The Falcons lost at home to the Eagles 32-6 in a game that may have been a little bit closer than the score would indicate.
While the Eagles piled on and pulled away in the second half, the score was just 15-6 deep into the third quarter. The Falcons were just a few plays away, but none of them went their way.
Let's take a look at the five plays that cost the Falcons the game (listed in order of when they occurred):
1. The Falcons were called for an illegal formation and a false start on back-to-back plays when it was 1st and Goal (1st Quarter).
• The offense went from the 2-yard line to the 12-yard line and settled for a FG and the Eagles kept the lead (7-6)
2. After stopping the Eagles on downs and trailing 7-6, the Falcons drove the ball into Eagles territory before Matt Ryan was called for intentional grounding (1st Quarter).
• The penalty took the ball from the Eagles 49 (2nd and 7) to the Falcons 37 (3rd and 21) and the Falcons would go on to punt.
3.After giving up a TD to Dallas Goedert, Marlon Davidson was called for an illegal formation on the PAT and the Eagles decided to try a two-point conversion and succeeded (2nd Quarter).
• The conversion took a one-possession game to a two-possession game as it felt like things started to slip away.
4. After a fumbled handoff put the Falcons in a 3rd and 5 situation, Matt Ryan hit Mike Davis for a first down, but it was called back due to an Offensive PI call on Calvin Ridley and the Falcons were forced to punt (3rd Quarter).
• The most frustrating aspect of this play was that Mike Davis would have had the first down even without Ridley making contact with the defender.
5. After Calvin Ridley's PI ended the drive, Falcons punter Cam Nizialek only managed to get off a 31-yard punt (3rd Quarter).
• The short kick allowed the Eagles to take over at midfield and the ensuing TD made the game 22-6 and essentially ended things.
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