Sport bankruptcy after touchdown: the bizarre NFL team

21:25  29 october  2020
21:25  29 october  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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The Atlanta Falcons cause amazement and horror among NFL fans week after week. The team loses apparently won games several times.

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Touchdown Atlanta Falcons! Every supporter of the team from the US state of Georgia likes to hear these three words.

But last Sunday, in the duel between the Falcons and the Detroit Lions, most of the Falcons supporters would have waived a touchdown in order to increase the chance of victory instead.

But one after the other.

Gurley's curious touchdown initiates defeat

Falcons and Lions engage in a close exchange of blows when the Atlanta home side find themselves in possession of the ball 64 seconds before the end of the opposing end zone. At 14:16, Atlanta only has to end the game with a field goal.

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Until then, the ball should be held in a running game and the time should be played down. So far so simple. Running back Todd Gurley sprints on the first attempt, comes through the Lions defense, then realizes that he is close to the end zone and a touchdown would now be fatal - because the Lions then get the ball directly after the score, with plenty of time the clock.

Gurley throws himself across the floor, but it's too late: the touchdown is sealed, and the subsequent two-point conversion doesn't improve the situation either. The Lions come into possession of the ball and, when the time runs out, achieve the required touchdown plus the field goal for a 23:22 success.

"I'm damned angry. I tried to prevent it, but I couldn't stop my swing," said "culprit" Gurley after the game. But as it is, these crazy seconds are symbolic of the state of the Falcons. No other NFL team has beaten itself so often and in such incredible ways as the former Super Bowl participant.

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The "highlight" and probably the starting shot for this recurring pattern was the 2017 final, which the team achieved with inspiring offensive football and a quarterback Matt Ryan in top form.

In the third quarter of the final, "Matty Ice" and Co. already led 28: 3 against the New England Patriots and looked like the sure winner. But when the last second in overtime ran down, the Pats cheered, who had conjured up a legendary 31-0 run on the field.

Since then, things have been going downhill for the Falcons. In 2018 they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Last year they could only win one game in the first half of the season and therefore missed the postseason again. This year the turn for the better should take place again, but things turned out differently. Test

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99 percent probability of victory - still lost

The first five games were all lost, including two defeats in a row, in which Atlanta completely gambled away a lead of over 15 points within the final quarter. Or to put it another way: despite the NFL's 99 percent probability of victory, there were two defeats. In week two, against the Dallas Cowboys, the Falcons also made a novelty. As the first team in NFL history, they lost a game despite 39 own points and without their own turnover. Previously, this had not happened in 440 games.

After the 0: 5 start head coach Dan Quinn had to vacate his chair. But a victory over the Vikings was followed by the dramatic and bizarre game against the Lions.

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With the bankruptcy against the Patriots, there really seems to have been a crack, because nominally the Falcons team has not really gotten worse since then.

Ryan is still one of the better quarterbacks in the league and with Julio Jones he has one of the best wide receivers in NFL history at his side. Running back Gurley joined the team and, after his serious knee injury, which caused fear of the worst, is increasingly getting back to his old form - with the exception of his dropout against Detroit.

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With names like Calvin Ridley or Russell Gage, this results in a veritable offense that should definitely be better than 1-6.

Sure, the defense regularly weakens and is not one of the strengths of the Georgia franchise. So far, the Falcons defense got ten sacks, while Ryan has already been brought down 15 times by the opponents.

Falcons probably only helps Reset

But this fact alone does not explain the misery with the Falcons. It seems as if only a reset, in whatever form, can put an end to the bizarre downward spiral.

The next chance for improvement is in the Thursday Night Game against the Carolina Panthers. Certainly not an overteam, but the team around quarterback Teddy Bridgewater knows about their strengths. The possible comeback of superstar Christan McCaffrey, who is back in training after his injury, could fuel additional hope for the Panthers.

From the Falcons point of view, it would be the next blow to the neck if a not quite fit McCaffrey should cause the next bankruptcy.

But with these Falcons nothing, absolutely nothing, can be excluded at the moment. Not even a touchdown would lead to bankruptcy.

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