Atlanta Falcons Survive in the Music City, 10-7


The Atlanta Falcons survive several miscues against the Tennessee Titans to move to 6-1, beating Tennessee 10-7 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Nissan Stadium.

“It wasn’t easy, but nothing ever is”, as the Atlanta Falcons win a rough road game in Nashville versus the Tennessee Titans, 10-7 Sunday afternoon. The game was a defensive blur as neither team could put it all together on offense.

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Atlanta held Tennessee to 256 total yards of offense, limiting backup QB Zach Mettenberger to 187 yards passing and the Titans’ rushing attack to 77 yards. Third down defense and two timely interceptions kept Tennessee in check for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Atlanta Falcons held the Titans to 1-9 on third down and 0-1 on fourth down, forcing Tennessee to punt seven times. However, Atlanta was rarely able to capitalize on their offensive possessions. While Matt Ryan became the 5th fastest QB to throw for over 30,000 career yards, he again had an underwhelming performance as a passer.

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Though he did complete 22 of 38 passing for 251 yards and a touchdown, his two interceptions nearly cost the Atlanta Falcons the football game. The one he threw in the end zone to David Bass on 4th and goal from the one was especially agonizing. Yes, it was a tipped pass to TE Jacob Tamme, but the play calling on the six-inch line was beyond head-scratching. Is handing the football off to either Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman that hard to do?

Fortunately the defense showed up today and the improved pass rush in the second half was ultimately the difference in this game. After blitzing only once in the first half, the Atlanta Falcons shutout the Tennessee Titans defense in the second half.

I felt that the red zone interception made by LB Paul Worrilow changed the momentum of the football game. Though Atlanta did not seize it on offense, the inspired defensive play of the team won Atlanta a game they should have certainly lost.

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O’Brien Schofield had the lone sack of the relatively immobile Mettenberger. Where the game was finally decided was on FS Robenson Therezie‘s first career interception. The UDFA out of Auburn was able to jump Mettenberger’s pass inside of the two-minute warning to essentially seal it for the Atlanta Falcons.

A win is a win, but man was that an ugly victory for the Falcons. Atlanta has now matched their win total from last season at six games. Though the Atlanta Falcons will certainly finish above .500 in 2015, they will have to play better next week at home versus division rival Tampa Bay if the Dirty Birds don’t want to start division play down 0-2. Rise Up!

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