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Falcons figure out way to avoid red zone problem


The Patriots entered the game as the league’s worst red zone offense.

But they weren’t the ones having problems early on.

The Falcons overcame some early red zone issues, but Matt Ryan just found tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 21-yard touchdown pass to avoid the messy inside-the-20 stuff and tie the Patriots 10-10 just before halftime.

The Falcons had to settle for a short field goal early, then failed to convert a fourth-and-2 at the 7-yard line on earlier possessions.

With a smart quarterback in Ryan and a dependable pass-catching tight end in Gonzalez, it ought to be a strength for the Falcons. But Ryan missing an open Roddy White was simply bizarre, and the lack of a trustworthy running back (in the injury absence of Steven Jackson) is a factor as well.

So maybe just scoring from the 21 is the answer.

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5 Responses to “Falcons figure out way to avoid red zone problem”
  1. edawg7l says: Sep 29, 2013 10:01 PM

    I cannot understand the 4th and 2 thing. Take the points! New England is not putting up monster scoring numbers.

  2. lanman11 says: Sep 29, 2013 10:13 PM

    McDaniels strikes again. He should have kept running th ball at the end of the 2nd qtr and gotten closer for the FG and taken a shot or two at a TD rather than 3 straight passes, a longer FG try (good) and most egregiously, giving Atlanta the ball back with over 3 minutes in the half, where they scored with 38 seconds left. They could have run the clock down inside two minute at least, if not farther down, and still got the FG. Considering the scoring issues in the second halves of games, they needed a lead. Sometimes I think he gets arrogant with his play calling.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 10:24 PM

    I will bet Tony Gonzalez retirement will coincide nicely with an NFL hgh testing agreement.

  4. lanman11 says: Sep 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Falcons DB’s getting away with a LOT of holding tonight….

  5. godzillapimpin says: Sep 29, 2013 11:26 PM

    As a dolphin fan, im just saying Matt Ryan is not doing well

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