If there's anything positive to take away from losing to the Saints, it's that the Falcons only lost by four points. They might have only lost by one point, had Matt Bryant not missed the post-icing attempt at a field goal at the end, but they still very likely would have lost. It's possible, though, that by extending that little bit of hope for a win over their most dreaded rivals, and then snatching it away, is actually worse than being blown out by the Saints. Or, it's possible that losing is just terrible regardless of the circumstances.
Samuel L. Jackson was in the Georgia Dome for last night's game.
Alright @SamuelLJackson is in the Dome— Ms. Rise Up (@Shantigo) November 22, 2013
The Falcons looked good early. The defense looked really dominant on the first series in particular. The offense moved the ball efficiently, on the ground and through the air. It was refreshing.
Ladies and gentlemen, that was your REAL Atlanta Falcons, not the bizarro 2013 version.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 22, 2013
I like those Seahawks fans.
Pretty sure those Seahawks fans I tweeted a pic of a bit ago are here solely to troll Saints fans. I’m for this. #NOvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) November 22, 2013
The refs made a controversial call early in the game. The Saints' Akiem Hicks put a hit on Matt Ryan that was identical to the hit San Francisco's Ahmad Brooks put on Drew Brees last week, a hit that drew a flag on Brooks and negated a fumble and recovery by the Niners. Brooks was also fined significantly for the hit. There was no flag for Hicks' hit on Ryan, and it was not the only missed call that favored the Saints on the night, not by a long shot.
These refs are a disaster. Were they hanging out with Snelling in the parking lot before the game?— Matt (@FalconsM5) November 22, 2013
Saints benefit from missed call after hit on Ryan http://t.co/10wJNab7BA— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 22, 2013
Saints have benefited GREATLY from some missed calls and terrible calls today. It’s disgusting how lopsided the calls have been.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 22, 2013
Remember, after two minutes the opposing defense is allowed to stab Tony Gonzalez in the neck on every snap— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) November 22, 2013
The inevitable Samuel L. Jackson/Matt Ryan mashup. http://t.co/WqExSN5vfd— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) November 22, 2013
Save a very, very costly fumble late in the game, which is kind of par for the course for the Falcons this season, Darius Johnson looked excellent yesterday.
Darius Johnson is a bad man. Bad. Man.— ___theKing___ (@___theKing___) November 22, 2013
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." --Excerpt from Darius Johnson's "A Tale of Two Halves" #NOvsATL— Daniel Levak (@FalconsDLevak) November 22, 2013
Drew Brees is short, and Saints fans are sensitive about it.
Oh, so no flag when it's my QB, huh. Maybe because he's a normal-sized quarterback.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 22, 2013
Saints fans in my mentions, I didn't make your QB fun-sized so try to not get all in your feelings about it.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 22, 2013
Yes, Matt Bryant missed a field goal toward the end of the game that would have narrowed the Saints' lead to one point. It's unusual for him. Bryant hit a huge milestone for the Falcons last night.
The refs weren't the only ones creating controversy on the field. About half of the Falcons' fan base melted down when Matt Ryan scrambled, but slid well short of a touchdown.
Smart play by @M_Ryan02 he would've got hammered. 14-13 down one. He would've got killed!!!!— Brian Finneran (@BFinn86) November 22, 2013
I'm not sure what game you guys were watching, but I saw 2-3 Saints defenders closing on Matt. No way he gets in w/out an injury. #NOvsATL— Daniel Cox (@FalconsDCox) November 22, 2013
For those calling Ryan soft, YOU play behind this OL for 10 games and come back and tell me if he’s soft. #Falcons— The DW (@TheWalkerman) November 22, 2013
Yeah, the Falcons lost because Matt Ryan didn't bulldoze for that touchdown. Clearly the problem is he didn't get hit enough today— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) November 22, 2013
It's only weird if it doesn't work, you guys. (By the way, it didn't work, so I guess it is weird.)
I'm still in jeans, a wool sweater, high-heeled boots and all my jewelry because I'm too superstitious to change.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 22, 2013
Steven Jackson ran angry last night. We're seeing shades of what the Falcons actually expected from him when they signed him. It's unfortunate that, due to various reasons, it's just now happening, but it is happening.
Steven Jackson already understands the hatred in this rivalry. He ran that in with FORCE.— Jenna Bannister (@JennaEarwood) November 22, 2013
Steven Jackson like a wreckkkkkkking baaaalllllll #NOvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) November 22, 2013
A RUSHING FIRST DOWN WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING HERE— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 22, 2013
I miss Todd McClure.
Rob Ryan just gets me in the Holiday spirit— Todd Mcclure (@ToddMcclure62) November 22, 2013
Can we just all accept that dunking over the goalpost and messing it up just means that Jimmy Graham is doing it wrong, instead of acting like it's some special kind of beast-mode goalpost dunk?
Jimmy Graham literally bent the goal post on the celebratory dunk after 44-Yd TD & the Georgia Dome crew had to come out & fix it. BEAST.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLONFOX) November 22, 2013
@FalconsDCox Tony can teach him how to make the move without moving the goal post. Crazy kid— Lauren Butler (@ElleAButler) November 22, 2013
Speaking of tight ends who know how to dunk over a goalpost, Tony Gonzalez hit a special milestone last night, also.
Falcons fans, it's one bad season. You've got to chill.
I do not care for these two individuals. pic.twitter.com/ChsoYjd6oa— Andrew Hirsh (@andrewhirsh) November 22, 2013
Dave illustrates why he's in charge of making up player nicknames.
Roddy Mud Flippin' White.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 22, 2013
Tony Mock Fraggin' Gonzalez.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 22, 2013
Drew Brees is eloquent.
Brees on Jimmy Graham: "He's like one of those freak..freak..freak childs, freakish childs." Well put, Drew.— Alex Welch (@alex__welch) November 22, 2013
And, at the end of the day, we're all left with crushed hopes and overwhelming disappointment. Again.
"I know you're gonna like it in my citaaaay [unless that city is Atlanta, because God help you]."— Alex Welch (@alex__welch) November 22, 2013
To actually stay close all game long and have it end like this is just a whole new level of gut punch.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 22, 2013
@alex__welch Atlanta gave us hope we never had. Then crushed it.— Matt (@FalconsM5) November 22, 2013
#Falcons gave it their all. Unfortunately, their all actually just amounted to some gum, a dime, some peach fuzz and a Vick rookie card.— Adam Schultz (@AdamLSchultz) November 22, 2013
I quit and I'm taking my ball home. Good night falcon fans.— Todd Mcclure (@ToddMcclure62) November 22, 2013
The Falcons are just toughening us up and teaching us valuable lessons about how caring about things leads to despair. Teaching!— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 22, 2013
LOOK AT WHAT YOU'VE DONE FALCONS pic.twitter.com/TgEuY0ijbQ— SB Nation (@sbnation) November 22, 2013
Mr. Blank looked displeased.
HDGJKGHGSDGSKGJGHSGKJ pic.twitter.com/ew9rHaQQoY— D'Brickashaw (@DragonflyJonez) November 22, 2013
But there's always a bright side.
Thank you @Atlanta_Falcons for putting up a good fight.— Kimberly (@TheFalconsDiva) November 22, 2013
Hey guys, at least we kept our lights on for the whole game.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) November 22, 2013
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