3 Things the Atlanta Falcons learned in unfair loss to Tampa
By Nick Halden
Whether it was in Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons game or in Sunday night’s Bengals vs. Ravens matchup it isn’t hard to find quarterback hits far more egregious than the one flagged to end this game. Lamar Jackson and Marcus Mariota took tough hits on Sunday but due to their last name not being Brady didn’t get the same flag that helped end Atlanta’s comeback bid against the Bucs.
It is a sack that is going to be discussed for a long time to come and further reason for NFL fans to point to Brady benefitting from a different level of officiating. While this will be the understandable story that is focused on in this game there were other takeaways for a team that fell behind 21-0 and fought back to a six-point game late in the fourth.
This Atlanta team has shown so much fight against two far superior rosters in the Rams and Bucs. Against the Rams, the Falcons were one poor Marcus Mariota decision away from a comeback win and against the Bucs should have had that opportunity with Mariota and the offense finally heating up at the right time.