PHILADELPHIA — The Atlanta Falcons wanted a pink zone landing. It simply did not occur.
All through the season, there have been moments when the Falcons’ high-octane offense simply could not punch it into the tip zone. That figured to catch as much as them sooner or later, and it definitely did in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The second was arrange for Matt Ryan to reply with a type of signature, game-winning drives that earned him the nickname “Matty Ice.” Sadly, he could not discover high goal Julio Jones on fourth-and-goal from the Eagles’ 2-yard line within the last moments, permitting the Eagles to expire the clock in a 15-10 triumph.
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Relatively than a return journey to the Tremendous Bowl following final season’s disappointment towards the New England Patriots, now the Falcons go house questioning what might have been. The protection made super strides beneath first-year coordinator Marquand Manuel. And whereas the offense had its moments right here and there, a lot of the scrutiny will fall on first-year coordinator Steve Sarkisian for not carrying on the explosive assault former OC Kyle Shanahan established the earlier two seasons.
Forcing the Eagles into a few turnovers figured to be the Falcons’ recipe for fulfillment, very similar to it was in final week’s wild-card victory over the Los Angeles Rams. However the offense simply could not take full benefit because the Falcons went 1-of-Three within the pink zone. Had they gone 2-of-Three, they’d be taking part in in subsequent Sunday’s NFC Championship Recreation.
The Falcons managed simply 281 complete yards. Two extra yards on the landing try from Ryan to Jones would have earned them a victory, however Jones appeared to slide, and the play simply did not work.
Now the Falcons have the offseason to ponder learn how to get again into Tremendous Bowl rivalry. The protection seems to be in good fingers. By way of the offense, change is anticipated. Whether or not which means change from a training perspective is but to be identified.