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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

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 Falcons

By Mike Lederle

Can we get a Christmas do-over? Falcon fans awoke Christmas morning, digging out from the wrapping, and dirty dishes. The feeling of emptiness set in. But, fear not, Falcon fans.

No need to wait a year for that playoff spot we had hoped to find under the Christmas tree. We only have to wait a little while longer! 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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Episode 2: Featuring Aaron Freeman—Rise Up Reader Podcast

The Rise Up Reader podcast returns with another episode, and this time Michael and Cory are joined by long-time Falcons’ analyst and friend, Aaron Freeman of falcfans.com.

In this episode, we break down the biggest takeaways from the big playoff win against the Seahawks, talk about what to expect against Green Bay, and play another round of “Would You Rather”. Are you taking Matt Ryan or Aaron Rodgers in the final minute to win the game? Join the conversation by commenting below.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more Falcons analysis:

Michael: @RiseUpReader
Cory: @CoryWoodroof47
Aaron: @falcfans

Falcons Set Date with Destiny in Packers Rematch after Seahawks Win

By Cory Woodroof

You knew it was going to come down to this, right?

The Atlanta Falcons’ miracle season – the one neither me, you, Todd McClure or Freddie Falcon could’ve seen coming – heads towards the pantheon of playoff destiny, with Atlanta’s David about to square off against two of football’s towering Goliaths. Continue reading

Episode 1: The Dirty Bird Menace—Rise Up Reader Podcast

Welcome to the first edition of the new Rise Up Reader Podcast, an Atlanta Falcons-centric podcast hosted by RUR’s Michael Aprile and Cory Woodroof!

In this week’s episode, Michael and Cory discuss the Falcons’ upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks, break down a few favorite moments from the 2016 season, check in on the NFL awards race featuring a few Falcon-y names and play a little game of “Would You Rather?”

Be sure to follow Michael on Twitter at @RiseUpReader and Cory at @corywoodroof47, and stay tuned in for future episodes, posted weekly here at Rise Up Reader.

Quinn’s Falcons Must Pave Their Own Path in Playoffs

By Cory Woodroof

You know how the next two weeks are going to go.

“You know how those Falcons always fold in the playoffs!”

“Matt Ryan? More like Matt Cryin’ ‘cuz he choked away another playoff game!”

“Wait, the Falcons are in the playoffs? Well, they’ll lose early, I bet.”

“Wait, Matt Ryan is an MVP candidate? What has he done?”

“What’s an Atlanta Falcon?”

Look, we’ve been here before, and we’ve had our share of disappointments regarding the p-word: playoffs. Continue reading

Falcons Must First Take Care of Division Business Before Making January Plans

By Cory Woodroof

Perhaps Bachmann-Turner Overdrive summed it up best when Falcon fandom thinks of the next two games for the Falcons.

The Canadian rock band slammed down the hard facts about their workday – they were going to take care of business before the fun began! They were even going to be working overtime. They got the job done, no matter the task (random: here’s the Christmas reimagining of that song).

So, the Falcons must channel their inner Bachman-Turner Overdrive if they’re going to be making post-New Year’s Day plans.

The team, over the last month, has been playing great football. After the bye, the team thrashed three-fourths of the NFC West and came within an Eric Berry interception of beating the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs (proof that you really, indeed, just can’t win them all). Two of those blowout victories came without otherworldly WR Julio Jones in tow (*rimshot*) because of injury …to, y’know, his toe. It’s Christmas season, folks. Just politely giggle.

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