Devonta Freeman scores, but Falcons blow another late lead


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

The Falcons blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and lost.

While that did, in fact, happen last night against the Dolphins, there’s a good chance the thing that will cling to them this time is Devonta Freeman‘s performance right after signing his new contract.

The newly rich running back caught a touchdown pass on their first possession, as the Falcons offense didn’t appear to have lost a beat from last year, when they led the league in scoring. Of course, they have a new offensive coordinator (Steve Sarkisian), but Freeman and most of the same parts from last year’s Super Bowl team (though wide receiver Julio Jones didn’t play).

“It was just about me competing, doing what I love to do,” Freeman said, via the Associated Press.

It had to be encouraging for the Falcons, who just gave him a five-year contract extension worth $41.25 million, which made him (for now) the highest-paid running back in the league.

“We’re really thrilled to get this deal gone, knowing what a significant factor he is for us,” coach Dan Quinn said.

As to the game itself, last night’s lead was a mere 20-10 in the fourth quarter, and the Dolphins reserves scored 13 unanswered in the fourth quarter to come back for the win. It wasn’t blowing a 28-3 lead to the Patriots, but it was against an AFC East team, so the Falcons’ offseason plans to forget about their Super Bowl flop are going to take a bit longer to implement.

7 responses to “Devonta Freeman scores, but Falcons blow another late lead

  1. A $41M-5yr extension? LOL. Meanwhile, James White, who gave the sort of SB record-breaking performance and numbers that Freeman should have, just signed a $12M-3yr extension with the Pats. And James White didn’t miss the game’s key block like Freeman did on Hightower’s strip-sack. You won’t win many SBs by overpaying a handful of big names.

  2. This is a nothing game, but the Dolphins literally had 2 Starters play on Offense at the beginning and went the whole way with 3rd-5th QBs. Other than McMillan getting hurt this was a good start to a solid team with a ton of bad luck. Still hopeful.

  3. Yeah I’m sure the entire Falcons organization are just shivering in their shoes today and reminiscing about the super bowl because the reserves blew a lead in a meaningless preseason game. Give us a break.

  4. Weird headline. You don’t “blow” a lead in a pre-season game – stuff just happens when 2nd, 3rd and 4th stringers are on the field. The final outcome is bereft of meaning.

  5. You won’t win many SBs by overpaying a handful of big names.
    Dimitroff learned at Belichick’s knee. Presumably he knows how to manage his cap, but seems like they wrote a lot of big checks lately.

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