Falcons Hang In, Show Toughness, Get Win
The Falcons had never won in MetLife Stadium. Until today. The Falcons shows some serious grit and toughness as they beat the Giants in New York 24-20. It was a topsy turvy game that saw the Falcons start pretty strong and then cede the lead and momentum and looked as they were a touchdown away from being put away. The Falcons hung tough, though, and found a way to win. DQ gets his 2nd victory and a huge road win. A few thoughts………
Biermann Up Huge
Yes, Kroy Biermann had a pretty big day. He stripped Eli Manning and caused a fumble that ended up helping to win the game. It was such a huge play because the Falcons went from being on the ropes of being put away and going down 27-10. The strip jolted the Falcons out of their malaise and they went right down the field and scored soon after. He also had a huge 3rd down stop on a 3rd and 1. Many were ready to see Biermann move on after an underwhelming Falcons career. What a difference a year makes.
Coleman, Freeman Run Tough
The Falcons only combined for 56 yards rushing, but the duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman came up big with some tough running to get first downs and Freeman ended up scoring the game winning touchdown. They didn’t put up huge numbers, but they also helped keep the defense honest as Ryan finally started getting downfield, which help lead to the win. The Falcons are now dangerously thin at RB after Coleman left with a rib injury.
Ryan, Jones Come Up Big
Not surprisingly, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones led the way on offense and helped get the W. Ryan bounced back from a mixed performance with a very solid outing including going 30 for 46, 363 yards, 1 TD, and no interceptions. Julio Jones started strong, went silent for a bit, and exploded in the end to get the win, including a 37 yard bomb that set up the game winner.
Free Agent Pickups Come Up Big
Leonard Hankerson scored a touchdown and had 77 yards receiving. Jacob Tamme had 77 yards receiving. Justin Durant had 10 total tackles, 9 of them being solo and was very good in coverage. Adrian Clayborn and O’Brien Schofield were in the backfield and Clayborn had 3 QB hits. Phillip Adams was seen in the game and stepped up to the plate. Whoever was behind the moves to pick up these guys in free agency deserves a lot of credit.
Alford, Pass Defense Shaky
Dan Quinn’s defense doesn’t have the cornerbacks track to certain receivers, so obviously Robert Alford was picked on by Odell Beckham Jr. and had a pretty rough day. The pass rush went dormant for a lot of the game and that certainly played a part, but the pass defense had a pretty bad day. They gave up 292 yards receiving, which included a monstrous day from Beckham Jr. at 146 yards and a TD. Missed tackles and poor coverage from the linebackers didn’t help either, as Shane Vereen had 76 yards receiving himself.
DQ’s Toughness Shining Through
The Falcons were on the ropes and ready to be put away, but they scratched and clawed their way back to a huge win. The team looked flat and pretty worn out as the Giants were ready to go up 27-10, but Biermann’s strip led to a Falcons awakening. The offense finally got their stuff together and drove to a TD. The pass rush finally came alive and the secondary buckled down enough to hold for the win. The Falcons teams of the last two years would have folded like a cheap tent when faced with any adversity. Quinn is tough and that toughness has come through in his team, as they overcame some huge challenges to get to 2 wins against some pretty tough opponents.
Matty Ice the Punter
No, not the QB. And not even the kicker. This is in reference to the Falcons punter Matt Bosher. He’s been one of the best punters in the NFL so far this year. Each of his punts are huge booms that flips the side of the field and really helps the defense. He also booms kickoffs through the back of the end zone, which can’t be taken for granted. He also made a really heads up play today when going to kickoff the ball fell off the tee. Instead of kicking it and possibly giving up a huge play with and setting the Giants up with great field positions, he avoided the ball altogether and reset the kickoff.