Ryan wins Offensive Rookie of the Year

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Matt Ryan has won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, an annual award given out by the Associated Press. Ryan finished the season starting all 16 games for the Falcons and passed for 3,440 yards, 16 touchdowns, and completed 61.1% of his 484 passing attempts. He was arguably the key catalyst for the Falcons improbable turnaround from 4-12 in 2007 to 11-5 and in the playoffs in 2008. Ryan is...

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Norwood carries Falcons over Rams
Dec28

Norwood carries Falcons over Rams

The Falcons had all they could handle against the St. Louis Rams, winning a 31-27 game that came down to the wire. The Rams led the game 27-24 until Jerious Norwood scored on a 45-yard run with less than 4 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. The Rams would get the ball back and drive down to the Falcons 37-yard line before giving it up on a turnover on downs with 1:09 to go. The Falcons finish a remarkable season 11-5 and get their...

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Game #15 AT Minnesota Vikings Game Review

This one wasn’t pretty but resulted in a 24-17 win and a clinched playoff spot thanks to some key turnovers by the Vikings and some smart plays by our defense. At 10-5, the sights are now set on the division title should the Panthers lose. Here’s what I saw: Offense: Running game: Turner (19/70, 1 TD), Norwood (6/10), Snelling (3/12), Douglas (1/4) and Ryan (3/2) . Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner,9;...

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Game #14 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Review

For all the criticisms of the defense, it really stepped up in this game in combination with Tampa’ mountain of penalties. Despite a couple of misfirings by Ryan, a fumble at the goal line by Rader and a special teams gaffe by Wire, the defense refused to break and picked up the slack to carry the team to a 13-10 overtime win over their division rivals. The huge win moved the birds to 9-5 and firmly entrenched in the playoff...

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Game #13 AT New Orleans Saints Game Review

This was a game that could have been won but the defense wilted at the wrong time, the run defense wasn’t there all day and big plays were allowed late in the game. The result was a 29-25 loss that drops the Falcons to 8-5 and dimmed the hopes of a division title. Here’s what I saw: Offense: Running game: Turner (18/161, 1 TD), Norwood (5/18), Mughelli (1/2), Snelling (2/5) and Ryan (4/13, 1 TD) . Effective Runs (4 yards...

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Game #12 AT San Diego Chargers Game Review

While it’s good to get a road win and move to 8-4, this game was very frustrating in that the score was a lot closer than it ever should have been. Some of that was the Falcons doing and there were a couple of very questionable calls resulting in turnovers that didn’t help matters. Fortunately, the team overcame all that and pulled this one out but missing a wide open Jenkins, White dropping an easy TD pass and the 4th and...

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Smith leads Falcons to playoff spot
Dec21

Smith leads Falcons to playoff spot

The Falcons were able to clinch a playoff spot with a hard-fought road win over the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 24-17. The Falcons did not play an exceptionally good game, but were able to capitalize on four Viking turnovers. Mike Smith and the Falcons now move to a stunning 10-5 record. Matt Ryan led the team, completing 13 of 24 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Ryan also scrambled for 4 yards, fumbling into the endzone...

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Game #11 VS Carolina Panthers Game Review

This one ran the gambit of football emotions. I have to equate it to a classic heavyweight title fight where one fighter gets off to a fast start only to get answered back with it turning into a slugfest in the middle of the ring until one of the fighters finally lands the blow that puts his opponent on the canvas for good. The Falcons got off to a very fast start but Carolina owned the third quarter to pull within 4. When Harry...

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Bye Bye Boley part 2

Pro Football Weekly writes about the situation of Michael Boley and expresses their doubt that Boley will be returning to Atlanta next year. In a past entry I pointed out that I was disappointed in Boley’s play through the first half of the season. And his play has not picked up since then. He may have hit rock-bottom when he essentially became a nickel linebacker while journeyman Coy Wire got most of the reps on running downs...

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Game #10 VS Denver Broncos Game Review

This one was painful to watch live and even more painful to watch a second time. This was a game that was not only very winnable but given the injuries to the Broncos, should have been a win. I can’t help but wonder if we were caught napping a bit. Unfortunately, this one ended up as a 24-20 loss and dropped the team to 6-4. Here’s what I saw: Offense: Running game: Turner (25/81, 2 TD), Norwood (4/18), Ryan (5/18) and...

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