The Colts came into this game against the Falcons 14-2 against Atlanta, the best single record any NFL team has against any other NFL team, per the broadcast team for Week 3. They came away with a 15-2 record, the best single record any NFL team has against any other NFL team, but even better now.
You run out of words, even if it takes a very long time to get there. The Falcons rallied furiously but only had to do that because they managed to go down 20-3 at the half. They committed 16 penalties, one off the franchise mark, and that ineptitude marred that comeback and virtually assured Atlanta’s loss. They were outcoached and outplayed, and yet because this is the Falcons you can point to any number of plays that could’ve gone slightly differently and given this team the win. They are maximally maddening, and now they’re also historically inept again.
The Colts are 2-1. The Falcons are 1-2. At the end of the day that loss may not be fatal and Indy’s may not be impactful, given their respective divisions, but the Falcons will be saddled with a historical footnote nobody wanted because they continue to be horrifically bad against the AFC (a Mike Smith-through-Dan Quinn problem that still might get DQ fired) and the Colts in particular have had their number through this franchise’s history.
Roll around in the mud this week. The Titans are up next.