Category Archives: NFC

Falcons Podcast Episode 20: Quarter-Season Review with NFL.com’s Conor Orr

Here ye, here ye, Atlanta Falcons faithful!

Mike and Cory are here at the quarter mark of the 2017 season to discuss the 3-1 Falcons with NFL.com writer Conor Orr on another edition of the Rise Up Reader Atlanta Falcons podcast. Continue reading

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5 Things to Know About the Falcons’ Win over the Packers

By Vince Phillips

Here are a few takeaways from the Atlanta Falcons’ 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers.  Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 18: Lions Preview with Mike Payton

Good day, Falcons fans!

Mike and Cory are once again front and center to deliver you your Rise Up Reader Podcast needs. This week, the guys are joined by Pride of Detroit’s Mike Payton to break down the upcoming Falcons game against the resurgent Detroit Lions.  Continue reading

Rise Up Reader Falcons/Packers Week Two Preview

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a closer-than-comfort win over the Chicago Bears to open up the season, and nothing follows up a heart-pounder like a Sunday Night Football visit from ole A-a-ron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who are seeking revenge after getting trounced by the Birds in the NFC Championship. Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 17: Packers Preview with Justis Mosqueda

What’s going on, Falcons friends?

Mike and Cory are back in action with another episode of the Rise Up Reader Podcast.

The guys are joined by Setting the Edge‘s Justis Mosqueda, a well-respected NFL defensive end analyst and co-host of the Setting the Edge Podcast (with RUR friend Charles McDonald), to break down the upcoming Falcons’ game against the Green Bay Packers to “officially” open Mercedes-Benz Stadium and shed some insight into Atlanta’s season-opening win over the Bears.  Continue reading

Five Takeaways from the Falcons Week One Win over the Bears

By Cory Woodroof

*finishes hyperventilating*

Oh, hey, everyone, are you still alive?

After the hate-eternal gut punch of Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons got back at it in the Windy City against a stout Chicago Bears squad. The team didn’t bring the fireworks on offense like we got accustomed to seeing last season, but they did more than enough to secure a win, though it was the defense who sealed the deal. Continue reading

‘Twas the Night Before Football – A 2017 Atlanta Falcons Poem

 By Cory Woodroof

‘Twas the night before football, when all through the land.

Not a Falcon was being fast or physical; not even Coach Dan.

Dirty Bird hopes were up high, there joy to a twee,

Surely this would be the season they’d stop the joking about 28-3. Continue reading

Falcons Cardinals

We Rise Again

By Peter Thomas

For many long-time Southerners and Atlantans, Super Bowl LI wasn’t simply crushing in its revival of words like “choke” and “soft” to describe Atlanta sports teams.

The larger hurt was to re-open that wound of insecurity that we as Southerners all share: that we are not quite winners on the professional football field, that our destiny is to be second-class fans in a second-tier city. Continue reading

Dr. StrangeBird, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Live with 28-3

By Cory Woodroof

There’s no use in trying to talk about it, trying to make sense with it, trying to come to peace with it, trying to banish it away like an otherworldly monster terrorizing your small town.

The Atlanta Falcons, yes, our guys, blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the most hated sports franchise of all time, in front of everybody, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. Continue reading

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Roster Rundown

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons have finalized their 2017 roster, as deep a group as we’ve seen in quite some time. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store.  Continue reading