Game Wrap Up: Falcons vs. Cowboys
By Deric Steel
Nov 4, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass under pressure from Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
"“We were good enough”"
Said a humble Matt Ryan, after a season high 342 passing yards.
Matt Ryan certainly has the bragging rights in the NFL, after all, he’s helped lead the Falcons to a magnificent 8-0 record this season. You can see where he comes from, however. The Falcons aren’t without their fair share of mistakes, something they will definitely have to tighten up looking forward to the game against the Saints. Statistically it was a great game for the Falcon’s key players; Roddy White and Julio Jones managed to top 100 yards receiving and Michael Turner pushed forward with more than 100 yards rushing. The only issue with these numbers is that Falcons only managed to produce one touchdown.
Let’s not take anything away from the offense, however. They well and truly put a shift in for their team and were duly rewarded with the win that they deserved. Matt Ryan did a great job of controlling the clock, marching down the field and helping to get the job done. Matt Bryant also ensured to produce the goods on his kicks, making sure the Falcons weren’t held back as they continued their advance, practically kicking their way to a 19-13 victory over the Cowboys.
I have all the confidence in the world when it comes to the Falcons, but that was an intense game. The Cowboys hardly put a foot wrong at key moments in the game, let down only by their give away of seven penalties, which no doubt cost them a lot of potential plays. They just couldn’t managed to prevent an aggressive Falcons side tear their way to victory, whether it was through needed first down conversions or the extra yards for the field goal.
Now we look forward to the game against the Saints, one that will be highly anticipated by fans and players alike. Last year Falcons were absolutely bossed out of the game with a 45-16 loss. Then again, this isn’t the Falcons of last year. This is a team moving forward with a confident, reliable and focused QB in Matt Ryan, who has been showing that he’s the real deal and really stepped up in his playing. Then you have the Saints (2-5) who aren’t looking their best and will play the Eagles before they come up against the Falcons on November 11th.
It’s all about winning and finding ways to win and if you can do that like the Falcons have, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be 9-0 come next Sunday.