The Atlanta Falcons are NFC Champions. It’s hard to believe that, but it’s true. In 14 days they will taken on the Goliath that is the New England Patriots. That’s two weeks to game plan, strategize, and get healthy. But lucky for us, the Falcons are already pretty healthy.
I’ll get this out of the way: there weren’t any significant injuries today. Just a few things to keep an eye on.
Alex Mack left the game early in the second quarter. Running back Devonta Freeman fell into his knee on a run play that went nowhere. Mack fell awkwardly, tweaking his knee. He walked off the field with trainers. Ben Garland came in for exactly one play and Mack looked unaffected for the rest of the game.
Keanu Neal left the game halfway through the fourth quarter and Sharrod Neasman replaced him. I couldn’t tell why he left so maybe he just needed a breather. It was an odd time for Neal to be out of the game, which gives me pause. But this is nothing more than paranoia on my part.
Interestingly star wide receiver Julio Jones looked completely unaffected by his toe injury today. If that thing was aching or in any way hurting him, he sure didn’t let it show. Jone racked up 180 yards on 9 receptions, scoring twice. He was involved in helmet to helmet collision and one of his receptions involved a freakish backflip. I don’t know if they injected that toe with cortisone or what, but if Julio can play like this against the Patriots, then even Bill Belichick won’t be able to stop him.