The Falcons never fail to have a game that’s full of drama, and they’ve now fallen for the second game in a row.
Atlanta had a 27-10 lead late in the first half, but a stagnant second half allowed the Chargers to get back in the game and take the game into overtime at a 30-30 deadlock.
A questionable decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 didn’t pay off as the Chargers kicked a field goal in overtime to win narrowly, 33-30. Atlanta falls to 4-3.
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman: The Falcons’ running game was stymied last week against Seattle’s league leading rush defense. However, the Freeman and Coleman duo was in full force again. The tandem finished with 125 yards and a score on the ground as well as collecting 45 receiving yards. While wide receiver Julio Jones is the offensive centerpiece, these two running backs are proving to be impactful to the team’s production.
Vic Beasley Jr.: Beasley has had high expectations on his shoulders since being drafted 10th-overall in 2015. The second-year linebacker had a slow start to the season, but made his presence known against the Chargers. In the first half, Beasley had a strip sack on Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers and defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn was able to find the end zone on the play.
Melvin Gordon: The Chargers comeback efforts were largely in part of the play of their second-year running back. Gordon has had a standout season to this point, and it continued against Atlanta as he found the end zone three times.
Dan Quinn’s aggressive play call didn’t pay off as Freeman was stopped short on a 4th-and-1, and the Chargers were given the ball in opposing territory. San Diego kicker Josh Lambo split the uprights to give the Chargers a victory.
Coleman injury: The Falcons’ “B” running back was seeing a significant workload in the first half, providing a spark with multiple flashy runs. However, that was stalled as he was sent to the locker room with a hamstring injury and did not return. While Freeman was able to continue the success, his absence could prove costly if he is to miss extended time.
Troubles with underneath passing game defense: Last week, the Falcons had trouble containing Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham, and the Chargers took notice and threw many passes on underneath routes. The Falcons had similar troubles as Rivers carved up the Atlanta defensive group at times, totaling 360 yards. Rivers did throw one pick on an underneath route, which was scouted out by Falcons’ rookie linebacker Deion Jones. Otherwise, Atlanta could not seem to solve their opposition’s passing attack.
Atlanta continues their home stand and looks to snap their two-game losing streak. The Green Bay Packers are next week’s guest at the Georgia Dome. The game is slated to take place on Sunday, October 30 at 4:25p.m. on FOX.