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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Atlanta Falcons

By Vaughn McClure

ATLANTA -- A few thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns at the Georgia Dome.

What it means: The Falcons dropped to 4-7 and lost their hold on the top spot in the NFC South, although they could get it right back with a loss by New Orleans Saints on Monday night. The Falcons had won two in a row and looked poised to make in three following a 53-yard field goal by Matt Bryant. But the Falcons' defense gave up too much cushion in the end as Billy Cundiff nailed the 37-yard game-winner for Cleveland.

Stock watch: The Falcons' run defense took a tumble Sunday. Had the Falcons been a little stouter against the run, the Browns wouldn't have had a chance. Instead, there were plenty of missed tackles as the Browns rookie running back tandem of Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to combined for 150 yards. The Falcons gave up 475 total yards.

Matty Ice: Matt Ryan was cold for much of the day. He almost threw an interception early that would have easily been returned for a touchdown and eventually did get picked off once. He also walked into a sack and just didn't appear to have the right chemistry with Julio Jones. Ryan finished 27 of 43 for 273 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Game ball: Regardless of the outcome, one person deserve this honor today. Desmond Trufant made an incredible interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter that gave the Falcons a chance. He leaped in front of star Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who didn't make much of an effort. Yes, it was a terrible throw by Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, but that doesn't take away how magnificent a play it was by Trufant, who was shadowing Gordon most of the day. Gordon still finished with eight catches for 120 yards.

What's next: The Falcons have another home game upcoming with one of the league's best as the Arizona Cardinals come to the Georgia Dome next Sunday. The Cardinals won nine of their first 10 games but lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending ACL tear.

There is something terribly wrong with this team and his starts with Coach Smith punk azz!!emot-rant.gif

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Quarterback Matt Ryan said after Sunday’s tough loss to the Browns that the offense didn’t take advantage of their opportunities and never really got into a rhythm against Cleveland’s defense.

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Smith Acknowledges Second Half Shortcomings

Head Coach Mike Smith pointed to the Falcons' anemic third quarter performance as a key reason behind the team dropping its seventh game of the season and putting its division title chances in peril.

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media-lounge/videos/Smith_Acknowledges_Second_Half_Shortcomings/c04ef882-6019-479f-b147-79d8950e6899

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