The Atlanta Falcons certainly had what you would call a bad matchup in week 13 of the 2013 NFL season as they faced off with the Buffalo Bills. As the Falcons had just the 29th ranked defense in terms of rushing yards allowed per game coming into the game, they were going up against a team in Buffalo that wants to primarily get their running game going.
The trouble that the Falcons most likely tried to brace in regards to defending the rushing attack of the Bills certainly came to fruition. While Fred Jackson had a decent game with 42 yards and touchdown on 11 carries, Atlanta surrendered a monster performance to C.J. Spiller who finished the day with 149 yards and a score on 15 carries.
The Falcons defense gave up 31 points on the afternoon, not forcing a single turnover through the first three quarters of the contest. However, as Atlanta’s offense played relatively mistake-free and kept them in the game with a balanced attack, the Falcons’ defense came through when the game was on the line.
With Buffalo driving late in the fourth and the score knotted at 31, the Falcons forced a fumble to send the game to overtime. In overtime, the Bills won the toss and elected to receive, but Atlanta’s defense came up big again as they forced and recovered another fumble, this one leading to a game-winning field goal for the Falcons.
Sitting at just 3-9 after breaking their five-game losing streak, there’s no doubt that the Falcons’ season has no real promise left in it and that their defense will more than likely be a problem for them going forward. However, with the struggles that they’ve had recently, it’s not a bad thing to look for silver linings and appreciate the timely and clutch performance of their defense on Sunday afternoon.