Could Kicking Be An Issue For Atlanta Falcons in Playoffs?

By Ken Grace
Mike Carter–US Presswire

Knowing the Atlanta Falcons, they will probably be engaged in some close games in the playoffs, especially given they will be coming off of a bye.

Falcons’ kicker Matt Bryant is considered one of the best in the NFL but this has not been his best season. Yeah, Bryant has made 32 of his 37 attempted field goals but he is normally in the 90% range. An 87% completion mark may be good for school as a kicker in the NFL, the more kicks you make the more the coach will trust you in close games.

This is not to say that Bryant has not been reliable, he has won a few close games for Atlanta. However, there have been cases such as their game against the Dallas Cowboys were had he made his field goals, the game may not have been such a nail-biter.

In all fairness, most of Matt Bryant’s misses have come from the 40-49 yard range where he is 10-13 on the season, which is still not bad. On the flipside, Bryant is a perfect from 50 yards and beyond having made all four of his attempts.

At times this season, Atlanta has shown a propensity for not being able to convert inside the red zone. If that problem appears in the playoffs, the Falcons will turn to Bryant and look for them to provide points until they can find a rhythm. Bryant has also been vital in turning failed Atlanta drives into scoring opportunities to extend leads for them. If Atlanta is to advance in the playoffs they will need Matt Bryant’s foot to get there.

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