Falcons look to rebound against Chargers

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.”

falcons-5And 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!

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Falcons epic failure to take care of the ball

If you spot a team four turnovers and 17 points you most likely will not win that game and the proof is in the pudding.

The Falcons fumbled three times and Matt Ryan threw one interception in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Adding insult to injury, the Falcons were penalized an uncharacteristic 11 times for 124 yards.  Ryan did complete 37 of 45 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

“We can’t dig ourselves that hole and expect to consistently get out of it,” said Ryan, who was responsible for two of the turnovers.

The Falcons must now get back to basics as they prepare to take on the struggling San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now and support your Falcons on the road!

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Falcons drop 24-10 decision to Bengals

After a 37-34 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints, head coach admitted that going after quarterback Drew Brees would not be easy given his quick foot speed and even quicker release but against the Bengals, pressure was a must.  It just didn’t happen.

“We’ve got to put more pressure on the quarterback,” Head Coach Mike Smith said. “It’s not where we want to be after the first two games. And I think it has translated into us not playing the type of defense that we want. We haven’t been able to pressure the quarterback, nor have we been able to stop the run. And those are two issues that we definitely have to address and get better at.”

They didn’t “stop the run” to the tune of 90 yards and gave up nearly 500 in the 24-10 loss but they have the chance to right the ship as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.  Plenty of great seats and cheap tickets still remain…Get yours today!

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