It was a cold, wet, muddy Sunday that saw the Atlanta Falcons facing the New York Jets. If you were wondering if the rain made an impact on this game, just know, there were seven total fumbles. Three of those fumbles came from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and two came from Jets quarterback Josh McCown.
The Falcons have made a habit of starting off strong, falling off midway through, and finishing strong at the end. The only question is whether finishing strong comes with a “W” at the end of the day. Thankfully, the latter proved certain on Sunday.
After their offense stalled in the third quarter, the Falcons found themselves down by a single point, 17-16, heading into the fourth quarter. A touchdown by wide receiver Mohammed Sanu put them up, 22-17, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Thankfully, kicker Matt Bryant went 4/4 on the day and made his last one count in the 4th Quarter. You can find full highlights below:
- The Falcons offense recorded 386 total yards on the day, including 140 yards on the ground, making it Atlanta’s sixth straight game with 100+ rushing yards.
- WRs Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones both finished the game with 74 receiving yards.
- RBs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman teamed up for 165 total yards. That’s the third time this season the duo has combined for 150+ total yards.
- The defense held the Jets to only 43 rushing yards and a 2.0 yards per carry average on the day. The defense also sacked QB Josh McCown three times – that’s the fourth time this season the team has recorded three-or-more sacks.
The defense hadn’t performed how they thought they were capable of over the last few weeks in the run game, so I thought that was significant, especially on a day that was going to feature some weather and both teams were going to lean on the run game. And then our offense sticking to that and staying committed to it. One shot, you get a chance to break, which Tevin (Coleman) did. To finish that off, Matt Bryant who is, really, in this kind of environment, lots of rain, the weather was there all the way, to go 4-4 and then (Matt) Bosher dropping in a good punt at the end. I was really pleased with the resiliency of the guys and what they stand for as a group of men. It was a good team win today and one that we’re excited to talk about.” -Coach Dan Quinn
The Falcons, now at (4-3), can use this momentum as they travel to Charlotte to face division foe Carolina.
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