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2012 Schedule

April 18th, 2012 Comments off

2012 Atlanta Falcons Schedule

Preseason
Week Date Opponent Time Result Score Stats
1 Aug. 9 Baltimore 7:30 L 17-31 Stats | Recap
2 Aug. 16 Cincinnati 8:00 L 19-24 Stats | Recap
3 Aug. 24 at Miami 7:30 W 23-6 Stats | Recap
4 Aug. 30 at Jacksonville 6:30 L 14-24 Stats | Recap
Regular Season
Week Date Opponent Time Result Score Stats
1 Sep. 9 at Chiefs 1:00 W 40-24 Stats | Recap | Review
2 Sep. 17 Broncos 8:30 W 27-21 Stats | Recap | Review
3 Sep. 23 at Chargers 4:05 W 27-3 Stats | Recap | Review
4 Sep. 30 Panthers 1:00 W 30-28 Stats | Recap | Review
5 Oct. 7 at Redskins 1:00 W 24-17 Stats | Recap | Review
6 Oct. 14 Raiders 1:00 W 23-20 Stats | Recap | Review
7 Oct. 21 bye
8 Oct. 28 at Eagles 1:00 W 30-17 Stats | Recap | Review
9 Nov. 4 Cowboys 8:20 W 19-13 Stats | Recap | Review
10 Nov. 11 at Saints 1:00 L 27-31 Stats | Recap | Review
11 Nov. 18 Cardinals 1:00 W 23-19 Stats | Recap | Review
12 Nov. 25 at Buccaneers 1:00 W 24-23 Stats | Recap | Review
13 Nov. 29 Saints 8:20 W 23-13 Stats | Recap | Review
14 Dec. 9 at Panthers 1:00 L 20-30 Stats | Recap | Review
15 Dec. 16 Giants 1:00 W 34-0 Stats | Recap | Review
16 Dec. 22 at Lions 8:30 W 31-18 Stats | Recap | Review
17 Dec. 30 Buccaneers 1:00 L 17-22 Stats | Recap | Review
Postseason
19 Jan. 13 Seahawks 1:00 W 30-28 Stats | Recap | Review
20 Jan. 20 49ers 3:00 L 24-28 Stats | Recap | Review

Stats are provided by NFL.com‘s Gamebooks, which are in PDF format. You can find a PDF reader here.

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2012 Schedule released

April 17th, 2012 Comments off

The league announced the 2012 regular season schedule today. Click here to view the Falcons schedule in its entirety.

The Falcons will open the season on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 9. They will then host the Denver Broncos in their regular season opener in Week 2 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. That marks the Falcons first of four primetime games. In Week 3, the Falcons will face their third AFC West opponent, travelling to San Diego to take on the Chargers for their lone late afternoon game of the season. They begin their NFC South slate of games on September 30 at home against the Carolina Panthers. Then they go on the road against the Washington Redskins in Week 5, followed up by another home contest to finish their AFC West slate against the Oakland Raiders.

In Week 7, the Falcons get a bye and then travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles on October 28. They get their next primetime game against another NFC East foe the following week against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on November 4 on NBC, They get their first game against the New Orleans Saints on the road the following week. A home game against the Arizona Cardinals follows with a road contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons are then on a short week at home against the Saints on Thursday Night football on NFL Network. They go on the road in Week 14 against the Panthers before a home game against the New York Giants on December 16, a rematch of the teams 2011 playoff loss. They then get a final primetime game on ESPN on Saturday, December 22 on the road against the Detroit Lions. They finish the season with a home game against the Bucs.

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Falcons preseason slate announced

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

The Falcons announced their preseason matchups yesterday, with the team set to face the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Falcons and Ravens have been a regular matchup over the years, meeting in seven of the past nine preseasons. The two teams are set to clash in the Georgia Dome on the opening week of preseason. The following week on August 16, the Falcons will host the Bengals which will air on FOX. It is their first preseason meeting against the Bengals since 2007. They will go on the road against the Dolphins the following week. They have seen the Dolphins in the past two preseasons, splitting those games. They will close out against the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road on August 30. It is their third consecutive preseason meeting, marking their eighth overall meeting since the Jaguars entered the league in 1995. This will also be the fifth time the two teams have met to close out their preseason schedules, four of which have been hosted by the Jaguars.

The regular season schedule is expected to be announced within the next few weeks prior to the draft on April 26. Last season it was announced a week after the preseason schedule was announced.

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Falcons to take on Giants in playoffs

January 2nd, 2012 Comments off

The Falcons are set to square off with the New York Giants at Giants Stadium next Sunday on January 8, 2012 for the opening round of the NFC playoffs. That game will be aired on FOX at 1 pm Eastern. The Giants 31-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night tonight propelled them to the NFC East Division title and into the playoffs.

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Are the Falcons a playoff team?

October 10th, 2011 Comments off

If they are, I think we have only seen glimpses of it. I think that was on display in the first halves of each of the past two games against Seattle and Green Bay. Particularly Green Bay, where the offense looked dynamic and the defense looked stout.

Is that Falcon team going to be able to show up for more than just two quarters in any game? Are the Falcons going to make a habit of starting strong, but then at halftime when it comes to making adjustments they will struggle?

If that is the case, then it’s hard to see this team being a playoff team. The Falcons offense scored six second half points against Seattle and none against the Packers. That does not sound like a team on the verge of making the playoffs.

The season is long, and they have 11 more games to get their act together, but are they going to have to go 8-3 in those games in order to do so? I guess we will get a real measurement of where this team is at in the next few games, as we play the Panthers and Saints at home, and the Lions and Colts on the road. The Lions and Saints definitely look like teams thus far that are on the verge of the playoffs. And while the Panthers and Colts are near or at the bottom of the league, we will get a good measuring stick to see if the Falcons belong in either one of those groups by how strong they look against the latter and/or how timid they look against the former.

I believe Falcon fans have been waiting for five weeks to see the playoff-caliber football team that we were all told was in Flowery Branch. We are still waiting…

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Falcons Weekly Round-Up 6/10

June 10th, 2011 Comments off

Recapping news and headlines involving the Falcons from the week of June 5…

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Apple iPad

Falcons ahead on technology curve

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that the Falcons are among a few teams that are now using iPads instead of conventional means of paper. He mentions Falcons head coach Mike Smith was seen using an iPad during the team’s pre-draft interviews that including a checklist of questions for each paper. Pompei also mentions that the Baltimore Ravens are giving their players their playbooks on iPads. (Source: Dan Pompei, National Football Post)

NCAA avoiding scheduling issues

A scheduling conflict between the Falcons and Georgia State has been resolved.  Both teams play their home games in the Georgia Dome. Originally, the Georgia State Panthers had claimed the September 1 date back in February, hosting their season opener against Clark Atlanta, another local school. But when the NFL announced their schedules in April, the date was used for the Falcon’s final preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. But the matter has been cleared up with the Falcons holding the September 1 date, and the Panthers moving their game to September 2. Georgia State begins its second season for their new football program, having gone 6-5 in its inaugural season. (Source: Georgia State Sports)

There was no such scheduling conflict from other college football entities, when the BCS tentative scheduled secondary dates for the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship Game in January due to the NFL lockout. The Falcons face the Saints in the Superdome on December 26 (a Monday Night), according to the current NFL schedule in Week 16. But it’s possible that games could be pushed back a week or two to avoid missing games. So the Sugar Bowl, which is tentatively scheduled for either Monday, January 2 or Tuesday, January 3. The title game is currently slate for Monday, January 9, but could be moved up to Saturday, January 7 or back to Tuesday, January 10 to get around. (Source: Brett Martel, Associated Press)

VanGorder among up and coming assistants

Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder makes Pete Prisco’s list of ten assistant coaches that could be strong candidates to have head coaching jobs come 2012. Writes Prisco:

The Falcons made some nice strides on defense last season. They went from 14th in points in 2009 to fifth last season. VanGorder is a big reason why. He makes the defensive calls, even though coach Mike Smith is a defense-oriented head coach. VanGorder brings a high-energy level to his style of coaching. He is loud, passionate and can be heard from across the practice field. If the Falcons can continue to improve on defense, and they make a Super Bowl run, VanGorder will get a look next year. He was a college head coach at Georgia Southern for a year, which will help.

Prisco also lists three former Falcons assistants, including Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who served in that same capacity for the Falcons from 1998 to 2006; Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who spent the last four seasons as the Falcons quarterback coach before taking the offer from Minnesota earlier this off-season; and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who was the Falcons defensive coordinator prior to VanGorder in 2007. (Source: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports)

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2011 Schedule

April 20th, 2011 Comments off

2011 Atlanta Falcons Schedule

Week Date Opponent Time Result Score Stats
1 Aug. 12 Miami 7:30 L 23-28 Stats | Recap
2 Aug. 19 at Jacksonville 8:00 L 13-15 Stats | Recap
3 Aug. 27 at Pittsburgh 7:30 L 16-34 Stats | Recap
4 Sept. 1 Baltimore 7:30 L 7-21 Stats | Recap
Week Date Opponent Time Result Score Stats
1 Sept. 11 at Chicago 1:00 L 12-30 Stats | Recap | Review
2 Sept. 18 Philadelphia 8:20 W 35-31 Stats | Recap | Review
3 Sept. 25 at Tampa Bay 4:15 L 13-16 Stats | Recap | Review
4 Oct. 2 at Seattle 4:05 W 30-28 Stats | Recap | Review
5 Oct. 9 Green Bay 8:20 L 14-25 Stats | Recap | Review
6 Oct. 16 Carolina 1:00 W 31-17 Stats | Recap | Review
7 Oct. 23 at Detroit 1:00 W 23-16 Stats | Recap | Review
8 Oct. 30 bye
9 Nov. 6 at Indianapolis 1:00 W 31-7 Stats | Recap | Review
10 Nov. 13 New Orleans 1:00 L 23-26 (OT) Stats | Recap | Review
11 Nov. 20 Tennessee 4:15 W 23-17 Stats | Recap | Review
12 Nov. 27 Minnesota 1:00 W 24-14 Stats | Recap | Review
13 Dec. 4 at Houston 1:00 L 10-17 Stats | Recap | Review
14 Dec. 11 at Carolina 1:00 W 31-23 Stats | Recap | Review
15 Dec. 15 Jacksonville 8:20 W 41-14 Stats | Recap | Review
16 Dec. 26 at New Orleans 8:30 L 16-45 Stats | Recap | Review
17 Jan. 1 Tampa Bay 4:15 W 45-24 Stats | Recap | Review
Week Date Opponent Time Result Score Stats
WC Jan. 8 at N.Y. Giants 1:00 L 2-24 Stats | Recap | Review

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Falcons 2011 schedule released

April 19th, 2011 Comments off

The NFL released the 2011 regular season schedule today, which could be considered somewhat tentative given the current labor crisis, at least during the early portion of the season.

But the Falcons will be prominently featured in 2011, with four prime-time matchups. Their first game will be at Sunday Night on NBC for the home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. In Week 5, they will get a rematch on Sunday Night against the Green Bay Packers, also a home game. The Falcons will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on a Thursday night game on the NFL Network on December 15. And the Falcons will close out ESPN’s Monday Night schedule with a road game against their divisional rival New Orleans Saints on December 26.

The Falcons begin the 2011 season on the road, facing the Chicago Bears on September 11. They will get their first taste of NFC South competition in Week 3 in another road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That will be followed up by another road game against the Seattle Seahawks. They will follow that up with two home dates against the previous mentioned Packers in primetime and then the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. A road game against the Detroit Lions will precede their Week 8 bye week.

Coming out of the bye the Falcons won’t have it easy since they will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. They follow that tough road test with three home dates against the Saints, Titans, and Vikings. In Week 13, they will travel to Houston to face the Texans and then follow that up with another road game against the Panthers. The Falcons will close out the season at home against the Bucs.

Their three divisional games in the final four weeks will likely play heavily in their ability to repeat as NFC South champions. The Falcons don’t start the season easy, with four of their first five opponents being 2010 playoff teams, and the fifth, the Bucs, sporting a winning record.

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Falcons announce preseason schedule

April 12th, 2011 Comments off

The Falcons announced their preseason schedule today, featuring three of the usual foes in the four-game lineup.

They will kick off the preseason on Friday, August 12, playing a home game against the Miami Dolphins. That game will be aired on CBS at 7:30 pm. They will follow it up on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars, on a nationally broadcast game on CBS at 8 pm on August 19. Their third game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road has yet to be determined on a date and time, although it is likely to take place on August 27. The Falcons will close out their preseason against the Baltimore Ravens at home on September 1, with a time to be determined later.

The Falcons played both the Dolphins and Jaguars last preseason, with a victory and loss respectively. It will be the third time this past decade that the Dolphins and Falcons have squared off in the preseason. The Falcons and Jaguars are regular preseason opponents, facing each six times in the past decade. The 2010 summer was the first one since 2006 that the Falcons and Ravens have not played each other. Those two teams have met in six of the last eight preseasons. This will be the first time the Falcons have played the Steelers in the preseason since 2001.

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Falcons 2011 Opponents

January 16th, 2011 Comments off

Now that the 2010 season is officially over, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2011. The league released the teams’ opponents earlier this month. The dates and times for these games won’t be determined until April when the league releases the official schedule.

Home: Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers*, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints*, Philadelphia Eagles*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans.

Away: Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears*, Detroit Lions,  Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts*, New Orleans Saints*, Seattle Seahawks*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

* indicate 2010 playoff team.

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