Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/24/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass against the New York Giants on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Falcons 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Are these Atlanta Falcons Dirty Birds? Because it’s hard to imagine Matt Ryan, Michael Turner or Roddy White as one. When the Atlanta Falcons made their Super Bowl run in 1998 with Chris Chandler and Jamal Anderson, they picked up the nickname “Dirty Birds”. It mostly stemmed from their style of play. Simply put, it was dirty. They would beat you up on offense with their smash mouth running game. They would hit you where it hurts on defense. And they talked trash and did the “dirty bird” dance every step of the way. Over the years, the Falcons have actually become quite clean, to say the least. There is nothing dirty about these birds. During the “Dirty Bird Era”, 1997-2002, the Falcons were known as a dirty team all across the board, even down to the way they blocked on offense.… Read more
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  • When perusing the *Net* and checking out other sport sites it is frustrating to read some of the *alleged* sports writers comments regarding the Falcons. Their lead in always points out what the Falcons did wrong and points out the errors that were made. Rarely do they acknowledge the overall performance of the team nor do they credit the defense for doing a good job.
    In evaluating the losing team they use terms like *Bad Luck* unfortunate situation or the Falcons got a lucky brake. Its frustrating to read their nonsensical write-ups.
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