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Smith stands by his fourth-and-inches decision

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was in no mood to rehash his decision to go for it on fourth-and-inches from his own 29-yard line in overtime a move that failed and cost the Falcons a key 26-23 NFC South Division game on Sunday to New Orleans. Smith maintains a 24-hour rule for everyone associated with the team on the day after games in which win or...

Did Mike Smith Make the Right Call Going for it on Fourth Down?

The Falcons lost to the Saints in overtime on Sunday after a controversial decision by Atlanta head coach Mike Smith to go for it on fourth down.  Like any other coach would for a gutsy call gone wrong, Smith has been crucified in the media.  Facing a fourth and inches at his own 30-yard line, [...]

Monday Brunch: Mike Smith knows more than you think

I have no personal stake in the Falcons or the Saints, but I want to thank Mike Smith for having cojones, for giving us something to think about, something to talk about, and something to write about. We need more like you, coach, and we can all learn something from your Week 10 decision. You surely saw the critical call or have heard about it by now: Smith had his Falcons attempt...

Falcons Week 10 Review (Coach Smith I Got Your Back)

Mike Smith is going to go down as the best coach in Falcons history by the time he's done coaching.Just another Falcons vs Saints classic. That seems to be what has become the norm when these two teams meet. Overtime games, back and forth scoring, lots of momentum swings, lead changes, and and someone getting a win by only a few points. It’s exactly what you want any great...

Smith: Falcons confident in 'reasoning behind' OT gamble

Mike Smith is moving on from the Falcons' failed fourth-and-1 gamble against the Saints in overtime on Sunday. It cost Atlanta dearly, but the coach is comfortable with his decision -- even if you're not.

Falcons players, stats back up Mike Smith’s decision

Mike Smith’s gamble heard around the NFC South isn’t getting the same attention as Bill Belichick’s fourth down call against the Colts two years ago. That’s for a few reasons. It happened during a 1 p.m. game that wasn’t on everywhere nationally. Falcons-Saints is a rivalry that doesn’t get enough attention. Smith isn’t a lightning…

Saints hit the bye in great position for division crown

PFT is checking in on each team during their bye week. The last four teams are up this week, starting with the Saints. Great Position The Saints have been an uneven team, but the end result through ten weeks is a 7-3 record and terrific position in the NFC South. Mike Smith’s fourth down call…

Falcons to be cautious with rookie WR Jones

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith plans to be cautious with rookie wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones exited Sunday's game against the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints after aggravating his right hamstring. Jones had missed two games earlier in the season with an injury to his left hamstring. "We have to make sure we make the right decision for putting a player back out...

Titans-Falcons Preview

The Atlanta Falcons' chance to take the NFC South lead last week essentially ended when coach Mike Smith's gamble didn't pan out. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has to like his team's chances in the AFC South with the division leader facing a major injury. The Falcons try to avoid losing two straight for the first time this season Sunday when they host a resurgent...

New Orleans Saints 26, Atlanta Falcons 23 in O.T.

What was Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith thinking?  He went for it on 4 and 1 from his own 29-yard line in O.T.!  The Falcons didn’t get it and the Saints whacked a 26-yard field goal a few plays later to finish them off!  Matt Ryan had a solid game as he completed 29 of 52 passes for 351 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT.  Michael Turner led the way for the Falcons on the...

A Six-Pack of Questions: NFL Week 11

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) signals his offensive line against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Indianapolis November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Brent Smith (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL) What are some of the big questions heading into this week in the NFL? 1. Can Matt Leinart save the Texans’ season? You almost have...

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John Kasay kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime to give the New Orleans Saints a 26-23 victory over Atlanta after Falcons coach Mike Smith decided to go for it on fourth down deep in his own territory Sunday.
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