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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Tuesday, Dec. 31

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Happy Tuesday, Falcoholics! It’s the second day of the off-season and, perhaps more importantly, it’s the last day of the year. It’s time to celebrate! With any luck, 2020 will bring us more Falcons wins, less Falcons losses, and lots of opportunities to eat our feelings. But let’s be honest, these are the Falcons we’re talking about. A return to infuriating mediocrity in 2020 is well within the realms of possibility, family.

Have you tried our new and improved links? They now come in a variety of colors (oh, hello fuchsia!) and we recently added a delightful new scent: complete and utter disappointment. (If you’re curious, “complete and utterdisappointment” smells like dirt and hot dog water.)

Season finale

The Falcons played their last game of the season on Sunday and they came away victorious. Huzzah! I brought you this week’s edition of “3 up, 3 down.” The Falcoholic himself penned a recap you won’t want to miss. David Walker had us weigh in on the best offensive and defensive players.

Maybe you’re annoyed by the 6-2 second half. Or maybe you are encouraged by what this roster can do, under the right circumstances. There’s no denying reality, and in reality, there’s plenty of room for improvement and this team must learn from its mistakes.

This week’s tweet recap is pure gold. Not, like, literal gold. We cannot offer you gold, mainly because we don’t possess any, ya know, gold. Dave pays us in bean and cheese burritos and hugs. But I digress; the Twitter takes were truly terrific. (Say that 5 times fast.)

Room for Improvement

The Falcons let franchise quarterback Matthew Thomas Ryan get hit far too often in 2019. In fact, they nearly broke a franchise record. Along those lines, the Falcons signed a bunch of guys you may not have heard of yet to reserve/future deals.

Playoffs

I have some bad news: The Falcons are not participating in the NFL playoffs this season. I’m sorry if you spent the last 5 months under a rock and are just now hearing this. I always hate to be the bearer of bad news. That said, the Saints will have to play in the first round of the playoffs, notwithstanding their demolition of the “Football Team” Formerly Known as the Panthers on Sunday. Looking at the talent-infused playoff bracket, the Saints have a difficult road ahead. Why not make them prove themselves one week earlier?

Looking ahead, we now know who the Falcons will face in 2020. Atlanta will play host for the Bears and travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. It should be fun to watch unless, ya know, things happen.

Go forth, Falcoholics. Show the last day of the year who’s boss.