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Matt Ryan speaks on controversial finish to Falcons vs. Lions

Matt Ryan speaks on controversial finish to Falcons vs. Lions

A win is a win in the NFL, even if it’s weird and ugly and feels fundamentally wrong deep down. That’s why today the Atlanta (...)
The Falcoholic Sep 25, 2017
Observations from Falcons vs. Lions

Observations from Falcons vs. Lions

After re-watching the Falcons’ 30-26 victory over the Lions, here are some in-depth thoughts on the game. Sunday was a strange day in the NFL. It was rife with upsets and weird scores—Jacksonville blew out the undefeated Ravens 44-7, Buffalo took Denver’s defense to task in a 26-16 win, New Orleans embarrassed the Panthers at home to the tune of 34-13, Chicago beat the Steelers in overtime 23-17. Heck, a Minnesota team led by Case Keenum blew out the Bucs 34-17, and the Jets won a game. So, it only makes sense that the Falcons-Lions game would follow a similar trend. After dominating...
The Falcoholic Sep 25, 2017
Takk McKinley picked up his first NFL sack versus Lions

Takk McKinley picked up his first NFL sack versus Lions

First of many, we hope. We’ve been waiting for Takkarist McKinley to pick up his first NFL sack, and with his first extended action thanks to Vic Beasley’s absence, he got it. Takk was one of the better Falcons defenders on the field, once again, and finally his efforts wound up reflected on the stat sheet. Along with Adrian Clayborn, he was one of just two Falcons to pick up a sack against Matthew Stafford, who enjoyed fairly clean pockets most of the day. For one play, at least, Takk fixed his little red wagon. You’ll see him get around to Stafford’s back to bring him down....
Pride Of Detroit Sep 25, 2017
Lions-Falcons snap counts: Nick Bellore has entered the game

Lions-Falcons snap counts: Nick Bellore has entered the game

The Lions had some new faces in the lineup on Sunday against the Falcons. Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions snap counts for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Offense: Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford: 70 snaps (100%) Running backs Theo Riddick: 34 (49%)Ameer Abdullah: 29 (41%)Zach Zenner: 7 (10%) — 21 (64%) Tight ends Eric Ebron: 45 (64%)Darren Fells: 29 (41%) — 13 (39%)Michael Roberts: 9 (13%) — 12 (36%) Wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr.: 68 (97%)Golden Tate: 63 (90%)Kenny Golladay: 45 (64%)TJ Jones: 15 (21%) — 13 (39%)Jared Abbrederis: 6 (9%) — 9 (27%) Offensive...
Pride Of Detroit Sep 25, 2017
Fan fiction: Lions down Falcons after little-known 59-minute runoff rule

Fan fiction: Lions down Falcons after little-known 59-minute runoff rule

Let’s enter a reality in which the Lions actually benefit from an obscure rule. Detroit Lions Fan Fiction is a series in which we take a Lions loss and instead of facing it like a braver person might, we turn to a false reality where the Lions won the game. It’s a cowardly act, no doubt, but this post is an effort to create levity and humor when defeat strikes. The hope is that this is therapeutic for at least one fan out there, and after a game like Sunday’s against the Falcons, we could all use a little release. The Detroit Lions moved to 3-0 on Sunday after winning the shortest...
The Falcoholic Sep 25, 2017
3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down in Week 3 win over Lions

3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down in Week 3 win over Lions

What hangover? The Atlanta Falcons emerged Sunday as the only undefeated team in the NFC with a 30-26 victory over the Detroit Lions. Who’s up and who’s down in the win? Up Devonta Freeman Simply put, Freeman’s unstoppable. His mix of agility and trucking power make him an absolute joy to watch. Freeman put together the seventh 100-yard rushing performance of his career, totaling 106 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He also added three receptions for 32 yards. There’s really no question why the Falcons gave the fourth-year running back an extension. Takk McKinley After getting...
Pride Of Detroit Sep 25, 2017
Lions-Falcons player of the game: Who gets the game ball?

Lions-Falcons player of the game: Who gets the game ball?

Who was the best player on the field on Sunday? The Detroit Lions came up just short in mounting another fourth quarter comeback and taking their stake as one of the best teams in the NFL. In fact, had the Lions earned one half more yard on the final play of the game, Detroit would be the only undefeated team remaining in the NFC. Instead, those honors belong to the Atlanta Falcons. Self-pity aside, the Lions had a few impressive individual performances on Sunday. Let’s take a look at five players who played well against the Falcons and hand out this week’s Game Ball. Game Ball...
ATL All Day Sep 25, 2017

Atlanta Falcons: Beat Lions by a Finger in Goal Line Stand

The Atlanta Falcons got their third straight win to start the season winning by literally a finger and a ten second penalty on the Lions. The goal line stand looked to be a Lion’s touchdown but was changed to give the Falcons the win. The Atlanta Falcons looked more like the team that almost lost to […] Atlanta Falcons: Beat Lions by a Finger in Goal Line Stand - ATL All Day - ATL All Day - An Atlanta Sports Site - Falcons, Braves, Hawks, Dream, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia State Panthers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and More
Grand Rapids Press Sep 25, 2017
Eric Ebron's struggles continue for Detroit Lions

Eric Ebron's struggles continue for Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions tight end was particularly bad Sunday in a 30-26 loss against the Atlanta Falcons. Matthew Stafford targeted Ebron seven times, but he caught just two of those balls for 9 forgettable yards.
Pride Of Detroit Sep 25, 2017
Lions-Falcons report card: Linebackers fail, secondary sails

Lions-Falcons report card: Linebackers fail, secondary sails

The Lions weren’t helped by the officials, but they didn’t do themselves any favors, either. While the big story out of Sunday’s game remains the controversial ending, there was a game that happened in the prior 59 minutes of the contest. The Detroit Lions had some positives to take from the game and many negatives. Here’s a look at their report card after their 30-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Quarterbacks: B+ It wasn’t Matthew Stafford’s best game, but he was once again clearly the best player on this Lions offense. He shook off some early inaccuracies to put together a...
The Falcoholic Sep 25, 2017
Falcons vs. Lions recap: Atlanta holds on for a wild road win in Detroit

Falcons vs. Lions recap: Atlanta holds on for a wild road win in Detroit

The Atlanta Falcons are now 3-0, but it didn’t come without fireworks and dramatic moments. The Falcons were expected to win this one, and they did. The rest is relatively unimportant given that fact, all told, but it’s still helpful to understand how the Falcons got a win by a narrow margin of 30-26. The story is not a neat and clean one. At first glance, the Falcons walked away from a game they could have easily lost by a score of 30-26, putting them at 3-0 and positioning them extremely well for the next few weeks. Dig a little deeper, though, and you see things that are both worth...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 25, 2017
Does the NFL have it in for the Lions?

Does the NFL have it in for the Lions?

Sunday's stunning loss to Falcons latest example of games in which Detroit has felt cheated.
The Falcoholic Sep 25, 2017
Explaining the call that ended the Falcons’ win over the Lions

Explaining the call that ended the Falcons’ win over the Lions

The Falcons escaped with one, but the call on the field appears to have been correct. If you were alive yesterday (and if not, congratulations), you saw the Falcons ultimately beat the Lions thanks to a reversed touchdown call and subsequent runoff that ended the game. But what was that call all about, anyways? Kevin Seifert at ESPN has an excellent explanation of what exactly happened during that play, which we were all a little stunned by when it occurred. Here’s the relevant blow-by-blow. We all saw Matthew Stafford throw what certainly looked like a touchdown pass at first blush to...
Pride Of Detroit Sep 25, 2017
Monday open thread: Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions?

Monday open thread: Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions?

After this heartbreaking loss to the Falcons, how do you feel about the 2017 Detroit Lions? Sunday’s game was a bizarre one. For three-and-a-half quarters the Detroit Lions were outplayed by the Atlanta Falcons in all three phases of the game. Yet despite being seemingly outclassed by the reigning NFC champs, the Lions were making enough plays to stay in the game. Every single time it looked like the Falcons were ready to pull away, the Lions defense would come up with a huge interception or the offense would get it together for just long enough to put up a field goal and keep pace with...
The Falcoholic Sep 25, 2017
The Falcoholic Post-Game Podcast: Falcons v Lions, Week 3 2017

The Falcoholic Post-Game Podcast: Falcons v Lions, Week 3 2017

Join Mike, Cory and a special guest to break down the team’s wild Week 3 win. Falcoholic readers young and old, welcome back to another fine edition of The Falcoholic Post-Game Podcast, presented by Rise Up Reader. This week, Mike and Cory are joined by Lipscomb University public address announcer/longtime Detroit Lions fan Aaron Burtch to discuss the Atlanta Falcons’ wild-and-crazy Week 3 win over the then-undefeated Lions. In the conversation, the guys discuss: How the Falcons looked without T Ryan Schraeder and LB Vic Beasley in the lineup What updates there are on injured Falcons...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 25, 2017

Lions grades: DBs continue to rise but pass game slips in loss to Falcons

Sloppy and inconsistent play kept the Lions behind for the entire game, but some big contributions helped give them a legitimate chance of upsetting the reigning NFC champs.
Atlanta Falcons Sep 24, 2017

Archer's Take: Brian Poole's jam on the final play against Detroit saves game for Falcons

In his weekly breakdown, Falcons analyst Dave Archer looks at the final play of the Falcons dramatic win over the Lions, how Devonta Freeman got loose and a coaching decision you may not have noticed.
The Falcoholic Sep 24, 2017
Key takeaways after the Atlanta Falcons squeak by the Detroit Lions

Key takeaways after the Atlanta Falcons squeak by the Detroit Lions

Fact: Matt Ryan’s pancakes apply syrup to themselves The Atlanta Falcons love to win in dramatic fashion. It’s their modus operandi, and we’ve grown accustomed to it. Basically if the Falcons aren’t giving you heart palpitations, then you’re probably just highly inebriated, watching some team that isn’t the Falcons, confused about what you’re watching. The close calls the Falcons have navigated so far in 2017 don’t overshadow their perfect record. That said, today’s game taught us a few things. Matthew Thomas Ryan is still human If you only checked out the box score...
The Falcoholic Sep 24, 2017
Falcons-Lions post-game injury report: Ricardo Allen may be headed for concussion protocol

Falcons-Lions post-game injury report: Ricardo Allen may be headed for concussion protocol

Fact: Ricardo Allen never puts sour cream on his taquitos The Atlanta Falcons somehow won their game today. I won’t try to explain how they pulled it off, but they did, and that’s all that counts. Meanwhile, there were a couple injuries of note, so let’s break them down. The Falcons actually stayed pretty healthy until late in the game. Julio Jones got hurt in fourth quarter when he came down awkwardly on his forearm while trying to convert a third down. He didn’t pick up first down so the offense left the field anyway. Jones got treatment from the trainers on the sideline, and it...

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