Falcons' red zone woes finally catch up to them as season ends

From ESPN - January 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Falcons needed a red zone touchdown. It just did not happen.

Throughout the season, there were moments when the Falcons' high-octane offense just could not punch it into the end zone. That figured to catch up to them at some point, and it certainly did in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The moment was set up for Matt Ryan to respond with one of those signature, game-winning drives that earned him the nickname "Matty Ice." Unfortunately, he could not find top target Julio Jones on fourth-and-goal play at the Eagles' 2-yard line in the final moments, allowing the Eagles to run out the clock in a 15-10 triumph.

Rather than a return trip to the Super Bowl following last season's disappointment against the New England Patriots, now the Falcons go home wondering what could have been. The defense made tremendous strides under first-year coordinator Marquand Manuel. And while the offense had its moments here and there, much of the scrutiny will fall on first-year coordinator Steve Sarkisian for not carrying on the explosive attack former OC Kyle Shanahan established the previous two seasons.


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