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The Atlanta Falcons (+1, -110) were certainly good enough to beat the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field last night, but for the second time in eight months, the Falcons fell just short.
Matt Ryan, a Philly-area native, continued his struggles in the red zone going 1-for-9 with an interception down within the 20-yard line. Overall, he was 21-for-43 with 251 yards and that one pick.
As mentioned in our preview yesterday
Matt Ryan Red Zone Passing Thursday— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 7, 2018
0-3, Int targeting Julio Jones
Matt Ryan is 1-20 targeting Jones in the end zone the last 2 seasons including playoffs. pic.twitter.com/yOsqHvsi0D
It was an eerily-similar situation for the Falcons, who nearly defeated the Eagles in last year’s Divisional Round matchup. On the final drive, Ryan led his team deep into the opposition’s territory but failed to score as time expired.
FUN FACT: Matt Ryan has a lower completion percentage over his last 20 throws to Julio Jones in the red zone than Aaron Rodgers has on his last 20 hail mary attempts— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) September 7, 2018
It’s tough to pin all the blame on Ryan though. After all, the Falcons’ first two drives could have easily ended in touchdowns, but for different reasons, they came away without one.
On the game’s opening drive, Atlanta marched down the field quickly on the strength of a 10-play drive for 73 yards. They were, however, stopped on four straight plays that started with a first-and-goal from the Eagles' 6-yard line. That became a trend for the evening with the Falcons reaching the red zone five times, but coming away with just 10 points.
There were plenty of chances for the Falcons to prevent last night's game from coming down to the final drive. And in turn, that crushed the hopes of Falcons' bettors everywhere.
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