This is a continuation of the weekly series that I'll be presenting this season.
This week, it's the Cardinals series history. Including postseason, the Cardinals lead the series, 15-10, going back to 1966. The Falcons won the first meeting in Atlanta, 16-10 during the 1966 season. Since then, it's been a mixed bag, with ho-hummers, blowouts, and some exciting ones, especially the 1980 encounter when the Falcons came back from 24-6 down to force OT, and to win, 33-27.
The last regular season meeting was in 2007, with the Cards withstanding a furious Falcos rally, led by Chris Redman, to win in OT, 30-27. The last meeting, was of course, the first round playoff game at AZ in 2008. After falling behind, 14-3, the Falcons came back to lead 17-14 at the half. But a botched hand off from Ryan to Turner to start the second half, resulted in a fumble recovery for a TD, and some missed opportunities, especially on defense ( ala Keith Brooking), and the abandonment of the running game because they fell behind, cost the Falcons, 30-24.Who knows what might have been if the Falcons would of won.
This is the first of four games this season against the other bird teams. Let Bird Bowl 1 begin! Next week, the archrival ( and hated?) Saints.