 2012 NFL season is only three weeks old, but already the Falcons look like they’re poised for something big. Something really big. I mean Super Bowl aspirations big.

The Falcons are 3-0 and one of three undefeated teams (Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans). Two weeks ago, the Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos 27-21 in a huge Monday night showdown. The game lasted ridiculously long due to the multiple stoppages and overall ineptitude of the officials. On a short week, the Falcons headed out west to San Diego to face the Chargers, and they responded extremely well, winning 27-3.

Great teams are able to win decidedly on the road on a short week.

Great teams also have great coaches, and the Falcons hit a home run with their two new coordinators.

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Falcons Dominate Chargers, Win 27-3

The Atlanta Falcons improve to 3-0 after defeating the San Diego Chargers (2-1) in Qualcomm Stadium, They are now 6-0 when heading to the West Coast under head coach Mike Smith and 8-1 all-time versus the Chargers.

On the first play of the game, Matt Ryan delivered a 19-yard strike to Julio Jones. However, Jones was injured after taking a big hit from Eric Weddle and would sit out for a couple of drives with a hand injury. The drive was capped off with an eight-yard touchdown reception for Jacquizz Rodgers.

Ryan tossed two more touchdowns – a seven-yarder to Tony Gonzalez and a nine-yarder to Jones – to bring his total to three in the first half. In the first half alone, Ryan was 22/29 for 208 yards and three touchdowns.

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Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers Preview

The Atlanta Falcons (2-0) head out west to take on the San Diego Chargers (2-0) at 4:05 p.m. this Sunday in a battle of two undefeated teams.

The Falcons are coming off a huge 27-21 victory Monday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Atlanta and San Diego last met on November 30, 2008, with Atlanta winning the match-up 22-16 in Qualcomm Stadium. The Falcons are 5-0 when facing the Chargers on the road and own the series with a 7-1 record. Falcons head coach Mike Smith holds a 5-0 record when traveling out to the West Coast.

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Falcons Intercept Manning Three Times, Win 27-21

Let’s address what needs to be addressed: the replacement officials are absolutely abysmal, and the NFL needs to get the original officials back immediately. The replacements are doing the best they can; their best just isn’t good enough. While they are at fault, the NFL deserves a large amount of blame as well. Something needs to be done quickly because these games are quickly becoming unwatchable. Both teams were screwed several times by abysmal calls; if the NFL cares about the integrity of the game, the original officials will be back in Week 3.

For God’s sake, the first quarter lasted for ONE HOUR.

Now, the game recap:

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