Atlanta Falcons Crash Back To Earth After Tampa Loss

Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Coming into Sunday’s game, the Atlanta Falcons were riding high after stringing two wins in a row after the dreadful first half of the season. All the momentum the Falcons had built up came crashing down when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Falcons.

After winning two games in a row, the Atlanta Falcons improved their record to 3-7 coming into Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Bucs. With how good the Falcons have played in the last two weeks, it was easy to think the Falcons would continue to ride the wave they’ve been done since coming out of the bye week. Well, the Falcons were rudely reminded why were 1-7, to begin with.

Like the last two games, the Falcons chose to start the game with the ball. After driving up the field to the red zone, the Falcons opening drive stalled. The Falcons settled for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead. When the Falcons defense intercepted a Jameis Winston pass on Tampa’s second offensive play, it looked like the Falcons would run away with the game.

Instead of running away with the game, the Falcons offense stalled once again. After the Falcons punted the ball away, the Bucs would make them pay by scoring a touchdown to take the lead, 7-3. The Bucs would stop the Falcons next offensive possession to force another punt.

On the next Tampa drive, the Falcons defense would intercept another Winston pass, the second of the first half. This time, the Falcons would make the Bucs pay for their turnover, scoring a touchdown to take the lead, 10-7. After that touchdown, the game would get out of hand in favor of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay would score two more touchdowns before the half to extend their lead while the Falcons offense was unable to get anything going. In a 19-10 hole going into the half, the Falcons forced turnovers, moved the ball consistently, and were still down at the half. This was the Falcons team we all got accustomed to watching.

To open the second half, the Bucs scored a touchdown on their opening drive to put the game out of hand for the Falcons. The Atlanta offense would mount some mini-comebacks but was unable to ever get the ball into the endzone to put the pressure on the Bucs defense. Instead, the Falcons settled for field goals and would lose for the lack of offensive execution.

With the loss, the Falcons fall to 3-8 and things start to look a little darker around Atlanta once again. Questions over Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn, and just about anything you can think of will be asked this week by all kinds of media around here. The loss puts the kibosh on any hopes of the Falcons running the table and making the playoffs, even if that chance was less than slim. Now, we can all focus on the top-ten draft pick the Falcons will be receiving. Let’s get ready for the rematch with the Saints