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Will Mike Smith's failed gamble cost the Falcons a playoff spot?
Last week the Falcons had a chance to take over first place in the NFC South.
Playing New Orleans at home, the Falcons overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime.
In overtime, on 4th-and-2 at their own 29, head coach Mike Smith rolled the dice and had the Falcons go for it. The Saints stuffed a Michael Turner run and kicked the winning field goal four plays later.
It was a gutsy call that failed, but Smith took full credit.
The bad news: The Saints lead the Falcons by a game and a half.
The good news: The Saints have a bye this week, and with a win the Falcons make up half a game with another game left against the Saints.
The Falcons play Tennessee in the second of three consecutive home games that will conclude with Minnesota.
Atlanta can't afford to fall two games behind New Orleans.