mrfahaji Posted December 27, 2011 Share Posted December 27, 2011 Well that was a bit of a gutting performance... When Julio scored a TD I thought "this is on!" and I kept hope up until Julio fumbled - his earlier TD something of a distant memory...One thing that I read a lot is about the Falcons lack of success in the playoffs, and how a) the Falcons can't be taken seriously until they win a post-season game and b ) Matt Ryan can't be considered more than a decent QB until he accomplishes the same.This is the wrong argument, and even though I have seen a few people make the correct point, too many opinions are illogical - the point is that the Falcons aren't good enough against the good teams. If the Falcons regularly beat the likes of the Saints, Steelers, Patriots and Packers and THEN lost to similar calibre teams in the post-season, THEN it is a "playoff" issue, but not until that happens.And for the last three seasons, here are the stats:Record against teams with winning seasons: 1-5 (2009), 5-3 (2010), 2-4* (2011). Overall: 8-12*.Just to put it in perspective, overall record against 8-8 or worse teams: 23-4.* If Titans lose their last game this will be 1-5 and 7-13.So please please please can all those who argue about "Falcons and Ryan can't win in the post season" please make their argument a more logical one? Thanks in advance.As for why is this case, I'd like to hear what people think, but one thing that really hit me today was the Saints ability (and hunger) all over the field to step up when it mattered. Ok, we know Brees is superb, but on most snaps, particularly on third downs, the O-Line protected him for AGES. And when we had a pressure situation on offense, the Saints defense seemed so aggressive in everything they did.I thought Matt Ryan actually played quite well, it might sound crazy but I'd say as well as Brees tonight given the tools at his disposal. O-Line, officials and penalties worked against him but he still pulled out a lot of good plays. People who criticise Ryan for not being good against the good teams should watch this game and realise that there is a h*ll of a lot more to it, and if we didn't have Ryan we probably wouldn't even be close to MAKING the post-season!The inability of the Falcons lines (offence and defence), secondary, running backs etc to match other playoff calibre teams is clear - but is that the fault of the play callers, the individual players, or a general lack of depth on the roster?Overall I'm still happy that we've made the playoffs again, but feeling more than a little deflated that we're probably going to have to go to New Orleans again! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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