Happy Birthday! Vick’s best plays with the Atlanta Falcons

Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NFLPhotoLibrary) /
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The Lambeau Leap is a timely tradition for the Green Bay Packers and opposing teams if they want to troll.

You score, run over to the fans in the endzone and hop on up.

On this particular Saturday night in January in 2003. The Falcons traveled up to Lambeau to take on Brett Favre and the Pack. As we know, the playoff history between the two teams is rather interesting. Green Bay smoked Atlanta on it’s Super Bowl run and the Falcons returned the favor a few years later on theirs.

But this night, Vick made history. Leading the Falcons to a win. A 27-7 win. The first win, at Lambeau by a road team in the playoffs. That’s historic. All done by a 22-year-old quarterback against a future hall of famer.

We knew Vick was special with his jukes and unreal fluidity on the field, but this put him on the map. The Falcons never trailed that game.

And yes, there was a stamp of him in this game. Up 21-0 in the second quarter, Vick rolls left, runs toward the sideline with seemingly nowhere to go and with defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila chasing him down.

Gbaja-Biamila grabs him and is surely going to pull him out. Wrong. Somehow Vick throws him off like he’s playing with an inferior kid.

Vick was shrugging off defenders before Cam Newton and Lamar Jackson even thought about playing in the NFL.