Finally… the monkey is off the collective backs of Matt Ryan and Mike Smith with a strong win over arguably the hottest team in the NFC in the Seattle Seahawks.
As the Falcons prepare for the upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers though, I have more questions about this win than answers. More on that later.
For now, enjoy a montage of gif action, compiled by AF.com and TheScore.
The win was uncharacteristically sloppy in regards to penalties, expect Mike Smith to clean that up before the NFCCG.
One of my favorite sequences was this one, featuring Richard Sherman and Roddy.
Sherman made a few key plays during the game, especially on the deflection on an early game Roddy White target in the endzone. Matt Ryan delivered the ball late, allowing Sherman to catch up to the play and deflect a sure touchdown.
Sherman let Roddy have it, talking trash the entire way until this play.
Of course… Roddy being Roddy, made sure to tell Sherman that yes, indeed he had caught the ball.
Sherman didn’t impress me much, he was abused several times by Roddy White.
A look at the 5 yard misdirection shovel pass by Ryan… I really do love the fact that DK uses Julio so effectively as a decoy, but maybe it’s time to use him a little more than that?
Unfortunately, Abraham re-injured his ankle early in the second quarter and did not return. He’ll need to get healthy quick to help a subpar pass rush, although with Colin Kaepernick coming to town, pass rush may not be as important as it is with traditional pocket passers.
I’ll be back later with more preview of Falcons – Niners, and hopefully the Falcons heading to NO for the Super Bowl.