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    Getty Marcus Mariota No. 1 of the Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons are now 5-7 after losing to the Washington Commanders, 19-13, on Sunday at FedEx Field. There were a few moments when the Falcons found a spark, the first being when quarterback Marcus Mariota connected with tight end MyCole Pruitt for a four-yard touchdown pass to give Atlanta a 10-7 lead. 8️⃣5️⃣ gettin' it DONE ???? FOX || NFL+ pic.twitter.com/CjKO43nNCp — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 27, 2022 Linebacker Mykal Walker also had an important play, intercepting Washington quarterback Tyler Heinicke right before the half. Mykal Walker with his second INT of the season! Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life pic.twitter.com/Q2tYSeHSeJ — Sidelines – FresnoState (@SSN_FresnoState) November 27, 2022 Meanwhile, rookie running back Tyler Allgeier led the ground game with 54 yards on 11 carries. Mariota had a better day, going 15 of 35 for 173 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also added 49 yards in the backfield on six carries. However, his interception to end the...
    Getty Marcus Mariota of the Atlanta Falcons. Following a 25-15 point loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football, Atlanta Falcons fans have had enough of starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota finished the evening completing 19 of 30 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns, along with one interception. Sure, the rainy conditions didn’t help but Carolina’s third-string quarterback P.J. Walker had no problem leading his team to victory. The Falcons moved to 4-6 on the season, falling into second place behind the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and leaving fans very unpleased with head coach Arthur Smith’s decisions.Falcons Fans Beg for Desmond RidderIs it time for rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder? According to longtime Falcons reporter and insider, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons won’t make the change. “How many times do we have to tell y’all. He’s not playing until they are out of the hunt. They are developing. They believe Mariota gives them the best chance to win,” Ledbetter wrote in a tweet in response to a fan. Read More From Heavy Get Coached...
    Getty A.J. Terrell of the Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons moved to 3-4 on the season after suffering a 35-17 blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. But that wasn’t the only loss for Atlanta that afternoon as starting cornerback A.J. Terrell exited the game early with a hamstring injury and did not return. Head coach Arthur Smith did not have an update after the game, saying they would wait until Terrell’s MRI results came back. “We’ll just have to see imaging tomorrow,” Smith told reporters, via ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. “And we’ll see where it goes.” Falcons HC Arthur Smith said they have to wait on imaging on CB AJ Terrell’s hamstring injury. No update other than that. — Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 23, 2022 Terrell was covering Bengals’ star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase when he went down, held his hamstring, and limped off the field. This isn’t a new injury for Terrell as he missed some of last week’s win over San Francisco when he left the game early with a thigh injury. Terrell has logged...
    Atlanta's mascot, Freddie Falcon, bizarrely tried to fight a kid as it squared up to him after a tackle during a halftime pee wee game. Atlanta area mascots played a supposedly friendly game against the Atlanta Colts pee wee football team during halftime of the Falcons' defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.  Although the mascots ultimately suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of the kids, it did not stop one giving it its all.   This kid wanted all the smoke with the Falcons' mascot ????????(via @NFLonFOX)pic.twitter.com/WusAEJFEhR— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 23, 2022 Atlanta's mascot, Freddie Falcon, bizarrely tried to fight a kid after tackling him during a pee wee game at halftime of the Falcons' 35-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Roughing the passer call on Tom Brady is slammed as the... Young boy is brutally TACKLED by security during Tampa Bay's... NFL referee defends his decision to penalize Falcons for... Tom Brady is FINED paltry $11,139 for attempting to kick... Share this article Share...
    ATLANTA — Kyle Shanahan thought the one that got away Sunday was Marcus Mariota on a third-and-long scramble, which, sure enough, kept alive an Atlanta Falcons’ drive that supplied the deciding points. The 49ers had their shot to answer. Repeatedly. Second-half drops by Ray-Ray McCloud and Charlie Woerner, followed by an interception off a Falcons’ collision with Deebo Samuel, ruined the 49ers’ comeback bid in a 28-14 defeat Sunday. Those were the bigger ones that got away. Those offensive follies torpedoed the 49ers in an out-of-character, pass-oriented attack, something they resorted to in battling out of a 14-0 first-quarter hole. The 49ers (3-3) got shut out in the second half. They needed their offense to make up for the shortcomings expected (and delivered) from their defense, which entered without six injured starters and then lost star cornerback Charvarius Ward before halftime. Hence, this script would have flipped had McCloud not dropped Jimmy Garoppolo’s 45-yard bomb at the Falcons’ 25-yard line, two snaps into the second half. On the 49ers’ next possession, Woerner dropped a 25-yard pass at Atlanta’s 30-yard line,...
    ATLANTA – Here is how the 49ers (3-3) graded in Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Falcons (3-3): PASS OFFENSE: C+ Second-half drops by Ray-Ray McCloud and Charlie Woerner detonated the 49ers’ vibe and comeback. Jimmy Garoppolo was as sharp as he’s been in years, completing 70 percent of his passes (29-of-41, his most competions since his first home start in 2017). Brandon Aiyuk’s second-quarter touchdown catches were a needed change, and George Kittle’s feisty catches also were highlights. Deebo Samuel tried to do more, as always, but the 49ers needed more from everyone. The pass protection should be commended for how the 49ers cope without Trent Williams. RUN OFFENSE: F Jeff Wilson Jr.’s fumble on the second possession was made even more horrendous by the fact the Falcons recovered it for a touchdown return. True, the 49ers ditched the run game and reverted to a pass-oriented attack, but Garoppolo was responding with on-target throws. There just wasn’t much room for Wilson (seven runs, 25 yards), Samuel (two carries, 11 yards) and Tevin Coleman (four carries, 3 yards). Coleman’s third-and-1 toss...
    Getty Images New Browns linebacker Deion Jones. The Cleveland Browns defense is getting some help, with the team pulling off a trade for Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones following Sunday’s loss. The Browns picked up Jones for late-round draft compensation, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The compensation will be late-round pick swaps in 2024, per Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. Sources: The #Browns are adding some key help in the middle of their defense, trading for #Falcons Pro Bowl LB Deion Jones in exchange for late-round draft compensation. pic.twitter.com/jaogjvtjy8 — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 10, 2022 Jones is currently on IR and is a player the Falcons have been looking to move the veteran linebacker for some time. “They had been open to trading Deion Jones — who is on IR — for quite a while,” Rapoport tweeted. “They move on from the rest of the four-year, $57 million contract they inherited from the previous regime.” Jones was a Pro Bowler in 2017 and has notched over 100 tackles in five of his six seasons. The only...
    Getty Images Jacoby Brissett of the Cleveland Browns. The Cleveland Browns lost a winnable game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, with an interception by Jacoby Brissett serving as the nail in the coffin. With the Browns approaching field goal range with a chance to tie but facing a 3rd and 23, Brissett looked for David Bell but was picked off by Dee Alford, sealing the 23-20 win for the Falcons. Brissett has tossed just two interceptions this season but both came in late-game situations with the Browns trying to drive to tie or win. “He wants plays back like I want play calls back,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said after the game. “That’s the frustrating part about this game when you fall short. “We just didn’t do enough. Knew it was going to be a 60-minute football game, I know we come up and say it every week, but we know it was going to be a 60-minute football game. And we just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch and in those critical situations, and...
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Russell Gage’s late-season emergence is especially important as quarterback Matt Ryan tries to keep the Atlanta Falcons’ passing game moving despite more uncertainty at wide receiver. Tajae Sharpe missed Wednesday’s practice after leaving last week’s loss at San Francisco with a foot injury. Coach Arthur Smith referred to Sharpe’s chances of returning for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions as “tricky.” Sharpe has started six games this season, including the last two. Gage has made perhaps the best bid to claim the role of Ryan’s go-to wide receiver. It’s a job which has remained fluid since the offseason trade of Julio Jones to Tennessee. Calvin Ridley, who was expected to move up as the team’s top wideout, has missed most of the season after announcing on his Twitter account on Oct. 31 he needs “to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing.” With only three regular-season games remaining, it has become increasingly unlikely Ridley will return this season after playing in only five games. Smith said Wednesday there was...
    Getty Jeff Wilson Jr. #22 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown past Duron Harmon #21 and Fabian Moreau #22 of the Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons entered Week 15’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers with a 12 percent chance at making the playoffs, but after dropping the game 31-13, their chances are now slim to none. Falcons’ starting safety Duron Harmon didn’t hold back on how he felt about letting their playoff hopes get away. “We could have played better. We could have executed better but this is the reality of it,” Harmon said in the post-game press conference. The Falcons defense failed to show up this Sunday, allowing the 49ers to rack up 397 yards on 56 snaps, including 162 yards rushing. “The mood is sour right now,” Harmon said. “I’m not going to lie. I’m upset because I feel like we let that one get away.” Atlanta’s offense didn’t hold up any better as they scored just 13 points and Matt Ryan was sacked three times and took 10 QB hits. The Niners...
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The game couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start for the Atlanta Falcons, who recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at the 12-yard line. But the inability to turn that gift into points set the tone for another lopsided defeat to a contender as the Falcons fell 31-13 to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. “When you’re playing a good football team in an important game, you have to find ways to score and you have to take advantage of those opportunities,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “That’s something we have to be better at moving forward. When you get turnovers, you get short-field opportunities, you have to go attack and find a way to get the job done.” The Falcons (6-8) failed at that repeatedly as they were unable to score a touchdown on 13 plays they ran from the 10-yard line or closer, including five from the 1. Only one team in the past 30 years ran more plays from the 1-yard line without scoring and the Falcons failed to score...
    Getty Arthur Smith watching Buccaneers at Falcons, Week 13. Arthur Smith isn’t giving up hope of reaching the playoffs, even though the Atlanta Falcons are 5-7. Smith’s team slipped to a seventh defeat this season after being downed 30-17 at home by NFC South rival the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. There’s five games left, but the Falcons would likely need to win them all to remain viable in the playoff hunt. Even so, Smith told reporters there is still a chance, per Tori McElhanney of the team’s official website: "We have to be ready to go because the opportunity is still there." Arthur Smith said even in the loss there's still reason to believe the Falcons are still in the hunt. — Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) December 5, 2021 ALL the latest Falcons news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Falcons newsletter here!Performances Make Smith’s Words Ring HollowSmith doubled down on the playoff talk during his post-game presser. His comments, beginning at the 5:33 mark of this video, speak to a coach who doesn’t want to...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons wanted to try to run the ball against the NFL’s top rushing defense. That part worked out. It just wasn’t enough against Tom Brady and Tampa Bay. Cordarrelle Patterson had 78 of Atlanta’s 121 yards rushing, but Brady passed for four touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 30-17 win on Sunday. The Falcons dropped to 0-7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium since Nov. 29, 2020. They have been outscored 140-66 in losing all five games in Atlanta this season. They fell to 0-10 all-time against Brady. Not exactly what first-year coach Arthur Smith was looking for. “We’ve got to be cleaner with the football, there’s no doubt about that,” Smith said. “Deflate is not a word we use. We’re going to keep fighting and swinging. Call it damaging, call it deflating, but we don’t use those words. We’ll continue to swing and fight and we’ll fight ’til the finish.” Matt Ryan was forced into passing situations as the Falcons tried to battle back from a second-half deficit. The Buccaneers finished with five sacks, including two apiece for...
    Getty Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta Falcons’ MVP quarterback, Matt Ryan, had the worst game of his career on Sunday, November 14th. The 14-year NFL veteran finished with a career-low 21.4 passer rating in the Falcons’embarassing 43-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, where he completed just 9 of 21 passes for 117 yards and had two interceptions. It’s been a while since he’s seen a rating that low, in fact, it hasn’t happened since his 2008 rookie year when he finished with 29.6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I remember that one, too,” Ryan said of that horrific memory in the post-game presser. “It was ugly.” Nonetheless, Ryan plans to turn things around and move forward. “Hopefully, it will be another 13 years before I have another rating like that,” Ryan said. “That’s kind of how I view it. It’s one of the days, it wasn’t for us. We didn’t play well. I didn’t play well. You’ve got to get back to work. Trust me, I really believe that we’re going to get back there...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There were only so many mistakes the sloppy Saints could overcome. And a new starting quarterback on the heels of Jameis Winston’s season-ending knee injury was the least of their problems. New Orleans’ offense had drives stall because of penalties, dropped passes and a costly turnover. Their defense gave up several big passing plays and third down conversions. The result was an end to their three-game winning streak on Sunday and a missed chance to move into a first-place tie atop the NFC South. After digging a 24-6 hole with 10:39 left in the fourth quarter, the Saints scored three quick touchdowns to take a brief lead, only to give up a deep completion down the sideline on the next play from scrimmage and lose 27-25 to Atlanta on Younghoe Koo’s 29-yard field goal as time ran out. “It was self-inflicted wounds, penalties, some mishaps,” offensive tackle Terron Armstead said. “That’s really what it all boiled down to.” New Orleans (5-3) missed a chance to draw even with the idle Tampa Bay Buccaneers after beating them...
    The losses keep stacking up for the Dolphins, and at this point it’s a challenge to figure out whether the short-circuiting is a coaching, execution or personnel problem. Maybe it’s all of the above. That’s the best way to explain how Miami (1-6) suffered a 30-28 last-second loss to the Atlanta Falcons, as the defense failed to hold into a 1-point lead with 2:27 left in the game. Two of Miami’s better defenders — cornerback Xavien Howard and rookie safety Jevon Holland, players who represent the Dolphins present and its future — failed in their efforts to stop tight end Kyle Pitts from bringing down a 28-yard reception that put Atlanta in field goal territory, delivering the Dolphins a sixth straight loss. Talent can only take a team so far, especially when the other team has just as much talent, if not more. And that’s why Miami’s losing streak is still going. Here are some other takeaways from Sunday’s loss to the Falcons: Dolphins drop sixth straight If Miami’s coaches and front office wasn’t feeling pressure before Sunday’s 30-28 loss...
    It was everything the Miami Dolphins could have asked for entering the final minutes of a closely fought contest. The offense stepped up and delivered a fourth-quarter lead with 2:27 left in the game, and all the Miami Dolphins defense — the better side of the team, the more talented and more reliable unit — had to do was keep the Atlanta Falcons from getting into field goal range. Is that too much to ask for from a unit that carried the franchise last season, and the past two decades, and had propped this floundering team up during its early struggles this season? Apparently, it was because all Matt Ryan needed was two passes to Kyle Pitts to get the Falcons in position for Younghoo Koo to make a game-winning 36-yard field goal during Sunday’s 30-28 loss, which delivered Miami’s sixth straight loss. There was the 23-yarder to Pitts that put the Falcons on Atlanta’s 48-yard line before the two-minute warning. Maybe the Dolphins weren’t in the right coverage that time? The two-minute warning break should give defensive coordinator Josh...
    The losses are stacking up for the Dolphins, and the trade rumors continue to swirl. If there was ever a time for an organization to panic and make a risky move like trading for quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has 22 sexual assault or misconduct allegations made against him in a civil suit, it’s now. The Dolphins are coming off a 30-28 fourth-quarter loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday that delivered the franchise’s sixth consecutive loss. If Xavien Howard or rookie Jevon Holland broke up a critical pass to rookie Kyle Pitts and the Miami defense held firm, keeping the Falcons out of field-goal range late in the fourth quarter, we’d probably be talking about Tua Tagovailoa leading the Dolphins to a come-from-behind victory with a four-touchdown performance. But that isn’t Miami’s reality, so the franchise could spend the next week contemplating whether to build around Tagovailoa or trade a substantial amount of resources for Watson, who could be unable to play for a long time, depending on his legal fate. Here is the South Florida...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Dolphins showed they won’t quit. A furious fourth quarter rally fell short, resulting in another loss. But this loss saw the team go down battling. A 13-point fourth quarter deficit was erased led by a suddenly stingy defense, that looked a lot like the ball-hawking unit of last season, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. READ MORE: Finding This Year’s Most Popular Toys May Be Challenging Because Of Supply Chain IssuesThe Falcons then rallied themselves to pull out the win, 30-28. It was a wild game, similar to the loss to Raiders in Vegas. But despite the heart shown in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins are left with a sixth consecutive loss and a 1-6 record. For Openers The Dolphins mixed things up on the game’s opening drive and it was effective. Running a hurry up offense at times, Tagovailoa led a touchdown drive that ebbed with his touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford. The 14-play drive covered nearly half the quarter. Not Special READ MORE: Experts Don't Anticipate National Supply Chain Crisis To End Anytime SoonWith the...
    LONDON (AP) — The New York Jets ruined their big London trip with another slow start. There were three-and-outs, an interception, key penalties, no sacks. The Jets came in against the Atlanta Falcons with high hopes after Zach Wilson gave a star performance last week. But the rookie quarterback’s London debut was a dud and the Falcons won 27-20 on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Jets (1-4) gained just 80 yards in the first half, getting five first downs compared to the Falcons’ 251 yards and 17 first downs in the first two quarters. “Starting three-and-out isn’t the way to do it, sitting on the sideline,” Wilson said. “We can’t keep trying to come from behind. The NFL is too hard to always come from behind.” The second drive was a three-and-out as well, and the next ended in an interception — Wilson’s league-leading ninth. The pass wasn’t like one of the long balls he completed last week against the Tennessee Titans in a 27-24 overtime win that showed why the Jets made Wilson the No. 2 overall draft...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Cordarrelle Patterson tried but he couldn’t save the Atlanta Falcons all by himself. Patterson flashed his athleticism multiple times in Sunday’s 34-30 loss to Washington, most notably in catching three touchdown passes. In the end, however, he wasn’t even on the field for Matt Ryan’s 37-yard Hail Mary pass on the game’s final play. “Like I say, when coach calls my name, I’ll be ready,” Patterson said after catching five passes for 82 yards. Patterson wasn’t eager to elaborate on his big plays. He was too disappointed in the outcome. “I put all that in the past. I’d give all this back to get a win,” he said. “It’s not about what I did. It’s about this team. We didn’t win. That’s all that matters.” For quarterback Matt Ryan, the loss came down to an ineffective fourth quarter. Forget the Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game. As Ryan said, those are low percentage plays. They can go either way but rarely do they end up as touchdowns. Mike Davis’ short touchdown catch...
    The biggest moments in CMT Music Awards history The Zip Code With the Best Health Insurance Coverage in Every State To this day, football fans and (maybe) even Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady troll the Atlanta Falcons about how Atlanta held a 28-3 lead over Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI but ultimately lost that title game 34-28.  © Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who famously fell to Brady in that Super Bowl, joked ahead of Sunday's matchup at Tampa Bay he "never heard of" any "28-3" references but added that he and his current teammates need to focus on the task at hand without looking back at what could have been. "Of course we want to win. It's not going to make up for that," Ryan explained Wednesday. "You know, it's one of those things. It's part of your past, it's part of what happened. "But it's got no bearing on this week." Ryan is correct in that the...
    SOUTH WEBSTER — The Minford Falcons have shown over the last three weeks that their two-game losing streak stretch in early April — which included an 11-7 loss to South Webster — wasn’t meant to define them. Since their losses to South Webster and Jackson on April 2 and April 3 in which they allowed a combined 18 runs, the Falcons haven’t allowed more than three runs in a game. That trend continued on Friday when the Falcons traveled to face the Jeeps and avenged their early season loss with a 10-1 road win — their 10th straight victory to improve their overall record to 12-2 (10-1 SOC II). A six-run third inning gave the Falcons a 6-1 lead over SW after the Jeeps scored their only run in the bottom of the firth. Minford pitchers Noah Martin and Cole Borland combined to allow just three hits, while Martin earned the win on the mound in three innings of work. The Falcons scored their 10 runs on eight hits and six walks drawn as Borland and Matthew Risner both had...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The one thing the Atlanta Falcons could count on all season was Younghoe Koo. There had been games their offense let them down. Or their defense blew a lead. Yet their kicker had been just about perfect, making every field-goal attempt but one while earning an unlikely but unquestionably deserved Pro Bowl nod. So when Falcons coach Raheem Morris watched Koo push a 39-yard attempt wide right Sunday that would have sent their game against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to overtime — well, that’s pretty much how the season has gone for a team that was instead left to dwell on its seventh loss in a one-possession game. “The biggest takeaway is that we can play with anybody,” Morris said after the 17-14 defeat at Arrowhead Stadium. “Most of the year we haven’t been able to win these games that come down to the wire. We have to win these games.” After struggling most of the way, Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense twice gave them a chance. The first came after...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Interim coach Raheem Morris knew the Falcons were in trouble as soon as he saw Tyler Hall line up against Antonio Brown. In a one-on-one matchup that heavily favored Brown against an undrafted rookie free agent, Hall was chasing the whole way as the electric receiver burst down the left side and caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady. The ball was in the air nearly the whole way as Brown turned to cradle it near the end zone. It was the biggest play of the game, coming with 6:19 remaining and ending the scoring in the Falcons’ 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. “We were in man-to-man coverage and got into a stack,” Morris said. “We had a bad signal and a bad communication and then Tyler got beat on a long play. He got put in a bad matchup and got beat on the play. That’s on us.” Hall was a late replacement for Isaiah Oliver, who left the game because of cramping and couldn’t return. Brown’s touchdown catch wiped out a Falcons...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons had two opportunities in the final four minutes to beat the Los Angeles Chargers. Both chances ended with Matt Ryan throwing an interception, leading to a 20-17 defeat Sunday that guaranteed a third straight losing season and raised more questions about the future of their veteran quarterback. “I feel like I’m fresh and in a good spot. I just haven’t played as well as I would like, and that sometimes happens,” Ryan said. Ryan was 21 of 32 passing for 224 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, his 11th career game throwing at least three picks for the Falcons (4-9). Though he passed Peyton Manning for most career passing yards through 13 NFL seasons, Ryan was more concerned with where and when he turned the ball over. With less than four minutes remaining and back outside the red zone after a holding penalty, Ryan stared down tight end Hayden Hurst and allowed safety Jahleel Addae to jump the route. “Yeah, I was a little late, and he did a nice job...
    The run game was throttled, the protection was shoddy and Derek Carr gave the ball away with uncharacteristic frequency. A Las Vegas offense that had been remarkably efficient for most of the season fell flat in a lopsided loss last week at Atlanta and must get back in rhythm quickly if the Raiders hope to make a late-season playoff push. “We put it behind us,” Carr said Wednesday about the performance in a 43-6 loss to the Falcons. “It wasn’t good enough. We know that.” The Raiders committed five turnovers, allowed five sacks, had 11 penalties and a season-low 40 yards rushing as almost nothing went right offensively in the team’s biggest blowout loss in six years. It was a far cry from the first 10 games when the Raiders ranked third in points per drive and had scored on the second-highest percentage of drives in the league. The defeat dropped Las Vegas (6-5) out of playoff position in the AFC and leaves little margin of error for the final five games of the season. The stretch run begins with...
    Jon Gruden was sitting in his home office for his weekly teleconference Monday, banished from the Raiders practice facility under the latest NFL coronavirus protocols. Gruden looked comfortable enough, with game ball mementos on a shelf in the background as well as helmets from the Raiders and the University of Dayton where he went to college. He appeared at ease, probably because a number of Raiders including running back Josh Jacobs could be good to go for their Week 13 road game against the New York Jets. Still, watching game film of the Raiders’ 43-6 road loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons, however, made Gruden feel as if he’d just left the oral surgeon. “When you go to the dentist and have to have your teeth pulled out? It’s pretty much like that,” Gruden said. But Gruden watched anyway, and recited a litany of mistakes that led to the biggest loss in terms of point spread since he returned to the Raiders. “Fourth-and-1, we had the ball, we go for it, we get rejected, Gruden...
    ATLANTA (CBS / AP) — Jon Gruden felt an apology was appropriate after his Raiders set season highs for penalties, turnovers and sacks allowed. The Las Vegas coach also was looking to quickly erase Sunday’s 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. “I apologize to the Raider nation and really compliment the Falcons,” Gruden said. “They played a hell of a football game and we did not.” It was an especially ugly outing for quarterback Derek Carr, who was sacked five times, threw an interception that was returned by Deion Jones for a touchdown and had three of the team’s four lost fumbles. Carr said the team had a poor week of practice following last week’s 35-31 loss to Kansas City. “I didn’t think personally we had our best week of practice,” Carr said. “Personally I felt we were a little flat. Clearly that was the case in the game.” Gruden said he’s not worried about the ugly loss having a carryover effect with Carr or the team. “This is a tough business,” Gruden said. “He’s been through a lot. He’ll be fine.” The consecutive...
    Grading the Raiders 43-6 road loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons: PASS OFFENSE: F Few passing lines are more deceiving than Derek Carr’s 22 of 34 for 215 yards with an interception. He lost three fumbles on would-be pass plays and the pick happened to be a pick-six returned 67 yards by Deion Jones. Carr was sacked three times and Nathan Peterman twice in mop-up duty. The pressure left Carr looking confused and erratic after having barely been touched over the previous two games. Hunter Renfrow caught seven passes for 73 yards, Nelson Agholor five for 54 and Darren Waller was a non-factor with four catches for 23 yards. Henry Ruggs III made a nice 36-yard grab on fourth-and-3 that should have set up a touchdown but instead set up a field goal. An unmitigated disaster from beginning to end. RUN OFFENSE: F The tone was set early when Josh Jacobs was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 toss sweep on the Raiders first possession. He finished with 27 yards on seven attempts (the Raiders had to abandon the run...
    It was so bad it’s hard to know where to start. And it could have been worse. If the Raiders’ defense hadn’t kept forcing Younghoe Koo to kick field goals — five in all — how many points would the Atlanta Falcons have scored? As it is, 43-6 is a solar plexus punch for anyone who dared to dream this Raiders team would emerge from its near-miss of a Kansas City sweep resolute in the belief that a march to the playoffs was inevitable. My own prognosis hasn’t wavered since August. The Raiders could be good enough on offense to be a nine or 10-win team if their defense could come up with enough stops to make it happen. For one week, that hypothesis was set on its ear.  The Raiders actually weren’t bad on defense against the Falcons. It was the offense, coached by Jon Gruden and led by Derek Carr, that imploded against an opponent that had been sliced and diced with regularity en route to a 3-7 record at kickoff. Denver played...
    Following his team’s 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden started off his postgame news conference with an apology. “The Falcons played a hell of a football game, and we did not,” Gruden said. “The turnovers, the penalties. Inexcusable. It’s a reflection of me. We’re a lot better team than that.” The Raiders had five turnovers. Quarterback Derek Carr fumbled the ball three times and also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Deion Jones early in the second half. Las Vegas also had 141 yards in penalties in what became their most lopsided Raiders loss since a 52-0 defeat to the St. Louis Rams on Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. Here’s what the Raiders were saying following the defeat: Raiders coach Jon Gruden Had you seen anything in practice this week that would indicate that you would have a game like this. How do you put it behind you? “We just did. We just put it behind us and that’s what we have to do...
    Archbishop Wilton Gregory poised to become first African American cardinal in Catholic history Trump finally signals a White House exit as huge challenges loom for Biden How to watch Raiders vs. Falcons: Time, TV channel, live stream info, prediction for Week 12 showdown We get an interdivisional matchup this week, as the Las Vegas Raiders (6-4) travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons (3-7). Both of these teams have had very different seasons, as the Raiders have proven they are a legitimate threat in one of the toughest divisions in football, while the Falcons have already fired their head coach and remain in the basement of the NFC South. Still, you can never count out Matt Ryan at home -- especially when he is an underdog. Since 2000, he's 12-5 against the spread as an underdog in Atlanta. © Provided by CBS Sports The Raiders are coming off of a tough 35-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, where Patrick Mahomes led a game-winning drive that left Las Vegas with just 28 seconds to attempt to retake the lead....
    ATLANTA (AP) — Raheem Morris saw the ugly truth behind the season-high eight sacks allowed by the Atlanta Falcons. The interim coach said it was unfair to place full blame for the sacks on the offensive line in the Falcons’ 24-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Indeed, no unit deserved all the responsibility for the problems in the game. This lopsided loss was a complete team effort. Atlanta’s wide receivers failed to get open. Quarterback Matt Ryan sometimes held the ball too long. An ineffective running game gave Saints pass rushers the confidence to put pressure on Ryan. The defense gave up 378 yards, including 168 and three touchdowns on the ground, to a Saints offense that was missing Drew Brees. Morris on Monday also said offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter would change a play call or two if given the opportunity. Clearly, the Falcons could not afford to abandon their running game and become one-dimensional, especially against the Saints’ pass rush. Just as clearly, the success of the New Orleans pass rush was no fluke. The Saints...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Teams in the NFL are often defined by the “next man up” philosophy, but the Denver Broncos couldn’t overcome the loss of their top two cornerbacks in the 34-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. AJ Bouye was out with a concussion and Bryce Callahan missed the game with an ankle injury. In their place was third-year cornerback Davontae Harris, rookie Michael Ojmeudia and rookie Essang Bassey was used as the “nickel” or third cornerback. ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 08: Davontae Harris #27 of the Denver Broncos is called for pass interference against Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) The Falcons took advantage of the Broncos young corners scoring on all four of their possessions in the first half. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 18 of his 23 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos pass defense struggled the most on third downs as Atlanta converted on six-of-eight third down tries in the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Little by little, the Atlanta Falcons are learning how to win while still leaving room for too much late-game drama. Matt Ryan took advantage of Denver’s thin secondary to throw three touchdown passes and the Falcons turned back Drew Lock’s bid for a second consecutive comeback to beat the Broncos 34-27 on Sunday. ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 08: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Ryan completed 25 of 35 passes for 284 yards with one interception. Atlanta (3-6) improved to 3-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris — a big boost for a team that saw coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff fired after an 0-5 start. The Broncos’ fourth-quarter comeback attempt gave Ryan and the Falcons a scary reminder of blown leads this season. “I think we’ve got a few things we’ve got to clean up, a few things we can do better … so we can...
    Live updates: U.S. reports nearly 90,000 new coronavirus cases amid surges in every swing state Costco is dropping popular coconut milk after allegations of monkey labor, PETA says Ryan, Falcons avenge earlier loss to Panthers, 25-17 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — This time, the Atlanta Falcons finished. © Provided by Associated Press Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gets sacked by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and ran for a touchdown, Younghoe Koo made four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 25-17 on Thursday night behind a strong defensive performance to avoid a series season sweep. The Falcons (2-6) have had a penchant for squandering leads, coming into the game 1-3 when leading entering the fourth quarter. Carolina was driving late, but Atlanta stopped the rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons' 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining. © Provided by Associated Press Atlanta Falcons wide receiver...
    By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and ran for a touchdown, Younghoe Koo made four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 25-17 on Thursday night to avoid a series season sweep. The Falcons (2-6) have had a penchant for squandering leads this season, coming into the game 1-3 when leading entering the fourth quarter. Carolina was driving late, but Atlanta stalled the rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons' 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining. Todd Gurley grinded out 46 yards rushing and a touchdown, Julio Jones added 137 yards receiving and the Falcons defense limited the Panthers to 2 of 10 on third down conversions to improve to 2-1 since Raheem Morris replaced Dan Quinn as head coach. The win came in front of a crowd of 5,240 due to COVID-19. Bridgewater tried to spur Carolina to a comeback after Koo missed an extra point that would have made it a two-possession game. Bridgewater, who was knocked out of the...
    Atlanta Falcons star Matt Ryan told running back Todd Gurley to run the clock out and avoid a touchdown in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions before he did the opposite. Video from the game was released Wednesday. A mic heard Ryan tell the veteran running back to go down before the goal line. FALCONS' TODD GURLEY WASN'T TRYING TO SCORE GO-AHEAD TD VS. LIONS: 'I WAS MAD AS HELL' “Hey, don’t score. Don’t score. Don’t score. Get the first. Get the first. Get down,” Ryan told Gurley. Gurley responded: “Yeah, I wouldn’t right there.” Gurley accidentally scored with about a minute left on the clock. The Lions would have enough time to come down the field and score a touchdown with Matt Prater kicking the extra point and sealing the game for Detroit. MATTHEW STAFFORD LEADS LIONS ON GAME-WINNING DRIVE, TOSSES TD PASS TO T.J. HOCKENSON TO TOP FALCONS Gurley remarked on his mindset when he scored the touchdown after the game. “I was mad as hell. I was trying not to,” he told reporters. “My momentum took me in. It’s...
    If losing to the Detroit Lions over a last-minute touchdown on Sunday wasn’t enough, Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst got his car broken into sometime after the game.  Hurst called police at around 6 p.m. to report that his 2020 Chevrolet SUV parked outside his sister’s home had been burglarized and that his Nike bag, which had his team iPad, Beats headphones and a notebook, was missing, TMZ Sports reported, citing a police report.  CARDINALS’ DEANDRE HOPKINS EXPLAINS WHY HE THE ‘BIRDIE’ TO A GROUP OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS ON ARIZONA HIGHWAY The former Baltimore Ravens player, who was just traded to the Falcons in March, shared a picture of his car with the passenger window vandalized.  “Welcome to Atlanta! Sick thanks!!!” he said in a tweet.  FALCONS’ TODD GURLEY WASN’T TRYING TO SCORE  GO-AHEAD TD VS. LIONS: ‘I WAS MAD AS HELL’ According to the report, the robbery was captured on video and showed a man walking up and down the street before targeting Hurst’s vehicle. Police noted that they were also able to pick up fingerprints from the car....
    Getty Matthew Stafford gestures during the Lions game in Atlanta. The Detroit Lions may have never won a Super Bowl, but they did win the choker bowl on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons. The Lions snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for once and beat the Falcons 23-22. Atlanta made a few more mistakes than Detroit did on the afternoon in crunch time that cemented their status as the league’s biggest chokers according to a new piece. After the action in Week 7, The Ringer broke down the winners and losers of the week and found that a winner was actually this particular game. Within, writer Rodger Sherman proclaimed that the Falcons in the loss became the newest kings of the choke with the defeat. Sherman wrote: “Even when the Falcons have the talent and the game plan, failure finds a way. They’re the only team in the NFL that can score touchdowns in a way that helps them lose. We can be mad at Gurley for scoring—but let’s be honest. The alternative was burning the...
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones returned to practice as a limited participant and hopes to play Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Minnesota Vikings. Jones has played just one half of the last three games because of a hamstring injury. Friday marked the first day he was able to get on the field in the last two weeks. Other players listed as limited participants included receiver Russell Gage (shoulder), tight end Hayden Hurst (back), defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (ankle), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (back), safety Keanu Neal (hamstring) and linebacker Foye Oluokun (knee). Defensive end Takk McKinley (groin) and safety Jaylinn Hawkins (concussion) have been ruled out for the Vikings game. Defensive end John Cominsky (illness, not COVID-related) did not participate Friday and was listed as questionable. Jones has 15 catches for 213 yards and no touchdowns this season. Last season he surpassed 12,000 career yards receiving in 125 games to become the fastest NFL player to reach that mark. Over his previous nine seasons, Jones had 193 catches that went for...
    Getty Head coach Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons with Olamide Zaccheaus #17 and Ricardo Allen #37 in 2019. Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was fired on Sunday after the team dropped to an 0-5 start in an ugly loss to the Carolina Panthers. Quinn wrote a farewell letter to not only the players but the City of Atlanta which was posted on the team’s website Wednesday. While many people seem to bash Quinn and his atrocious losses through the years, you have to understand that he’s human too, and indeed a really good human. One of Quinn’s closest friends Lenny Annetta said it best in a tweet: “All the social media coaches who never coached and likely hardly played often miss the human element of leadership. Wins and losses are the economic metric used for decisions to keep/fire a coach, but Q is undefeated as a great person.” Quinn marked the second coach to lead to Atlanta to the Super Bowl but his teams just weren’t consistent enough for another and failed to match the paper....
    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan insisted blame for the team’s latest loss rested on him. Hours later, it was too late. Coach Dan Quinn was fired. Ryan bemoaned his poor throw on a potential tying drive in the fourth quarter that was intercepted by Carolina safety Juston Burris in the Panthers’ 23-16 win on Sunday. The loss left the Falcons 0-5 for the first time since 1997. Quinn, coming off back-to-back 7-9 finishes, needed to take Atlanta back to the playoffs this season. Five consecutive losses left owner Arthur Blank feeling he had to make a coaching change, as a third straight losing season will be difficult to avoid. Ryan spoke to the team after the game and tried to put the loss on his shoulders. “I just let them know we each have to take responsibility for what’s going on,” Ryan said. “I certainly accept the responsibility. … We had a chance late in the game and I didn’t pull my weight. We all need collectively to take a look in the mirror and...
    Getty Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against A.J. Terrell #24 of the Atlanta Falcons and Darqueze Dennard #34 of the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta Falcons placed starting nickel cornerback Darqueze Dennard on the reserve/injured list Tuesday. Dennard suffered a hamstring injury late in the 30-26 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. “He had a really good game the last game,” Falcons’ defensive pass game coordinator Joe Whitt said, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. He played like a warrior throughout the game. He’s brought leadership. He brought a guy that’s very accountable. Looking forward to getting him back once he gets healthy. He’s been a pleasant addition to the group.” Falcons Down Two Top CBs This loss leaves the Falcons without two of their top three cornerbacks. Falcons’ rookie A.J. Terrell was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Sunday’s game against the Bears. Dennard moved over to left tackled while Blidi Wreh-Wilson stepped in at nickel back. It’s possible that Wreh-Wilson will be expected to step up at the...
    CHICAGO BEARS (2-0) at ATLANTA FALCONS (0-2) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE — Falcons by 3 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Bears 1-1; Falcons 1-1 SERIES RECORD — Bears lead 14-13 LAST MEETING — Falcons defeated the Bears 23-17 on Sept. 10, 2017 at Chicago. LAST WEEK — Bears beat Giants 17-13; Falcons lost to Cowboys 40-39 AP PRO32 RANKING — Bears No. 16; Falcons No. 24 BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (9), PASS (29). BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (19). FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (28), PASS (2). FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (9), PASS (31). STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — The Falcons are looking to bounce back from a staggering loss to the Cowboys, in which they surrendered an early 20-0 lead and gave up an onside kick that allowed Dallas to kick a winning field goal on the final play. … The Bears are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2013. That team finished 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs. … Chicago is averaging 142 yards and 4.7...
    Best Emmy Awards Selfies Throughout the Show’s History 11 Dividend-Paying Stocks You Should Think Twice About Fan pens resignation letter to Falcons after loss to the Cowboys Things are not going swimmingly for head coach Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons. Coming off a disastrous seven-win 2019 campaign, the Falcons find themselves at 0-2 in 2020. © Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has two horrible losses on his resume. The latest meltdown came on the road against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Atlanta found itself up 29-10 at halftime after Dallas put up a mistake-filled first two quarters. Leading 39-24 with just over five minutes remaining, Atlanta somehow lost by the score of 40-39. That included a failure to recover an onside kick within the final minute of the fourth quarter. Related: Ranking NFL defenses heading into Week 3  Atlanta has been the butt of all the jokes around the NFL after blowing a 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI back in February of 2017. It now has fans in...
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