Regardless of which Falcons fan camp you find yourself in these days, those in support of tanking, or the anti-tanking contingent, you were alternately happy and angry during yesterday's game. Falcons fans on Twitter reflected the mercurial experience of watching the Falcons play, and ultimately lose to, the Green Bay Packers.
It was so cold in Green Bay.
With a kickoff temperature of 9 degrees, today's game is the coldest played in Falcons' franchise history, including playoffs. #ATLvsGB— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) December 8, 2013
I'm not gon' yell at the Falcons today, bc you'd have to pay me Matt Ryan's salary to convince me to play in that weather.— C.A.R. (@CourtsBS) December 8, 2013
Falcons hit the field. Lots of movement to keep warm. The side-to-side step like your uncle dancing at a wedding seems the popular move.— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) December 8, 2013
Falcons 3-point underdogs to wintry mix— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) December 8, 2013
Holy freezingness. Hope our boys can stay warm and play a good game today! #RiseUp— October Gonzalez (@OctoberGonz) December 8, 2013
The cold may have been a factor in Matt Bryant's missed field goal, and the subsequent decision to go for it on fourth and five instead of attempting a field goal. At any rate, Vaughn McClure's pre-game tweet was a harbinger of doom.
Matt Bryant rather short on his field goals during warm ups.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) December 8, 2013
The first half had a lot of momentum shifts, and fan tweets reflected that.
As a #Falcons fan, I’m grateful for the quick first quarter. I’d rather the pain be over as quickly as possible.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) December 8, 2013
Falcons tend to implode after game changing penalties. Ooof.— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) December 8, 2013
Oh good. We lost Spoon again. I hope this great dream never ends.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) December 8, 2013
Husband and father in law, both Packers fans, are absolutely insisting Falcons will win.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
I think my husband and father in law were just saying they thought the Falcons would win to be polite.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
That was beautiful, guys. I SAID SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT THE FALCONS AND IT WASN'T SARCASM.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) December 8, 2013
Alge Crumpler (@Alge_Crumpler) December 8, 2013
I was eating wings so I couldn't tweet for a long time. ONLY WINNERS GET WINGS AND MY TEAM IS WINNING WOOOOOOO.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm proud of my team. They haven't given up, even when I have. Lol #Falcons— RJ Holland (@__Eugenius__) December 8, 2013
This game gives me a liitle hope for next year. #RiseUp— Ms. Rise Up (@Shantigo) December 8, 2013
Falcons have two sacks, two turnovers and 21 points at the half. I've apparently been drinking paint thinner.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) December 8, 2013
Falcons are 36-3 under Mike Smith when they win the turnover battle. The two created by the defense today have led to 14 points, 21-10 lead— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) December 8, 2013
This #Falcons first half performance is what I imagined our team would look like all year. /smiles /cries— The DW (@TheWalkerman) December 8, 2013
I don't want to sound like a jerk but I sure do wish we had managed to work out these kinks earlier in the season. #Falcons— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
The Falcons actually had a pass rush yesterday! They finished with five sacks on the day, including a sack/fumble.
Three sacks in one game?!?!?!? What is this sorcery?!?!?!? #Falcons— Preyaaaa ॐ (@PreyaMargarita) December 8, 2013
SACKS ON SACKS ON SACKS!!!— Josh (@gamez_time76) December 8, 2013
The Falcons defense has tied their season high sack total with 5. Had 5 against Miami in Week 3. #ATLvsGB— Daniel Cox (@FalconsDCox) December 8, 2013
The offensive line actually protected Matt Ryan adequately through most of the game, also. Matt Ryan was sacked once, and hit once, however, he was hurried 17 times. All in all, though, the line was pretty effective at keeping Ryan upright.
Fantastic pass protection from the line on that play. #ATLvsGB— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) December 8, 2013
Brian Finneran (@BFinn86) December 8, 2013
Matt Ryan's touchdown throw to Drew Davis was a thing of beauty. Davis exhibited good judgment after the fact, also.
The play of the day, without any question, was the Paul Worrilow soccer-like assist to Sean Weatherspoon, who took the interception 71 yards for a touchdown. It was a heads-up play by Worrilow and Spoon, because everybody, including the Packers offense, thought the ball hit the ground instead of Worrilow's foot.
Omg omg Worrilow's foot is amazing!!!!!!!!!!— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) December 8, 2013
SIGN WORRILOW'S FOOT TO A DEAL.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) December 8, 2013
He couldn't even dance he was so tired.— Kyrie Swerving (@MidwestATLFALC) December 8, 2013
Spoon is emotional, and this is why I love him. All heart.— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) December 8, 2013
Thank goodness for half-time's so SPOOOOOOOOOON can catch his breath!!! Fun fact, my phone autocorrected spoon to SPOOOOOOOOOON. #Falcons— Preyaaaa ॐ (@PreyaMargarita) December 8, 2013
#BosherToProBowl. Please vote.
Seriously. We all love Bosher. Please vote for him for the Pro Bowl. He is so incredibly deserving.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
Let's make "Worrilowed" a thing. Aside from one costly penalty in the first half, the rookie undrafted free agent linebacker had another solid performance against the Packers, including his assist on Spoon's pick-six.
YOU JUST GOT WORRILOWED MATT FLYNN— Kristen (@kristenm2185) December 8, 2013
Sign Worrilow to a 37-year deal. One trillion dollars.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) December 8, 2013
WORR-I-WHOA! First full sack of Worrilow's career; he has 1.5 on the day. #ATLvsGB— Daniel Levak (@FalconsDLevak) December 8, 2013
Your current tackle leaders for the Falcons are an undrafted rookie (Worrilow: 7) and a 7th round pick (Motta: 4) #ATLvsGB— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) December 8, 2013
Tell you what.. Since this Motta cat has stepped on the field you keep hearing his name called. Seems to always be around the ball— I Answer To Rev Too (@MyNameIs_LEO) December 8, 2013
Tony Gonzalez is the G.O.A.T. This is not open to discussion.
The second half was much less awesome than the first half. After scoring three touchdowns in the first half, Atlanta was held scoreless in the second half, while allowing 13 unanswered points.
Falcons see your three-and-out and raise you a three-and-out. Your move, Packers.— Alex Welch (@alex__welch) December 8, 2013
Green Bay's offensive philosophy without Rodgers boils down to this: Be boring. It will work.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) December 8, 2013
@TheFalcoholic Offensive philosophy: just do whatever, the Falcons defense will make you look like a genius.— Matt (@FalconsM5) December 8, 2013
Oh, this is why I never get too comfortable.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
Well the 1st half was fun to watch #DrinkUp— #DBN (@lovemefalcons) December 8, 2013
I see someone handed a picture of Clowney round the Atlanta dressing-room at half-time.— Will Downes (@WillDownes) December 8, 2013
Come on OL.. quit getting pushed back into Matt. Let him have a lane to step up into. I gotta see this— I Answer To Rev Too (@MyNameIs_LEO) December 8, 2013
WTF? No, y'all. NOOO. #logsoff— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) December 8, 2013
I can't lie, I laughed about this for about 20 minutes.
It was setting up to be a classic Matt Ryan game-winning drive. Matty Ice, leading his team to victory in the cold and the snow. Ryan led the team into field goal range. Hopes were high.
Matty Ice in the snow.....makes sense right?! #Falcons— Eric (@MagicFalcon) December 8, 2013
How apropos to get some Matty Ice in the bitter cold and snow. It's ICE TIME. #ATLvsGB— Daniel Levak (@FalconsDLevak) December 8, 2013
Matt Ryan. Come on. Please. Help.— Rembert Browne (@rembert) December 8, 2013
There is hope. Matty Ice time. #RiseUp— Nick Charles (@PositivelyNick) December 8, 2013
Come on Matty....you can do this. I believe in you— DBN FOREVER (@Justk3ish) December 8, 2013
Whether Matt Bryant had something going on that we don't know about, or whether Smitty was gun-shy after Bryant's previous miss, or whether it's just really hard to kick in that bitter cold--who knows.
Atlanta is coming out from the time out, appearing to be going for it on 4th and 5 at the 33-yd line. Offense on the field. #ATLvsGB— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) December 8, 2013
The Falcons would not convert the fourth down. And the Falcons would have one more shot, and that didn't work out, either.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 season in a horrifically tragic nutshell.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
#RiseUp 88 drops the ball on 4th down. If that doesn't sum up the season, I don't know what does.— Kyle Dorman (@thomascorange91) December 8, 2013
That's weird. It seems like he should be able to easily afford his own hat.
Arthur blank stole my hat! #RiseUp— Jordan Burton (@jordanmburton) December 8, 2013
I'm not familiar with this player.
I am happy to be of service.
I don't tweet during games because @jeannathomas says everything I think.— Gee_andro (@pulldownthemoon) December 8, 2013
Some fans were resigned to the fate.
It's so funny how football has changed me this season. I don't even cuss at the tv anymore. I'm resigned to this craptastrophe.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
It is what it is. Next season cant come any sooner. #RiseUp— Nick Charles (@PositivelyNick) December 8, 2013
Some fans were angry.
Matt Ryan played a great game, Tony & Harry should have come up with those catches. I hate everything right now.— Liz Turcotte (@lizturcotte1) December 8, 2013
Me earlier today: "I root for a win, but if we lose it's okay because draft position." Me right now: "RAAAAAAAGE BLIND RAGE AND PROFANITY."— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) December 8, 2013
Like I said last week... Falcons win, y'all mad. Falcons lose, y'all mad... I swear some of you will NEVER BE HAPPY!— Nathan Butler Jr. (@ATLSportsNate) December 8, 2013
Thanks, man, that's a really helpful observation.
Props to the Falcons today... That's a really crappy Green Bay team they let win. #RiseUp— David Leoni (@DavidLeoni) December 8, 2013
Some fans were happy, or at least somewhat happy.
Well at least the Falcons are one more L closer to a good draft pick... #RiseUp— Parker Wynn (@ParkPlace5) December 8, 2013
Joke's on Green Bay, were just tanking for clowney #riseup— Jon Prabhu (@jon_prabhu) December 8, 2013
Some fans are optimistic about the future of this team.
@TheFalcoholic can we fast forward to next season?— WHOOPS (@Hueso_Head) December 8, 2013
You complete me @clownejd.— Matt (@FalconsM5) December 8, 2013
I'm not sure how this is relevant to #ATLvsGB, or the Republican Party, for that matter, but it is a fascinating observation.
Falcons players aren't throwing in the towel.
Spoon told me even though he's been getting tweets for the Falcons to tank the season he says the goal is to start a 2-gm win streak in GB.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 8, 2013
Tough one today. The q word doesn't exist, we gonna ride out til the end! #riseup— Sean Weatherspoon (@SeanWSpoon56) December 8, 2013
When things don't go your way don't give up Work harder and be the one to change the outcome by your Individual efforts and energy #RiseUp— jonathan massaquoi (@JohnnyMass96) December 8, 2013
Can you sum up your reaction to this season in three words?
J.D. Clowney RT @TheFalcoholic: The Falcons are 3-10. Sum up your reactions in three words.— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) December 9, 2013
What The Hell "@TheFalcoholic: The Falcons are 3-10. Sum up your reactions in three words."— Nathan Butler Jr. (@ATLSportsNate) December 9, 2013
I'm with WonderJaye.
Let's not and say we did. RT @NFL_ATL: What a slate of games. Let's do this again.— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) December 8, 2013