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WhoDat!656 01-21-2013 10:54 PM

In the end, the same old Falcons
 
I didn't think Pat Yasinskas wrote articles that are critical of teams not named the New Orleans Saints!!

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The road to the Super Bowl ran through Atlanta this season. Unfortunately, the Falcons won't be driving on to New Orleans.

It would be an understatement to say that I'm disappointed by the outcome of this game. The Falcons rang up 24 first half points and didn't manage to score the rest of the way, while the defense effectively imploded against a tough 49ers team. No one starts faster than these Atlanta Falcons, but it's also safe to argue that no contending team finishes quite as poorly. There's the lingering sense that they should have won that game and gone to the Super Bowl, and I'd be lying if I said that didn't hurt.

It's worth traveling back in time to recall what our expectations were at the beginning of the season. I was viewed in some quarters as too optimistic for predicting the Falcons at 11-5 and a wild card, so it's fair to say this season exceeded many expectations. Particularly given the fact that the Falcons hired two new coordinators, which generally means a less than amazing year. This was, any way you slice it, a great year. It just wasn't a Super Bowl year.

And there are many reasons why. The Falcons just never did a great job of adjusting defensively or offensively after halftime, and it bit them in the rear end more than a few times in 2012. The 49ers game was the one that cost them most, but the lack of execution and the complete collapse after the half will leave a sour taste in our mouth for months to come. If the Falcons do one thing this off-season—and believe me, they will do many—it will be ensuring that they can play four great quarters of football against even the best teams. They have to.

And for all this, keep in mind that one less turnover, a couple of completed passes or a couple more mistakes from the 49ers and the Falcons would have won. That's not to make excuses, but to point out how close this 28-24 game really was.

I remain proud of this Falcons team. I remain convinced that they will not just contend next year, but make another deep run. But none of us can deny that if they don't learn from their mistakes and improve, we're going to be looking at heartbreak again a year from now. None of us want that.

In the end, the same old Falcons - NFC South Blog - ESPN

|Mitch| 01-21-2013 11:10 PM

Re: In the end, the same old Falcons
 
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Originally Posted by WhoDat!656 (Post 473899)
It would be an understatement to say that I'm disappointed by the outcome of this game.

There's the lingering sense that they should have won that game and gone to the Super Bowl, and I'd be lying if I said that didn't hurt.

I remain proud of this Falcons team.

Biased much? :rolleyes:

WhoDat!656 01-21-2013 11:28 PM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 473902)
Biased much? :rolleyes:

Yes you have!!

Beastmode 01-21-2013 11:41 PM

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Next year deep run? With no Tony and a Turner who is a shadow of his former self. Ain't gonna happen. They are now on the slide. They have issues on defense just like us and to add to it, Good FA's don't want to play there so that is off the table.

Vrillon82 01-22-2013 12:27 AM

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one of the glaring problems with the Atl offense is getting inside the 20.

Way Roddy White and Julio Jones operate, their is just no space for them to go. So it becomes dependent on the run game.

Crusader 01-22-2013 02:50 AM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 473902)
Biased much? :rolleyes:

I think he is usually biased towards th whole NFC south, he usually wants all 4 teams to do good when facing othe divisions.

SloMotion 01-22-2013 06:24 AM

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Originally Posted by WhoDat!656 (Post 473899)
The road to the Super Bowl ran through Atlanta this season ... There's the lingering sense that they should have won that game and gone to the Super Bowl ...

Who, outside of Falcon Nation, thought the road to the SuperBowl ran through Atlanta? Who, outside of Atlanta has a lingering sense the Falcons should have won that game? :rolleyes:

It's all over but the 'denial' at this point, if you root for the Falcons.

Jamessr 01-22-2013 08:05 AM

Re: In the end, the same old Falcons
 
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Originally Posted by WhoDat!656 (Post 473899)
keep in mind that one less turnover, a couple of completed passes or a couple more mistakes from the 49ers and the Falcons would have won.

Isn't that true in most games....

Vrillon82 01-22-2013 10:58 AM

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If the 49ers could of capitalized on turnovers, it would of never been close.

on the same token, if the Falcons never fumbled they would of won.

xan 01-22-2013 11:01 AM

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Yasinkas is turning into a clown gonadgargler.


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