ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 27: Sean Weatherspoon #56 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates a sack against the Minnesota Vikings at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Falcons jumped out to a huge halftime lead. Then they made it interesting.
There's plenty to pick on here with the Falcons, who suffered major lapses on defense and special teams today. But there's a lot more to celebrate, after the Falcons fought through a little adversity and came up big against the Vikings. That 24-14 win may not look like dominance, but it sure as hell counts in the standings.
The Falcons were led by Matt Ryan's superb passing day, quality games from several receivers and a superlative performance from Sean Weatherspoon. They had great individual plays by guys like Chris Owens, Jacquizz Rodgers and Lawrence Sidbury, too.
When you consider the rest of the schedule, it's entirely possible that the Falcons can run the table or walk away with a 4-1 or 3-2 record. That could mean a playoff berth. Cross your fingers hard.
We'll have recaps and more tomorrow morning. For the moment, discuss the Falcons game and talk out the Sunday night game here.