Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Falcons’

Michael Bennett, columnist, appear to bury hatchet after apology

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett threatened to boycott the Seattle Times after a column critical of Bennett appeared in the paper on Sunday. While the column from writer Matt Calkins largely praised Bennett for his on-field performance, numerous charity endeavors and engaging personality, the piece primarily took issue with an incident that occurred in the locker room following Seattle’s playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January. What Bennett didn’t know at the time was that the reporter – Bill Wixey – had survived cancer.

Kyle Shanahan: One play I regret in Falcons’ collapse vs. Patriots

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Remember that Atlanta Falcons offensive game plan against the Patriots in the final five minutes of the Super Bowl? Kyle Shanahan, then the Falcons offensive coordinator and now coach of the San Francisco 49ers won't forget it. If Atlanta had simply run the ball and kicked a field goal with an eight-point lead, the Falcons would have likely held off Tom Brady and the Pats' comeback from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit. Shanahan told The Rich Eisen Show there's one play call he'd like to have back.  "The second-and-10 that we got sacked on,” Shanahan said. “I wish I had dialed up something differently. And then the next play, we called an option to [Mohamed] Sanu, we got right back in field goal

How the New England Patriots Paid the Best Team in the NFL

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Facing a 25-point deficit against a high-powered Atlanta Falcons club, the New England Patriots were not supposed to win Super Bowl 51. The Pats are comprised of players who care more about the team than they do about themselves. Using players’ cap hits as our guide, here’s a look at how New England paid the best team in football in 2016. 10.

Devonta Freeman can’t escape the Super Bowl LI loss, especially on social media

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman hasn’t had an easy time getting over that Super Bowl LI loss. People on social media don’t want to let him forget about it, either. Part of moving past that loss for Freeman will be making opposing defenders pay for trying to stop him on the field.

Atlanta Falcons players thank firefighters from I-85 collapse (Video)

Monday, May 15th, 2017

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons surprised local firefighters with a big thank you for all their work during the Interstate 85 fire and bridge collapse. Several players visited Fire Station 19 to personally thank the firefighters and bring them dinner. Scroll down for the full video The players spent the afternoon hanging out at the station, taking pictures with the firefighters and even trying on their equipment. “We’re here today to thank you guys for all that you do. I understand that you fought a little fire over there on the interstate a couple of weeks ago, but more importantly you guys need to be thanked for what you do each and every day,” one player said. The Falcons posted the video on

Raiders, Packers Get Most Super Bowl Bets

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Following promising years that came to an end with embarrassing losses in the 2017 NFL playoffs, the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers are expected to do big things in the upcoming season. According to ESPN’s David Payne Purdum, more wagers have been placed on the Raiders and Packers than any other team at the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book. The Dallas Cowboys are third on the list, followed by the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

Tom Brady doesn’t want to see Super Bowl jersey thief punished

Monday, May 15th, 2017

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he would rather not see a man who stole two of his Super Bowl jersey put in jail. Brady's jerseys that he wore during victories against against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX and February's comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI were swiped in the locker room after those games were played. Martin Mauricio Ortega, a credentialed member of the international media, took the jerseys and they were recovered from his Mexico home in the weeks following Super Bowl LI.

Atlanta Falcons’ motto for 2017: ‘Embrace the suck’

Monday, May 15th, 2017

You don’t just shake off a game like Super Bowl LI if you’re the Atlanta Falcons. You don’t just look at that collapse, losing a game that you were leading, yes, 28-3 in the third quarter, and think, “oh well! We’ll get ’em next time!” If you’re the Atlanta Falcons, you’ve got two options: curl up in a fetal position, or embrace the suck. The latter is the motto Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will preach for the rest of 2017.

Decathlete Garrett Scantling trying to make it in the NFL

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Garrett Scantling decided before his freshman year at Georgia to honor his track and field scholarship and focus solely on the decathlon. Now five years out of football, Scantling has shelved his decathlon career for a chance to make the Atlanta Falcons' 53-man roster. ''Doing the decathlon, it was the mindset that was literally the main thing that I brought over here,'' Scantling said Saturday at rookie mini-camp.

Top pick McKinley an observer for Falcons rookie minicamp

Friday, May 12th, 2017

It is not in Takkarist McKinley's nature to sit out of any football activity, so he said it was ''very frustrating'' to watch the first day of the Atlanta Falcons rookie minicamp from the sideline. McKinley, the defensive end from UCLA who was the Falcons' first-round pick in last month's draft, had surgery in March to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. This was after playing with the injury for two years and completing 24 reps on the bench press at the NFL draft combine.