The Atlanta Falcons improved to 5-7 on the year with a win over the Arizona Cardinal this past Sunday to the tune of a 29-18 win at home in the Georgia Dome. Hoping out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter of play was key for success as it gave the Birds a hefty safety margin. Two shutout quarters for the Falcons defense paved the way for a comfortable second half and fourth quarter especially. After the game, Mike Smith and some of the key players reflected on this week of practice and the game itself. Coach Smith praised the three phases in execution (defense, special teams, and offense) along with the rest of his coaching staff for collaborating to create an optimal game plan. Being able to capture a decisive win over an impressive Cardinals team (9-3) is a true testament to the talent and focus of the Atlanta squad. Highlighting the team effort was a one hundred yard game from running back Steven Jackson. He expressed his drive for more hundred yard games and the determination for consistency out of his own game. Being able to run the football in the NFL today opens the door to many other aspects of the game. Julio Jones compiled 10 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown in an impressive performance offensively. The yard total marks Julio’s career high. Matt Ryan would finish the day completing 30 of his 41 pass attempts for 361 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception. Matt Bryant also set a career best on Sunday, kicking for a total of 17 points, five field goals and two extra points kicking 100%. On Monday of next week the Birds will head to Green Bay to take on the Packers who have been rolling as of late. Hopefully they can take this great win and roll it into an upset during prime time next week!