Peters gives the stiff arm
Defensive highlights usually don’t get quite as much pub as the offensive ones. But Falcons defenders have made their share of big plays. And it was hard choosing which one was the best of the year.
Kroy Biermann’s pick six in Week 1 was a very impressive play, but probably doesn’t seem as great since it was in a one-sided loss. Ray Edwards fumble recovery the following week against the Eagles probably would get more points if he had taken it the distance for a score. Corey Peters did take John Abraham’s sack-strip of Blaine Gabbert vs. Jacksonville all the way to the house, but that wasn’t his most impressive play of the year.
So in the end, it has to go to Peters for his one-handed interception against the Panthers which gave the Falcons the ball back late in that game, and a few plays later they sealed the victory.
Other plays that get honorable mention:
Jones makes a diving grab
A lot of great plays have been made by the Falcons offense this year. Some bruising runs by the backs and some acrobatic catches on the part of the receivers.
It was very tough to pick a winner and it really came down to three acrobatic catches that really stood out in my eyes, each from a respective receiver: Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, and Julio Jones. But in the end, I had to give the rook the love for his diving catch against the Colts.
The Gonzalez one-handed grab in the back of the endzone against the Eagles and White’s finger-tip grab vs. Detroit were the other two plays.
Here are some other plays of note for the year, including some more from the receivers:
This was a tough choice, because part of me wanted to give it Ryan and Roddy for their deep connection, because it’s been so rare to see those plays made by the offense this year. But I had to give this week’s highlight to Turner for his bruising run.
Turner rumbles for 35 yards
Michael Turner’s 27-yard sprint
John Abraham’s sack
Roddy White’s 32-yard screen
Ryan to Roddy for 43 yards
Ryan’s 17-yard strike to Gonzo
Unfortunately, this little feature has slipped my mind the past two weeks. So we’ll bring it back again. This week’s highlight has to be Jason Snelling’s 24-yard catch and run where he broke several tackles and rumbled through practically all of the Saints defense. He would not be denied.
Harry Douglas 46-yard catch & run
Ryan threads needle to Gonzo
Bryant’s game-tying FG
A lot of highlights from the Detroit Lions game, and it was hard to pick a winner. But I had to go with Matt Ryan’s 49-yard pass to Harry Douglas because it involved the drama of Ryan returning to the game after what many feared to be a horrific injury, and on his first pass back in the game hit Douglas down the middle on a critical 3rd down play to keep a drive alive.
The other pick probably would have won had it been a normal game where there was no injury involved with Ryan. That would have been Roddy’s excellent fingertip grab on Ryan’s lob throw into the back of the endzone.
Ryan to Douglas: 49 yard catch & run
Roddy White: 18 yd TD catch
Tony Gonzalez: 30 yard catch
Michael Turner: 50 yard run
Curtis Lofton: Pressures Stafford to end the game
Corey Peters: sack
Sean Weatherspoon: sack
Peters gives the stiff arm
Probably a no-brainer this week. Has to be Corey Peters’ one-handed grab for the INT to pretty much seal the win for the Falcons in the fourth quarter.
Peters does his Vince Wilfork impression
Harry Douglas 34-yard catch and run
Brent Grimes INT with the William Moore assist
Michael Turner’s 33-yard run
Ray Edwards shows speed off the edge for a sack
Most of the highlights of the Falcons loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night come from the first half. This week’s highlight is nothing flashy, just a mundane one-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner. But it was nice to see the Falcons bully the Packers a little bit early on. Had the 47-yard throwback pass to Harry Douglas stood, that play probably would have been the highlight of the game, but alas Tyson Clabo made sure that did not happen.
Michael Turner’s 1-yard punch in
Sean Weatherspoon chases down Rodgers for the sack
Corey Peters gets a sack and does a dance
Jones 17-yard run on an end-around
Roddy White’s wide-open touchdown catch
The Seahawks game was a coming out party for Julio Jones, but this week’s highlight has to go once again to the veteran Tony Gonzalez for his spectacular one-handed catch in traffic.
Tony Gonzalez’s one-handed grab
Ryan’s 45-yard pass to Jones
Lofton’s INT off a tipped pass from Peterson
Despite a mediocre at best offensive effort for the Falcons in Week 3, that side of the ball still dominates the highlights of last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The winning highlight goes to Julio Jones, for his 49-yard grab that set up the Falcons only touchdown of the game. Falcon fans finally got a chance to see the big play potential that caused the Falcons to give up so much in this year’s and next year’s draft to get him.
Jones big catch
Tony Gonzalez’s TD grab
Roddy White’s 30-yard catch and run
Thomas DeCoud’s redzone interception
Unlike last week, the Falcons had many good plays against the Eagles that would merit being the highlight of the week. But it has to go to Tony Gonzalez for his one-handed grab in the back of the endzone to give the Falcons the lead headed into halftime.
Gonzalez’s acrobatic TD catch
Turner’s 61-yard run
Ray Edwards’ fumble recovery