Arthur Smith: We’ve got a big game next weekend

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The Falcons have been outscored by 108 points this season and they have a 6-7 record, but they remain very much alive in the NFC playoff picture.

Sunday’s 29-21 win over the Panthers leaves the Falcons in the mix for a postseason berth as they turn their attention toward next Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Head coach Arthur Smith noted that the team’s performance was “not perfect” against Carolina, but it was enough to get a win and keep attention focused on what comes next.

I told them that I’m proud of them like I always am to coach this team,” Smith said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s a great group of guys in there. They work extremely hard and they fight. It’s an unselfish group so I’m always reminding them how proud I am to be their coach. Then we turn to the task at hand. We’ve got to get back to work tomorrow and we’ve got a big game next weekend.”

The Falcons may not be perfect, but being in the playoff conversation at this point in the season with a roster that elicited few commendations heading into the season counts as a victory in Smith’s first year in Atlanta.

4 responses to “Arthur Smith: We’ve got a big game next weekend

  1. Two hundred eighty three reasons why their dream of a playoff berth will not come true. The same can be said of my Saints! We both suck, although yall suck more than us. Merry Christmas Failcon fans!

  2. “but being in the playoff conversation at this point in the season with a roster that elicited few commendations heading into the season counts as a victory in Smith’s first year in Atlanta.”

    Adding a 7th team to water down the playoffs makes it much easier for teams with a losing record to have a chance at the playoffs late in the season.

    Setting up a tomato can for the #2 seed to knock down adds nothing to the playoffs except an unneeded chance of injuries for the 2 seed.

  3. With this roster, the fact that we have a playoff chance makes me happy. Arthur Smith has given us reason to hope. Running game coming along nicely too. When was the last time you could say that about Atlanta?

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