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Rant and Rise: Atlanta Falcons Suffer First Loss, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers End in Tie

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for November 12, 2012:

Atlanta Falcons Suffer First Loss of Season to New Orleans Saints 

There have been numerous occasions throughout the regular season where the Falcons would manage to put together an unbelievable fourth-quarter rally to win games and remain undefeated, but that luck ran out on Sunday as they fell to the Saints 31-27–their first loss of the season.

Despite Matt Ryan completing 34 of 52 passes for 411 yards to go along with three touchdowns, Atlanta just couldn’t overcome New Orleans’ offense–especially Jimmy Graham. The tight end arguably had his best game of the regular season after catching seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

They may be disappointed over the loss, but there’s no reason to panic about the Falcons just yet considering this was just one game.

St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers Finish With a Tie

For the first time since 2008 with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals, an NFL game ended in a tie after Sunday’s 24-24 finish between the Rams and 49ers. Both teams failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities in overtime to win the game, but St. Louis and San Francisco just couldn’t find a way to score with an extra 15 minutes in the game.

On a positive note for the 49ers, give credit to Collin Kaepernick–who completed 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards to go along with 66 rushing yards and a touchdown–for filling in for the injured Alex Smith and carrying the offense.

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