After such a dominating performance versus the Packers in a NFCCG rematch, the Falcons looked to stay undefeated in Detroit. The Detroit Lions hosted the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field Sunday afternoon in a intense match up. The Falcons explosive offense versus a revamped and rebuilt Detroit lions defense.
Some may argue that the Falcons offense should overpower the lions defense but others argue that a revamped lions defense should dominate the Falcons offense. As seen, the Detroit defense stood tall but the Atlanta defense prevailed in the end to close out the game.
MVP Matt Ryan had him an ugly showing in the win throwing three interceptions and a pick for a touchdown. Matt was 24-35 for 294 yards and three interceptions, even though two were off the hands of receivers. Devanta Freeman had 21 carries for 106 yards rushing and a touchdown. Julio led the receivers with 7 receptions for 91 yards but injured his back in 4th quarter on a hit. This wasn’t Matt Ryan’s worst game but it definitely wasn’t his best, throwing his first interceptions in nine games dating back to last season.
The Atlanta Falcons defense stood stout the whole first half but got tired toward the end. For the 3rd week in a row the defensed clinched the game with a game winning tackle to preserve a win. Brian Poole led the defense with seven solo tackles, a tackle for loss, and couple major pass break ups in win. Deion Jones led all linebackers with six solo tackles. Robert Alford had a game clinching interception but was called back due to questionable holding call on Trufant.
This by far has been the ugliest game of the season for the Falcons due to the turnovers and penalties. The hard fought battle between the two came down to a last second replay review on a catch by Golden Tate. Stafford who went 25-45 with 264 yards and a touchdown threw a slant pass to Tate on the goal line and it was called a touchdown. The referee went to the review booth to over look call and reversed the call due to Tate’s knee being on the ground before crossing the goal line.
Since the Lions had no timeouts left and there were eight seconds left, the review triggered an automatic 10 second run off and the Falcons prevailed.
After a tough win by the Falcons they become 3-0 and remain Atop in the NFL. They look forward to a home game in front of their fans against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Falcons look to go into film session next week and fix a number broken coverage’s and penalties to get ahead for next game.
Once again, the fans come to see an explosive offense put up big numbers but today offense sold the tickets but the defense fought like it was a championship.