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  <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> The game that was Thanks to a 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans, the Falcons’ chances of repeating as NFC South champions are on life support. At 7-5, they trail the New Orleans Saints (9-3) by two games with four to play. Realistically, they are in a battle with Detroit (7-5), Chicago (7-5) and the New York Giants (6-6) for one of the two wild-card bids. What we learned 1. Falcons can’t hit the deep ball. The Falcons had a great plan to attack the No. 1-ranked defense with some deep surgical strikes. But when quarterback Matt Ryan missed on early passes to Roddy White and Julio Jones and didn’t execute a flea-flicker play with precision, Houston safeties Glover Quin and Danieal Manning were free to stalk running back Michael Turner. The flea flicker was intercepted after Ryan received a high toss from Turner. Ryan’s 50.6 passer rating was his worst …

The Two Sides Of Matt Ryan

Is Matt Ryan a disappointing QB? Or a good QB on a disappointing team? The answer, maddeningly enough, is both. And the reality is that the Atlanta Falcons will either succeed or fail based on which quarterback plays on Sunday. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is coming up on a crossroads early in his career. When Matt Ryan is good, he is very, very good. Ryan tossed a career-high...

Ryan falls short against Texans

The Falcons' defense of their NFC South title is practically over. They are two games behind the New Orleans Saints with four games to play. With their hopes hanging in the balance, they turned the game over to Matt Ryan against the Houston Texans, and this time, Matty Ice could not deliver. Last season, Ryan was clutch as he repeatedly dragged the Falcons from the fire on...

Video: Matt Ryan’s press conference

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Roddy White Admits Matt Ryan’s Deep Passes Ain’t Really What’s Up

Apparently Roddy White was raised to believe that (brutal) honesty is the best policy. As a fan of both the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles (I love saying that cause it pisses people off ^_^) I find that my favorite Falcon and my favorite Eagle both have the same personality trait — BRUTAL HONESTY. Asante Samuel said earlier this year that the Eagles front office was...

Ryan, Falcons stopped by hurting Texans

HOUSTON (AP) -- Rookie T.J. Yates threw a touchdown pass in his first NFL start, Arian Foster rushed for 111 yards and Houston overcame another hamstring injury to Andre Johnson to beat Atlanta 17-10 on Sunday. The Texans (9-3) have won a franchise-record six straight games, a remarkable feat considering they're down to their third-string quarterback and have played the bulk...

Falcons Fall Just Short To The Texans 17-10

Matt Ryan could not quite pull out the come from behind victoryIt was a difficult start for the Falcons on offense, committing a turnover on their second drive. The Falcons were punished by trying to be too clever on a flea flicker that was very poorly executed and eventually picked off by Texans CB Kareem Jackson. A second turnover quickly followed, a miscommunication between Ryan...

Week 13 Fantasy Football Recap: Falcons vs. Texans

Atlanta Falcons – 10, Houston Texans – 17 Right when the Falcons needed a win the most, Matt Ryan (277 total yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) just wasn’t able to deliver in a hostile road environment.  The Falcons now fall into a position where they’ll have to fight and scrap to try to grab a wildcard with the Saints winning yet again.  TJ Yates (198 total yards, 1 TD) actually looked...

Falcons grow frustrated with deep ball mishaps

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Call it frustration. Call it sarcasm. Call it whatever you want, but Falcons perennial Pro-Bowl wide receiver Roddy White suggested on Wednesday that maybe the Falcons should scrap their attempts to throw deep down the field. Last week in their 17-10 loss at Houston, the Falcons threw deep twice on the first series. Both White and rookie Julio Jones had beaten...

Falcons slip to Texans

Ryan is taken down The Falcons struggled on the road against the Houston Texans, finishing with a disappointing 17-10 loss. The Falcons had some opportunities to win late, twice with the ball in Texans territory late in the fourth quarter, but failed to punch it in. They also found themselves with two defensive touchdowns wiped off the board from turnovers due to costly penalties...

Has Mularkey under utilized the screen pass?

  Rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who has caught 15 passes for 121 yards, is a good screen pass runner. (Associated Press) FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and quarterback Matt Ryan, in their quest for more explosive plays, have not utilized the screen pass very often this season. The Falcons have completed 14 of 16 screen passes for 62 yards...

Houston Texans 17, Atlanta Falcons 10

The Falcons laid an egg yesterday in Houston.  Matt Ryan was awful yesterday as he completed 20 of 46 passes for 267 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INTs.  He also carried the ball 1 time for 10 yards.  Michael Turner had a hard time getting going yesterday as he carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards (3.1 ypc).  Jason Snelling pitched in with 2 carries for 16 yards (8.0 ypc) for...

Atlanta Falcons (7-5) vs. Carolina Panthers (4-8)

The Atlanta Falcons lost a tough game last weekend 17-10 to the Texans in Houston.  The Falcons beat the Panthers in Atlanta earlier this year 31-17.  This is a huge game for the Falcons.  The Panthers have won two games in a row, so they have to be feeling good about themselves right now.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game: When the Falcons have the ball:  The Falcons...
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