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Divisional Round Preview: Atlanta Falcons Vs. Seattle Seahawks

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons’ 0-3 record in the playoffs since 2008 is well-known and brought up aplenty. The pressure is on for the Falcons to get that playoff win.

Atlanta was bounced out of the playoffs in embarrassing fashion the last two years, losing 48-21 to the Green Bay Packers in 2010, and 24-2 to the New York Giants in 2011.

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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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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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Atlanta Falcons Vs. Denver Broncos Preview

In what is sure to be a barnbuner in Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons (1-0) play host in their home opener to the Denver Broncos (1-0) on Monday Night Football.

After traveling to Kansas City and taking care of the Chiefs decidedly, Matt Ryan and the Falcons look to keep the momentum going behind the Georgia Dome crowd. However, Peyton Manning’s Broncos are riding high as well after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mile High.

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Matt Ryan Shines in Falcons’ 40-24 Rout of Chiefs

Matt Ryan operated the Atlanta Falcons’ offense with masterful precision en route to crushing the Kansas City Chiefs, 40-24.

It was the third consecutive time the Falcons opened the season on the road. They were 0-2 prior to today, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and the Chicago Bears in 2011.

Ryan completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 25 yards, including a three-yard touchdown.

Julio Jones had six receptions for 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Roddy White caught six balls as well, gaining 87 yards.

Jacquizz Rodgers had a 77-yard kickoff return that resulted in a Falcons field goal.

For Tony Gonzalez, it was the first time playing in Arrowhead Stadium since being traded to the Falcons in 2009. His return was largely successful: he had five receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. However, after Gonzalez did his trademark touchdown celebration of slam dunking the football, he was booed heavily by the Chiefs fans. Gonzalez’s touchdown increased the deficit to 16 (33-17), so that fact may have had something to do with the boos.

Ryan led the Falcons on eight straight scoring drives. The Falcons opened the game with a 12-play drive that went for 80 yards and ended with an eight-yard touchdown to Jones. The Falcons offense took full advantage of the Chiefs’ wounded defense; Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali was suspended for one game for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Cornerback Brandon Flowers, free safety Kendrick Lewis, and nose tackle Anthony Toribio all sat out with injuries.

It looked as though the game would be a back-and-forth affair; neither team punted once in the first half. In fact, the Falcons didn’t punt until well into fourth quarter when the game was clearly out of reach.

The first half ended with the Falcons up 20-17. After allowing those 17 points, the Falcons’ defense made the necessary adjustments and shut down the Chiefs in the second half. The Chiefs’ lone second half touchdown came in garbage time with two seconds left on the clock.

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel went 21/33 yards for 258 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He was also strip-sacked by John Abraham, and the Falcons recovered the fumble.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned successfully to regular season action after tearing his ACL in Week 2 last year. He rushed 16 yards for 87 yards, his longest rush going for 46 yards.

Stephen Nicholas and William Moore both had interceptions. Sean Weatherspoon and Jonathan Babineaux, along with Abraham, notched a sack apiece.

Matt Bryant was perfect on the day, nailing all four of his field goals (34, 21, 30, 41) and his four extra point attempts.

Brent Grimes left the game late in the fourth quarter with an apparent calf injury. Hopefully, it’s not serious.

It was great to see the Falcons finally make halftime adjustments. Over the past four years under the former coordinators, it seemed as though making adjustments was a foreign concept.

Next week, the Falcons play host to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football (September 17).

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The Unjust Disrespect For the Atlanta Falcons

I’ve been putting this entry off for a while now, and it’s time to get it off my chest.

The Atlanta Falcons are being unjustly disrespected heading into the 2012 NFL season. Both Warren Sapp and Vegas expect the Falcons to miss the playoffs this year, and a couple of Falcons players are mysteriously absent from the Top 100 Players of 2012 list.

Now, I know the thing fresh in everyone’s minds is the 24-2 shellacking at the hands of the New York Giants in the wildcard round of this past season’s playoffs.

And before that, the thing fresh in everyone’s minds was the 48-21 beatdown they received from the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the 2010 playoffs.

And I know the Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs since the current regime took over in 2008.

I’m not trying to justify the Falcons’ seemingly inability to win a playoff game; instead, I want to shed a little perspective.

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Falcons 2012 Schedule Analysis

The NFL has officially released the regular season schedule for the 2012 season.

The Falcons have notched four primetime games. They have two matchups on Monday Night Football. The first matchup comes in Week 2, as the Falcons play host to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. Their second MNF appearance is actually on Saturday night in a Week 16 road matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Dallas Cowboys visit the Georgia Dome in Week 9 for Sunday Night Football. In Week 13, the Falcons host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.

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