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So instead of being smart and resting their starters, the Falcons played them all four quarters today. And John Abraham appeared to have badly rolled an ankle. To make it even worse, they lost the game.
And Matty Ice got the crap beat out of him all day. Agreed it was a dumb move.
In the past they have rested their starters in Week 17, and wound up losing the first playoff game. Clearly it hasn't worked for them in the past, so why not try something, anything different? They had already locked up home field through the NFC playoffs and a bye to the second weekend, so it's not like they don't have time to rest up and prepare.
My Packers are about to storm through the NFC anyways. Matty Light is a playoff bust, especially at home.
We shall see.
If you have nothing to play for, why play it out?
I know what happened in the past. Still, I would have played the starters one or two series and then let the second team play it out. If Abraham is out, as is very possible, they have very little pass rush.
I think the Seahawks are about to take the NFC over in the playoffs....
Your Packers are currently in the process of getting smacked by the Vikings. They have no answer for AP.
Not a NFL guy but don't they just have 40 something on the roster? Do they have enough to sit all the starters?
They are allowed 53 on an active roster iirc.
The roster is 53 guys.
You wouldn't sit everybody, just your key guys. No need to risk injury to Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White and Julio Jones. On defense, no way would I have left Abraham out there as he is injury prone anyway.
Understand, may have some ga grads running the place :-)
Think they finally gotten rid of all that Georgia bias when the Smith family sold the team to Arthur Blank. I always thought old Rankin would have greatly preferred owning the University instead of the Falcons.
FWIW ... I believe only 46 active on game day.
Honoring the greatest coach of all-time ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Neyland
I have a great friend who plays for the falcons. His wife told my wife they were going to play them, but not push them hard. If it came easy great if not, don't push it. That obviously did not play out the way Mike Smith planned. They are a resiliant team though, and I actually think the loss done them some good on one hand. On the other, some of the players are now banged up a bit more than before the game started. I agree with using starters for...say...the first half. If it is a walk in the park, take em' out, if it ain't, take em' out anyway! Don't risk injury.
You still sure that's gonna happen now? You think the packs can handle the Vikings another go round? We will re vist this later and for the answer!
I hear ya man. I really don't want to play them again next week. Not the same defensive performance we've had the last few weeks. It'll be interesting to see what adjustments we make.
The packs are always good, my concern is their D has broken down on several occasions. They looked tired, and lifeless after the half in some ways. They held their own, but not able to handle the pounding from AP. IMO
I recall the Colts resting starters during an undefeated season campaign, losing the game, and then looking completely out of sync for the playoffs.
Sometimes your playing for is to keep your edge and rhythm.
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