Atlanta Falcons fans were very happy to see the sad and pitiful look on New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s face after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw the game-winning touchdown Sunday. It wasn’t just about the everlasting feud between the Falcons and the Saints, it wasn’t just about Falcons fans enjoying watching the Saints lose, it was about seeing the Saints fall to a 5-1 record instead of going 6-0. In a weird way, the Saints loss gave the Falcons hope for their season.
Looking at the standings in the NFC South, if the Saints were still undefeated their would almost be no way in “h-e-double hockey sticks” that the Falcons would be able to climb their way to the top of the division. The Falcons would just be trying to catch up and the Saints would keep “marching on” as they say. Ugh.
But no siree, that is not the way that Mr. Bill Belichick would have it and the Patriots, who are also suffering from injuries, beat the Saints.
I’m not saying that the Saints are no longer leading the division, but the Falcons have a chance now of at least catching a sniff of first place. This would likely require the Falcons to beat the Saints on Thursday night, November 21st, but that’s another story. We’d also have to look for the Saints to slow down some this season like they did against the Patriots. But now that the Saints have lost at least one game all this seems possible and in reach.
Still, never bet on a team to lose games for you. Atlanta has to take care of business and not worry about their divisional rivals until they come to town.
We can also learn something from Brady’s win. Even in the wake of nearly all their receivers being injured, the Falcons’ quarterback has to step up or in Atlanta’s case, “Rise Up,” and make game-winning plays. Tom Brady is a comeback king, but Matt Ryan isn’t far behind. I think Ryan officially knows the passing game is really dependent on him now that Julio Jones and Roddy White are out.
On the bright side, he can keep calm because he still has Tony Gonzalez at tight end.
Look for a three game win streak starting this Sunday and also send a special thanks to Tom Brady for helping keep hope alive this season; it was definitely needed.