Missed the Miami Dolphins versus the Atlanta Falcons preseason game? Here’s what went down.
In the battle between land and sea, the Atlanta Falcons failed to rise up above the Miami Dolphins, losing narrowly 23-20 after leading for a majority of the game and failing to score in the fourth quarter.
The Atlanta Falcons’ preseason record won’t directly factor into their season record nor increase their chance at making it to the Super Bowl. Nonetheless, preseason football is still football and all football matters. For that reason, it’s important for the Atlanta Falcons to start building the future and orchestrating a comeback.
Rookie Mike Meyer gave the Atlanta Falcons an indication that the team is certainly laying a solid foundation. After veteran kicker Matt Bryant missed a 47-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, Meyer made a 53-yard field goal in the third quarter. Of course, one good field goal in preseason doesn’t guarantee many more and it certainly doesn’t make Bryant any less of an elite kicker. It simply gives the Falcons hope.
While Matt Bryant disappointed with the missed field goal, particularly in a game where the Atlanta Falcons lost by three points, veteran quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan didn’t. He played only in the first series before heading to the bench and being replaced by backup quarterback Matt Schaub. However, with Ryan’s play in his limited time, the Falcons capitalized off Andre Roberts’ 39-yard punt return, advanced 36 yards and capped off the drive with a touchdown pass to running back Devonta Freeman, who currently signed a contract extension that makes him the league’s highest paid running back. This further cemented the Falcons’ successful ground (and air) work.
The Atlanta Falcons are looking for a new and good start to their comeback journey. And their new home, eco-friendly Mercedes Benz Stadium, should certainly give them a breath of fresh air. However, while the stadium project is almost complete, their journey to a Super Bowl championship is far from guaranteed. To get there, the Atlanta Falcons must absolutely focus on the end goal, while not getting ahead of themselves, and find a way to finish. After all, the Miami Dolphins were able to do that tonight even after losing Raekwon McMillan and Walt Aikens to injury.