October 14, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) points to the stands after the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons beat the Raiders 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The Atlanta Falcons are on a surprising run since the beginning of the season after quitely slipping under the radar during training camp and have now become a contender to reach the postseason and grab the NFC South crown as well.
After pulling themselves out of several holes and nabbing some close victories, the Falcons will head into their bye week at 6-0 and are at the top of the NFC South with not even the once favored New Orleans Saints poised to stop them.
The Falcons it seems are taking the route of the Saints 2009-2010 season and are having the ball bounce their way with last minute comebacks and dominant performances in each game.
The past three games have been nail biters for the Falcons as it took some last second heroics from kicker Matt Bryant to seal two wins for the club with one coming in odd fashion yesterday against the Oakland Raiders.
With seconds on the clock, Bryant lined up for a 55-yard field goal to win the game. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen called a timeout to “ice” Bryant, but it backfired.
When Allen called the timeout, the Falcons snapped the ball anyway and Bryant kicked the ball well after and hooked the ball left. After lining up again, Bryant sailed the ball through the middle of the uprights.
With the run the Falcons are on now, some have them already penciled in as the #1 seed in the playoffs which would give them homefield advantage throughout. Of course the Falcons did a similar feat in 2010 but fell at home in the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers.