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Tony Gonzalez limps off, still with no career playoff wins

The career receiving numbers of tight end Tony Gonzalez will get him into the Hall of Fame.  But that eventual bust in Canton will never give him what he has yet to achieve on the field of play — a postseason win.

Gonzalez and the top-seeded Falcons are being shredded late after three quarters at home by the sixth-seeded Packers, 42-14.  To make matters worse, Gonzalez has limped off the field with a right leg injury.

The 14-year veteran, who forced a trade out of Kansas City two years ago, hasn’t been specific about his career plans.  And we’d be shocked if he calls it quits after a 13-3 season ended with a one-and-done playoff run.  But it will take a while to recover from an inevitable loss that has to be making Gonzalez and the Falcons questioning whether they are properly equipped to continue to fend off the Saints and the Bucs — and even if they can to then win the games that matter most.

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23 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez limps off, still with no career playoff wins”
  1. bspn2 says: Jan 15, 2011 10:39 PM

    Too bad, so sad.

  2. rooneyruleblues says: Jan 15, 2011 10:40 PM

    Antonio Gates will surpass Gonzo.

  3. turbodog1027 says: Jan 15, 2011 10:46 PM

    such a shame. A great player on a piss poor team

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2011 10:47 PM

    Has he even had a playoff catch much less a playoff victory ? Talk about disappearing in a big game, 1 catch for 7 yards.

  5. hobartbaker says: Jan 15, 2011 10:47 PM

    Wily vet decides to save it for another day.

    In other news Falcon officials announced that all video evidence of today’s game has been sealed, and will be buried in an unused mineshaft at an undisclosed location.

  6. backuppunter says: Jan 15, 2011 10:48 PM

    Poor Tony if any player deserves a ring it’s him. I remember watching him as a chief when he would be covered by a CB, a LB, and a S at the same time. He would still make his catches. I hope he can hang in there another year or so, the falcons seem to have alot going for them, although not in this game

  7. xli2006 says: Jan 15, 2011 10:51 PM

    Has a Hall Of Famer ever NOT won a Playoff Game?

    I assume so, but damn… that’s rough.

  8. xstaticonradio says: Jan 15, 2011 10:51 PM

    No one deserves a Super Bowl more than this guy. This sucks.

  9. normswifevera says: Jan 15, 2011 10:52 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  10. skeeterladeeter says: Jan 15, 2011 10:54 PM

    Tony Gonzalez, the epitome of Atlanta’s season: great in the regular season, able to hype up the fans for 18 weeks, but when it comes to crunch time, he poops the bed.


  11. smfowler says: Jan 15, 2011 10:58 PM

    What do you expect with a team that plays barely above mediocre zone defense, can not play man-to-man, and misses more sacks than a Kroger at the beginning of the school year (remember wrapping your books in paper bags?).

  12. ryansdirtytrailer says: Jan 15, 2011 11:03 PM

    Love Gonzo, but he had some key drops in 97 and 06. He’s as much to blame as anyone else for his mediocre playoff record.

  13. smfowler says: Jan 15, 2011 11:06 PM

    Browns and Denver…. have fun with your new OC.
    Mike sucks. Down 24 and running plays designed to gain 10 to 15 yards. Im ready to see who Smith or Dimitroff has as his replacement.

    Mike Smith might = Mark Richt

  14. smfowler says: Jan 15, 2011 11:12 PM

    BTW, by mike i mean mularkey, not smith.
    mularkey is too conservative. he caught GB with the same play he caught CHI with a year ago to set up a field goal.

  15. trigdaddy says: Jan 15, 2011 11:32 PM

    That Falcons D just made the Eagles D look good

  16. moneymike23 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:36 PM

    Wow, I did not know this. I feel for the guy.

  17. d2o2s6r6 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:47 PM

    U can’t b da number one seed and get wooped congrats green bay

  18. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:01 AM

    The only thing worse than the Falcons were their sorry ass fans that limped out of the stadium in the 3rd quarter. What a joke of a sports town, they don’t deserve to have a team in the super bowl.

  19. r0b1b0y says: Jan 16, 2011 12:03 AM

    he’s a stat hoarder with no heart playing on a fly by night paper tiger team, not surprised

  20. stixzidinia says: Jan 16, 2011 1:03 AM

    Was going for the Packers tonight but I do feel bad for Gonz. He deserves a SB appearance. Hope he gets one before he’s done.

  21. mybuttsayspft says: Jan 16, 2011 8:04 AM

    That’s what happens when you play most of your career in Kansas city.

  22. seeptermean says: Jan 16, 2011 8:43 AM

    I would take Shannon Sharpe over Tony Gonzalez any day of the week… 3 super rings also helps, somehow he can’t get in the HOF though

  23. slickster35 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:39 AM

    seeptermean says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:43 AM
    I would take Shannon Sharpe over Tony Gonzalez any day of the week… 3 super rings also helps, somehow he can’t get in the HOF though

    And people wonder why donkey fans are considered to be on a level plane with faider fans.

    TG will be first ballot, while mush mouth might not make it in the hall for the next decade.

    Should have stayed in KC Tony. They’ll win the big one before hotlanta will.

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