That’s right, Falcon fans. You can rejoice. We’re going to be playing football in January. I’m still in disbelief. You don’t come into a season with a rookie HC, rookie QB, rookie GM, and on the heel of the Petrino/Vick debacle last year and expect to make the playoffs. What a job this group has done. After the Cowboys decided to lay an egg Saturday night in likely its last ever game at Texas Stadium, and the Bucs decided not to show up for the 4th quarter against San Diego, the Falcons needed only a win at Minnesota to clinch at least a wildcard spot. Despite being outplayed by the Vikings, the Falcons used seven Viking fumbles to jump out to a big lead and ironically the Falcons scored the winning TD on a Matt Ryan fumble that was recovered by Justin “Johnny-on-the-Spot” Blalock for his second huge Ryan fumble recovery in as many weeks.
To top the day off, the Giants and the Panthers clashed in New Jersey last night for a classic game that decided the top overall seed in the NFC. The Giants emerged victorious and the Panthers have still only wrapped up a playoff spot. By some miracle, should the Falcons dispatch of the Rams on Sunday and the Saints defeat the Panthers in New Orleans, the Falcons would win the division, grab the #2 seed, and be playing a home game in January for the right to play in the NFC Championship. What an early Christmas present Mike Smith, Matt Ryan, Thomas Dimitroff, Michael Turner, Roddy White, John Abraham, and company have given Falcons fans. Thank you Arthur Blank for making the right choices and setting this franchise in the right direction.
Update: Smitty came to his senses and told Ryan to cut that Superman crap out.