Last week I sang the praises of the Atlanta Falcons, who at 5-3 appeared to be the only NFL team with University of Montana ties to still be in the playoff hunt.

However, the Falcons lost a heart-breaker to New Orleans 26-23 in overtime, while some of the other NFL squads with former Grizzlies were more successful.

In Charlotte, the Tennessee Titans bounced back with a 30-3 dismantling of the Carolina Panthers. Return man Marc Mariani got the scoring started with a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown, his first of the year. In all, Mariani returned 6 punts for 103 yards.

After starting the year off 0-7, the Miami Dolphins have now won two in a row after their 20-9 victory over the Washington Redskins. Kicker Dan Carpenter was 2-for-3 on field goals (connecting from 21 and 28 yards out, and missing wide left from 49 yards away). He also hit both of his PAT kicks. Cornerback Jimmy Wilson and running back Lex Hilliard both got into the game, but did not record any official statistics.

The Philadelphia Eagles continued their free-fall, losing to the Arizona Cardinals 21-17. Safety Colt Anderson finished with two special teams tackles.

Finally, the Falcons' aforementioned loss to New Orleans came with some quiet performances from defensive end Kroy Biermann and safety Shann Schillinger. Biermann finished with 1 assist, while Schillinger played but didn't collect any official stats.