Costly penalties hurt the Falcons as they fell to the Buccaneers in their home opener, 31-24. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from the Georgia Dome.
The Falcons (0-1) will try to rebound against the Oakland Raiders (1-0) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum. Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Monday:
1. Tell the truth Monday. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will meet with the media at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the aftermath of the 31-24 loss to Tampa Bay.
2. Anthem protests. The Falcons and the Buccaneers all stood for the National Anthem on Sunday. But that wasn’t the case around the NFL.
3. Run game. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that he was “surprised” that Bucs were able to shut down the rushing attack.
4. No huddle blues. The Falcons waited until they were down 31-13 to get into their no-huddle attack. They promptly scored a touchdown and didn’t go back to the attack. Considering Matt Ryan’s proficiency in the no-huddle attack, some contend the Falcons should have stayed in the no-huddle to fuel their furious rally. “Either way we feel comfortable,” Quinn said. “We didn’t feel like it was necessary at that time. We thought we would come up and get the stop and give the ball back to them. We didn’t get the stop right away on defense. At six minutes I didn’t feel like it was into that spot. We had all the stuff going for us, so it wasn’t until we fell way behind in the clock that we had to. I understand your point on it, but we felt like we were in a good spot with the plays that we had against them.” Ryan also defended not going to the no-huddle more often. “Obviously, that’s something that will come up,” Ryan said. “Hindsight, we scored with maybe 4:50 left, something like that. I thought the timing of it, we were moving pretty quickly. Whether we were huddling or not huddling, we were moving pretty efficiently. I think we got the three points with enough time, there’s no question about that. We just had an opportunity late in the game and didn’t make the plays.”
5. Black hole awaits. The Raiders defeated the Saints 35-34 when they went for a two-point conversion with 47 seconds left.
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24
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