The Atlanta Falcons have turn out to be recognized for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Courting again to their notorious second-half collapse in Tremendous Bowl LI, when Atlanta led the New England Patriots 28-3 and ultimately misplaced 34-28, the Falcons racked up sufficient equally exasperating losses to develop a fame for blowing leads and dropping in artistic vogue. It is gotten so unhealthy that even groups in different sports activities are in comparison with the Falcons once they blow a lead — most not too long ago the Atlanta Braves, who have been mocked for squandering a 3-1 sequence lead within the Main League Baseball playoffs and lacking an opportunity to be within the World Sequence.

With their 25-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday evening, the Falcons flipped that acquainted script.

The Falcons went into the fourth quarter towards the Panthers main by two factors. They proceeded to maintain Carolina off the scoreboard within the fourth quarter and added a landing of their very own — a 3-yard run by working again Todd Gurley II — to safe the victory and enhance to 2-6 this season. The Panthers fell to 3-5 with their third straight loss.

This wasn’t the usually explosive offensive efficiency from Atlanta. Star receiver Julio Jones had seven catches for 137 yards, however he didn’t rating. QB Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards, however no passing touchdowns. Brian Hill was the main rusher with a modest 55 yards on the bottom, whereas Gurley added 46 yards and his fourth-quarter landing.

NFL Week 8: Protection carries Falcons previous Panthers

The Falcons’ protection stood out right here. Atlanta intercepted Carolina QB Teddy Bridgewater as soon as and sacked him thrice. They allowed the Panthers solely two out of 10 third-down conversions. The Panthers solely made it into the purple zone as soon as all evening.

After firing head coach Dan Quinn and common supervisor Thomas Dimitroff midseason, the Falcons are beginning over on the fly. Interim coach Raheem Morris has led the Falcons to each of their wins this season. Within the offseason, the group could have large selections to make relating to Morris and the pinnacle teaching state of affairs, relating to the 35-year-old Ryan, and relating to Julio Jones.

Do they need to preserve this core and proceed constructing round it, or begin recent?

It might be too late for the Falcons to show this season round right into a playoff berth, however momentum gained on Thursday evening might result in not less than a decent win-loss report and a strong basis on which to rebuild.

Revealed 30 Oct 2020, 12:30 IST



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