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Remembering a Thriller


Remember when the Falcons were in Tampa Bay, down by 10 points with less than five minutes left and just feeling that overwhelming hopelessness take over?

If you're like me, you don't remember that, because that's not the way it went down for you.

The 2010 Falcons were the cardiac kids, make no mistake, but early in the season, many of us learned to never, ever count this team out. That's why it was exciting, thrilling and electrifying — but not surprising — when Eric Weems ran back that touchdown 102 yards on a kickoff after the Bucs went up by 10 to put the Falcons in position to steal the all-important NFC South game away.

They did, indeed, do that with a late touchdown catch by Michael Jenkins.

There were so many amazing plays in that game, from Weems' runback to Jenkins' touchdown to Brent Grimes' amazing interception (or two, if you ask me), that the game was selected by as the No. 5 game of 2010 in their list of the best 20 from the season.

Elliot Harris, a research analyst for the NFL Network's NFL RedZone, watched all 267 games from last year and ranked them. Yep. He watched all of them. Envy him.

Already into the top 5, I can think of a couple of more Falcons games he should consider: Falcons vs. 49ers, Falcons vs. Saints Part I and Falcons vs. Ravens. All fantastic games for the Falcons, and I think for the NFL last year.

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