Falcons vs. Jaguars: hats and puzzles tips

The Atlanta Falcons made it interesting in Jacksonville, but alas, they came home with a win. They are now focusing on their division rivals, the Bucs, but not until we’ve worked on the good and bad of Sunday’s tilt.

Hat tips

Cordarrelle carries the load

Running back / wide receiver / kicking turner / vintage model train restoration expert Cordarrelle Patterson was a game time decision in this one due to the sprained ankle that kept him from d ‘face the Patriots. While it was clear that he was not at 100%, his output did not reflect any level of discomfort.

Patterson scored his second 100-yard rushing game, one that included two touchdowns. It also featured clever footwork and speed as Patterson dusted off defensemen in the second quarter for a 27-yard gain.

He’s been on offense all season, and it didn’t stop on Sunday, even with an ass wheel. On a day when offensive production reached drought levels, Cordarrelle Patterson again proved he could carry the load.

Matt Ryan finds Mike Davis on the flip pass. Jags blitz and Ryan flips him over before taking a hit. Davis runs forward to convert the third 13-yard conversion.

The hawks force the fumble

After the Falcons were unable to capitalize on Duron Harmon’s interception, nose tackle Anthony Rush gave them a second shot to score points on the board at the expense of the Jaguars.

Using a helmet as it was really intended, to snatch the soccer balls out of the hands of his carriers, Rush managed to force a James Robinson fumble that was picked up by fellow defensive lineman Marlon Davidson.

That game should have ended with a field goal from Younghoe Koo, but a Jaguars unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taking advantage gave the Falcons another run of lows.

Cordarrelle Patterson landing.

The Jags!

Give credit where credit is due. Jacksonville extended Atlanta’s practice with two pre-snap penalties and an untimely catch that likely cost them the game. Line-up offside on a 4th and 2, leaping over the stack on a basket in an attempt to block a basket and keeping Mike Davis on 3rd and 2 led to seven points on the board for the Falcons.

These are the types of things 2-9 teams do, and a big reason the Jaguars are 2-9. Too bad the Falcons weren’t able to take full advantage of their mistakes.

Brain teaser

Matty misses the float pass

It was peewee behavior in an NFL football game. With Mike Davis wide open in the flat to convert a third down in the first quarter, Matt Ryan knocked him down completely on a small floating pass.

I had some really bad feelings about this game after that play.


Congratulations. You, an enthusiastic participant in a football match, confused and terrified everyone’s animals. You had me check the valves on my water heater to make sure it wasn’t about to explode. How did you come to this pitch? How did you get the lung endurance to make sure you annoy everyone in your section and the whole audience?

This frequency caused me to project astral at one point; and for that I am impressed. That’s all the credit I give you, but rest assured, the alcoholic investigators will find you and you will be held accountable.

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