Folks, youre looking at an excellent football team.For once Im not going to couch that statement. The Falcons made a few mistakes—a costly penalty here, Matt Ryans first interception of the season there—and theyre not a perfect football team. Given that no team in the NFL today approaches perfect, I dont think I care.From the first snap of the game, the Falcons dominated. They led the entire game, never really allowed the Chargers to climb back into it and made a number of eye-popping plays. They sacked Rivers, picked Rivers, shut down Rivers receivers, held Ryan Mathews in check and ran roughshod over the Chargers on the ground and through the air. The final score isnt even close to telling the story, because it felt more like the Falcons were winning 50-0 after the half.
Steve will be missed tremendously! He forged the image of the NFL in my mind growing up in the 70’s! He has also played a major factor in my interest in art and film integrated into sports as well!
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Here is the Uniform Schedule for 2012! We are wearing Throwback Jerseys on Sep 30 v CAR and Nov 29 v NOLA. atlantafalcons.com/schedule/2012-…
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MIAMI — The Atlanta Falcons were stout against the run, dug in on third down and came up with a big interception. Coach Mike Smith will take more of the same during the regular season.Atlanta gave up only a field goal while Miami starting quarterback Chad Henne was in the game and beat the Dolphins 16-6 in a preseason game Friday night.NFL Audio PassDon’t miss any of the action with NFL Audio Pass, which gives you access to every game’s radio calls. Find out more here.Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton led the Falcons’ defensive charge with 11 tackles, two for losses. Erik Coleman intercepted a pass in the end zone, and the Dolphins converted only one of nine third- and fourth-down situations with Henne, who played one series into the third quarter.”Our defense played well,” Smith said. “We were getting off the field, and you’ve got to do that to limit your exposure on defense.”
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — For the first time in franchise history, the Atlanta Falcons have put back-to-back winning seasons together, and they appear far from satisfied.
There’s a quiet confidence building in Falcons training camp, a confidence I believe is warranted.
I think they’re going to give the Saints all they can handle this season in the NFC South. The Falcons right now are poised to win that division, and they’re talking like that very quietly, very humbly. Now they can start to shout it because they’re loaded, and the players returning are getting noticeably better, especially at the most important position: quarterback.