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Falcons Regular Season & Wild Card Recap
The Falcons, last year, were one of teams at the bottom of the league. They ended the season with a 4-12 record. They also haven't had a winning season since the 2017 season or been to the playoffs since 2014, where they lost in the divisional round to the Redskins.

Now, in 2023, under the new General Manager, Daulton Nissen, they have worked their way to a 10-6 record, and won 5 of 6, of their divisional games. The team started out 3-0, but then lost three straight, they then bounced around .500. The Falcons haven't lost since Week 14, and have had some great final four games. They made a hard playoff push and secured the second wild card spot.

They played the 11-5 Washington Redskins, and went into their territory and shut them out until the fourth quarter where they only gave up a passing touchdown. HB Joe Mixon had 137 rushing yards on 24 attempts, QB Bo Callahan only missed on 8 passes and threw one TD and for 214 yards. ROLB Tyler Williamson had his breakout game and had and interception, 7 tackles, and 2 sacks. They are currently riding a 5 game win streak heading to Minnesota for the divisional round. In those 5 games, the team has averaged 34.6 points per game, and given up only 18.4 points per game, defensively. But, Minnesota routed the Falcons in week 4, so this is time for the Falcons to redeem themselves.

GM Nissen was at the podium after the win against the Redskins. When asked about the first playoff win in almost 10 seasons, he said, "It feels good to have pushed this team to where they are at this point in the season. The team was in place when I took the job, they just needed to be guided in the right direction, I don't know if people expected us to be where we are at today."

When asked about advancing to the Divisional round, he replied "We are working hard every day. Every guy in that locker room wants to come out and prove that they aren't the same team we were in week 4 and they wont leave without a fight."
Forum Discussion (by D_Nissen on 03/20/2018) Replies - 0 :: Views - 19
Falcons Week 3 Recap
The Falcons returned home after winning in Chicago and went straight to work for their big divisional game against the Panthers. Both teams heading into the week were 2-0.

The game had a nice pace for their offense throughout the game, but more so was the defense once again up to help get another W. MLB Raekwon McMillan led the team with 9 tackles, one for a loss, he also picked off the Panthers once. Doing so as well was, CB Kendall Fuller and SS Andre Burgess. DE Robert Quinn came up with the only sack recorded for the defense. They shut down the Panthers in the redzone allowing them only two FGs on four attempts down there for them. The only TD that was given up was a kick return for 101 yards in the 3rd quarter.

The offense was shut down pretty much all day. RB Joe Mixon finished the day with 42 yards on 21 attempts, although, he did have one rushing touchdown. QB Bo Callahan, as well, had a solid game finishing the day 18-28 for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Those two touchdowns were caught by WR Billy Crockett.

GM Nissen was asked about the win and how the team has turned around from last year.

"The win was a big, divisional win for us, early in the season. One of us was gonna be sitting a top the South at the end of the day. We wanted to be that team. One part of our offense wasn't working today, the defense made the stands they had too, causing turnovers and the offensive players stepped up to get points on the board. It was a great win today. As far as the turnaround for the team, these guys were all very talented when I showed up, they just needed to be pushed in the right direction. I think we are finding our groove and want to continue this little win streak we are on."
Forum Discussion (by D_Nissen on 11/27/2017) Replies - 0 :: Views - 14
Falcons Week 2 Recap
"Chicago is a hard place to win in. You have the weather to deal with, you have the wild fanbase, it'll be a fun game.", GM Nissen says before the game today.

The Atlanta Falcons came out a little slow and lackadaisical with the ball in the first quarter. QB Bo Callahan threw an INT in the redzone and the FB Dennis Palumbo fumbled as well.

The 2nd quarter was where the Falcons took the lead and had a very strong quarter scoring 17 of the teams 20 points in that quarter. Both teams had trouble converting on third down, Bears going 5-16 and the Falcons going 5-14. It was definitely a defensive game win here for the Falcons. They stood tall and kept the lead the offense built up earlier.

LE Robert Quinn had 6 tackles, two of those being sacks. He also had a forced fumble in today's game. CB Kendall Fuller led the team with 7 tackles. He also scooped up a fumble to give the offense the ball.

QB Bo Callahan finished the day 14-31 for 209 yards. throwing two TD's and 1 INT. WR Ryan Broyles was, yet again, in the right spot, making his only grab of the day a 47 yard TD. WR Rock Pritchett caught the other one from Callahan. HB Joe Mixon had another solid game today as well, carrying the ball 24 times for 92 yards. Mixon had a 22-yard run in the final 5 minutes of the game to help keep the final drive for the Falcons going, which ending up leading to a FG by K Gadhi Mendel to go up by a TD in the final minutes of the game. The defense yet again stopped their offense, resulting in a T.O.D., leading to a Falcons victory.

After the game, GM Nissen spoke at the podium.

"I thought we played a good game. There is some room for more improvement on both sides of the ball, but the boys squeezed the W out today. Now its time to go back home and prepare for a tough divisional game next week against Carolina."
Forum Discussion (by D_Nissen on 11/20/2017) Replies - 0 :: Views - 14
Falcons Week 1 Recap
The Falcons came out in their home opener, trying to get the new GM his first W with the team, and they did just that. One the first drive of the game for the Saints, it looked like they would march down the field and score, but CB Jamar Taylor came up with a huge INT in the endzone.

Bo Callahan and the offense had a great, efficient first drive, driving down the field and hitting WR Ryan Broyles for a 5 yard TD.

That's when the game started to get interesting. Both teams were plagued by injuries, both losing their starting QB for the game. Falcons QB Callahan finished 8-10 with 84 yards and a TD. The back-up, Reginald Hart came in and went 4-15 for 83 yards and a TD. He did hit a 47 yard bomb to WR Billy Crockett to stretch the lead. Crockett finished with 3 receptions for 84 yards and one TD. HB Joe Mixon had 22 carries for 115 yards in his GZL debut.

The Falcons D also made a stand, holding the Saints to only 7 points and 1-4 in the redzone. FS Ed Parrish picked another on off in the redzone in the final quarter to help seal the deal. DE Quinn had two sacks in the game with FS Terrence Brooks also recording a sack.

In the press conference after the game, GM Nissen was up at the podium. After being asked how he thinks the team played in the season opener, he said, "I think they did a great job of not losing sight of the W, even with all injuries both teams had. I think there's always room for improvement, but this is a good stepping stone for this team, on paper and moral wise. It's still early, we'll get healthy and start to prepare for Chicago next week."

Everyone is back in action for the Week 2 match up for the Falcons.
Forum Discussion (by D_Nissen on 11/13/2017) Replies - 1 :: Views - 15
New GM in Town
With new GM Daulton Nissen joining Atlanta, we may see a turn around over there. He had some comments from his first press conference as the Falcons new GM.

When asked what he thinks about the team, he responded with, "I think the team is very well rounded, this team should be winning games. Bo is an excellent QB, in the right offense he should succeed. Also, Ian Coyle drafted a stud rookie HB that should be a threat this year. I'm excited to see these wide receivers get open. The defense can be solid this year. Quinn and Ogbah should be able to get to the opposing QB and hopefully force some turnovers. Im excited for the opportunity to be the new GM." He also added, "Once everyone is on the same page, this team can win some games. I have a few ideas for the team that I think will put this team in the right direction."

He was asked if he thinks there are any certain areas that needed to be improved, he replied, "I think there are a couple position moves we can do that'll make the defense more well rounded, but I still believe this defense can be very strong for us either way."

Asked if he is worried about the cap trouble the team may encounter, he said, "It's something to keep an eye on. It's in the back of my mind."

Outside the press conference he had some comments about being the son of Titans GM, Tim Nissen. "It'll be fun. Should bring a little bit more grit in the league to be the best. But you learn from the best, so who knows who will come out on top."
Forum Discussion (by D_Nissen on 10/11/2017) Replies - 5 :: Views - 57

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At A Glance

GM D_Nissen
Head Coach B.Ruud
Offensive Coordinator Sean Payton
Defensive Coordinator L.Tatupu
Special Teams Jeremy Bates
Salary $169.46M
Cap Penalty $3.65M
Cap Room $890K

Falcons Tyler Lockett WR 83 Doubtful

NFC South
#6 Buccaneers y-Buccaneers 10-6-0 0.63 5-1
#12 Falcons x-Falcons 10-6-0 0.63 5-1
#18 Saints Saints 7-9-0 0.44 1-5
#24 Panthers Panthers 5-11-0 0.31 1-5

1 Sep 10 vs Saints Saints #18
Won 26-7
2 Sep 17 at Bears Bears #25
Won 20-13
3 Sep 24 vs Panthers Panthers #24
Won 27-13
4 Oct 1 at Vikings Vikings #2
Lost 3-45
5 Oct 8 at Broncos Broncos #30
Lost 17-24
6 Oct 15 vs Packers Packers #5
Lost 13-37
8 Oct 29 at Panthers Panthers #24
Won 23-21
9 Nov 5 vs Chargers Chargers #4
Won 38-31
10 Nov 12 at Buccaneers Buccaneers #6
Lost 13-24
11 Nov 19 at Saints Saints #18
Won 23-20
12 Nov 26 at Chiefs Chiefs #21
Lost 14-20
13 Dec 3 vs Lions Lions #1
Lost 13-32
14 Dec 10 vs Eagles Eagles #10
Won 26-23
15 Dec 17 vs Buccaneers Buccaneers #6
Won 29-24
16 Dec 24 at Cardinals Cardinals #28
Won 51-14
17 Dec 31 vs Raiders Raiders #23
Won 34-24

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