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Falcons stomp 49ers

October 11th, 2009 Comments off
Getty Images/E. Shaw

Getty Images/E. Shaw

It was a record-setting day all around for the Falcons as they shellacked their old rivals, the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 45-10 on the road. The Falcons went up to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the 49ers brought it back to 14-10. But in the second quarter, the Falcons managed to score 21 points in under 6 minutes and never looked back. Their 35 first half points set a new franchise record.

Matt Ryan led with a career high 329 passing yards, completing 22 of 32 attempts for 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for a 1-yard score. Michael Turner led the team on the ground with 22 carries for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jerious Norwood added 12 carries for 44 yards. Roddy White led receivers with 8 receptions for 210 yards and 2 scores. His 210 receiving yards set a new record for single game record for the Falcons. Tony Gonzalez added 6 catches for 55 yards as well. The Falcons offense gained 340 of its 477 total yards in the first half, and then controlled time of possession in the second half to prevent the 49ers from getting back into the game. They held onto the ball for nearly twenty minutes in the second half.

The Falcons defense had a strong performance, limiting the 49ers offense to only 279 total yards. Shaun Hill was sacked 3 times and picked off once. The interception came on the 49ers opening drive, which led to the team’s first score. They limited 49ers running backs to only 47 yards on 13 carries. Curtis Lofton led defenders with 9 tackles. John Abraham (3 tackles, 1 sack), Jonathan Babineaux (2 tackles), Kroy Biermann (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery), Erik Coleman (5 tackles), Thomas DeCoud (4 tackles), Brent Grimes (2 tackles), Thomas Johnson (1 tackle, 1 sack), and Brian Williams (3 tackles, 1 interception) had noteworthy games.

Jason Elam made his lone 40-yard field goal. Michael Koenen averaged 40.5 yards on 4 punts, including 1 inside the 20-yard line. Eric Weems averaged 19.5 yards on 2 kickoff returns and 4.5 yards on 4 punt returns.

The Falcons will host the Chicago Bears nex week on Sunday night football. The Bears are coming off a bye, and the Falcons will host three more teams coming off bye weeks over their next six games. The Falcons last matchup with the Bears was a memorable finish last season in which the Falcons won 22-20. But previously, the team had lost 8 of their last 9 matchups against the Bears, including 3 of their last 4 at home.

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Moneyball – Week 3 Review

October 8th, 2009 Comments off

Sorry about the delay, but due to my brother’s wedding over the weekend and my own procrastination, I didn’t get to review the Patriots game as early as I wanted.

This really was a dull game from the Falcons perspective. They did little to take advantage of the few opportunities they got, and the Patriots really just dictated this one from the start. Had the Pats been able to connect on a few more throws, this game would have been a major blowout.

Matt Ryan$11$0$0$0$0$2$13.00
Michael Turner$0$5$0$0-$2$2$5.00
Jason Snelling$0$0$4$0$0$1$5.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$4$0-$1$2$5.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$2.5$0$2$4.50
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0$2$4.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$2$0$2$4.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$1$0$0$2$3.00
Roddy White$0$0$1$0$0$2$3.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$2-$1$2$3.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$1$0$2$3.00
Marty Booker$0$0$1$0$0$1$2.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$2-$1$0$1$2.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$0.5$0$1$1.50
Justin Peelle$0$0$0$0$0$1$1.00
Keith Zinger$0$0$0$0$0$1$1.00
Quinn Ojinnaka$0$0$0$0$0$1$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$0$1$1.00

The defense. There really wasn’t much of anything going on in this game from that side of the ball.
Thomas Johnson$2$0$0$2$4.00
Thomas DeCoud$2$0$0$2$4.00
Kroy Biermann$2$0$0$2$4.00
Chauncey Davis$1$0$0$2$3.00
Mike Peterson$0.5$0$0$2$2.50
Curtis Lofton$0.5$0$0$2$2.50
John Abraham$0$0$0$2$2.00
Jonathan Babineaux$0$0$0$2$2.00
Stephen Nicholas$0$0$0$2$2.00
Erik Coleman$0$0$0$2$2.00
Trey Lewis$0$0$0$2$2.00
Michael Koenen$0$1$0$1$2.00
Jason Elam$0$1$0$2$2.00
Jamaal Anderson$1$0-$2$2$1.00
Brian Williams$0$0-$1$2$1.00
Chevis Jackson$0$0$0$1$1.00
Coy Wire$0$0$0$1$1.00
Tony Gilbert$0$0$0$1$1.00
Lawrence Sidbury$0$0$0$1$1.00
Antoine Harris$0$0$0$1$1.00
Chris Owens$0$0-$1$1$0.00
Chris Houston-$2$0$0$2$0.00
Brent Grimes-$2$0-$1$2-$1.00

Noteworthy Stats from Week 3:

Dropped Passes (3): White (2), Jenkins (1)
Poor Throws (3): Ryan
QB Pressures Allowed (0)
Missed Blocks (2): McClure, Finneran
QB Pressures (2): Biermann, Johnson
Missed Tackles (2): Lofton, Williams

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