Category Archives: NFL Playoffs

Falcons Ram Los Angeles, Prepare for Philly

By Mike Lederle

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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

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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On the Brink of a New Falcons Season: For Us, For Them, For 28-3

By Cory Woodroof

Flash-forward with me to February 2018.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Your friends are coming over for the big game, you’ve got the pre-shows on while vacuuming the living room. Pizzas will be arriving soon. Kickoff’s in a little bit.

Who’s playing?

Of course the Patriots. Bleh, forget those guys. They’re here every year. Went 13-3 in the regular season, Belichick never sounded happy about it, waltzed through the playoffs (well, the Steelers gave them a run for their money in the AFC Championship, but of course, Brady weapon number 145 came down with that one catch they won’t stop playing on ESPN).

The other team? Continue reading

How to Cope with the Falcons Super Bowl Loss on 3-28

By Cory Woodroof

It’s time to talk about it.

You’ve seen the memes. You’ve heard the jokes. You watched the game. You’ve cried your tears, felt your numbness, thrown your fits, asked your “What Ifs?” and have replayed the fourth quarter in your head a million times, tagging on a new ending each time.

Let’s finally … once and for all … talk about it.

The Atlanta Falcons … our Atlanta Falcons … blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl.

Ouch. It hurts to type. Continue reading

Only a Day Away: Three Reasons these Falcons Will Be Back in 2017

By Cory Woodroof

Hi.

We haven’t chatted since, well, y’know.

Look, I’m not going to sugar coat it for you. We lost the Super Bowl in heartbreaking fashion, and there ain’t no fixing it. It’s over, done, kaput.

But, as badly as Sunday’s flap burns a hole in our red and black hearts, the future is incredibly bright for this organization. And, that’s not a vapid attempt at blatant optimism – there are bountiful reasons to be excited about the future of this franchise. Seriously! We’re not lying! You can stop crying now! Continue reading

Super Bowl 51: On Losing, Losing Horribly and Rising Up Again

By Cory Woodroof

When New England Patriots RB James White ran in the game-sealing touchdown to close out the Pats’ miracle comeback, the jubilation filled the air for a great many in Houston.

The “goat” completed his magnum opus – Tom Brady orchestrated a history-setting deficit eraser that put a fifth ring on his hand and likely cements him as the best to ever play the quarterback position.

But, the fingers that type this story didn’t stick around for the Lombardi presentation. No, no, this story is written by a fan of the team who relinquished the 28 point lead. This is about the other team in this year’s big game – the Atlanta Falcons. Continue reading

Episode 4: Exclusive Interview with Michael “Burner” Turner—Rise Up Reader Podcast

This week, Michael and Cory were joined by Falcons’ legend and former All-Pro running back, Michael “The Burner” Turner. We checked in with Turner to see what he’s been up to since retiring in 2012, what differences he sees in Matt Ryan this season, and we get his take on which team would win: the ’12 Falcons or the ’16 Falcons. Enjoy!