Now, that’s more like it…
Against the 27th ranked Carolina run-D, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict the probable game plan of the Atlanta Falcons. If I were a betting woman, which of course I am not, I would put my money on Michael Turner getting a whole boatload of carries.
Turner racked up two touchdowns and 139 yards on 27 attempts. He also averaged 5.1 yards a carry…which has been outside the norm for him so far this season. Even in Atlanta’s opening drive, you could see he was looking much more like the unstoppable force of a ball carrier we all know, love and rely on than he has in recent games.
While Turner may have gotten his game back, Ovie Mughelli also got his groove back. After catching a rollout pass from Ryan early in the second quarter, Mughelli (much to the delight of the Falcon fanbase) went old school in the endzone, giving us a taste of the Dirty Bird made famous by none other than ATL legend, Jamal Anderson in the late 90′s.
Perhaps Mughelli’s celebration is a reason for us to get excited too, maybe it is a turning point in the Falcons season… you know, the one we keep waiting for but hasn’t come. I’d like to think so.
The first half would end with Brent Grimes elevating to what seemed like umpteen feet into the air to pick off Cam Newton. Grimes would return the ball twenty plus yards and that would be that.
Atlanta was up 14-10 going into the second half and would have to anticipate Carolina’s halftime adjustments to make it difficult to hang on to the lead.Oh yeah, and there’s still that one Rookie-QB, phenom on the field that they can’t ever lose sight of.
Alas, they did.
Cam Newton opened the third by driving down the field and scrambling into the endzone to put the Panthers up by 3 and Matt Bryant closed the quarter by sending one through the uprights. All tied up at 17.
Gut check time.
Fourth quarters haven’t faired well for the Falcons so far this 2011 season, but they downright demolished the Panthers on Sunday. Tony Gonzalez had a beautiful grab on a third and six play late to keep an instrumental Atlanta drive alive and Corey Peters picked off Cam Newton at a crucial point in the game. Boasting a 31-17 victory, the Falcons look about where we expected them to be…finally.
Yes, this wasn’t necessarily a complete game. There were a few nail-biting moments (especially when the game was tied) that frightened us all into the “Oh not again!” mindset. But, all in all, Sunday’s victory against Carolina showed promise… Hey, better late than never, right? All things considered, watching this game made me get really excited about this team again.
……..And then I remembered that next week is Detroit Rock City.
The NFL may be the greatest thing on the planet.
About the Author
Written by Nicole Flanary
I am a 23-year old female from Dayton, Ohio. I am without a shadow of a doubt one of the biggest football fans you will ever meet...no, seriously...I have a tattoo of a football and a flower on my shoulder. THAT big of a football fan. I ran track and cross country in college and sports have always been a huge part of my life. That being said, it was incredibly easy to decide what I wanted to "do with my life" when I got older. I combined the two things I am most passionate about in the world--sports and journalism-- and proceeded to pursue a career in sports entertainment. I have a pretty cold sense of humor, which I find translates well about 85% of the time. I apologize in advance for anything I say that may be taken as too blunt and/or brash. I am simply not big on sugar coating. Get. Your. Popcorn. Ready.