We’re heading back down memory lane this morning. The Falcons have not had a lot of memorable games against the Denver Broncos, this week’s opponent, with their opponent owning a 9-6 edge in the all-time series, including (unfortunately) a Super Bowl win over Atlanta. You have to dig a little deeper to find games worth remembering, but today’s prompt is your favorite memory, and we’ve got at least one good nomination.
For me, in the limited universe of available options, it’s definitely the 41-28 victory over the Denver Broncos back in October 2004. This was a vintage good Michael Vick game, one where he put up 252 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions on just 24 attempts and also led the team in rushing, taking off 12 times for 115 yards. That one man wrecking crew performance was helped by, of all people, Peerless Price, who caught 1/3rd of his Atlanta touchdowns in this game, with two touchdowns on two receptions for 59 yards. Price also completed his only passing attempt of the day, a 25 yarder to Dez White.
That would’ve been enough to make things enjoyable, but the defense also got in on the fun. The 2004 Falcons defense was one of the last memorably good defenses Atlanta has produced, as it ranked 14th in both points allowed and yards allowed, and in this one they picked Jake Plummer three times (Kevin Mathis returned one 66 yards for a touchdown) and deflected nine passes. That helped mitigate an absolutely bonkers day from Plummer otherwise, as he put up four passing touchdowns and 499 yards on 55 attempts but somehow Denver scored just 28 points. Man, 2004 was a fun season.
What’s your favorite memory?