Tony Gonzalez puts a ref on a poster

The Falcons tight end has dunked the ball through the goalposts a lot in his terrific career, but this time the ref got in the way.

For a team with just two losses, the Falcons haven't gotten a lot of respect this year. I don't know if it's the misinformed idea that Atlanta 'isn't a good sports town' or that 'Matt Ryan isn't elite' or 'Michael Turner is old,' or what, but I wouldn't say Atlanta is any less a contender than other flawed teams like, say, San Francisco or Green Bay.

But consistency is the mother of proof (I think Winston Churchill said that). And arguably no tight end in the league has been more consistent over the last decade than Tony Gonzalez, who scores lots of touchdowns and dunks lots of footballs.

Here he is doing that again, but interestingly enough, the ref wanted to play one-on-one this time before he realized he was about to get dunked on in a football game.

The Falcons are leading, 14-0, early in the second quarter, and Matt Ryan has started the game 8-8 against the mighty New York Giants. Maybe people will finally start taking the Falcons seriously.

For more on the Atlanta Falcons, visit The Falcoholic, or for more news and notes from around the league, check out the SB Nation NFL hub.

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