EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are carried out with the AFC East.
Good factor, too, contemplating how a lot they struggled in opposition to that division.
A 25-20 victory over the Jets in a driving rain Sunday snapped a three-game skid for the Falcons — all in opposition to New York’s division rivals. Subsequent up for Atlanta is a extra acquainted opponent: the NFC South’s Carolina Panthers.
“It will be thrilling to get again into the division,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn mentioned. “We began the NFC video games early, within the convention, anyway, then took this journey as much as the East, which didn’t go effectively for us.”
Atlanta misplaced 23-17 to Buffalo on Oct. 1, 20-17 to Miami on Oct. 15 after which 23-7 at New England final week in a dense fog. At MetLife Stadium, the circumstances have been even worse, with the sport performed in a storm with drenching rain and robust winds all through.
“That was a few of the hardest circumstances I performed only for the size of the sport,” quarterback Matt Ryan mentioned. “I’ve performed in conditions the place we had some heavy rain or powerful wind or something like that for a bit of bit. From kickoff to the top of the sport it was coming down fairly exhausting.
“You simply should discover a means and it’s a must to do the very best you possibly can.”
Ryan fumbled 4 snap exchanges from heart Alex Mack and misplaced two of them, and there have been a number of dropped pbades because the climate performed a big position. However Ryan and the Falcons (Four-Three) rallied within the second half, outscoring the Jets 12-Three within the ultimate two quarters and slipping and sliding to a victory.
“No person flinched all the sport,” mentioned Ryan, who threw landing pbades to Austin Hooper and Mohamed Sanu.
The Jets (Three-5) had their very own points. Josh McCown had a nasty snap alternate and fumbled on one other play — however recovered. He completed 26 of 33 for 257 yards with landing pbades to Robby Anderson and Eric Tomlinson.
“Too many errors within the fourth quarter,” coach Todd Bowles mentioned. “Cannot occur. Cannot put the ball on the bottom. Cannot have well timed errors.”
In a scheduling quirk, the Falcons are the one workforce within the NFL to not play a sport in opposition to a division opponent. Six of their ultimate 9 video games are in opposition to the NFC South, together with their final 4 of the season.
“Our division at all times will get the eye from our workforce,” Quinn mentioned. “As we get nearer to that, that’ll be one thing we undoubtedly talk about.”
Listed below are another issues to know concerning the Falcons’ shut victory over the Jets:
STILL STRUGGLING: The loss marked the third straight for the Jets, following a three-game profitable streak. In every of the defeats, New York has began sturdy solely to blow a fourth-quarter lead.
“I can not actually determine what it’s, why we’re not ending,” defensive finish Leonard Williams mentioned.
New York blew an early 14-Zero lead in opposition to New England at house two weeks in the past after which squandered a 28-14 fourth-quarter lead in a 31-28 loss to the Dolphins in Miami.
The Jets have a fast turnaround with a sport in opposition to division-rival Buffalo on Thursday night time.
“It is a must-win,” cornerback Morris Claiborne mentioned. “Interval, point-blank.”
NOT-SO-SPECIAL TEAMS: Whereas Matt Bryant made all 4 of his field-goal tries for Atlanta, Chandler Catanzaro missed two of his 4. Each misses — from 46 and 48 yards — led to touchdowns for the Falcons.
The often sure-handed Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt within the fourth quarter that led to Bryant’s ultimate area objective.
“You have acquired a job of making an attempt to catch the ball and make a play,” Kerley mentioned. “I am at all times making an attempt to do one thing and make a play. It simply so occurs to place the workforce in a nasty state of affairs. It undoubtedly modified the momentum.”
SILENT FALCON: Julio Jones was held largely in verify by Claiborne, who allowed the Falcons star receiver to catch simply two pbades for 21 yards.
However Claiborne left within the third quarter with a foot damage, and Jones caught a 53-yard go to arrange a area objective.
“I am simply right here to do my job for my brothers,” Jones mentioned.
SUPER BOWL HANGOVER?: With Atlanta mired in a three-game droop, some media and followers questioned if the Falcons’ season was about to spiral.
Simply eight months in the past, they have been within the Tremendous Bowl. However there have been doubts as as to whether this yr’s squad could be a playoff-caliber workforce.
“Outdoors, there was quite a lot of noise, however there wasn’t inside,” Quinn mentioned. “So, that type of resiliency, that type of toughness is what this group stands for.”
NOWHERE TO RUN: With the climate anticipated to be depressing, the Jets have been aiming to run the ball a bunch. Not less than that is what operating again Matt Forte mentioned. So, when New York completed with simply 43 yards on the bottom on 22 carries, Forte was a bit confused.
“(There) ought to have been no less than one particular person getting 20 carries, one thing like that, with the way in which the climate was,” mentioned Forte, who had 4 carries for 7 yards. “I badumed we have been going to grind them out on the bottom like that, but it surely ended up not turning out that means.”
It was a little bit of a shot — and a shocking one by the often reserved Forte — at offensive coordinator John Morton.
“I do not actually suppose we ran the ball sufficient with the climate being the way in which it was,” Forte mentioned. “I believe that type of damage us.”
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