The Falcons can point to at least one area to explain their lost to Miami: The red zone.
Atlanta fell to 1-2 after scoring two touchdowns and two field goals on five drives to the Miami 20-yard line or deeper. The Dolphins went 3-for-3 - all touchdowns - in their 27-23 victory
The Falcons could argue they outplayed Miami, outgaining the Dolphins 377 yards to 285 on Sunday, and sacked Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill five times while Atlanta's Matt Ryan was not sacked. The Falcons also held the ball for 37 minutes, nine seconds to the Dolphins' 22:51.
Falcons coach Mike Smith wasn't all that impressed.
"We did not play very good situational football We're talking about red zone, two-minute and third downs," Smith said. "We gave up 10 points in two-minute situations - a field goal at the end of the half, and seven points at the end of the game.
"We weren't as efficient as we needed to be on third down; they were 7-of-12. We were 0-for-3 (defensively) in the red zone. We were only...