The Atlanta Falcons will play host to the Super Bowl defending Champions New Orleans Saints Monday night in Atlanta. This has been a much anticipated game for both teams after the stunning game between these teams in the third week of the season.
The Falcons would win a game that was all but lost. Garrett Hartley would line up with a 29-yard field goal in overtime, but he would miss it. Matt Ryan would then lead the Falcons down the field and set up a game-winning 46-yard field goal by Matt Bryant.
The one thing that stood out from this game, that didn’t get mentioned as much as it should have been. I am not talking not talking about something that happened in overtime, or even something that happened in the second half. The Falcons had a drive in the second quarter that was nothing other than methodical.
The Falcons would get the ball with 11:42 left in the second quarter. They were about to embark on one of the most impressive drives I have seen in the entire NFL this season.
That drive consisted of 20 plays, 70 yards, 2 third-down conversions, 2 fourth-down conversions, and it took off 10:39 minutes off of the clock. That is 17% of the game in one drive.
This drive summarizes what the Falcons offense has accomplished all season. They simply drive down the field, and they don’t do anything special. They just run behind Michael Turner, and then they have the passing game led by Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez.
So, how can the Falcon’s improve their 8-game winning streak to 9 games with a win against the Saints Monday night.