Author Archives: Matt Karoly

About Matt Karoly

In addition to being a die hard Atlanta Falcons fan, Matt is also an avid Villanova University men's basketball fan. Matt did not, however, attend the university as he is a graduate of Bloomsburg University (PA) where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Accounting. Matt currently works as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at a local CPA firm in the Lehigh Valley (about an hour north of Philadelphia).

Falcons First Takes: Falcons Continue to Evolve in Dan Quinn’s Image

by Matt Karoly

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is not a complacent individual.

We saw it last year after the Super Bowl when he reshuffled his staff, parting ways with defensive coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Bryan Cox. However, that wasn’t the only makeover the team would undergo, and the fruits of Quinn’s labor are finally coming to light.

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Falcons First Takes: Falcons Still Standing Despite Arduous 2017

by Matt Karoly

Good news, Falcons faithful. 2017 is a thing of the past and it cannot hurt us or our beloved Dirty Birds anymore.

But wait, I have even better news. Despite an arduous 2017 year, Atlanta remains alive and well as they qualified for the NFC playoffs for the second consecutive season.

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Falcons First Takes: A Season Of Woulda, Coulda, Shouldas

by Matt Karoly

From the moment the Atlanta Falcons stepped foot on Louisiana soil, they were not meant to beat the Saints in week 16. And it wasn’t necessarily because they were not the better team.

What started out as a ploy to slant the game by the officials turned into another installment of the Falcons beating themselves in comical fashion. From the buttception to the butt fumble, the season of unluckiness marched on in N’awlins.

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Falcons First Takes: The Roller Coaster Season Continues

by Matt Karoly

What a roller coaster of a season it’s been for the Atlanta Falcons. To sum it up, the season can be broken up into four quarters.

The first quarter had the Falcons on top of the NFL world. In week two, Atlanta knocked off Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in an NFC Championship game re-match and then followed it up by beating the upstart Detroit Lions in a match-up of 2-0 teams. As one of the few remaining undefeated teams at the time, things were looking pretty good for the defending NFC Champions.

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Making Sense of the Tiebreaker Scenarios for the Atlanta Falcons

by Matt Karoly

Atlanta Falcons fans were treated to a relaxing weekend off this past Sunday, as the team had a mini-bye following their 20-17 win over the Saints on Thursday. However, that didn’t mean there wasn’t a reason to tune in to Sunday’s slate of games.

With the Falcons firmly entrenched in the NFC playoff picture, Dirty Bird Nation became fans of other teams, including even a division rival, for just one day in the hopes of making Atlanta’s path to the postseason as clear as possible. Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned and as a result, the NFC is as crowded as it ever has been.

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Falcons First Takes: Desperation Mode Propels Falcons to Victory

by Matt Karoly

Things looked bleak for the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. At one point, Atlanta’s offense had a string of three straight possessions that ended with a Matt Ryan interception.

But that notwithstanding, the Falcons desperately eked out a 20-17 victory over the division-leading New Orleans Saints to keep their playoff hopes alive. The key word in all of that: desperately.

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