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Game #12 AT San Diego Chargers Game Review

December 24th, 2008

While it’s good to get a road win and move to 8-4, this game was very frustrating in that the score was a lot closer than it ever should have been. Some of that was the Falcons doing and there were a couple of very questionable calls resulting in turnovers that didn’t help matters. Fortunately, the team overcame all that and pulled this one out but missing a wide open Jenkins, White dropping an easy TD pass and the 4th and 1 at the end of the 1st half that wasn’t converted, that’s just far too many points to leave on the field.

Here’s what I saw:

Offense:

Running game: Turner (31/120), Norwood (4/18), Mughelli (3/5), Snelling (1/1) and Ryan (4/-3) . Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner,12 and Norwood, 2.

Breakdown of passes:

Ryan: 17/23, 207 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 2 Bad passes, 2 Drops and 2 thrown away. Only real mistake was missing a wide open Jenkins on the first drive.

Drops (2): White, 1 and Jenkins, 1.

YTD Drops (31):

White – 14
Douglas – 3
Jenkins – 5
Finneran – 4
Turner – 1
Peele – 2
Norwood – 1
Jennings – 1

Receiving: White had the big day with 6 catches and 112 yards while Peelle and Douglas had TD catches.

Run blocking: Was fine except in short yardage/goal line situations

Pass blocking: Only two hurries and no sacks. The line continues to do it’s job and Ryan is getting rid of the ball quickly.

Sack responsibility (0): None.

YTD Sacks (12):

Justin Blalock – 2.0
Todd Weiner – 1.5
Tyson Clabo – 1.0
Busted Play – 1.0
Matt Ryan – 4.0
Wayne Gandy – 1.0
Quinn Ojinnaka – 1.0
Jerious Norwood – 1.0
Jason Snelling – 0.5

Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.

Defense:

Run defense: Only allowed 42 (the other 28 was on a fake punt) rushing yards. Great job.

Pass Defense: Very good day only allowing 149 yards. Only criticism would be that the RB and TE was often uncovered but that’s pretty standard for the Falcons.

Sacks (3): Biermann got his first sack (congrats!) and Babineaux got the second as well as splitting the third with Abraham.

Special Teams:

Norwood had 3 kickoff returns:1-from the 5, 16 yards. 2-from the 6, 23 yards. 3-from the 4, 15 yards. Norwood didn’t seem to have his burst on returns today.

Weems had 1 return for 19 yards on a short kickoff.

Douglas had 3 punt return opportunities: 1. from the 18, muffed and recovered by SD 2. from the 22, 32 yards. 3. from the 28, fair catch. The muffed punt really hurt as it led to a TD and helped make the game closer than it should have ever been.

Koenen had 2 punts: 1-51 yards to the 11, no return. 2-55 yards to the 17, 12 yard return nullified by illegal block penalty. Outstanding punts.

Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1-to the 1, 21 yard return. 2-to the endzone, touchback. 3-to the goal line, 21 yard return. 4-to the 1, net 7 yard return. 5-to the -8, 26 yard return. Excellent kicks.

Field Goals: 2/2 Good from 35 and 40.

Special Teams coverage: Fantastic job limiting Sproles to very little return yardage.

Things that really need improvement (no change):

1. Cover the middle of the field better in pass coverage (especially Tight Ends). Maybe move Brooking to SLB and Boley to WLB as well as nickel LB?
2. Eliminate 3rd and long conversions by opposition.
3. Defensive consistency in the second half.

Offensive MVP: Matt Ryan (207 yards, 2 TDs)

Defensive MVP: Jonathan Babineaux (2 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 QB hurries and 1 pass defended)

Special Teams MVP: Jamaal Anderson (blocked field goal)

Goat of the Week: Offense for missing scoring opportunities.

Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:

Next up: AT New Orleans Saints, December 7th!

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