Would beating Carolina salve Falcons season?

Cam Newton and the rest of the Carolina Panthers were full of self-congratulations after beating the Falcons two weeks ago. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Cam Newton and the rest of the Carolina Panthers were full of self-congratulations after beating the Falcons two weeks ago. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Falcons season may have unraveled like a cheap Christmas sweater. But I can’t help wondering: How much damage would be repaired by an unlikely victory over Carolina inside the Georgia Dome?

Maybe there is not a playoff spot to be won Sunday, but there are plenty of other benefits to be had with a victory:

  1. You’d forever be the team that was the lump of coal in the Panthers’ stocking, the team that denied them the glory of an undefeated regular season. Face it, that’s the only chance these Falcons will have at leaving a mark.
  2. You’d exact a large measure of retribution for the 38-0 pounding Carolina but on you just a couple weeks back. Revenge is a dish best served while standing over a prone opponent.
  3. You can cancel for one week at least The Cam Newton Endzone Dance-A-Thon. In his hometown, no less.
  4. You can ruin the day of the second most annoying part of a team that has become such unlikable winners: The secondary. I just fear that as this group goes to work on Roddy White, he’s going to make Odell Beckham look like Gandhi.
  5. And, really, Carolina had a habit of bringing a baseball bat onto the field during pregame? What, they couldn’t get the AK-47 through security? Never has a group of alleged professionals been in more need of a humbling afternoon.
  6. With a victory, the Falcons assuredly would  avoid a losing season, making 8-8 the absolute worst they could finish. And, honestly, that would be in line with the modest projections for this bunch when the season began (even if its route to break-even was fraught with switchbacks and potholes).

Great deeds are beyond the reach of the Falcons at this point. Even the idea of beating Carolina seems like a holiday fantasy. But think how far one more victory on the Sunday after Christmas would go toward soothing a dyspeptic campaign.

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ATL89
ATL89

Eating my words, Eating my words, Great job Dirty Birds!!!!

Okeetee
Okeetee

Everybody in town knows that when it comes to division games, you can throw out the results of previous games!  The Falcons were due to play another decent game and they did!  Keeping Ham Newton from making a fool out of himself with his dancing antics and showboating cabaret was certainly a nice consolation prize, too! 

McGarret
McGarret

Birds peaking now rise up to playoffs and run table. This may just be the strangest set of Falcons I've seen thus far

ErkMunson
ErkMunson

Happily eating my words from my earlier post. Way to defend the dome Falcons!

bowfan
bowfan

Yes!  Sweet revenge after the 38-0 beatdown. going from something horribly painful to watch, to watching this win was the best salve ever!  Falcons TOOK the win, they didn't luck into it.  Defense stood very tall today!

almmanduane75
almmanduane75

I guess a lot of you amateaurs feel a little foolish now that Ryan had a great day and the Falcons beat Carolina. Don't quit your regular jobs guys.

"Pants Up" "Don't Loot"

ErkMunson
ErkMunson

First off, it is not going to happen. Carolina will put a bow on the Falcons epic fail season by humiliating them in their own house. We will be treated to watching Cam doing the high five victory lap around the field with 5 minutes left in the game. Secondly, if by some fluke the Falcons did manage to pull off a miracle, it should not put a salve on anything. That is the loser mentality of 'moral victory' this franchise is way to comfortable with.

McGarret
McGarret

We are coming off the Xmas full moon and strange things are in the air. Hark and mark ye forward. These birds shall rise at Dome and upset Panthers

ATL89
ATL89

Ha, is that a joke! Of course we're not going to beat them, it would be nice to spoil their perfect season though.

DS
DS

I'll be rooting for the Falcons, but I don't see how they could beat the Panthers if they can't control the line of scrimmage. They were completely dominated at the line, both offense and defense, in the last game against the Panthers.

So I'll be looking for progress at the line. On offense, hold the pocket a little longer. Open up a few running lanes. On defense, get off some blocks and make some tackles. Pressure and hurry the quarterback with the down linemen, without sending extra blitzers.

If the Falcons can do these things better, then we'll have a good, competitive game. Let's get there first.

traderjoe9
traderjoe9

I mean, really, where are all the liberals demanding affirmative action for white guys? These are not bad paying jobs. The wealth should be shared. Performance shouldn't be an issue as it isn't elsewhere. What's different? This is GLARING DISPROPORTIONALITY!!!

JODILYN
JODILYN

Long as it does not save dimitroff I don't care what happens. Don't think Falcons have a chance though. Too much talent on that team and to little on this one. Merry Christmas all!!

TOJacket
TOJacket

Can we get some tutors over to Athens..............#9 in the SEC........impressive!

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

No Problem, the Falcons beat Carolina by 25, win over New Orleans and go to the playoffs, win all those games and end up in the Super Bowl where they beat Carolina again  Rise Up

EndofThird
EndofThird

Just staying within 10 of Carolina would be a moral victory -- and qualify the coaches for a huge bonus and raise

East Atlanta Ron
East Atlanta Ron

Celebrating a victory over Carolina would be consistent with the loser mentality in Atlanta... regular season victories, division championships, etc.  The Falcons would be king for a day, then fade into the shadows of another 'what might have been' season. The 2015 season should have been 'low hanging' fruit, based on the weak schedule of opponents, but the 2015 version of the Atlanta Falcons turned out to be the rotten apple in the barrel.

Cedrickc
Cedrickc

@East Atlanta Ron Right on!! Beating Carolina would only serve as poor coaching and players for the other game we have lost during the year! Want to celebrate Falcons win the Superbowl!!! That's my Christmas wish!

youneverknow
youneverknow

It wouldn't hurt! In fact it would be sweet!  But hey, we can dream can't we.

EdGraham
EdGraham

There is NO chance that the Falcan'ts will beat Carolina and, no, it wouldn't salvage their season.  They have an over-priced quarterback who's paid period, not paid for performance.

ATL89
ATL89

Nope, it's a wrap, Fire TD and Fire Shanahan!

Cedrickc
Cedrickc

@OH:IO @ATL89 That's right!! I liked Richt as much as the next guy BUT in his 15 years of coaching he had what not touched playing for a title game. Now during that 15 year span. Auburn hired a new coach and won one title. LSU hired a new coach and has won 2 titles. Alabama has Saban and won what 4 titles but played in 5. Florida hired Urban Myer and won2 with Tebow. Now this was all in the SEC yep you can't win its time to go.!!!

9awebb
9awebb

“Revenge is a dish best served while standing over a prone

opponent.” Classic!! Merry Christmas!!

OH:IO
OH:IO

Hummer is back from the dead!