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Now come questions for Falcons

Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:57 pm
The New York Giants didn't just beat Atlanta. They destroyed the Falcons, and I can already hear the second-guessing of Mike Smith and his quarterback, Matt Ryan.

Both were involved in critical plays that sent Smith and the Falcons hurtling to another playoff loss. Twice Smith had the Falcons go for the first on fourth-and-1 when a field goal could have been tried... and made ... and twice it was Ryan who failed on quarterback sneaks.

Then, on third-and-1, Atlanta tried something ... or someone ... else, calling on Michael Turner, and the result was the same. He was thrown for a one-yard loss.

In essence, the Falcons never showed up for this one. In fact, their only score was produced by the Giants' Eli Manning, called for a safety when he intentionally grounded a pass in the end zone. The Falcons were outscored, outplayed and outclassed in every phase and deserve the criticism they'll absorb.

With the loss, the Falcons are 0-3 under Smith and Ryan in the playoffs, and the question must be asked: Can Atlanta go to the top with these guys?

We already know about the Giants. They won a Super Bowl with Eli Manning, and they're on their way to Green Bay, site of Manning's OT victory in the conference championship game of the 2007 playoffs.

These Giants are not those Giants, but Manning's not that Manning, either. He's better.

Nevertheless, the Giants will be decided underdogs, and they should be. They have the worst record among the teams in the NFC playoffs.

But this just in: They won four of their last five, their defense allowed 28 points in the past three games and Manning isn't making mistakes. The Packers shouldn't be nervous. But they should be wary.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:43 pm

Now come questions for Falcons

@Lathon57. I'd rather say 'last in the NFC South' next season as the Panthers are a team on the rise and just a couple defensive players away of playoff-contending. I can't say about Matt Ryan, but to me it's clear that Mike Smith won't lead them any further as their head coach; in fact, I wonder if the Falcons are not regressing...

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:39 pm

Now come questions for Falcons

window has closed on this sorry coached team the panthers will challenge the saints next year after they fix their defense a bit and the sorry falcons will challenge the bucs for last man they are pathetic

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:39 pm

Now come questions for Falcons

the falcons are a garbage franchise. always have been-always will be.

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:34 pm

GB should be worried

The #31 or #32 defense vs. an improved Manning. GB vs. a hot NYG defense... It will be interesting. Grenn Bay will be last year's Saints & overlook the first game.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:27 pm

Now come questions for Falcons

Haha where is Prisco.  His fav team just got blown away!  Turner is fat and slow.  Gonzales is old and slow.  Ryan is over rated.  Atl has no draft picks due to Jones. They are done for 5 years at least.  Bye bye dirty birdy.....

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:27 pm

Now come questions for Falcons

Why should the Packers be concerned or wary??  Is Atlanta trading that bum Matty 'Fraud' to GB to replace Rodgers??  If I was the Giants, I would be concerned on how that defense is going to play against a QB with an IQ over 50.....Matty 'Fraud'. what a joke.....I like the Falcons, but they need to replace the moronic head coach, and tell him to take his worthless QB with him.  Trade your entire 2012 draft for a QB.  Atlanta won't regret it, and it might put that 2011 draft error to rest.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:27 pm

Change Needed

It appears that Mike Smith has taken them as far as he can. A change in leadership is needed.

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:17 pm

Now come questions for Falcons

The Falcons offense is too slow and isn't creative or agressive enough to win in the playoffs.  They'll finish third in the NFC South next year.

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