I attended both Games 3 and 4 of the NLCS and I was at the Dome tonight. Unbiased between the Braves and Falcons, tonight got me wondering what experience was more painful? The Braves lifted your heart up and then ripped it out. Where as the Falcons played poorly start to finish. Any Thoughts?
I have to go with the Falcons. I was proud of the Braves and their effort and the way it was just too good to be true, but the Falcons laid a egg in the biggest game after working so hard to gain homefield. In the end, I guess this is just what being an Atlanta Sports Fan is all about.
I’m starting to think ATL teams are cursed when it comes to the postseason. The only recent memory of success, ’95, came at the expense of Cleveland. This probably happened because the sports gods hate Ohio even more than Georgia.
Wiley, it’s the Falcons. A 1 seed losing hurts way more than a Wild Card team. The Braves had no shot at the Phillies with no Prado and no Chipper. Heyward had like 1 hit in the playoffs. No offense. No chance. The Falcons just completely collapsed. I think we can officially stop calling him Matty Ice. The name is horribly cheesy and obviously not true.
No kidding. If I were an NFL team right now, I would not want me as a fan.
Nate, I think Ryan is very good. He’s efficient, careful with the ball. He doesn’t have a great arm, but the Falcons never go deep in their offense anyway. The interception in the end zone was only partially his fault as Jenkins fell down. The pick 6 was awful, and obviously the nail in the coffin, but all these guys make bad throws sometimes. Peyton Manning sealed a SB with a pick 6 last year, and he is one of the all timers. It was the D that killed them last night. That’s stating the obvious, but they were awful. Just the length of the drives was incredible. And everyone led to a TD. I thought the killer was the drive after Weems ran back the kick off. The Pack player misplayed the kick and they were pinned at the 8. And they summarily drove 92 yards without breaking a sweat. It was awful in every way shape and form. And another huge, loud, electric Atlanta crowd served a sandwich.
And not to say it might have just delayed the inevitable another week, but the fact that the 1 seed got GB and the 2 seed got Seattle is a joke. The system is screwed up.
Ill follow up what Curt said with the O-Line. I don’t think Ryan had a very good game, but the protection was awful. Whether our coaches weren’t prepared for the blitzes or the o-line was just manhandled, that was my biggest concern (behind the defense).
Also, went down to Alexander Memorial tonight expecting another blowout and got one . . . but my team was on the right side and gave me mild consolation.
Curt, I agree that Ryan is not alone in INT mishaps. The fact that it has happened to guys like Peyton and Favre proves that it can happen to some of the best of all time. Ryan is a good quarterback. He is not in the same class as those other guys, but I think the Falcons can go a long way with him under center. The whole team played pretty bad, so it’s not just on Ryan. I still think we can stop calling him Matty Ice.
Of the teams left-Bears, Pack, Steelers, Jets- all have great defenses. I think Dimitroff has some work to do on that side of the ball. I agree with what Jeff Schultz from the AJC wrote in his Epic Fail piece, if Aaron Rodgers had 5 incompletions I don’t remember any of them. Also, why do we whiff so much on blitzes. It happened in the 2nd Saints game too. The D needs some serious work.
The D is in bad shape. They kind of made their way thru this season with smoke and mirrors. Abraham was reborn, but how many years does he realistically have left? 1, 2 at the most. The big issue is that while you have had high draft picks work out on the offensive side of the ball – see Ryan, White, etc, you have had busts galore on the defensive side. Jammal Anderson – bust. Peiria Jerry – Incomplete but strong bust lean. Sean Weatherspoon – another bust lean. Jerry and Weatherspoon have both been hurt – a lot – and therefore were not big contributors at all. Your big FA acquisition was on the defensive side in Duante Robinson. If I had a dollar for everytime he got torched. So all the moves and picks you have made on one side of the ball have not worked out so well. If those guys are difference makers – you have two great DEs to go with Babineaux and Jerry in the middle, you have Lofton, Weatherspoon and Peterson as a stout LB corps, you still have 2 solid safeties, and finally you have 2 corners with Grimes on the other side who can make plays. Instead you have holes everywhere and old guys manning a couple of big spots. they got exposed badly. and on a similar note – Van Gorder is totally overrated.