Monthly Archives: September 2013

Falcons Fall Short in Comeback Attempt, Lose to Patriots 30-23

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Matt Ryan threw for a career-best 421 yards, Tony Gonzalez set a new career record with 149 yards, and yet it still wasn’t enough.

The Atlanta Falcons fell to the New England Patriots 30-23, and for the first time since 2007, are two games below .500 with a 1-3 record.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots Preview

The Falcons will need another big day from Osi Umenyiora. (Wilfredo Lee)

Another big day from Osi Umenyiora will help the Falcons immensely. (Wilfredo Lee)

The Atlanta Falcons have to learn how to finish games. In each of the three games this season, the Falcons have held a double-digit lead. In two of those games, including last week against the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons lost.

And thus, the team sits at 1-2, and is preparing to face a 3-0 New England Patriots team.

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Falcons Blow Lead, Lose 27-23 to Dolphins

Osi Umenyiora's chipped in with two sacks, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Miami Dolphins. (Wilfredo Lee)

Osi Umenyiora chipped in with two sacks, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Miami Dolphins. (Wilfredo Lee)

In what has been a common denominator for the past five games dating back to the postseason, the Atlanta Falcons allowed an opponent back into the game after jumping out to a double-digit lead.

The Falcons fell 27-23 to the Miami Dolphins after going up 10-0 and later leading 20-10.

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Baker Ruled Out For Sunday

Just three weeks into the season, the Falcons have had a laundry list of injuries. (Paul Abell)

Just three weeks into the season, the Falcons have had a laundry list of injuries. (Paul Abell)

And here comes more bad news for the Atlanta Falcons.

Left tackle Sam Baker has been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Baker didn’t practice all week as he’s been dealing with a foot/knee injury.

Expect current right tackle Lamar Holmes to slide to the left tackle spot. Taking Holmes’ place will be Jeremy Trueblood, who was signed on September 3.

The Dolphins defense, lead by defensive end Cameron Wake, could really get after the two tackles on Sunday.

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Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins Preview

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons are banged up.

Two players are lost for the season: defensive end Kroy Biermann with a torn Achilles and fullback Bradie Ewing with a separated shoulder. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be out eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury.

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Filling the Roster Spots: Falcons Sign LBs Chaney and Gaither, FB DiMarco

Jamar Chaney will likely fill Sean Weatherspoon's spot at weakside linebacker. (Elizabeth Robertson)

He has experience at all three linebacker spots, but Chaney will likely play on the outside with the Falcons. (Elizabeth Robertson)

The Atlanta Falcons were forced to fill three roster spots after injuries ended the seasons of two players (Kroy Biermann and Bradie Ewing) and forced Sean Weatherspoon to be placed on injured reserve-designated to return.

To offset the blows to the linebacking corps, the Falcons signed former Philadelphia Eagles Jamar Chaney and Omar Gaither.

Chaney, a seventh-round pick in 2010, spent three years with the Eagles before being cut after the third game this past preseason. He started a 23 of 44 games, amassing 158 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Gaither was a fifth-round pick in 2006, and he spent five years with the Eagles. He played with the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and last played for the Oakland Raiders in 2012. He was cut by the Raiders in For his career, Gaither has 334 total tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The Falcons also called up fullback Patrick DiMarco from the practice squad to fill the roster spot vacated by Ewing.

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Falcons Place Weatherspoon on IR-Designated to Return; Jackson Possibly Out 2-4 Weeks

Sean Weatherspoon missing significant time is a huge blow to the Falcons defense. (Daniel Shirey)

Sean Weatherspoon missing significant time is a huge blow to the Falcons defense. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons have placed linebacker Sean Weatherspoon in injured reserved-designated to return. He’ll be out for at least eight weeks.

Weatherspoon left Sunday’s victory over the St. Louis Rams with an apparent foot sprain and failed to return.

Unfortunately, the injury turned out to be much worse:

And more bad news: Running back Steven Jackson could miss up to four weeks. He left Sunday’s game versus the Rams with a thigh bruise, and like Weatherspoon, he failed to return.

The injuries are piling up for the Falcons. Defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing were both placed on injured reserve yesterday. Atlanta now has three open roster spots to fill.

With Jackson missing some time, expect Matt Ryan to air it out even more. With Roddy White limited with a high ankle sprain, it’ll be up to Julio Jones to carry the load and if his 11-reception, 182-yard performance against the Rams was any indication, he is certainly capable of doing so.

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Falcons Ride Jones, Ryan to 31-24 Victory Over Rams

Julio Jones proved to be too much for the St. Louis Rams. (John Bazemore)

Julio Jones proved to be too much for the St. Louis Rams. (John Bazemore)

With several Atlanta Falcons being forced to leave the game with injuries, it was up to Julio Jones and Matt Ryan to lead the team to victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Jones matched a career-high in yards with 182 – a total he matched in last season’s NFC Championship game – on 11 receptions, including an 81-yard touchdown; Ryan threw for 374 yards and two touchdowns on 31/41 passing.

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Biermann, Ewing Out For Season

The Atlanta Falcons have announced defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing are out for the season.

Biermann tore his Achilles, and Ewing has a separated shoulder in yesterday’s win over the St. Louis Rams.

Although he’s listed as defensive end on the roster, Biermann played multiple roles. He was defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s do-it-all player,  playing linebacker and even dropping back as a safety in certain packages.

Biermann’s versatility will be sorely missed by the Falcons. He had seven tackles on the season.

For Ewing, it’s the second consecutive year he’s been placed on injured reserve. The fullback missed all of his rookie season last year after getting injured in preseason. On the season, he notched two receptions for 29 yards.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams Preview

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

The Atlanta Falcons look to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2007 as they play hosts to the St. Louis Rams in the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta looks to rebound after losing last week’s season opener to the New Orleans Saints. Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 20-3 in games after a loss.

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