Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/20/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against the New York Giants on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Falcons 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
I subscribe to the theory that it's better to be lucky than good. But what if you're both? Say hello to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons not only survived an uncharacteristic five-interception performance by quarterback Matt Ryan, but also a couple decisions by head coach Mike Smith in replay as Atlanta rallied to defeat Arizona 23-19 Sunday. As replay has become more and more a part of the NFL's week-to-week fabric, we almost always talk about decisions made by referees and the replay officials. But what about the coaches? The league has tried to make it easier on coaches, who never liked the aspect of having to challenge plays on the field. Coaches have always wanted the system similar to the college system, where they are left out of the process. This game is a perfect of example of why. Coaches make mistakes in replay, too. Sometimes it's judgment and sometimes it's in rules knowledge. It's no different than with the on-field officials. Once Smith w...
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