Found January 04, 2012 on
Very little attention is paid to special teams generally speaking. The only time this unit gets much pub is when your fat Polish kicker booms a 60-yard field goal, or some team is foolish enough to kick/punt the ball to your game-breaking returner. The Falcons did not have any of those moments this year.
At the midpoint, Matt Bryant was the pick. Bryant had been solid up to that point, but really he stood out because the other best options: Matt Bosher and Eric Weems had really have undistinguished years.
But that changed in the second half, particularly with Bosher. In the first half of the season, you had to go out of your way to make a case that Bosher was not the worst punter in the league. But in the latter half of the season, he was consistently kicking at a high level. Almost all of his kickoffs went into the endzone, and he was consistently making big 50 yard punts every game and pinning teams deep in their own territory. Early in the year, he was struggling just to kick the...
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Matt Ryan says he's ''a lot more mature'' than in his first two NFL playoff appearances.
Ryan is bringing the best passing numbers of his career into the Falcons' wild-card playoff game at the New York Giants on Sunday.
He has 10 touchdown passes with no interceptions in his last four games. He set the Falcons' record for yards passing in a season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The Atlanta Falcons face a diverse trio of running backs when they visit the New York Giants on Sunday in their first-round playoff game, but perhaps their bigger challenge will be getting their 20th ranked pass defense to stop Pro-Bowl quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning, 31, who has a Super Bowl under his belt, is arguably having the best year of his career,...
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in action against the Buccaneers. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)
2011 Regular Season Statistics
Falcons (rank) Giants (rank)
25.1 (7) Points/Game 24.6 (9)
376.6 (10) Total Offense 385.1 (8)
114.6 (17) Net Rushing Yards/Game 89.2 (32)
262.0 (8) Net Passing Yards/Game 295.9 (5)
32:05 (3) Possession Average 29:30 (21)
21.9 (18) Opponent Points/Game...
Giants have to beat another Ryan — Falcons’ Matt RyanGETTY IMAGESGOING FOR WON: Fourth-year quarterback Matt Ryan will be looking for his first playoff victory when he faces the Giants on Sunday.By Bart Hubbuch - NY Post 1/3/12
The Atlanta Falcons won’t want to hear this, but around here they are basically viewed only as a generic postseason opponent that was once quarterbacked by Michael Vick. Their top skill players are now named Turner, Ryan, White and Jones. Their coach is Smith. Their record is 10-6. They are good at a lot of things, great at none.
Over the last two weeks, the Giants have played a pair of opponents -- the Jets and the Cowboys -- with whom they shared a fair amount of animosity thanks to a long history of competition.
That's not going to be the case this weekend. The Giants and Falcons have played before, of course, but there is not a long history of bad blood between these two franchises.
No matter. The...
The New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons are very evenly matched and so is this clash of WAGs. Representing the New York Giants we have Eli Manning’s wife Abby, and for the Falcons we have Tony Gonzalez’s wife October.
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Giants ready for a Falcons team that struggles on roadGETTY IMAGESWINGS CLIPPED: Falcons QB Matt Ryan gets clobbered by the Texans’ Antonio Smith during Atlanta’s loss in Houston this season. The Falcons were just 4-4 on the road.By Bart Hubbuch - NY Post 1/4/12
LEE S. WEISSMAN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSVictor Cruz (l.) and the Giants have to brave the elements against Michael Turner and the Falcons.By Filip Bondy - NY Dailynews 1/5/12