Sunday, January 30, 2005

"Dirty Birds"

What a season for the Falcons.

It was just that last game that leaves a bitter taste. After all, Vick went 11-of-24, with four sacks, and threw a key interception in a 27-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was Vick's first NFC Title game, and 24-year-old Vick is in a great position for only getting better. In his third season and only second full season of play, Vick is making his 2nd pro-bowl appearance.

Well that is just dirty, as in good. Vick also singed the most expensive contract in NFL this year. Personally I think they need to spend more money on wide outs.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Falcons to the NFC title game

Here are some reasons why the Falcons will be playing in the NFC title game.

from the official home page of the Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons established club postseason records with 327 rushing yards (previous 192 at G.B. 1-4-03) and total points scored (previous 30 at Minnesota 1-17-99).

The Falcons 8.18-yard per-carry average was the third-highest per-carry average in NFL postseason history: The Falcons actually broke the record in the first half of the game when they amassed an astonishing 239 yards.

1) 9.94 San Diego vs. Boston, 1963 AFC Divisional Playoff (32-318)
2) 9.29 Green Bay vs. Dallas, 1982 NFC Divisional Playoff (17-158)
3) 8.18 Atlanta vs. St. Louis, 2004 NFC Divisional Playoff (40-327)

The Falcons scored touchdowns on the first three offensive series of the game, drives consisting of 22 plays and amassing 241 yards.

PR Allen Rossum established an NFL postseason record with 152 punt return yards on three returns (previously held by Anthony Carter vs. N.O. 1987).

Rossum set an Atlanta postseason record with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter (previous record held by Tim Dwight for 36 yards vs. S.F. 1-9-99).

Rossum became the first Falcon and the 17th player in NFL postseason history to return a punt for a touchdown.

QB Michael Vick's 119 yards rushing were the most ever for a quarterback in NFL postseason history (Donavan McNabb, 107 yards vs. Green Bay, 1/11/04).

RB Warrick Dunn established a club record for most rushing yards in a playoff game after a 142-yard effort on the ground. Dunn's 142 rushing yards broke former Falcons
RB Jamal Anderson's single-game postseason record (113 vs. S.F. 1-9-99). Dunn had 106 yards rushing in the first quarter alone.

Dunn also established an Atlanta record for the longest postseason rush after a 62-yard touchdown run on the Falcons second drive that resulted in Atlanta taking a 14-7 lead.

The Falcons 28-point first half performance set a franchise record for most postseason points in a half (previous was 24 points at G.B. 1-4-03).

The 45 combined first-half points marked the second-highest total in Division Playoff history.

Tonight's game marked the first time that three touchdowns of at least 50 yards occurred in a Divisional Playoff game since 1-6-90 (Cleveland-Buffalo).

DE Brady Smith tied the NFL postseason record for most safeties in a game (1) following his fourth quarter sack and safety of Rams' QB Marc Bulger (last Javon Kearse vs. Buffalo 1999).

DB DeAngelo Hall's third quarter six-yard reception was the first of his career.

QB Marc Bulger's 57-yard touchdown pass to WR Kevin Curtis on the Rams first drive marked the first time that Atlanta had allowed a touchdown in the first quarter at home this season.

The Falcons registered their first safety in their playoff history early in the fourth quarter when Brady Smith crushed Rams QB Marc Bulger in the Rams' end zone.