Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 12/10/12
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The Atlanta Falcons have one of the best offenses in the NFL and some of the best players in the league at the skill positions yet twice in the last two weeks the unit has stalled for prolonged periods. The Falcons survived doldrums in the second and third quarter of a 23-13 win over New Orleans on Nov. 29, but largely because the defense came up with five interceptions in that game. The Falcons had five straight possessions in that game in which they punted four times and kicked a lone field goal on the other. The field goal came after the Falcons took over at the Saints 29-yard line following an interception and moved the ball only two yards before kicking a field goal. On Sunday in Carolina, the Falcons played about as bad of a half of football as they have in years. They ran only 13 offensive plays, totaled two first downs and amassed only 35 yards of total offense at the break as they trailed 16-0. The defense, which was part of the problem, did not come ...
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