Controversial Calls dooms Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons (4-2, 1st NFC South) remained in first place in their division after the Seattle Seahawks (4-1, 1st NFC West) narrowly defeated them by two points on Sunday afternoon, 26-24.
The Falcons took a 24-17 lead into the fourth quarter after falling behind 17-3 in the first half of the game. The Falcons then erupted for 21 third quarter points to take the lead led by Matt Ryan’s three touchdown passes.
“Fortunately we did well early, had a really nice first half and then came back when we needed to in the fourth quarter to get the stops we needed to get it done and the one kick we needed to make,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “A really difficult game, but I’m fired up.”
And comeback they did after the Seahawks began falling apart and scolding each other, especially Richard Sherman who was yelling at teammates with veins bulging in his head. The Seahawks would settle down but the Falcons defense also stepped up keeping them out of the end zone in the early part of the quarter, forcing a wide right field goal. With under five minutes to go, the Seahawks found the end zone but managed to miss the PAT and the Falcons still held a slim lead. They would have to play error free football to pull off a win at CenturyLink Field. They could not.
Matt Ryan had a pass tipped by Richard Sherman which landed into the hands of Earl Thomas which would lead to another field goal to bring the game within one point of the Falcons. When the Falcons took over again, a major no-call occurred when WR Julio Jones, defended by two players, went into the air to retrieve a pass but was held by CB Richard Sherman.
“Sherm’s hand was on his arm. That happens all the time,” head coach Pete Carroll said.“That’s not a big deal at all.”
It was a big deal to the Falcons but they manage to hold on to the division. Now they must prepare for the San Diego Chargers (2-4, 4th AFC West). Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and cheer on your Atlanta Falcons this weekend!
Defense is a major concern
The Atlanta Falcons (2-1, 1st NFC South) have rebounded from their opening loss to win two straight games and take over the NFC South. While the offense is humming along at 438 yards a game, their defense is ranked near the bottom of the league, giving up 371 yards a game. And defense wins championships. Now come the Panthers (1-2, 3rd NFC South)
These two teams have a nice little history between them and have played 42 times with the Falcons taking a 25-17 lead in the series. While the Panthers record is under .500, they are favored in this match up by 3 1/2 because of that porous Falcons defense. The Panthers, however, have a stiff defense, ranked 3rd in the NFL and is the best Atlanta has come across this season.
“An excellent defense,” QB Matt Ryan said of Carolina. “I think their front seven does a great job both against the run and the pass. Two excellent linebackers. A front four that is very deep across the board. Those guys play extremely well. For us, it’s going to be important to play well up front and to prepare for their scheme. I think they do a great job of understanding their scheme and understanding the offenses that they’re going against.”
The game kicks off at Noon in the Georgia Dome. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Atlanta Falcons this Sunday!
The Atlanta Falcons will welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday in the season opener for both teams. The Falcons finished last season with an 8-8 record in the NFC South, which was an improvement from their 2014 6-10 record but still not anywhere near where they wanted to finish after starting 5-0.
The Falcons go into the season with one of the toughest schedules in the NFL but quarterback Matt Ryan thinks that if the defense can hold, he has enough weapons on the offensive side of the ball to get into the playoffs and beyond.
“We have to create some explosive plays,” Ryan said. “We are getting the ball down the field a little bit and that will help us out. We have to be a little bit more consistent. There is no question about that.”
Coach Quinn also announced that rookie linebackers Deion Jones and DeVondre Campbell will start against the Bucs. Coach Quinn also stated that OG Chris Chester has won his position and will again get the start at right guard.
As for the schedule, coach Quinn seemed more excited then weary of the schedule that has three of first four games divisional matches.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Quinn said. “I love the way that the league has set that up where three of the four are right off the bat. It’s an area we didn’t do a good enough job last year. We struggled against our very own division, which is a tough one.”
Tickets for the game and all your regular season games are on sale now. Get yours today and help cheer on your Atlanta Falcons over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!