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Reacting to the Falcons’ magnificent blowout win over the 49ers

Our crew gives their thoughts on a fun game. Share yours!

San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images


For the first time in a long time, the Falcons put away two very bad teams in convincing fashion. This is a notable change from the past, when the Falcons would inexplicably play down to their inferior competition. The 2016 Falcons - these of head coach Dan Quinn - have a different mentality that is refreshing to see. The team dominated a team they should have dominated and it was nice to see. I don’t know what it may mean for this year, but it’s a good sign for the team in the long-run.

Caleb Rutherford

I worry a little that the lack of competition over the past two games could lull us to sleep, but given how we smashed both teams early and often, I think they've bought into the “we’re 0-0” approach. Matt Ryan was masterful, and the run game (and the OL!) completely outclassed the 49ers. I marvel at how the offense functions without Julio Jones. Virtual unknowns (before this year) in Robinson, Gabriel, and Hardy step in and the offense still goes. We don't get many pro games like this, so let's enjoy them while we can.


The big picture still hasn’t changed…the divisional games will be critical, the young defense will have its growing pains, and depth is the biggest threat to Atlanta’s season. That was true when the season began, and it remains true as we get down to the wire. One great thing about having two comfortable games in a row is that so many reserves have had so many reps. If we need to call their numbers this week, they’ll be prepared to play.

Dave Choate

I love the way this team is playing right now, and for two weeks, I chose to ignore the quality of the opposition and just bask in the offensive explosions and competent defensive play. The foundation they’re building here is one that could keep this team winning and relevant for years to come, and the fact that they’re tantalizingly close to the playoffs in a year where I expected them to again finish .500 (at least initially) fills me with joy.

Now just do to Carolina and New Orleans what you did to the 49ers and Rams, please.