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The Five Stripes gave Arthur Blank a spectacular birthday present by clinching a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, extending their unbeaten streak to seven matches overall and 12 matches at home. They are the first expansion team to qualify for the playoffs since the Sounders back in 2009. Needless to say, it was a special night in the ATL. The first half started with a few chances that Atlanta were never able to capitalize on, but in the 27th minute, Julian Gressel broke through. Not only did the goal open the scoring for the home side, but it...Continue reading »

When trading for prospects, it is essential to remember you are essentially buying lottery tickets. The team is now three seasons into its rebuild. They have built a great young core and have been smart with money. Basically, they are building the foundation for when they will make the final push to spend. We have seen teams such as the Cubs and Astros use this formula to build sustainable success, and they are set for years to come. As the team improves, better players will take the places of players who are just excess from the rebuild. If the team wants to take the...Continue reading »

For the second time in just three short weeks, the Falcons held off a ferocious comeback with a goal-line stand. This was not the case for the majority of last season when the ball had to be in Matt Ryan’s hand if it was close at the end of the game. That correlated with the Atlanta’s 27th ranked scoring defense, but around week 10 last season this group of young talented players began to turn the corner. With arguably the team’s best defensive player, Desmond Trufant, absent for the remainder of the season with an injury, a defense led by eight first...Continue reading »

The catcher position was arguably the biggest question mark going into the 2017 season. The team searched for answers after the retirement of A.J. Pierzynski, and while they had had an incumbent option on the team in Tyler Flowers, they searched for another veteran to pair with the local product. Kurt Suzuki ended up being that guy. Both players have played huge roles and have had career numbers in 2017. Tyler Flowers can attribute his career year to changing his approach at the plate. At first glance, one would assume Flowers is a power hitter due to his sheer massive...Continue reading »

5. The game was close, but it was not really that close Lions fans might find solace in the fact that they were able to come just a few inches away from a victory over the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons, hinting that they are inching closer to really becoming championship contenders. But the reality of the situation is the game really was not very close. Atlanta out-gained the Lions by over 100 yards, lost the turnover margin by three including a pick-six, fell victim to a phantom holding call on 2nd and 30 on an interception that would have ended the Lions final...Continue reading »

Whew.. another tight win for the Atlanta Falcons yesterday over the Lions. The six-pack is gone, along with the heart medication bottle. It was a game where the outcome didn’t even look significantly close on the stat sheet, but literally came down to a few inches on the field. September 26th, 2014. The Falcons battled the Lions on Sunday morning in London. A game where the Falcons gave up a double-digit lead and gave the Lions a chance to win on field goal in the closing seconds of the game. However, with :02 seconds left on the game clock and the Lions down by...Continue reading »

Last Sunday night, the Falcons obliterated a hopeful Packers team, temporarily silencing the talk of a Super Bowl hangover. After all, they are just the fourth Super Bowl loser in this last seventeen seasons to start the year 2-0. The following night, Detroit manhandled the Giants on the road leaving the impression that this year they could be for real. Both teams come in on high notes, but Detroit stand the team with the most to gain. This will be their first true test for their defense all season, and it does not get much harder than...Continue reading »

The Falcons are coming off a humongous high after smashing the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game. Not to mention it was the first ever regular season game in the immaculate, $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It was a night to remember as Atlanta jumped out to a 31-7 lead early in the third quarter, squashing all the offseason talk about a Super Bowl hangover. Atlanta and Detroit are two out of just three NFC teams to start the season 2-0 and are arguably the two best teams in the NFC at this point. Green Bay may find there way back to...Continue reading »

Within the last year, the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers have gone head to head three times and we’ve witnessed two of the best quarterbacks in the league trying to outplay the other. Recently, success has definitely been on Atlanta’s side as they have conquered Green Bay the last three meetings. It is worth noting all three meetings have taken place in Atlanta. Sunday night the Falcons once again were able to put a stop to the high-powered offense ran by Aaron Rodgers. Since Matt Ryan was drafted in 2008, the Falcons have played the Packers eight...Continue reading »

5. Hello, Pass Rush The Falcons expected to have a noticeably more complete defensive line coming into the season. They showed flashes of it in week one, sacking Mike Glennon three times, but were still far too inconsistent. However, Chicago features one of the league’s best offensive lines. Green Bay does not and was without both of their starting tackles for this prime time matchup. It was a situation the Falcons defense should have taken advantage of, and they made the most of it, slaughtering Aaron Rodgers throughout the game. The most promising thing about...Continue reading »