Category Archives: NFC

Falcons Ram Los Angeles, Prepare for Philly

By Mike Lederle

There was a Hollywood premier on Saturday night, and the Falcons defense had the paparazzi snapping pictures worthy of headline news. A Takk McKinley sack dance, Brian Poole with spot on open field tackling, Deion Jones with his continued high level of play leading the Falcons defense. Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 31: Eagles Preview with Matt Karoly

The Atlanta Falcons just made it to the divisional round of the playoffs, and we’re here to pod about it the best we can.

Mike and Cory are back for another edition of the Rise Up Reader Podcast, joined by RUR staff writer Matt Karoly to break down the team’s upcoming matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Continue reading

Falcons Prepare for West Coast Playoff Brawl

By Mike Lederle

Oops, we did it again! No need to apologize, Dirty Birds. In fact, take a bow! All of the lazy narratives from writers, and t.v. personalities about Super Bowl hangovers have been put to rest. The Atlanta Falcons are the only NFC team to return to the playoffs in 2017 compared to the ’16 playoffs. Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 30: Rams Preview with Evan Birchfield

Your 2017 Atlanta Falcons are playoff bound, headed to sunny Los Angeles to take on the upstart Rams, and we’ve got the podcast to prove it.

Mike and Cory are joined on this edition of the Rise Up Reader Podcast by none other than staff writer and fantasy guru Evan Birchfield. Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 29: Saints Pt. 2 Preview

Atlanta Falcons fans near and far, you know what time it is.

Mike and Cory are here once more to break down the Dirty Birds on this most recent edition of the Rise Up Reader Podcast. This week, Mike and Cory talk Falcons/Saints, Round 2.  Continue reading

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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Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Outlook: Week 14 vs. Saints

by Evan Birchfield

Welcome back, Rise Up Readers! It is I, the self-proclaimed Fantasy Guru, Evan. Hopefully you all won last week, and now you’re coming to me for advice in your fantasy playoff matchup? Maybe you just enjoy my articles? Whatever reason, I’m happy to see you’ve returned for the Week 14 outlook.

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Falcons must rebound quickly with first-place Saints up next

by Mike Lederle

Facing the Vikings, I felt like the Falcons had to be close to perfect to come out with the victory. Coming in short handed defensively minus Desmond Trufant and Brian Poole would make for a tough afternoon, right? Seemingly the easy answer is yes, but the Falcons defense held its own for the majority of the afternoon. Continue reading