It’s Valentine’s Day, and what a perfect time to look back fondly at the things we loved about this past Falcons season.
Sure, it wasn’t ideal. Finishing 7-9 amid a disastrous array of injuries to key players wasn’t high on anyone’s wish list for 2018. But still, there were moments to love, and our staff and readers weighed in on Twitter.
In honor of Valentine's Day, tell me what you loved the most about the 2018 Falcons season.— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) February 14, 2019
For some folks, just making it to a game or two was the highlight of the season.
Getting to actually see them in person for the first time was pretty great for me. pic.twitter.com/S8KpCsf0Rp— Josh Gamez (@Just_JoshG) February 14, 2019
Getting to see two of their games live in-person— Steve (@SteveInBrooklyn) February 14, 2019
Matt ryans 5td game.. flew in from North Dakota for it and sat 3rd row. Coleman sanu and ridley scored right in front of me. Wish we had won! Fk the saints— Oilfield Falcon (@oilfieldfalcon) February 14, 2019
Since I live in CLT, it was lots of fun watching them win in person at BofA stadium— Mike O (@VTMikeO) February 14, 2019
Other fans had specific plays in mind.
That ridiculous Vic Beasley scoop and score— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) February 14, 2019
Matt Bosher hitting that Panthers player with the Sidewalk slam— DaVonte Hughes (@CookieByNature) February 14, 2019
Matt Bosher destroying a panther.— kelsey sutton (@kelseytaysutton) February 14, 2019
The 1st Julio TD unbelievably hype moment— ATL Bad Sports Town (@_Brandon_Sayre_) February 14, 2019
Being at the Benz for the Vic fumble touchdown. It was awesome.— Andy (@TryHardGinger) February 14, 2019
The Sanu to Ryan touchdown pass was so cool.— niffles (@standardniffles) February 14, 2019
Matt Boshers MMA tryout— Andrew Boudreau (@boudz5223) February 14, 2019
Easily the bosher hit— CharDee MaynaDooDoo (@hashtag_maynard) February 14, 2019
Matt Ryan catches a Touchdown.— Henry Hamilton (@hami1018a) February 14, 2019
Beating Washington in Washington.— A.J. Chouravong (@solavong) February 14, 2019
Vic Beasley finally getting a damn sack— Proud Black Father ✊ ✊ ✊ (@dinerodavis45) February 14, 2019
Julio’s first TD of the season in Washington was fun. Honorable mention to Jake Mathews for hitting a mean block to make it happen— Arguk the Butcher (@ArgukTheButcher) February 14, 2019
There was good reason to love that first Julio touchdown, because we were all sick of hearing about his lack of scoring.
Julio getting TDs and people finally shutting up about it— Josh Bartlett (@Jcbartlett25) February 14, 2019
For some fans, it was the emergence of young players or the continued success of veterans.
Jack Crawford finishing tied for 2nd in sacks. Everyone thought I was crazy saying he’d do big things in 2018.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) February 14, 2019
@CalvinRidley1 being on my fantasy team— The(Isaac)EliasSportsBureau (@IE_SportsBureau) February 14, 2019
Ok I'm back bc even though 7-9 and hella injuries there was some good....the emergence of Hoop and Kazee.....and a bright future with Ridley, Ito and Senat. Also I have a picture of my name on the #RiseUp letters outside of MBS.— Jaleesiana (@Jaleesa_Nicole) February 14, 2019
Julio Jones and Matt Ryan— Matt (@RealGagneWest) February 14, 2019
Kazee getting ints. Seems like he was the only db to catch the ball. Great instincts— jim fernandes (@jimfernandes) February 14, 2019
Kazee, Ridley, and the fact that Jet Jones is the GOAT no matter if he attends training camp or not.— Garrett Heaberlin (@GHeaberlin) February 14, 2019
*through tears*— Harry Campbell (@harryncampbell) February 14, 2019
Matt Bryant’s leg
Hard season to go through! But there were some positives , and that it were some of the young guys got better and showed out “Kazee” in particular .— Harry Lloyd (@dawgsfalconswin) February 14, 2019
Some people had a hard time finding anything positive to say, which is kind of understandable.
My favorite was definitely the Browns game where I watched something else and really enjoyed myself.— Offseasonoholic Matt (@FalcoholicMatt) February 14, 2019
When the Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs but then won like 100 games in a row to screw up their draft picks.— Seth Diamond (@sdiamondATL) February 14, 2019
I loved the roller coaster of emotions that the Dirty Birds took us on from Week 1-Week 17. I only felt like my heart was going to give out 34 times! Wait....this all seems pretty negative.— Taylor Hall (@wmtaylorhall) February 14, 2019
As a matter of fact, this was the most popular answer:
Dec 31, 2018— Chuck Eidsoñ (@chucke42) February 14, 2019
That it ended and we can move on— Per my last email... (@Pic_Nikk) February 14, 2019
When it ended— Adnan Ikic (@SayWhichWay) February 14, 2019
Week 17, 4th Quarter, 00:00 on the game clock.— Michael Candolini (@mc4ndo) February 14, 2019
After week one...that it's over and we are on to the 2019 season (and the Super Bowl this year).— Kevin Marshall (@falicon) February 14, 2019
But this reaction was a close second.
The Saints losing in the NFC Championship— Neil Shelat (@NeilShelat6) February 14, 2019
The @Saints didn't get to play in the Super Bowl in our beautiful funk free stadium— ⭐️L⚽️A G⭐️ (@x__lag__x) February 14, 2019
Watching NOLA cry themselves to sleep after the Rams game.— F**K Your Squad ™ (@BirdGangWayne) February 14, 2019
Drew Brees throwing that interception and ending their season— R3aDy 4 Fr33 Ag3NcY (@stu_bear) February 14, 2019
And this is definitely something to love about last season.
Atlanta United got a championship during it.— tim (@timishiding) February 14, 2019
Share what you loved about last season in the comments. Happy Valentine’s Day!