It was the best of halves; it was the worst of halves. A Tale of two halves is a very apropos description for the game against the Cowboys. Dan Quinn noted in his postgame presser that there really weren’t that many adjustments made and that it was more about the players simply playing better. He wasn’t kidding. The missed tackles were cleaned up, players broke on coverage more aggressively and really the only noticeable change was Paul Worrilow and Justin Durant moving to 5 yard aggressive contain instead of 10 yard contain coverage.
Pass protection was excellent with very few pressures with the lone sack coming off of what appeared to be confusion between Chris Chester and Terron Ward. While Devonta Freeman certainly had a huge day, it has to be said that Patrick DiMarco had a large hand in that success. DiMarco had key blocks all throughout the game and really showed just how effective a blocker he is. Matt Ryan seemed to feel pressure that wasn’t there in the first half and it showed on some of the throws he made that were short or otherwise off target. Ryan did settle in and turn in a very good performance.
The big take away from this game is that there was no third quarter lull and it should be noted that the Falcons didn’t let off the gas and sit on the lead. Instead, they ended up scoring 25 unanswered points including a long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
11: 34 times
21: 25 times
12: 9 times
22: 3 times
10: 1 time
01: 1 time
Victory: 1 time
Drops in the game: Julio Jones – 2; Leonard Hankerson – 3
Missed tackles: Ricardo Allen – 3; Justin Durant – 2; Phillip Adams – 1; Paul Worrilow – 2; William
Moore – 1; O’brien Schofield – 1
William Moore had the lone interception while Vic Beasley and Adrian Clayborn both recorded sacks.
Looking ahead to the Texans: The offensive line will face its fiercest test to date and the defense will have to contain Deandre Hopkins and possibly Arian Foster. On the Falcons side is a Texans secondary that is vulnerable and add in home field advantage. Falcons 24, Texans 17.