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What Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wouldn’t give to be in Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s cleats.
For the third time in as many games this season, Mike Smith’s club has opened a double-digit lead only to see it completely disappear for the second time in three weeks. On Sunday, Atlanta watched as the Dolphins came all the way back and handed the Falcons a 27-23 loss.
On Sunday, Ryan threw for 231 yards and a pair of scores, one interception and was not sacked.
For Miami, Tannehill threw for 236 yards and a pair of scores, one interception but was sacked five times.
A year ago, the Falcons finished 13-3 (the best in the NFC and tied for the top mark in the NFL) thanks to an 8-0 start. This season, a pair of 10-0 starts have led to a pair of losses.
As for Tannehill, he’s been sacked at least four times in each game this season. But the Dolphins are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2002.
Are we surprised that the Falcons have stumbled a bit out of the gate? Perhaps. But it may be an even bigger surprise that Joe Philbin’s club is unbeaten after three weeks and have knocked off a pair of 2012 playoff clubs (Indianapolis Colts and Falcons) the last two Sundays.