Found November 21, 2011 on
         The Atlanta Falcons got back to their winning ways yesterday, beating the Tennessee Titans by a score of 23-17. Atlanta got the scoring going early in the first quarter when quarterback Matt Ryan hit tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 17-yard touchdown, giving the team a 7-0 advantage with 10:41 left in the first. Two second quarter field goals by Matt Bryant gave the Falcons a commanding 13-0 lead, but the Titans’ Rob Bironas hit a 46-yard field goal at the end of the half to cut Tennessee’s deficit to 13-3.           It looked like smooth sailing for Atlanta in the second half, as a 4 yard touchdown run by Michael Turner followed by a 24-yard field goal by Matt Bryant gave the Birds a 23-3 lead over the Titans. However, rookie quarterback Jake Locker, who came in for the injured Matt Hasselbeck, provided a spark Tennessee obviously needed. Locker’s first NFL drive was a successful one, as the Titans went 48 yards in 3 plays, with the last being a 40-yard touchdown pass from Locker to Nate Washington, putting the score at 23-10. Locker wasn’t done there either, as Atlanta’s inability to score in the fourth quarter kept the game close enough that a 14 play, 84 yard drive that ended with Locker’s second connection with Washington for a touchdown made this one a ballgame again. Thankfully for Atlanta, the offense got going just enough to run out the rest of the clock, allowing the Falcons to win the game 23-17, their 6th win of the season.            Even though a win is a win, the Atlanta Falcons have many adjustments that need to be made in order to stay in the playoff hunt. The pass defense is the number one concern for this squad, as rookie Jake Locker dissected this defense like a grizzled vet, throwing for 140 yards and two touchdowns off the bench. The stability of the offense, especially when the second half rolls around, has become a major issue this season, a disadvantage that can ruin any team’s chances of dreaming of playing in January and February. This was the type of game that the Falcons should have won by at least two touchdowns, but at least they can say that they were able to keep up with the NFC South leading Saints with the win.             Next Sunday the Falcons take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Georgia Dome. The Vikings, who just two short years ago were in the NFC Championship Game, are the laughingstock of the NFC this season, currently sitting at 2-8 after a 27-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders yesterday. While most would assume that the Falcons will win this one easily, the chances of Minnesota making this a game all ride on the ankle of Adrian Peterson. Peterson, who left the Vikings’ game yesterday with an injury to his ankle, is considered questionable at this point for the game on Sunday; if he is in fact out for this one, you can bet that the Falcons will move their record to 7-4. Peterson's status for Sunday is crucial in terms of how good the game will actually be

Falcons vs Titans – Postgame Falcons Grades

Each week after every game, win or lose, I will grade the performance of the Falcons’ Offense, Defense, Special Teams and coaches.Offense (B) - Between the 20′s the Falcons Offense was very efficient, getting most drives throughout the game into Titans territory. QB Matt Ryan was absolutely on fire and produced one of his best games of the season. What helped Matt was the...

Turner powers Falcons win 23-17 over Titans

ATLANTA Falcons running back Michael Turner took the ball around the left side and first broke the arm tackle of Tennessee's 6-foot-2, 241-pound linebacker Barrett Ruud. As Turner rumbled down the sideline, 6-0, 203-pound safety Michael Griffin had the misfortune to get in his way. Griffin instantly morphed into roadkill. With his residual momentum, the 247-pound Turner brushed...

Julio Jones not sure if he’s playing vs. Vikings

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the Tennessee game after injuring his hamstring against the Saints, gave us an update on his status...

Julio Jones inactive today vs. Titans

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Atlanta Falcons 23, Tennessee Titans 17

The Titans looked like they were sleepwalking until Matt Hasselbeck injured his forearm.  Jake Locker revived the team and he almost brought them all the way back in this game.  Hasselbeck completed 13 of 25 passes for 124 yards with 0 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 1 time for 17 yards in this game.  Jake Locker was sharp as he completed 9 of 19 passes for 140...

Munchak: “No doubt” Hasselbeck is starter if healthy

Titans coach Mike Munchak made it clear after Sunday’s loss to Atlanta that there was no quarterback controversy in Tennessee. “There’s no doubt about that,” Muchak said when asked if Matt Hasselbeck would start next week if healthy. There is doubt whether Hasselbeck will be healthy enough to face Tampa. Hasselbeck told Jim Wyatt of…

Falcons hold off Locker, Titans for 23-17 win

Roddy White had seven receptions for a season-high 147 yards and Jonathan Babineaux led an Atlanta defense that held off the Tennessee Titans for a 23-17 victory Sunday.
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