Rise Up: Week 4 vs. Carolina Recap
I have said it before, and I will say it every day for the rest of my life, I am a diehard Falcons fan. I am also realistic, so I have to admit that even though I talked cash money shit all week I was pretty nervous heading into Sunday’s game. Who knew that by the end of the game, we would be 3-1 and up by 2 games in our division? I expected the 2015 NFC champs to come on our field and dominate because they had something to prove. Well the only thing the Carolina Panthers proved to be was sad, but enough about them. My Falcons ROSE TF UP, as that 2-11 connection showed why we have the number 1 offense in the NFL.
Coming off a great win against our rivals, offensively we were flying high into Sunday’s game. The only worry was defense, the pass rush was still pretty much non-existent and for some reason our defense as a whole still wasn’t clicking. So imagine my surprise when our defense decided to actually play.
The Falcons offense was on fire Sunday. Whether we’re discussing the 2-11 connection, the run game, the O-Line, or the aggressive play in general it was all good. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones made magic on that field Sunday. Jones ended the day with 300 yards, 12 catches and a TD. Ryan ended with 503 yards, 4 TD’s and an INT (terrible call, just awful). It was a record-breaking day for both players, who reminded everyone who forgot just how powerful they are as a QB-WR duo. Tamme, Freeman, Robinson all got into the end zone, and for the most part our O-Line did a good job protecting Matt. This was the 2nd game in a row where I was impressed with our play calling. I still think Shanahan should kick rocks, but he called a good game, we’ll see if this trend continues throughout the rest of the season
I guess our defense was tired of hearing how bad they are because they actually played well Sunday. We put pressure on Cam, and held the Panthers offense to a measly three points. It was all good up until the 4th quarter, let’s discuss. We entered the 4th quarter up 31-10, so of course as a fan I should’ve been able to relax...WRONG. The defense clearly forgot what was happening as they allowed Cam to pass the ball to Benjamin, and get in for a two-point a conversion. Now Deion Jones had a great hit on Cam as he headed into the end zone for those two points, and NO it was not helmet-to-helmet. In fact he hit him hard enough that he was forced to leave the game; so of course we should have this in the bag right? WRONG!!
Falcons can’t get the 1st down so Carolina gets the ball back. Panthers backup QB Derek Anderson enters the game with a little under four minutes left in the game he manages to find Greg Olsen; yall know G-Reg and his 3rd leg from the 7th Floor crew, for a 14 yd TD pass and anothertwo-point conversion. So now I’m standing up because I just know we are not about to lose this game after how well we’ve been playing. Matt throws the ball to Julio who takes it 75 yards for a TD, game over right? WRONG AGAIN!!
Anderson manages to find Corey Brown in the end zone for yet another Carolina TD. If you’ve lost count the Panthers have now scored 23 point in the 4th quarter. I’m stressed and angry because HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?!? So the Falcons get the ball and another 3 and out, so here we are with 1:14 left in the game and the Panthers with the ball. I’m literally standing in front of my TV now. Anderson throws the ball and Robert Alford picks the ball off and scores a TD. I’m finally able to breathe because at this point Carolina is out of timeouts and they need 2 possessions to tie the game. Anderson throws the ball again, and yet again there’s Alford there to pick it off...game over; Falcons win 48-33.
Our offense is on fire, and if we can get our defense to keep moving in the direction they are we could have a real chance this year. Now it’s time to get ready for the defending champs, Denver here we come!!!