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  1. I wouldn't have been surprised but I still have a hard time believing that Smith blows a lead like that in such a short amount of time. Moot point to debate about, though...
  2. No question about that. Smitty in that situation would've run the ball three straight times, forced the Patriots to burn their timeouts, and kicked the FG to go up 11 with under three minutes to go. Oh well, woulda, coulda, shoulda...
  3. Carolina and Tampa won't be pretty, either...
  4. Flacco would've gotten his but I agree that the Falcons likely win that game. TG, Abraham, and Turner go out as champions, there is no urgency to bring in guys like Osi or Steven Jackson who were passed their primes. No telling how the next two years go had they beaten the Niners. But they didn't, so...
  5. I remember that quite well. They were allegedly talking to Bill Parcels after he won a Super Bowl and all but had him signed until then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle intervened. From there, well...
  6. The Seattle loss...err...game should do it. There is a bye afterwards...
  7. Those other fanbases have a history of success, ending in Super Bowl parades. The Browns have been around forever and have the lovable loser cache to keep the stands full (see Cubs, Chicago). Meanwhile, the Falcons are most famous for their former players winning rings elsewhere and well, you know (see Super Bowl LI). In a transient town like this where the majority of folks with discretionary income are from other NFL cities and the natives know better and stay home, you'd better bring more to the table than a 1-6 record. This isn't Cleveland or Philly where the vast majority of folks there are born, raised, live, and die Browns or Eagles football 24/7/365.25. In the heart of SEC country, losing is not tolerated and is answered with empty seats (see Tennessee, Knoxville)...
  8. Of course, the Rams would trade for Ramsey just as they are coming in town...
  9. That's going to be bad...
  10. On my firesti....never mind...
  11. You guys beat me to it. I still remember the video in Dallas' war room the night of the Draft. Everything was all good in the neighborhood because they thought that Takk McKinley was going to fall right into their laps; well, until the Falcons traded up to get him. It was Def Comedy Jam-level hilarious watching Jason Garrett and Rod Marinelli try to convince Jerry Jones that Taco was just as good; even Jerry knew that he found himself in the trick bag. Boy, did things turned sour in that war room in a hurry...
  12. They would've replayed it on NBC after the game ended...
  13. Beat me to it. Officials are trained to not bring any additional mess into a play and this is a classic case. The defender did more to block himself out of making a play on Julio than Sanu did with one arm. Had the defender went flying Superman-style into the backfield or had Sanu had his arms fully extended while shoving him in the back, I would've expected a flag to come out. But in iffy situations like this, especially with the game virtually being on the line, we all know that officials tend to swallow whistles unless the whole stadium sees it; and even then, it might not matter (see 2012 NFC Title Game)...
  14. This is exactly what I've been saying. Their defense was so aggressive and go full guns blazing after the quarterback because they knew that Brees was their ace in the hole to bail them out no matter how many times they got burned doing so. The Texans' game is a classic case; in two plays, the Texans quickly got downfield and scored a TD late to take the lead. But everyone forgets about all of that because within a whisper of time, Brees had the Saints in field goal range to win. For roughly 27 out of 32 teams, that's a backbreaking loss at home. But the Saints and their home crowd barely had to break a sweat because they knew that Brees would once again come through. That dynamic, which everyone in the football world knows about, is what made them such a dangerous foe since he arrived in Nola. IMHO, this is what makes him the greatest adversary our franchise has ever faced; as much as Brady, Montana, Steve Young, or Russell Wilson and moreso than Rodgers, Elway, Cunnningham, or Cam Newton. And now, that element is gone; at least for a bit. It is imperative that the Falcons (as well as the Saints' upcoming opponents) take full advantage of that...
  15. xs and os

    To poor Nelson Aghalor, this might as well been the Zapruder film...
  16. I basically said the same thing earlier on this thread. Being able to count on Brees to bail them out of a jam is what made the Saints such a dangerous foe to begin with. It wasn't their defense that had opposing teams up at night; it was Brees hanging 30+ points up and being able to make even marginal players look like Pro Bowlers while he was doing it. Teams will absolutely stack the box, bracket Thomas, and double-dog dare Bridgewater to beat them over the top while sending the house. They can't even use the versatility of Taysom Hill because he's now the backup; the last thing they can afford now is for him to get hurt. Oh well, not our problem...
  17. That poor cornerback was sent to the Phantom Zone by Jake. I'm pretty sure he's getting a lot of time with the team chiropractor this afternoon. That just looked painful...
  18. Yeah, I might pull the arms back a little bit too after getting the business end of a Doomsday Device an hour ago...
  19. I surely cannot stand to see another person fall due to injury but this is all part of the football business. And unless it's a very small tear, Brees missing six weeks is a very optimistic outlook for such an injury; especially when you consider that he's using that hand on every play he's on the field. And looking at the six teams they face, I can see them dropping anywhere from 3-5 games if they don't get better protection for Bridgewater. Without Brees, the likelihood of them hanging 30+ from the time they leave the locker room goes down considerably, which helped their defense more than most of their fans would care to admit. Now they can't afford to pin their ears and chase after the quarterback with reckless abandon because they can no longer bank on Brees to bail them out (again) after they blow another coverage downfield (see Texans' game). That being said, the Falcons have their own bit of business to take care of. To the Colts, I say...
  20. Still to this day, this remains one of my most satisfying road wins I've ever seen. Not just for the play on the field but the dominance in the stands by fellow Falcon fans taking over the joint...
  21. The refs didn't help poor Teddy from having to run for his life yesterday or stop Cooper Kupp from running over their secondary as if he was Jerome Bettis in that flag football commercial...
  22. I mentioned this last night on the board. My wife said that it looked as if Agholor was tossed out of a speeding car on that play where Allen laid him out. And if it wasn't for Carson having a little mobility, we would've seen a lot more of Josh McCown than anyone needed to. As stated earlier, the training staffs on both sides will earn their $$$ this week...
  23. Yup. Both cornerbacks bit the big one going up against Matthews...
  24. It makes a very good weekend (a Falcons win) a great weekend (an Aints loss). The beer tastes better, the nachos crisper, the children behave better, everything...