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1) A healthy Roddy White is a dominant Roddy White. SF is #4 in the NFL in defensive passing yards per attempt, allowing 6.3 coming into tonight. Roddy gained 141 yards on 15 targets, which is 9.4 yards per attempt. Harbaugh won't sleep tonight because of the flaws Roddy exposed in SF's secondary.

2) Steven Jackson, a player I didn't want us to sign, showed tonight that he has gas left in the tank as well as a fire in his belly. His stats were pedestrian at 3.3 YPC. What happened on the field was a different story. After Whitner gave him a cheap shot (albeit a legal one that should not have been flagged), Jackson went through him three times. Jackson was challenged as a man, and he responded in a way that that the entire Falcons offense has lacked this season.

3) Matt Ryan looked like Matt Ryan tonight. Part of the credit for this goes to the offensive line, which showed a lot more fight tonight. Most of the credit goes to Ryan himself for finding ways to navigate through traffic then hit open receivers. He improvised a lot more tonight than had been the case for most of 2013. Not coincidentally, we played better.

4) If Corey Peters blew his achilles as I fear, we are already in the hole for 2014, which makes me sick to my stomach. He's been one of the few reliable defenders on our team this year. He doesn't deserve to be on crutches for Christmas.

5) Massaquoi is inconsistent but he is showing flashes. That hit on Kaepernick, while the textbook definition of helmet to helmet, was as jarring as any we've had this season (not counting what Jackson did to that poor Washington safety last week).

6) I've been singing the praises of Worrilow for a while now. Tonight was Bartu's time to shine. He was a constant presence, and that tackle for loss was especially impressive. Bartu, Worrilow and Spoon is a very impressive LB core. Factoring in the return of Biermann, that is the position I worry about the least as we head into the offseason.

I was especially proud of the way the Falcons played tonight. I am deeply conflicted about the result. I desperately wanted the win, but the reality is that if we do wind up with Clowney, Bowman's pick six will be the main reason why. This game was ours prior to that play.

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Great takes.

Ryan buying time by sliding in pocket is the difference between him being good and great. If he can learn to do this consistently while remembering to look down the field rather than immediately deferring to the check down rb his game will go the next level.

Loved the way bartu. I think td has a hard decision to make when it comes to resigning weatherspoon. As much as I like his vocal leadership bartu is just as good on the field in only his first year. Not too mention that spoon stays hurt.

We also have a big decision to make when it comes to peters. I think the guy is a good player but just like solo. He can't stay o. The field long enough for it to matter.

And lastly as you said sjax is still a good rb we are just terrible at run blocking. This is our truest crutch imo without a run game we won't go anywhere.

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1) Can't argue with that.

2) Yes, S-Jax was challenge and responded. This doesn't equate to him being worth another year, though. I'm glad he showed some heart, but his best days are clearly and most definitely behind him. Better served to cut our losses.

3) Matt's great, period. How he's not laid up in a hospital room after the beating he's taken all season (tonight included) is a

4) Peters is a UFA after this season, anyway, so there was no guarantee he'd be back in the first place. But, I agree, not having him would be a major loss.

5) Massaquoi definitely show potential.

6) Bartu was mostly solid tonight. Has some serious upside.

I was proud of the effort tonight, for the most part. But, as has become commonplace in the Mike Smith era, the Falcons played 2.5 - 3 quarters of great football. They've consistently wilted in the third quarter for years now. Coupled with their inability to put games away, it's lead to most of our games coming down to the last drive. While in previous seasons, we were able to squeeze out lucky wins, that luck only runs so far before the underlying holes are painfully exposed, and that's happened this season.

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Peters injury is Good for us re resigning him long term - **** be cheap now and our best player on the DL vs the run.

Why people want to replace SJax next season ill never understand. IMHO he is clearly still a quality back and we have way to many issues in the dline to worry about positions we have (same reason I wouldn't be replacing spoon). Linebacking core is goid enough spart from a premium rush end/olb. Lets concentrate on O and D lines in the draft and FA please.

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Agree with most everything you said. I was at a casino and watching the game with some 49ers fans and even they were making note of the difference with a healthy Roddy White.

I was ok with a loss but when we got that onside kick I was giddy like a school girl and the 49ers fans went silent. You could have heard a mouse p*ssing on cotton.

Hurt to lose but it does improve draft position and more than that...there is still a chance that the Saints miss the playoffs as a result of this game and that would make my year.

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I agree also. I am also not sad about the loss, because draft position is a key for future sucess. But a win would help the cards in the playoffs and they would deserved it. Arians makes a heck of a job again and John Abraham would earned a playoff spot with his team. but okay...

That Roddy comes back is fantastic. He is one of the best in this leauge. He shows it, when he is healthy. He made a big mistake as playing injured at the beginning of the season. That was a huge mistake.

Get heahlty and play lights out, like you did from year 3 here, Roddy!

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The Niners got lucky tonight against us. We are not anything close to full strength, yet we were about to take it to him. It bodes well for the future. Ryan and Roddy don't like the Niners and it showed. When receivers started getting open down the field Ryan started eviscerating their defense, and Roddy proved to be worth a contract extension. Ryan was able to buy extra time, and that throw to Gonzo for a TD late in the 4th was badazz. We should expect to see more of the same next season. He did this on the road against a great defense.

Bosher is awesome too. One of the best onside kickers in the league. We have recovered a majority of them this year.

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Ive been a falcons fan since i was 10 years old. I will turn 50 in 2 days. A falcons fan in the d.c. area? Yes, i was. The highlight of my football watching career was the nfc championship win vs the vikes. The lowest, the 1980 loss to dallas in the playoffs. I have watched this team struggle for the most part, but i have remained a big fan but a realistic one as well. Every year is different. Last year was a great year if you looked at their record. However, they pulled out some crazy last second wins and easily could have been a 9-7 team. If you dont agree with this you are crazy and not realistic about our team. They never blew anyone out and teams did not fear playing the falcons. Teams hoped to play us, because we were very beatable. Our problem is simple. Everything starts with the o and d line, period. We can have the best skill pos players money can buy, but without a solid o line, you got sh#t. If you cant pressure the qb and stop the run, you got sh#t. Football is not a complicated game. If you can block and tackle you will win most of your games. Smitty is a great guy, but not a head coach. Im not putting all of it on him because its TDs job to put quality players on the field. You can only coach the players you have. We have had a lot of injuries this year, but a good gm will have solid backups ready if someone gets hurt. See gb packers last super bowl roster. 15 guys on the dl and they still won the trophy. We are very predictable on o, and we cant stop anyone when we need a big stop. We need to be able to run the ball. Last night on second and 1 from the 10 with a chance to take the lead, we throw the ball? Yes, everyone knew it was coming. They rushed 7 because they knew we would throw the ball. If we had a good running game the playbook is wide open. It takes the pressure off of everyone. I have also noticed that we have no real leader on this team. Matt Ryan is too nice, just like our head coach, and he would never get in someones grill. Look at peyton and brady. They are true leaders. Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers. These guys are clutch and and will stick 50 on you in a heartbeat. They all have that killer instinct and will beat you into the ground. Not us. We are too **** nice. We need to start pounding people like bart and william andrews used to do.

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I think we can get Will Sutton in the 4th to replace Peters if he's injured next year.

Everything I've seen has Sutton as a late-1st, early 2nd....he won't be there in the 4th. And I dont think of him as the Peters type of DT....he's a little more compact and explosive.

If Sutton were there in the 2nd, I'd be pretty happy. Best cast scenario would be Clowney - 1, and someone like Sutton - 2.

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Ive been a falcons fan since i was 10 years old. I will turn 50 in 2 days. A falcons fan in the d.c. area? Yes, i was. The highlight of my football watching career was the nfc championship win vs the vikes. The lowest, the 1980 loss to dallas in the playoffs. I have watched this team struggle for the most part, but i have remained a big fan but a realistic one as well. Every year is different. Last year was a great year if you looked at their record. However, they pulled out some crazy last second wins and easily could have been a 9-7 team. If you dont agree with this you are crazy and not realistic about our team. They never blew anyone out and teams did not fear playing the falcons. Teams hoped to play us, because we were very beatable. Our problem is simple. Everything starts with the o and d line, period. We can have the best skill pos players money can buy, but without a solid o line, you got sh#t. If you cant pressure the qb and stop the run, you got sh#t. Football is not a complicated game. If you can block and tackle you will win most of your games. Smitty is a great guy, but not a head coach. Im not putting all of it on him because its TDs job to put quality players on the field. You can only coach the players you have. We have had a lot of injuries this year, but a good gm will have solid backups ready if someone gets hurt. See gb packers last super bowl roster. 15 guys on the dl and they still won the trophy. We are very predictable on o, and we cant stop anyone when we need a big stop. We need to be able to run the ball. Last night on second and 1 from the 10 with a chance to take the lead, we throw the ball? Yes, everyone knew it was coming. They rushed 7 because they knew we would throw the ball. If we had a good running game the playbook is wide open. It takes the pressure off of everyone. I have also noticed that we have no real leader on this team. Matt Ryan is too nice, just like our head coach, and he would never get in someones grill. Look at peyton and brady. They are true leaders. Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers. These guys are clutch and and will stick 50 on you in a heartbeat. They all have that killer instinct and will beat you into the ground. Not us. We are too **** nice. We need to start pounding people like bart and william andrews used to do.

Totally agree with you......our leaders need to lead.
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1) A healthy Roddy White is a dominant Roddy White. SF is #4 in the NFL in defensive passing yards per attempt, allowing 6.3 coming into tonight. Roddy gained 141 yards on 15 targets, which is 9.4 yards per attempt. Harbaugh won't sleep tonight because of the flaws Roddy exposed in SF's secondary.

2) Steven Jackson, a player I didn't want us to sign, showed tonight that he has gas left in the tank as well as a fire in his belly. His stats were pedestrian at 3.3 YPC. What happened on the field was a different story. After Whitner gave him a cheap shot (albeit a legal one that should not have been flagged), Jackson went through him three times. Jackson was challenged as a man, and he responded in a way that that the entire Falcons offense has lacked this season.

3) Matt Ryan looked like Matt Ryan tonight. Part of the credit for this goes to the offensive line, which showed a lot more fight tonight. Most of the credit goes to Ryan himself for finding ways to navigate through traffic then hit open receivers. He improvised a lot more tonight than had been the case for most of 2013. Not coincidentally, we played better.

4) If Corey Peters blew his achilles as I fear, we are already in the hole for 2014, which makes me sick to my stomach. He's been one of the few reliable defenders on our team this year. He doesn't deserve to be on crutches for Christmas.

5) Massaquoi is inconsistent but he is showing flashes. That hit on Kaepernick, while the textbook definition of helmet to helmet, was as jarring as any we've had this season (not counting what Jackson did to that poor Washington safety last week).

6) I've been singing the praises of Worrilow for a while now. Tonight was Bartu's time to shine. He was a constant presence, and that tackle for loss was especially impressive. Bartu, Worrilow and Spoon is a very impressive LB core. Factoring in the return of Biermann, that is the position I worry about the least as we head into the offseason.

I was especially proud of the way the Falcons played tonight. I am deeply conflicted about the result. I desperately wanted the win, but the reality is that if we do wind up with Clowney, Bowman's pick six will be the main reason why. This game was ours prior to that play.

at least we played like a team that had a heart last nite, we didn't lay down ,still have at lot of changes to make in order to be a winning team again.
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