What a game, Falcoholics! The Falcons played imperfect but solid football today and came away with a last-second, come from behind victory. It’s just a small bit of meaningless redemption for the boys in red in black at the back end of a lost season, but it was extremely enjoyable nonetheless. If anything, it shows the Falcons have a competent core in place already, even if some big changes are likely on the way during the offseason.
As is typically the case during NFL games, there were injuries, so let’s break ‘em down.
Takk McKinley injured or re-injured his left shoulder during the first half. Takk initially earned a “questionable” designation but was eventually ruled out completely. It may be time to shut it down and get a head start on rehab or whatever needs to be done to get that shoulder back to 100 percent.
Vic Beasley and Julio Jones were also banged up during the first half. It looked like Beasley got hurt during the drive that resulted in a 10-10 tie shortly before halftime. Julio walked gingerly off the field at one point during the first half. Both Beasley and Julio stayed in the game, notwithstanding whatever was ailing them.
Foye Oluokun went down during the second half with a shoulder injury and earned a “questionable” designation. Kemal Ishmael came in to replace him and immediately made a nice play. Foye walked off the field without assistance from the trainers but immediately made his way to the locker room. Foye recovered his third onside kick this season early in the second half; unfortunately the play was called back due to an illegal formation (only 10 men on the field). He’s made incredible progress during his sophomore campaign, so let’s hope the injury isn’t too serious.