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Who says the Falcons lack killer instinct?

June 20th, 2013

I recently discovered the awesomeness that comes with sharing tables imported from Pro Football Reference.com. So every now and then if I stumble across a pretty cool or interesting stat involving the Falcons, I now have an easy way of sharing it with the world.

For this one, I first came across this a few months ago following the loss to the 49ers where many accusations were floating around about the Falcons lacking a “killer instinct” to finish games. Well, here’s my counter-argument to that nonsense.

Here are the records for teams since 2008 in one-score regular season games:

Rk Tm From To W L T W-L% ? Count
1 Atlanta Falcons 2008 2012 29 12 0 0.707 41
2 Indianapolis Colts 2008 2012 31 13 0 0.705 44
3 New York Giants 2008 2012 21 13 0 0.618 34
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 2012 28 19 0 0.596 47
5 Denver Broncos 2008 2012 22 16 0 0.579 38
6 New England Patriots 2008 2012 19 14 0 0.576 33
7 Baltimore Ravens 2008 2012 23 18 0 0.561 41
8 New York Jets 2008 2012 19 15 0 0.559 34
9 San Francisco 49ers 2008 2012 20 16 1 0.554 37
10 Arizona Cardinals 2008 2012 21 17 0 0.553 38
11 New Orleans Saints 2008 2012 21 17 0 0.553 38
12 Houston Texans 2008 2012 22 19 0 0.537 41
13 Chicago Bears 2008 2012 23 20 0 0.535 43
14 Tennessee Titans 2008 2012 19 17 0 0.528 36
15 Miami Dolphins 2008 2012 23 21 0 0.523 44
16 Oakland Raiders 2008 2012 19 18 0 0.514 37
17 Minnesota Vikings 2008 2012 19 20 0 0.487 39
18 Jacksonville Jaguars 2008 2012 20 22 0 0.476 42
19 Washington Redskins 2008 2012 25 29 0 0.463 54
20 Green Bay Packers 2008 2012 18 21 0 0.462 39
21 Dallas Cowboys 2008 2012 21 25 0 0.457 46
22 Cincinnati Bengals 2008 2012 20 24 1 0.456 45
23 Carolina Panthers 2008 2012 15 18 0 0.455 33
24 San Diego Chargers 2008 2012 18 23 0 0.439 41
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008 2012 17 23 0 0.425 40
26 Philadelphia Eagles 2008 2012 16 22 1 0.423 39
27 Kansas City Chiefs 2008 2012 16 23 0 0.410 39
28 Cleveland Browns 2008 2012 17 25 0 0.405 42
29 Seattle Seahawks 2008 2012 11 17 0 0.393 28
30 Buffalo Bills 2008 2012 13 23 0 0.361 36
31 Detroit Lions 2008 2012 14 27 0 0.341 41
32 St. Louis Rams 2008 2012 10 23 1 0.309 34
Total 2008 2012 630 630 4 .500 1264
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/20/2013.

 

So if the Falcons win more close games than any other team in the league under Mike Smith and Matt Ryan, then apparently every other team in the league also lacks a killer instinct…

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