Tag Archives: Super Bowl 51

Looking at the Falcons’ Offensive and Defensive Woes After 5 Games

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons are 3-2, but it’s a very uneven 3-2, as you well know.

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The team cranked off 3 wins – two close, one relatively commanding – and dropped their two most recent – two at home, against supposed lesser opponents. Continue reading

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

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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

Cory’s Magic Falcons Mailbag: Hageman, Inception, Inquiries for Money

By Cory Woodroof

Welcome to Cory’s Magic Falcons Mailbag – a weekly Falcons mailbag where Rise Up Readers send questions in to Cory, and he answers them with stunning bravado, and also in non-Tweet length. The bag itself was woven by the Falcon Tamers of Valdosta in the caves of the Flowery Branch Mountains and was discovered during the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Continue reading

Devonta Freeman Earned Every Penny

By Cory Woodroof

Devonta Freeman earned every penny.

The Falcons’ 2014 round pick, the ferocious ball carrier, the down-to-Earth bulldozer who came out swinging at Jerryworld and never looked back – Freeman got paid today, and he earned every cent of it.

The Falcons signed the RB Freeman to a five-year extension, worth $41 million dollars (including $22 million of it guaranteed as he signed the dotted line). The extension comes just as Freeman prepares to head to Miami for a preseason matchup against the Dolphins. Continue reading

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

The Terribly Amazing 2016 Atlanta Falcons Season

By Cory Woodroof

Can things be both amazing and terrible at the same time?

It seems paradoxical to the point of defeating to try and make a thing both good and bad in order to properly frame it, but such is the difficulty of trying to look at a sports season.

Great things can happen! But, then, it can end in the worst way imaginable. Brighter days ahead! But boy, those scars still burn. What a wonderful time! But, good golly, the way we left things. 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

Episode 5: A New Hope—Rise Up Reader Podcast

This week, see if Michael and Cory can dig themselves out of the deep, dark abyss of depression that was the Falcons’ devastating and unfathomable Super Bowl loss. They’ll talk through their free agency wish lists, pretending the agonizing pain of blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl isn’t still staring them in the face (at least for Michael it is). The two will do their best to provide you with some hope going into next season, break down the latest coaching changes, and Cory struggles with some unwanted gas (no context needed). Enjoy!

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