Lessons From the Atlanta Falcon’s Losses

The Atlanta Falcons finished the regular season 11-5.  What can we learn from Atlanta’s 5 losses?

The Keys to Beating Atlanta

  • Defense is key.  The Falcons lost to the #3, #7 and #12 defense in the NFL.
  • Getting to Matt Ryan is important.  The Falcons were 3-3 in games in which Ryan was hit 8 times or more.
  • Make the most of turnovers
  • Stop the run – 3 of the Falcons’ losses had total rushing yard of  52 or less.

Week 1:  Tampa Bay 31, Atlanta 24 (@Georgia Dome)

1 2 3 4 Final
Tampa Bay  3 14 14 0 31
Atlanta  10 3 8 3 24

GAME KEY:

  • Winston 4 TD passes,  125.1 QB Rating
  • Ryan sacked 3 times
  • Costly penalties
  • Only 1 TD in 4 trips to the Red Zone
  • Only 52 yards rushing (120.50 average)

Week 6:  Seattle 26, Atlanta 24 (@CenturyLink Field)

1 2 3 4 Final
Atlanta Falcons 0 3 21 0 24
Seattle Seahawks 7 10 0 9 26

GAME KEY:

  • Falcons held to 83 yards in first half
  • Ryan sacked four times, hir 13 times
  • Two turnovers
  • Only 52 yards rushing (120.50 average)

Week 7:  San Diego 33, Atlanta 30 (@Georgia Dome) OT

1 2 3 4 OT Final
San Diego Chargers 7 10 3 10 3 33
Atlanta Falcons 6 21 0 3 0 30

GAME KEY:

  • Ryan 3 sacks, hit 9 times, 1 interception
  • 70 yards in penalties
  • 1-3 in Red Zone
  • Falcons missed 58-yard field to win on final play in regulation

Week 10:  Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 15 (@ Lincoln Financial Field)

1 2 3 4 Final
Atlanta Falcons 0 6 3 6 15
Philadelphia Eagles 7 0 3 14 24


GAME KEY:

  • Atlanta only 11 First Downs (average 23.5)
  • Time of Possession only 21:50
  • 48 yards rushing
  • Ryan QB rating of 78.7 (102.8 for season)

Week 13:  Kansas City 29, Atlanta 28 (@ Lincoln Financial Field)

1 2 3 4 Final
Kansas City Chiefs 6 14 7 2 29
Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 12 28

GAME KEY:

  • KC had 8 points off 2 interceptions – an interception for touchdown and an intercepted 2 point conversion returned 99-yards for 2 points.
  • KC hit Ryan 10 times with 2 sacks
  • Atlanta 3-6 in red zone
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