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“Stupid” Mistakes Cause Falcons to Lose to Bucs
Posted By Josh Brown On Sep 26 2011 @ 10:41 am In Atlanta Falcons | 1 Comment
It seems like all of the Atlanta sports teams have the same problem. When there is good defense (or pitching for the Braves), then it is bad offense which causes a loss. And vice-versa. And this was true for the Falcons last night in an ugly game in Tampa Bay.
But Matt Ryan and his Falcons almost pulled another victory out of their back pocket. They were behind 16-3 in 4th quarter and Ryan engineered a touchdown drive to bring the game within 6 points. Then another Falcons drive brought the Falcons within 3 points, with 4 minutes left in the game.
But unfortunately, the offense never got the ball back. Tampa Bay held on for a 16-13 victory.
Many people will be quick to blame defensive tackle Corey Peters for jumping offsides on a hard count by Tampa Bay on 4th and 1. While it’s true that his penalty ended the game and all hopes of a Falcons’ comeback, it was not his fault that we lost. It was the offense’s.
The Bucs eliminated our running game and held Michael Turner to 20 yards total. Ryan passed for 330 yards and Roddy White and Julio Jones both got 100+ yards receiving. But many times we settled for field goals, unlike last week where we scored touchdown on all our scoring drives.
Back to those “stupid” mistakes that costed us the game. The Corey Peters offsides was already mentioned. There was also the interception that Ryan threw and the two fumbles he lost inside his own 20 yard line.
Overall, sloppy performance by the Falcons’ offense. Let’s hope next week is better.
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