We all know how things ended yesterday in Carolina. The loss was a bad one, and was a nail in the sad, sad coffin that is the Falcons' 2013 season.
Fans, and Julio Jones, were generally optimistic going into the game, though.
Let's bring it home today #RISEUP— Julio Jones (@juliojones_11) November 3, 2013
The Falcons are dead now. Like zombies. Therefore #RiseUp from the grave, we shall.— #CodyHarris (@Cody_Harris92) November 3, 2013
And some fans just asked the Falcons for a win politely.
Let's go Falcons! #RiseUp please?— Chri$tian (@RunCRB) November 3, 2013
O Line plz plz.plz block this week. #RiseUp— Marcus Cooper (@Supa_Cooper) November 3, 2013
Some fans had some smart ideas for the game plan. Someone should let Mike Smith know.
Some fans are just doing it right.
And some people are really doing this wrong.
Sir, your Twitter name is "@PositivelyNick," but this isn't very positive.
I have a bad feeling about this game.... #RiseUp— Nick Charles (@PositivelyNick) November 3, 2013
Hey, they have to be good at something, right?
We're really good at getting 1 yard on 1st down. #RiseUp— Aaron Freeman (@falcfans) November 3, 2013
Can Atlanta's opponents really not come up with original celebration dances?
Wow! So whenever a player scores on the falcons, he or she will do the 1998 dirty bird? Come on now! I tell you, folks gone hate! #riseup— Coach (@Marcfromcp) November 3, 2013
As usual, Matt Bosher and Matt Bryant earn praise from fans.
He wasn't getting by Bosher #RiseUp— Michael Smith (@Zone6General) November 3, 2013
The refs were terrible. Let's not even try to sugarcoat it.
Hold was borderline, Gonzalez basically slammed down in the end zone. Banner play for the refs.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 3, 2013
Such a horrifyingly bad PI call on Trufant. Un-catchable AND it was a tipped ball. Refs extending this drive for Panthers.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 3, 2013
I think I saw a ref blocking Jonathan Massaquoi on that play. (Lets be honest, you wouldn't be surprised)— Atlanta Falcons Blog (@GritsBlitzBlog) November 3, 2013
A flag against Carolina. Also just saw a unicorn. #ATLvsCAR— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) November 3, 2013
NO. THAT SPOT IS TERRIBLE.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 3, 2013
Mike Smith was pretty mad about it, too.
Atlanta's defense brought a lot of pressure early, which was fun to watch.
Both ends in on a sack? The last time that happened, it was 1935.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 3, 2013
And the young rookie cornerbacks, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, added a pair of interceptions to the first-half defensive effort.
A red zone touchdown, you guys! A red zone touchdown!
RYAN TO GONZALEZ FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!!!! #RiseUp— Will Acosta (@willacosta1510) November 3, 2013
Corey Peters returned to the game after suffering a knee injury, and hopefully the MRI he will undergo today will reveal no damage, but just in case, you may want to stay off Roswell Road.
The Falcons actually kind of ran the ball against the Panthers! It's probably not great that a collective 78-yard rushing effort is exciting, but you have to take what you can get this season.
That's the first Steven Jackson type run I've seen from him all year #riseup— Bad Influence Ray (@illbelate2that) November 3, 2013
But, there were still some questionable play calls on running downs.
So, when the opposing defense lines up 9 in the box - it's OK to not call a run up the middle guys. #Falcons— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 3, 2013
Matt Ryan made some uncharacteristically terrible decisions. It's also obvious that, while Ryan is forcing plays in some situations, they are plays that Roddy White or Julio Jones, both very physical receivers, could likely make.
Interception. You might try that throw with Julio or Gonzalez but not Douglas. Not knocking Harry, those guys are both BEASTS! #RiseUp— marlon veal (@mwveal) November 3, 2013
Matt Ryan is an aggressive QB. Same things that make him great with good cast hurt him with a terrible one.— KMarch (@KMarch_) November 3, 2013
And, the penalties! Good Lord, the penalties.
The penalties are a huge problem, and a huge departure from a typical Mike Smith team. Momentum killers. Just so detrimental.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 3, 2013
This game really wouldn't have been complete without a 12 men on the field penalty.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 3, 2013
At the end of the day, the mistakes and penalties put the Falcons in a position to lose.
CAN YOU NOT OFFENSE. CAN YOU PLEASE JUST NOT.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 3, 2013
You have to give Carolina credit for their D and Newton's ability, but if not for several huge, critical mistakes, they're in this.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 3, 2013
O-Line was solid today, D-Line got pressure, this game came down to Matt Ryan and the excessive penalties— Nathan Butler Jr. (@ATLSportsNate) November 3, 2013
No. The Falcons should not trade Matt Ryan. Please just stop.
So, a guy at work txt'd me to say "It's time to trade Matt Ryan while we can." I'm about to get violent.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 3, 2013
I get being upset at this season, but pretending that these #Falcons have been terrible since 2008 is just stupid.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 3, 2013
It's been a while since we've had a season this rickety. I don't like the feeling but I appreciate that it's less often than in years past.— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) November 3, 2013
We all have different ways of coping.
4th and 1 and the Panthers score a touchdown. BRB checking on my moonshine.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 3, 2013
I feel like I need to karate-chop stuff.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 3, 2013
HEY EVERYBODY, THE SAINTS ARE LOSING!!!— Atlanta Falcons Blog (@GritsBlitzBlog) November 3, 2013
And there's always a bright side.
Mr. Blank might have a losing team, but he does have a fly ass coat on. #RiseUp— Melanie Senesac (@rawrMel) November 3, 2013