The reloaded Falcons offense didn’t score a point against the Giants. The Falcons defense eventually wore down and got steamrolled in the second half.
Another one and done in the playoffs by the Falcons has folks wondering if the 2011 team made any progress under coach Mike Smith.
“We did not play consistent football,” said Smith via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
We think the opposite is true. The Falcons were among the most consistents team in the league. They were a consistent B-. They beat bad teams and lost to good teams. They were vanilla ice cream.
Asked if the team took a step back in 2011, quarterback Matt Ryan said, ““We certainly didn’t take a step forward.”
We don’t want to minimize what G.M. Thomas Dimitroff and Smith have accomplished. The Falcons never had back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history, and the two men have directed four straight winning teams.
Dimitroff is building this team the right way, but it’s been difficult getting from good to great. They lost the last two playoff games by a combined score of 72-23.
“I don’t think we took a step back [this season]. Obviously 0-3 in the playoffs is not where anybody wants to be,” owner Arthur Blank said. “It was disappointing not scoring any points . . . They made a couple of explosive plays.”
The Falcons and their fans have grown too used to that happening against them in January.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!