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This is getting old. For the third-straight week, the Falcons got off to a strong start that yielded an early lead, only to see said lead eventually evaporate.
Steven Jackson's absence wasn't an issue because the Falcons got what they needed from the ground game. Smith's decision to kick a field goal when the team faced a fourth-and-1 from the Miami two-yard line while leading 10-7 late in the second quarter will be questioned all week, though.
Also, Smith has to bear part of the blame for Atlanta's lack of urgency in the red zone. Smith stubbornly wants to believe that the Falcons are a defensive football team, when in reality, Atlanta's offense is going to be the unit that makes or breaks this 2013 season.
Koetter had a nice play call on Levine Toilolo's touchdown reception, but he probably should have mixed in a good run play on Atlanta's early fourth-quarter drive that stalled at the Miami 15-yard line. After three incomplete passes,the Falcons were caused to settle for the last field goal that Matt Bryant would make.
Koetter needs to make sure his offense appreciates how important it is to get touchdowns in the red zone from here on out.
Nolan's defense was put in a tight spot after Harry Douglas' fumble, but it had its own breakdowns before and after that scoring drive.
Miami's field goal drive to end the first half was too easy, as was its drive that set up the winning touchdown. The tackling must improve, and the unit has to be ready for its moment the next time they're required to keep an opponent out of the end zone to win a game.