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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
Comments

Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

Ryan is not great but he can be effective with good play calling..look how far sanchez went the past 2 years, and he's god awful..tebow may be the worst QB who ever lived, and he's still in...good play calling solves a lot of problems



Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

Smith is an excellent coach who coached a bad game...the real problem is the OC..play calling was horrific..get an off coordinator who knows what he's doing & things will be much better



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:50 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

meehl009. At what point is Matt Ryan going to be held accountable ? He's choked two years in a row in the playoffs. He missed open looks all day once again. The Giants secondary was dinged but he looked like Mark Sanchez out there. Jittery and lacking confidence.



Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:34 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

Mike Smith is not a good head coach. It is that simple. He has a lot of talent, but he is not a good head coach. 



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:01 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

As a Jets fan, I can empathize with Falcons views on Matt Ryan at QB. He's laid two major clunkers in the playoffs. He was alright first time around against Kurt Warner. However, he's choked big time these past 2 playoff appearances. It's time people stop putting matty Ice in the same category as other upper echelon QB's.Mike Smith didn't learn his lesson from the New Orleans game. However, Matt Ryan was off target on some open looks all game. Reminded me of Mark Sanchez.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:37 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

Mike Smith is an overagressive idiot... you always take the points. What made it even more ridiculous was, wasnt he watching the game?!! The Giants had stuffed them and had been getting penetration on line all game... TAKE THE POINTS!!



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">The Falcons and the Lions looked like shouldn't of made the post season.......<br /><br /></blockquote>

<br />Too bad their W-L record said otherwise, mr. monday morning QB




Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

The Falcons and the Lions looked like shouldn't of made the post season.......



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

Games are won and lost between the tackles. Atlanta's O-line was not up to the task.  I have no problem with going for it on either occasion but the play calls were stupid. Lets run into their strength with our least threatening runner? Turner Behind Snelling... How about attacking the edges.  How about play action to Gonzo???  All year long the Atlanta run game has been telegraphed.  I can't count how many 1st and nothings Turner has run this year.  Harvey Dahl is missed by everyone except Mike Mularkey. You can't bluff you way into a 1st down in the playoffs, you'll get called down with strength every time.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Now come questions for Falcons

Should have been 7-6 at the half...

Should have been 7-9 instead of going for another 4th down attempt.

Instead in short order the Giants gain confidence and momentum and Falcons give it up from there.

Heck, you could see the reaction of the Defense on the slow motion replay after they failed on the 2nd 4th down attempt.  They looked ready to puke.

I'd say this falls squarely on the HC and even though they make the playoffs, Falcons may need to look at a change in leadership...


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