Farewell to Football Season

It’s been a few days. Many of us are still reeling from what proved to be an exciting comeback game for the Patriots. Now that the sting isn’t so fresh, I find easier to appreciate the incredible overtime comeback the Patriots pulled out in the second half. Things are also settling down over here, so we’re going to end our 20% off promotion for NFL mats. We’ll still have the colors in stock for a little while, but we are ending the promotion today. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated with any other changes or sales!

The Dust Settles…

It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. Super Bowl LI Final Score- Patriots 34, Falcons 28. For a moment, it seemed like David might beat Goliath. The Falcons pushed to an early lead that they maintained till late in the game. The Falcons defense, which had been a major concern for the team going in, not only managed to hold the Patriots down, but scored a touchdown themselves off an interception by Robert Alford. But then Tom Brady came to show that he can back up his reputation. In a comeback for the ages, he scored 25 points in the second half. This included four touchdowns and two much needed conversions. Ryan looked poised to put his team in field goal range and bring their lead up, but he was unexpectedly sacked and lost possession, leading to a fumble and recovery by the Patriots. With nearly no time left, the Patriots scored the second conversion and tied the game, leading to the first ever overtime in Super Bowl history. Sudden death rules apply- the first team to score wins. The Patriots won the coin toss and then beautifully brought the ball down the field. The Falcons defense, which had been so strong before, now faltered, and the Patriots fought their way into the endzone without losing possession. While I would have been much happier with a Falcons win, I’m not going to begrudge the Patriots their win. They played an amazing game in the second half. Even after being sacked several times, Brady kept his head strait and found openings in the Falcons defense to keep the ball moving forward. Edelman and White in particular proved invaluable with several incredible catches and drives respectively. I can appreciate good playing not matter who’s doing it, and it’s hard to feel too bad losing to a team that came together as well as the Patriots in the second half. In the meantime, Patriots fans, Falcons fans, and all NFL fans, you can continue to save 20%* on all NFL team mat colors, including custom mats.   *Limit one use per customer, applied to subtotal of all football themed mats for orders up to $500.

Back in the Day… with the Patriots

It’s Friday, and the air is crackling with energy in Atlanta, in Boston, in everywhere in between. But since there’s still some time before kickoff, we’re going to take a look at the Patriots Super Bowl history. There’s no way around it- the Patriots have a more impressive Super Bowl pedigree. Having gone to the Super Bowl eight times, dating back to Super Bowl XX in the mid 80’s. Their record at the Big Game is tied, 4-4, with a number of those wins coming with Brady himself leading the team. Since there’s a lot to cover, we’ll focus on their more recent games. Super Bowl XXXVI is, in many ways, the game that made both the Patriots and Brady the forces they are today. With the game tied as time wound down, Brady refused to accept the result. With a bold rush, he managed to bring his team close enough for a field goal to break the tie and win the game. The Patriots and Brady followed up with two more wins, including in 2004, which proved to be a good season for Boston, with the Red Sox finally breaking their curse. However, after this impressive string of victories, their luck turned. Though still an impressive team, they were not able to topple the Giants and Eli Manning in 2007 and 2011, though both games were close. This proved to be a small setback, though, as the Patriots reclaimed the title in 2014 against the Seahawks in yet another close game, with Brady bringing the team back from 10 points behind going into the fourth quarter. All in all, the Patriots, and Brady in particular, have quite a legacy to live up to. Moreover, the possibility of a winning Super Bowl record is sure to help focus the team. That said, in many ways the past all prologue. While Ryan and the Falcons may not have a much of a record to look back on, the only thing that really matter is who plays better on Sunday. Perhaps Brady will tilt his Super Bowl record positive, or perhaps the Falcons will get their first ever. In any case, it promises to be an awesome game! In the meantime, Matboard and More will continue our Superbowl Promotion, with 20% off any NFL mats until Sunday. We can handle both standard and custom orders, and even exact color matches in acid free mats for all the playoff teams, including our the Patriots.

Back in the Day… with the Falcons

It’s another day closer, but still so far away. Today and tomorrow, we’re going to kill a little time looking at the histories of this year’s Super Bowl teams. First up- our hometown Falcons. Sadly, though, it is a short history. Only once before have the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl. Back in the 1999, during Super Bowl XXXIII, the Falcons faced off against the previous year’s Champions, led by legendary quarterback and Nerf Football icon, John Elway. Elway was ending what would prove to be an all-time great career with a bang, hoping for back to back Super Bowl wins. The Falcons, meanwhile, had everything to prove. If the Broncos were all but expected to at least play in the Super Bowl year, the Falcons were a complete surprise. Coming off a series of weak seasons, that year had been different for the Falcons. Sporting an impressive record going into the Playoffs, they scored a nail biting victory against the Vikings in overtime to make it into the Big Game. An early lead looked exciting for the Falcons, with a field goal coming early. However, the Broncos soon took the lead, and the Falcons never managed to regain it. Though they wound up with a respectable 19 points, the 34 points for the Broncos proved to be a decisive victory. It’s been almost 20 years since that day. The Falcons are back, once again facing off against returning champions led by a legendary quarterback. We’re hoping for different results this time around though! Go Falcons! Tomorrow, we’ll have a look at the Super Bowl history of the Patriots. In the meantime, Matboard and More will continue our Superbowl Promotion, with 20% off any NFL mats until Sunday. We can handle both standard and custom orders, and even exact color matches in acid free mats for all the playoff teams, including our hometown Falcons.

A Look at the Patriots

One day closer to the Big Game, and we’re ready! Matboard and More will continue our Superbowl Promotion, with 20% off any NFL mats until Sunday. We can handle both standard and custom orders, and even exact color matches in acid free mats for all the playoff teams, including our hometown Falcons. We took at a look at the Falcons yesterday, and we’re going to examine the Patriots a little bit today. The game promises to be one to remember, with compelling reasons to favor either team. The most compelling reason for the Patriots has to be Tm Brady. A legendary QB in his own time, Brady has once again led the team in an impressive season. Brady has shown tenacity and flexibility in his role, and we can expect to see both of those in full force come Sunday. Like Ryan on the Falcons, though, Brady is backed up by a solid team. Julian Edelman has proved a reliable wide receiver through the whole season, while Chris Hogan has stepped up his game in the postseason. Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount will give Brady a solid options if he wants to run the ball. Add on the Patriots defense, which has given up fewer points than any other this year, and the Patriots look like a well rounded team. Tomorrow, we’ll go into the Superbowl history of the Atlanta Falcons.

A Look at the Falcons

We’re less than a week away from the Superbowl showdown! Matboard and More will continue our Superbowl Promotion, with 20% off any NFL mats until Sunday. We can handle both standard and custom orders, and even exact color matches in acid free mats for all the playoff teams, including our hometown Falcons. Both the Falcons and the Patriots have had impressive victories over solid teams in the regular and post-seasons. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the Falcons roster. While the Falcons are a well rounded team, offense is where they shine. Quarterback Matt Ryan led the team to a decisive victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend. Ryan has had a phenomenal season and shows no signs of slowing down. But a quarterback without a solid team around him wouldn’t make it to the Superbowl. Most notably Julio Jones, who has continued to be one of the strongest wide receivers in the sport. However, he is backed up this year by many other strong receivers, including Gabriel, Sanu, Hardy and Robinson, all of whom have contributed to victories this year. The Falcons short game is also strong, with young running backs Freeman and Coleman both proving to be threats. We’ll take a look at the Patriots tomorrow…

Falcons vs Patriots

The Playoffs are over, and it has been decided: The Atlanta Falcons vs the New England Patriots. We here at Matboard and More couldn’t be more thrilled for our hometown team to have come so far. We’ll be holding our breath till the 5th for what’s sure to be an epic showdown.   In the meantime, we’re still running our 20% Off Sale for all NFL mats, and we still have out special order mats for all the playoff teams! Be sure to contact us at Info@matboardandmore.com if you have any questions.  

Superbowl LI 20% Off Promotion!

The playoffs are upon us, and Super Bowl LI is imminent. Here at Matboard and More, we want to help commemorate the event. We’re thrilled that our hometown Falcons are doing so well, but we don’t want to play favorites either. Starting now, save 20%* on all NFL team mat colors, including custom mats. That includes authentic NFL colors to match your favorite team!   *Limit one use per customer, applied to subtotal of all football themed mats for orders up to $500.   For a limited time only, we have special ordered the exact team colors for the four playoff teams from Crescent’s official Sports Color Guide. These are acid free, conservation mats that will never fade or damage your art work. Follow the links below for standard sized mats and frames, but as with all our products you can always customize them to the exact size and colors you like! If you’re not quite sure what you want or how to order, email us at Info@matboardandmore.com. We can help figure out what you need and answer any questions. We’ll also set up an account for you and load the mat right into your cart. We wish all the playoff teams the best of luck, before they surely fall to the mighty Falcons!

Working at Matboard and More

A lot of us have had some rotten jobs over the years. For those of you who may wonder, though, Matboard and More is not one of those places. We wanted to give you a small peak behind the scenes, and tell you a little bit how your projects all come together. After all, it’s nice to know a little about the companies you do business with. The first thing you may notice when walking into the warehouse is that it might seem chaotic. We process dozens of orders a day, hundreds of mats and frames. There’s a lot going on at once. But if you look closely, you will see that while there is a lot going on, nothing is chaotic. Everyone understands their duties, or knows where to go with questions. What may look like chaos at one end of the warehouse is simply a fast-moving system that produces neatly organized and packaged orders at the other end, ready to ship off to our customers. Organization is key here, but so are the employees. When you picture a warehouse, you may be picturing something rather different from our warehouse. We keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, because we understand people work best when they are comfortable. Music plays through the warehouse all day, though employees are free to listen to their own music while they work. It almost feels relaxed, though if you look you won’t actually see anyone slacking off. These things didn’t happen by accident. The owners of Matboard and More are not distant CEOs. They are all directly involved with the company, often working side by side with the employees. They understand the importance of listening to employees, and doing what we can to create a good work environment. They know what it’s like to work for their own company first hand. This both helps them understand their employees, it also helps them keep an eye out for ways to improve our processes. And perhaps the most important thing for providing a good workplace- good people. Everyone we spoke to mentioned their fellow co-workers as one of the things they like about working at Matboard and More. More than a few mentioned feeling like a family. Sure enough, if you ever go by our warehouse, you won’t see much in the way of turnover. We have work working employees that tend to stick around, from those who have been in the framing business their whole lives, to those who are just getting started in the industry. All in all, Matboard and More is a great place to work. The respect we show our employees is in turn passed down to the customers. Weather cutting a complex order, assisting with a custom design, or simply packing your order up for shipping, we always treat our customers and their projects with respect.