Did anybody see the ass whooping the the Saints delivered to the Falcons last night? They flat out laid the wood on the Falcons and Michael Vick. The Falcons were thoroughly dominated in every facet of the game, from the running game to special teams and every area in between. Michael Vick did not have a good game, but he was not the only one to blame. There were at least 5 or 6 balls that I counted that receivers dropped that were right in their hands, and even the sure-handed Alge Crumpler dropped an easy touchdown pass where he was all alone in the end zone. There was no protection in the pocket and Vick held on to the ball too long, trying to make a play sometimes when he would’ve just been better off throwing the ball away. Does this legitimize the Saints as a playoff contender? Yes. Does this mean the Falcons are no longer a legitimate Super Bowl contender? No. The Falcons are still in a group of a handful of teams in the NFC that are for real and will compete for the NFC crown (along with Chicago, Seattle, and Philadelphia). What else can be said about this game? The Falcons just weren’t ready for the game, they were outplayed and outcoached. The Saints came out on fire, exploding with emotion and adrenaline, and they played like it. They completely neutralized the Falcon’s running game. When Vick has to throw the ball 31 times, that is not good. There will be a lot of fickle, stupid fans who will be calling sports radio all week pleading for Matt Schaub. When will fans understand? Michael Vick is our best quarterback and our best chance of winning every sunday, period. This shouldn’t even be in question. Is Matt Schaub a better passer? Maybe, I haven’t seen him play enough against NFL defenses to say that, but who’s the better quarterback? Who do you want with the game on the line to line up behind center? Either way, trust me on this, the Falcons will not come out flat again against the Cardinals and Matt Leinart. They will not. They are too well coached, experienced, and too damn proud to come out and lay another egg, especially not in front of their home crowd. Sometimes, you just get your ass whooped and you gotta move on. You can’t win every game, and you can’t be close in every game. I remember two years ago when the Kansas City Chiefs shellacked the Falcons 56-10, running all over us and thoroughly dominating us from the opening kickoff. What happened that year? The Falcons went on to go to the NFC Championship game. It was only 1 game, which is the same thing I said after the first two wins. It is a long season, and you can’t get too high or too low on each game. At the midpoint of the season, we will really know who the Falcons are. Fairweather fans need not worry, the Falcons will be alright and they will bounce back.