Hey Falcoholics! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with friends and loved ones. On Thanksgiving night, our Atlanta Falcons took on the New Orleans Saints and lost 18-26. If you were out shopping or just spent time away from football, Twitter has you covered! Let’s recap the game.
Falcons would receive the ball first, as they have the past four games.
Let's be thankful for hopefully two quarters of competitive football. #NOvsATL— Allen Strk (@Allen_Strk) November 29, 2019
Super Bowl reference in pregame. Drink.— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) November 29, 2019
IS IT A BLACKOUT GAME YES IT IS— Randy Havens (@MrRandyHavens) November 29, 2019
Right out of the gate, the Falcons struggled. The team was forced to punt and it was naturally blocked, giving the Saints good field position. It resulted in a Taysom Hill touchdown, giving the Saints the early 0-7 lead.
Jermaine Grace with the weak as hell block that resulted in that blocked punt— Giving Up DW (@FalcoholicDW) November 29, 2019
Lmao you have got to be kidding me— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) November 29, 2019
After a series of punts, the Falcons made their way downfield into a tough spot. While facing a 4th and goal, the Falcons went for it and failed. Twitter was not happy.
Horrible call!!! Hate passing in short yardage situation. If you can knock the back for a yard, you don't deserve the 4th and 1. Poor Job #Falcons— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) November 29, 2019
Bye Dirk— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) November 29, 2019
Can't wait for Koetter to gtfo— Kevin Knight (@FalcoholicKevin) November 29, 2019
The Saints would go on to punt, and tight end Jaeden Graham who has looked very impressive this season scored his first career touchdown! After a Younghoe Koo missed PAT, the Falcons would be down 6-7.
TOUCHDOWN!— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 29, 2019
Ryan ➡️ Graham for 6! pic.twitter.com/1CBdecPM32
That was NOT KOO— Giving Up DW (@FalcoholicDW) November 29, 2019
The Saints would then settle for a field goal after tight end Jared Cook dropped a wide open touchdown. 6-10 Saints.
Jared Cook just dropped a would-be touchdown lololol— Wendy Adams (@wendyradio) November 29, 2019
On the Falcons next possession, Younghoe Koo missed a 42-yard field goal.
Koo misses again. Had done very well the last three weeks but that's 4 points, and the Saints are up by 4— The Turkeyandstuffingoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 29, 2019
I’m out on Koo. When you already can’t even attempt a 50+ yarder you have to be automatic on everything else.— Adnan Ikic (@SayWhichWay) November 29, 2019
Taysom Hill would score following the miss, extending the Saints lead to 6-17.
Falcons were a hot mess getting lined up on that play. Taysom Hill on 30-yard TD for the #Saints.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) November 29, 2019
Koo would finally knockdown a field goal, and the Falcons would enter halftime down 9-17.
Halftime and the Falcons are down 8. They have a missed extra point, missed field goal, and they're missing Julio and Hooper.— The Turkeyandstuffingoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 29, 2019
This could be much worse, is what i'm saying
To start the third quarter, the Falcons would actually stop the Saints and force a punt.
One of the nastiest things in the game was when Matt Ryan threw an interception to Shy Tuttle and was eventually stiff-armed in what Matt Ryan haters and Saints fans are sure to replay over and over.
Respect the hell out of Matt Ryan for trying to run him down but lmfao what a disaster— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) November 29, 2019
Bring out Atlanta United— adrianna (@aydreahna) November 29, 2019
That forearm...Damn.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) November 29, 2019
Ryan would go on to throw ANOTHER interception.
Ryan throws another pick and this one's basically over— The Turkeyandstuffingoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 29, 2019
WHAT IN THE BLUE HELL— Giving Up DW (@FalcoholicDW) November 29, 2019
Wtf— Kendall “Idris Elba” Jackson (@projectjax) November 29, 2019
By then the crowd was pretty pro-Saints.
SMH at the cheering in the Benz after a NO TD. You sure they aren't in NOLA tonight? #NOvsATL— Jackie Alexander (@JackieA59) November 29, 2019
Russell Gage would eventually score, his first of the season. With only 3:26 left, the 15-26 hole was too great for the Falcons to crawl out of.
Russell Gage with a touchdown grab. Too little, too late, but a nice grab nonetheless— The Turkeyandstuffingoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 29, 2019
Somehow Koo became a onside-kick expert and converted two straight onside kicks. The first one was poorly called by the referees, per usual.
It would lead to another Koo field goal, making it 18-26. Koo would convert ANOTHER successful onside kick, and it would be up to the Falcons offense to get them back in it. Unfortunately, the offensive line is bad. Falcons would lose 18-26.
The Falcons OL exists in theory— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) November 29, 2019
#Falcons offensive line lost this game. Embarrassing effort.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) November 29, 2019
Clean out the entire front office based off the performance of this offensive line alone— Adnan Ikic (@SayWhichWay) November 29, 2019
Matt Ryan sacked to end the game. Figures.— Wendy Adams (@wendyradio) November 29, 2019
I appreciate the effort in the second half. It wasn't a great game, but the defense played a very solid four quarters, special teams made some crazy plays, and they got going late.— The Turkeyandstuffingoholic (@TheFalcoholic) November 29, 2019
The state of this offense, in particular the line, is still heartbreaking
Matt Ryan sacked 9 times tonight.— Alison Mastrangelo (@AlisonWSB) November 29, 2019
Saints clinch the NFC South in Atlanta.
Saints win 26 to 18. pic.twitter.com/2P61TBajWM
Ryan under pressure immediately nearly every snap and people are like “he needs it throw it immediately!” ...to who, exactly? WRs who literally just started their routes and aren’t looking? A RB who is still chipping? Julio and Hooper who are inactive? Dude had zero chance. https://t.co/U9OEmlp1cN— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 29, 2019
We should be giving credit to Dirk "Oh They'll For Sure Block Them This Time" Koetter— Randy Havens (@MrRandyHavens) November 29, 2019
Well that does it, folks. The Falcons lost on national television, but I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.