Boy, that game was terrible. There's really not much else to say about it.
There was some optimism at the start of the game. The coaching staff made some personnel changes along the offensive line, they won the coin toss and deferred. They ran the ball pretty effectively at the beginning of the game. Who were these Falcons taking the field against the Bucs?
A noble sacrifice. RT @A_Sick_Serenade SJax is guaranteed to have a huge game. I finally benched him on my fantasy team. You're welcome.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 17, 2013
Steven Jackson is finally looking like Steven Jackson. #ATLvsTB— Alex (@fusionstyle) November 17, 2013
Also, the Falcons were playing the Bucs, a team that had one less win than the Falcons over the course of the season. The Bucs, as a matter of fact, locked up that very first win just last week against the Miami Dolphins. The Bucs have had nothing but drama all season, on the field, and off it, and the Falcons had already beaten the Bucs this season. The Falcons surely had to beat the Bucs. It really wasn't asking too much.
That optimism was short-lived, though, because despite moving personnel around, the offensive line continued to be absolutely terrible.
Man, did we leave the o-line on the bus? If not, can we put the o-line back on the bus? #ATLvsTB— Joshua Darnell (@JLDinGeorgia) November 17, 2013
Coaching won't n can't help Peter Knoz right now. Had help from Hawley but McCoy just overpowered him. It's up to him to decide. #ATLvsTB— Alge Crumpler (@Alge_Crumpler) November 17, 2013
Paul Worrilow's development as a linebacker continues to be a bright spot in an abysmally dark season.
I'm about to go Worrilow on these idiots clogging my twitter feed telling me how to get new followers #ATLvsTB— Cory Kurtz (@ckurtz32) November 17, 2013
You’re not allowed to hold The Worrilow. #ATLvsTB— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) November 17, 2013
So, I think the #Falcons need to let Paul Worrilow run a tackling clinic for the rest of the team. /cries into hands.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 17, 2013
Bright spot: LB Paul Worrilow. The undrafted rookie linebacker has 54 tackles in last 3 games. That's not a typo. #ATLvsTB— Daniel Levak (@FalconsDLevak) November 17, 2013
Matt Bryant and Matt Bosher are pretty great, too.
I love Matt Bryant and Matt Bosher forever.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 17, 2013
Matt Bryant is the falcons best player as of right now #ATLvsTB— Antavious (@ImAntavious) November 17, 2013
It's a shame when the kicker and punter has more fire then anyone else on the team...#atlvstb— Derico (@vsu96sdd) November 17, 2013
I know one thing, Bosher and Bryant would have defended Ryan when the saints hit him with that cheap shot Week 1 #falcons— Accidental Scholar (@Das_ProfX) November 17, 2013
Greg Schiano thinks he's Sean Payton or something.
That onside kick hurt all sorts of feeling for me. #ATLvsTB— Victor von Mandarin (@cam4m3) November 17, 2013
Did the Bucs just follow an onside kick with a fake punt pass? A lake of fire is too good for you, Schiano.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 17, 2013
Pretending the snap went over Mike Glennon's considerable head is the least convincing of all trick plays— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) November 17, 2013
These are all legitimate questions.
Who is this team? I don't know who the Falcons are anymore. #ATLvsTB— C Wild (@FalconsBoy25) November 17, 2013
Who the hell is bobby rainey #ATLvsTB— Big Jake (@JacobHeap) November 17, 2013
Did the Falcons leave their defense in Atlanta? #ATLvsTB— AshleighStone (@AshleighDStone) November 17, 2013
Is Matt Ryan throwing with the correct arm?— Fantasy Jeanyus (@CaptainComment1) November 17, 2013
Are those cannons at the stadium real? I think I'm gonna go stand in front of them.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) November 17, 2013
Mike Smith benched yet?— Matt (@FalconsM5) November 17, 2013
Fans have different ways of coping.
Sometimes you have to laugh so you don't cry. When that's not enough, you have to turn off the Falcons and take a nap. #ATLvsTB— Rachel McDaniel (@racmcd08) November 17, 2013
The Oliver Boys are playing TB vs ATL on XBOX. Let me know if you want me to broadcast that. #ATLvsTB— Shannan O (@shannanunc) November 17, 2013
Halftime speeches, anyone?
@jeannathomas "You're buying me drinks...all the drinks...after this game."— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) November 17, 2013
@jeannathomas "alright guys we let them have the lead, now it is time to play for real!....."— Nick Charles (@PositivelyNick) November 17, 2013
Some fans try to stay positive even though it's extremely difficult.
Positive Tweet No. 2: At least there isn't a tornado. #ATLvsTB— Shannan O (@shannanunc) November 17, 2013
I know im supposed to be positive and love my team throughout, but its hard when you cant find anything positive. #ATLvsTB— Chris Hollums (@ChrisHollums) November 17, 2013
Positive Tweet No. 8: I ❤️ beer. #ATLvsTB— Shannan O (@shannanunc) November 17, 2013
Okay now, let's not get too crazy.
Dating tips: if you're interested in a Falcons fan, don't text her and ask her what's wrong with her team. You're welcome.
How do I respond to a text from a guy that says, "What's wrong with your team?" I'm thinking "No 2nd date for you."— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) November 17, 2013
Other guy sends texts of condolences, I reply "thanks". Now I'm getting more apologetic texts. Possibly worth a look.— WonderJaye (@WonderJaye) November 17, 2013
Or maybe we should all file a class action suit. Matt Ryan probably wants in on it.
Stephen Jackson should sue the Falcon's Oline.— Jamie Dukes (@jamiedukes) November 17, 2013
Midway through 3rd Qtr, Ryan has been hit 11 times, hurried once, sacked three times and knocked down 6 times. #ATLvsTB— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) November 17, 2013
Let's just say DeCoud is not a fan favorite. He's probably not a coach favorite, either, as he was benched yesterday in favor of rookie 7th rounder Zeke Motta.
Thomas DeWhatInTheHell.— Matt (@FalconsM5) November 17, 2013
From Pro-Bowler to Chump, the Thomas DeCoud story.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 17, 2013
Of course Dominique Davis got hurt when he went in to relieve Matt Ryan because the game was entirely out of reach.
Oh boy. Dominique Davis limping around the field. Being held up by trainers and not heading to the sideline slowly. #ATLvsTB— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) November 17, 2013
Truer words were never spoken.
Falcons, this is just embarrassing... 😣 and Tampa, that field looks like you keep cattle on it between games! #ATLvsTB— Annie B (@AnnieBaker78) November 17, 2013
Not in a good way, I might add.
#ATLvsTB go pats— Ideo Vames (@Ideo_Vames) November 17, 2013
Many of the tweets from the game were an amalgam of sadness, depression and rage.
Dante was wrong, turns out all 9 levels of Hell involve watching the 2013 Atlanta Falcons football season (@TheFalcoholic, I feel your pain)— Logan Polk (@dedpool1979) November 17, 2013
No comment, no comment, no comment— Nathan Butler Jr. (@ATLSportsNate) November 17, 2013
This team doesn't deserve a new stadium. Make them play in soon to be razed Ted parking lot that represents the old Atlanta Fulton Stadium— Adam Schultz (@AdamLSchultz) November 17, 2013
The Bucs, man. THE BUCS.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 17, 2013
This is garbage masquerading as a football game.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 17, 2013
A Missed 4th and 1 Or How My Worst Fears Gave Way to Worsterer Fears by Matt Ryan— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 17, 2013
Drops by 88 and 84. We just can't do anything right #ATLvsTB— Todd Cochran (@toddcochran) November 17, 2013
OMFG IT'S THE BUCCANEERS YOU GUYS. THEY HAVE WON ONE GAME TOTAL ALL SEASON. THEY ARE ALL INFECTED WITH MRSA. WHAT ARE YOU DOING.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 17, 2013
I just don't know who to blame anymore. Coordinators? Players? Smitty? This is shockingly bad. #Falcons— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 17, 2013
Reevaluate your team. A 1-8 team disrespected you and dominated you. Somebody needs to get fired mid-season. There. I said it. ATLvsTB— Shannan O (@shannanunc) November 17, 2013
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL. #ATLvsTB— Sami Michael (@samimichael) November 17, 2013
38-6. I'm sorry, everyone. I'm so sorry.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 17, 2013
It's the nature of these #Falcons losses that are distressing. Sign of a team that is lost - that has little belief in itself.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 17, 2013
Preview of press conference. We made a lot of mistakes and learning from them. Taking each game one at a time. #ATLvsTB— Cory Kurtz (@ckurtz32) November 17, 2013
No. I don't want to see smiles on that damn sideline. This is not a party. We're not having fun.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) November 17, 2013
The Falcons really are that bad. Shockingly bad. What a dumpster fire of a season. #ATLvsTB— GWaggy (@gwaggy12) November 17, 2013
How does yesterday's loss impact the Falcons' BCS standing?
I am really excited for the Falcons to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and lose to Navy.— Alex Welch (@alex__welch) November 17, 2013
Maybe the Falcons really do know what they're doing here.
This is all part of our master plan. We make the Bucs look good so they'll bring Schiano back.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 17, 2013
Hey, let's talk about the draft!
my concerns about losing out on Clowney have been alleviated #ATLvsTB— Accidental Scholar (@Das_ProfX) November 17, 2013
Jason Kirk should maybe be in charge of all personnel decisions.
The Falcons must draft Clowney, feed him peanut butter sandwiches without end, have him play offensive line— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) November 17, 2013
Draft Clowney, give him a nickname, teach him to play quarterback— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) November 17, 2013
Draft Clowney, teach him stealth, order him to alter Gerald McCoy's appointment calendar so that McCoy is late to every game— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) November 17, 2013
Eh, close enough.
This is a tweet from a Bucs fan, y'all. A BUCS FAN.
Don't get your hopes up, Bucs fans. The 2013 Falcons make every team look that good.
If there's one positive to take away from this tweet recap, this is it.
I actually enjoy Twitter more when we're losing. Our fanbase has a great sense of humor.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) November 17, 2013
Yeah, it sure is.