FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons worked extensively on their end-of-the-half offense during OTAs on Tuesday.
Quarterbacks Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub and Matt Simms took turns trying to score with under 1:00 to play in the second quarter.
“We made a big emphasis today on the end of the half,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We did everything under a minute. It was an area where we want to just keep working on.”
In the coach’s end of season review, the situation came up repeatedly.
“It happened almost 30 times in terms of two-minutes at the end of the half or at the end of the games,” Quinn said. “We are going to continue to nail that and keep working. We do it a lot.”
The Falcons looked back at their games against Dallas and San Francisco last season.
Against Dallas, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman score on a 2-yard run with 2:18 left in the second quarter to make it 21-14 Dallas. But the Cowboys answered with a yard Jason Randle touchdown run with 40 seconds left to make it 28-14. The Falcons answered with a Matt Bryant 32-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer.
Against San Francisco, the 49ers scored on a Blaine Gabbert to Chris Celek 11-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-6 with 1:16 left in the second quarter. The Falcons answered with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Freeman with 13 seconds left to make it 17-13 at the half.
“We showed some other teams as well,” Quinn said. “When we created the ones today, it came up great with no timeouts and had to work on our what we all ‘sliders’ and we had to work must-out-of-bounds plays. Those are some of the most competitive parts of practice.”
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