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It feels weird to suggest that an undefeated Ohio State team could have absolutely no shot to play in the national championship game, but that is the reality staring down at the Buckeyes right now following the release of the latest BCS standings Sunday night.
Atlanta will surely sit down and analyze the mistakes that left them on the losing side of a hard-fought battle with the New Orleans Saints. Will they learn from last week and ensure that they don’t start the season off 0-2?
Just like against San Francisco in last year’s NFC Championship game, Atlanta built up a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, only to give it away in the end. Atlanta also had a chance to win the game but came up short.
This weeks practices at Flowery Branch saw players who did not practice but are expected to be starting Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, and some backup players who earned a spot through their hard work during the preseason.
Coming off of the 2012-13 season, the Atlanta Falcons heard criticism about their somewhat soft schedule. Although this week’s opponent, the New Orleans Saints, finished 7-9 last season, they are not a team to take lightly and Atlanta should not expect a “Big Easy” win this week.
It’s tough to consider a team that finished the regular season 13-3 as not having lived up to expectations. Some would say that since Atlanta finally won a post season game for the first time in nearly a decade, the season was a success. Others would argue that because of the way Atlanta finished the season, it should be considered a disappointment.
Like last week against Seattle, Atlanta started out strong but couldn’t put the game out of reach for their opponents. Unlike last week, it cost them a victory this time.
Don’t run your mouth unless you’re going to be able to back them up 100 percent on the field. Roddy White is a prime example of this type of situation, but he can usually live up to things. This Sunday, he’s going to have to make sure that he lives up to every single word he says.
What do you do when two members of your defensive line may not play in the one game that needs to be won to head to the Super Bowl?
The Atlanta Falcons are only one game away from heading back to the Super Bowl for the first time in a long time. Standing in their way is Colin Kapernick and the surprising San Francisco 49ers that are running on all cylinders.