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Falcons ‘Rise Up’ and Beat Vick and the Eagles; 35-31
Posted By Josh Brown On Sep 19 2011 @ 11:08 am In Atlanta Falcons | No Comments
Samuel L. Jackson opened up the game, staring into an overhead camera and yelling something proudly.
Falcons fans might have heard him yell out the slogan for our team, “Rise Up!”.
From that point on, for the next sixty minutes of football, the Falcons rose up to the challenge of taking down the Eagles.
The atmosphere at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta was electric. As we all know, the Falcons were playing against the former face of their franchise, a good quarterback by the name of Michael Vick. This was the first time that Vick would come and start a game in the Georgia Dome since 2006, and that was when he was a Falcon. Vick supporters have always argued that the Falcons would be a better team now with Vick than with Matt Ryan. It was Matty-Ice’s time to show the Vick supporters that he could beat the guy he replaced as the franchise face.
For most of the game, Vick dominated the Falcons defense. He finished with 242 passing yards and 25 rushing yards. However, the key here was that Vick did not finish the game. He got knocked into his own lineman in the 3rd quarter and suffered a concussion. That completely changed the offensive mindset for the Eagles and the defensive mindset for the Falcons. Not the defensive mindset for the Eagles, which was the reason the Falcons won.
I’ve played football most of my life. And I can tell you this: you should never blame a loss on one person. There are 21 other players that decide the outcome of a football game. And when it comes to the Eagles, Vick was not their whole team. While you could make a case that he is the focal point of the offense, Vick has no influence on their defense. And the Eagles defense let our Falcons back into the game to regain the lead and secure the victory.
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