Countdown To Kickoff: Falcons At Dolphins

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Breaking down the Dolphins-Falcons matchup.



DATE: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
TIME: 4:05 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV ANNOUNCERS: Chris Myers, play-by-play; Tim Ryan, analysis; Jennifer Hale, sideline
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Keith Sims; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro


SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 7-4
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 5-2
AT ATLANTA: Teams tied 2-2
LAST MEETING: 2009 at Atlanta; Falcons 19, Dolphins 7
HISTORY LESSON: The teams’ meeting in Miami in 2001 was scheduled as the season finale, but it ended up being the next-to-last game after all Week 2 action was pushed back because of the 9/11 attacks. The Dolphins clinched their fifth consecutive playoff appearance in that Atlanta game on Dec. 30, 2001 thanks to a 21-14 victory. The Dolphins clinched the victory by stopping Atlanta twice from the 1-yard line in the final 75 seconds. That came after safety Brock Marion returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half and the defense had another goal-line stand late in the third quarter.
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins dominated the series in the early going, taking the first four meetings and six of the first seven. But Atlanta has had the upper hand of late, with victories in three of the last four matchups. The last three games have been low-scoring affairs, with the Dolphins winning 21-14 in 2001 and Atlanta coming back with victories by the score of 17-10 in 2005 and 19-7 in 2009.


LAST GAME: Won vs. St. Louis, 31-24
OVERVIEW: After falling one play short of reaching the Super Bowl in 2012, the Falcons entered this season among the top contenders in the NFC. Atlanta opened with a 23-17 loss at New Orleans that was eerily reminiscent of its NFC Championship Game loss against San Francisco, as a potential game-winning drive late in the game was stopped on fourth down. The Falcons rebounded with an impressive victory against the Rams that wasn’t as close as the final score might suggest, but it was costly in terms of injuries. Atlanta will bring to Miami a team that put three starters on injured reserve this week.
KEY NEW FACES: CB Desmond Trufant (draft, 1st round), CB Robert Alford (draft, 2nd), RB Steven Jackson (St. Louis), DE Osi Umenyiora (N.Y. Giants), T Jeremy Trueblood (Tampa Bay) KEY VETERANS GONE: DE John Abraham (released), RB Michael Turner (released), CB Dunta Robinson (released), CB Brent Grimes (Miami), T Tyson Clabo (Miami), DE Kroy Biermann (injured reserve), LB Sean Weatherspoon (IR-designated for return), FB Bradie Ewing (injured reserve)

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