Matt Ryan proved that he was the man for the job behind center as he opened up the 2014 NFL season with a 37-34 Overtime victory over a very good New Orleans Saints team. Offensively, the Falcons were firing on all cylinders as Ryan threw for a franchise high 448 yards and three touchdowns while the running game by committee was just as successful with 181 yards from scrimmage.
“He’s played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us,” coach Mike Smith said. “But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well.”
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Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith has wrapped up the teams rookie mini camp and is happy with the progress of his rookies but know there is so much more that the youngsters have to learn to be on par with the veterans come the preseason.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do with these young rookies that our coming in to catch up with our veterans,” Smith said. “When we can really go out and do football, and what I mean by do football, is work against each other and not against air like we are in the coaching sessions here in phase two of our offseason program which we certainly hope changes in the future, because it is not the most beneficial for players or coaches.”
In other news, the Falcons broke ground on their new $1.2 billion retractable roof stadium that will also be the home of a newly acquired MLS franchise that will begin play in the new stadium in 2017.
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The Atlanta Falcons will face the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Title this Sunday after narrowly defeating the Seattle Seahawks 30-28. Now the Falcons will face a 49er’s squad that pummeled the Green Bay Packers 45-31 in a game that set an NFL record for quarterbacks (which stood for 93 seasons) when Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns all the while passing for 263 yards.
”Our offensive line did an amazing job today,” Kaepernick said. ”They shut everybody down inside. Our receivers, our tight ends, blocked great outside, and our running backs were running hard, so it made it easier on me.”
The Falcons took out the Seattle Seahawks and their QB Russell Wilson but will face another challenge with the 49er’s/Kaepernicks read-option attack. They will also have to deal with one of the if not the fastest QB in the NFL.
“You’ve got to have vision on defense,” Coach Mike Smith said. “You can’t match up and play match coverages or man-to-man because when he gets in the secondary he’s a guy that can go the distance. He outran a number of fast players in the ball game on Saturday night.”
The game kicks off at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon.