It happened again.
A week after blowing a 20-0 lead against the Dallas Cowboys and losing, the Atlanta Falcons blew a 16-point lead Sunday against the Chicago Bears and lost 30-26, as Bears backup quarterback Nick Foles led the comeback.
The Falcons are unparalleled when it comes to blowing leads. They've made it an art form:
And while Quinn will likely face criticism for the blown leads, running back Todd Gurley made it clear the team's collapses are not on the coach.
"We know what he means to us," Gurley said. "We did not finish for him. We did not finish for each other. We did not finish for the Falcons. We did not finish for the brotherhood. This has nothing to do with him."
Atlanta's season is on the brink, with the team now 0-3. A Week 1 loss to the talented Seattle Seahawks could be forgiven, but blowing big leads the past two weeks has now cost Atlanta two wins and potentially suffocated its playoff hopes with less than a quarter of the season in the books.
How big was Sunday's loss? Zangaro added that "21.5% of teams that start off 1-2 make the playoffs."
That's a huge swing, though Matt Ryan isn't sounding the alarm bells just yet:
Despite those comments, though, blowing big leads has clearly become a trend in the Quinn-Ryan era. If the Falcons don't find a way to play their way back into playoff contention, some major changes could be coming in Atlanta.