Saw the game, it was terrific. I wanted Atlanta to win, but thoroughly enjoyed New England’s comeback/Atlanta’s collapse. Having been there for numerous team collapses, I enjoy a good collapse when I have nothing invested in it.
I’ve seen one poster on one site describing why Atlanta lost that game. It’s actually quite easy. Atlanta didn’t want to win; they wanted to DESTROY the Patriots. That’s why they were taking a 7-step drop with the score 28-3. It’s why, when they only needed a field goal to make it an 11-point game with 3 minutes left, they were still trying to throw. That resulted in sacks, penalties and a nearly unmatchable loss. According to ESPN, it could be the Worst Loss in NFL History.
Offensive coordinators are aggressive and arrogant. Kyle Shanahan thought the way to win was through trusting Matt Ryan, who despite his MVP numbers had shown no sign of being trustworthy. Ultimately, he didn’t believe in his running game. And he certainly didn’t help his defense, which had been out on the field too long.
I’m not sure Kyle Shanahan would have been to return to Atlanta if he had not been hired by the niners. In fact, I’m not sure I’d want to hire Shanahan after this fiasco. This is worse than the Oilers disaster against the Bills. That was only a playoff game. Super Bowl 51 was a global spectacle in front of 110 million people. #Falconing is now a Twitter word. It means grabbing oneself around the throats and squeezing until unconscious. This loss is going to follow Shanahan around for life. If he wins a Super Bowl, so what? You blew your first one. He wins 3 Super Bowls? Ok, but he still coached the Worst Loss in NFL History. It will never go away.