In yet another thrilling game in the 2013 NFL Playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers 28-24. After all that was made about the Falcons’ postseason struggles heading into the playoffs, you can only imagine how Atlanta feels after blowing a 17-point lead in this one.
Finger pointing will commence, and most of the blame is going to fall on the shoulders of Matt Ryan. Matty Ice melted yet again, committing two key turnovers in the second half. One on a lazy pass that led to an interception, and one where he just flat out dropped a shotgun snap. You can file both of those turnovers in the ‘mental error’ department.
As always, the quarterback doesn’t deserve all the blame, but in a game where a team is up three scores, turnovers like that are unacceptable.
Even after all the mishaps, Ryan had a chance to redeem himself late in the fourth quarter, but he failed yet again. It’s starting to look like the big stage is not a place for Matt Ryan. He is now a bonafide playoff choker in my book.
Of course a lot of credit has to go the 49ers as they played a solid all-around game, especially in the second half. San Francisco got tougher and tougher as the game went along, while the Falcons did their same old playoff routine.
While some might think the playoff monkey was lifted from the backs of the Falcons last week, I will argue that it has returned stomping its feet. It’s not that Atlanta lost this game, it’s how they lost it. They were in control, and thanks to two Matt Ryan turnovers, they lost.
It’s going to be a long offseason for the entire Falcons franchise. Where Ryan and this team goes from here? I have no idea.