I’m keeping an eye on the Atlanta Falcons since Jason Snelling made his three touchdowns last week. (Forgive me NY Giants, this is temporary, I assure you.)
NEW ORLEANS – The calendar screams that it’s too early for grand proclamations. Week three games in the NFL don’t decide division titles or playoff berths. They merely give us some sense of direction.
But we just learned something about the Falcons.
They won a game against the defending Super Bowl champions. They won a game on the road and in the Superdome, where they hadn’t won since 2002. They had a 19-play touchdown drive that tested their resilience. They had a field goal drive in overtime when the offensive line assumed control of the game.
More? They had a kicker, Matt Bryant, who had to try three times for a winning field goal because his first two attempts were negated by penalties. They had a defensive end, John Abraham, who came back into the game late despite being relatively blinded in one eye.
Is that a strong enough indication of direction?
The Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints in overtime Sunday, 27-24. Had they lost, they still would have been publicly embraced for their performance. Instead, they won, and their stature grew.
“No moral victories. No more of those for us. We’re done with that,” Roddy White said.
“We could have easily flinched or been talking about what-ifs,” linebacker Mike Peterson said.
There were enough of those last season. The Falcons fell short too many times in a season that had high expectations. They lost two close games to the Saints, and in overtime to New York, and were body slammed in Dallas.
On Sunday, we saw the team we expected last year. It felt more like 2008. So it wasn’t surprising when owner Arthur Blank was asked if he remembered the last Falcons’ victory of such significance and he responded: “When we beat the Vikings two years ago to go to the playoffs.” Continue reading…
- New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons: NFC South Clash on the Bayou (bleacherreport.com)
- Matt Ryan, Falcons Reach The Next Level in Defeating New Orleans (bleacherreport.com)
- Falcons won’t say it, but NFC South might be shifting (cbssports.com)
- Dirty Birds Attack The Dome: New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons Predictions (bleacherreport.com)
- Ryan, Falcons take down Saints with field goal in overtime (tsn.ca)
- Bryant kicks Falcons past Saints in overtime (washingtonpost.com)