25 September 2006

Saints 23 Falcons 3


Steve Gleason celebrates after blocking the punt.
Note the "Thanks America" sign in the background.
Now read the next line.

I will try. I haven't been this happy-emotional after a Saints game for a long time. The "Good" list will probably be too short to do justice for what I just saw.

THE GOOD
  • Offense
  • Defense
  • Special Teams
  • Steve Gleason
  • Fred Thomas
  • Brian Young
  • Scott Fujita
  • Charles Grant
  • Will Smith
  • Josh Bullocks
  • 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles (neither recovered), and 10 passes defended
  • One blocked punt (TD), one blocked FG. Take those away and it's 16-6 in the 4th quarter
  • John Carney still perfect for the season
  • Offense: 0 Turnovers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Deuce and Bush: 32 carries, 154 yards
  • Marques Colston: 7 catches, 97 yards
  • Drew Brees: 70% completions, one huge block on Devery Henderson's TD
  • The offensive line somehow keeps holding on. It's amazing how you have fewer sacks when your quarterback doesn't hold on to the ball for 10 seconds (yes, that's a dig at Aaron Brooks).
  • The opening drive of the second half took 7:45 off the clock
  • No garbage touchdowns in the 4th quarter
  • Michael Vick held to one big run, when the game was out of reach
THE BAD
  • The Saints shouldn't have settled for a field goal on that opening drive in the 3rd quarter
  • 2 fourth down conversions for the Falcons
  • A big Deuce run in the 2nd quarter was called back for holding
  • Curtis DeLoatch's stupid late hit on the kickoff return. I don't care if he grabbed your facemask--don't play stupid. I'm glad Payton got in his face when the play was over.
THE UGLY
  • The Falcons dropped a lot of passes. The Saints defended a lot too, but they still dropped a bunch.
  • The Saints used their timeouts early in the 3rd quarter. I'm glad we didn't need them later.
  • That personal foul called on the guy who hit Joe Horn late in the first half was ticky-tack, and it gave us 3 points. But I'll take it. God knows we've been the victim of those too.
  • The Falcons fan I sat next to at the bar was convinced the game was rigged. "How can it not be rigged? They won't let Michael Vick run the football." I wondered why Vick wasn't running too. Part of it had to do our defensive scheme and our safeties not letting him get to the corner and improvise. But I don't care if it's rigged or not. The Falcons never had to play a home game in New York City. I don't feel sorry for anyone after the Hell the Saints and their fans went through last year.


TAGS: NFL, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Drew Brees, Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush

10 Comments:

At September 26, 2006 9:07 AM, Blogger John Blutarsky said...

Rigged??? How does one rig an entire game? I agree that a ref could possibly rig a play or a penalty, but an entire game? The only people that could have possibly rigged the game were Vick and other Falcons players. And if that were the case then Falcons fans have no one to blame but their team for conspiring to fix a game. I think that Falcons fan at the bar should just wake up and realize that his team got out coached, out played, and just had a plain old fashion ass-kickin' handed to them.

 
At September 26, 2006 9:24 AM, Blogger mominem said...

Some Falcons fan believe Vick is the Second Coming of Superman.

Eventually people will figure out how to defend against him and he will get older and slow down.

 
At September 26, 2006 9:42 AM, Blogger Hollis P. Wood said...

"They won't let him run." Yeah, that was our defense that didn't let him run.

I think one thing was lost in all the media hoopla about rebuilding and emotion........we might have a pretty good football team.

 
At September 26, 2006 9:55 AM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

I'm saying what he said. I don't think it was rigged.

That game we played in New York after 9/11. Now THAT was as close to rigged as you are going to get.

 
At September 26, 2006 11:51 AM, Blogger John Blutarsky said...

Anyone notice how FEW Falcons fans were at the game last night? I've been to several N.O/Atlanta games in the Dome and they ALWAYS bring a huge fan base down. But last night I saw only a handfull of Red shirts dotted here and there. I guess it's a result of selling out the season tickets?

 
At September 26, 2006 1:43 PM, Blogger Hollis P. Wood said...

Exactly, Senator. The Saints are required by the NFL to send each opponent 500 tickets. The Saints ususally send the Falcons 4000 to 5000. This year we only sent the required 500 because, they are all already sold.

 
At September 26, 2006 3:24 PM, Blogger Roux said...

Good game and I thought the saints defense did a good job with coverage and pressure. Geaux Saints!

This was the first ESPN MNF game I've seen. It was a real step down in quality from the MNF broadcasts of the past. Tony Kornheiser is pretty bad.

 
At September 26, 2006 3:27 PM, Blogger mominem said...

We overheard tickets going for $400 on the street before the game.

 
At September 26, 2006 7:45 PM, Blogger dillyberto said...

$400 on the street?

Check the web. There are websites with tickets going for considerably more and less also if you're in the market.

HOW CAN WE BE 8 point underdogs to the PANTHERS?

8 points? That's a serious slight on Our New Orleans Saints.

 
At September 27, 2006 5:30 PM, Blogger unaveritas said...

I have heard rumors of the rigged status of the game and that's just gamblers' speak for "I lost all my money on Sunday and Monday night was suppose to be a lock."

Plus if the Falcons want to throw a divisional game, they are plain stupid. No one throws a game when it counts this much. We exposed a lot of the problems the Falcons have: Vick can't throw rolling to his right, Falcon receivers can't take aggressive play, and offensive line is small.

Looks like Ninkovich is out for a while. He doesn't start, but does rotate in for Grant and Smith which could be an issue for spelling them during the game.

 

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