FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. In their 31-27 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons allowed 148 yards rushing, marking the fourth time this season they have yielded at least that many.
All of it begs the question: Are the Falcons a poor tackling team or did they just have a bad day? Falcons head coach Mike Smith seemed to settle on the idea that it came down to one play gone horribly wrong.
With the Falcons up 10-0 early, Chris Ivorys 56-yard touchdown run changed the momentum of the game. Smith counted four missed tackles on that single play that conspired to give the Falcons their first loss of the season. Smith said the Falcons would not practice tackling live to help improve that effort, but offered this answer.
Again, it was one play where we had the missed tackles, but it was critical, he said. The explosive plays that we had in the ballgame yesterday were all touchdown plays, but in regards to tackling theres ways to work on tackling. You break it down into its elementa...