Atlanta Falcons defense was spectacular against the Chiefs
The Atlanta Falcons defense was simply amazing Sunday.
No one saw the Atlanta Falcons holding the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs to 17 points on Sunday. The Chiefs came into the game on Sunday averaging a league-high 31.1 points per game on the season and yet the Falcons were able to make Patrick Mahomes uncomfortable all afternoon long.
Until Sunday, the Chiefs had scored 20 more in 25 straight games, and the fact that it was the Atlanta Falcons defense that ended that streak is nothing short of amazing.
The last time that the Chiefs offense scored less than 20 in a game with Patrick Mahomes as their starting quarterback – October 6, 2019, to the Colts.
Both Foye Oluokun and Keanu Neal came up with bigtime interceptions inside the Atlanta Falcons five-yard line and AJ Terrell almost ended the game as it looked like he sealed the game on a clutch interception in the end zone, however, he failed to complete the catch and dropped it after hitting the ground.
As usual, Grady Jarrett was a one-man wrecking crew doing whatever he wanted to the Chiefs offensive line though he did get some help today from second-year defensive tackle John Cominsky and third-year defensive tackle Jacob Tuioti-Mariner – who also nearly came up with an interception of Mahomes after he dropped into coverage.
Jeff Ulbrich is going to be in high demand this offseason.
While Raheem Morris continues to make head-scratching coaching decisions, interim defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich is making a name for himself as the next must-have defensive guru at the young age of 43 and after just six seasons as an actual NFL defensive assistant.
If the next Atlanta Falcons head coach decides not to keep him, there will be a handful of NFL teams knocking down his door for his services, especially after what he was able to accomplish against the high powered Andy Reid offense.
While the Atlanta Falcons defense didn’t finish with any sacks today and had just one tackle for loss, the defense did an incredible job of knocking Patrick Mahomes off his spot all afternoon and made him very uncomfortable in and out of the pocket today.
The Falcons defense has improved tremendously under the guidance and direction of Ulbrich and the franchise would be dumb to let him go just like they did Matt LaFleur a few years ago.