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Falcons Fall Short in Comeback Attempt, Lose to Patriots 30-23

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Matt Ryan threw for a career-best 421 yards, Tony Gonzalez set a new career record with 149 yards, and yet it still wasn’t enough.

The Atlanta Falcons fell to the New England Patriots 30-23, and for the first time since 2007, are two games below .500 with a 1-3 record.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots Preview

The Falcons will need another big day from Osi Umenyiora. (Wilfredo Lee)

Another big day from Osi Umenyiora will help the Falcons immensely. (Wilfredo Lee)

The Atlanta Falcons have to learn how to finish games. In each of the three games this season, the Falcons have held a double-digit lead. In two of those games, including last week against the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons lost.

And thus, the team sits at 1-2, and is preparing to face a 3-0 New England Patriots team.

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Peter King: 5,000 Passing Yards for Matt Ryan “Very Realistic”

Taken from Peter King’s blog on SI.com:

Handcuffs are off Matt Ryan. He’ll have the ability to throw for some ridiculous numbers (5,000 yards is very realistic) with new coordinator Dirk Koetter sending Julio Jones flying deep.

As a guy who enjoys watching high-powered offenses go back and forth, I’d be slightly annoyed if Ryan managed to throw for 5,000 yards. Last year was a bit of an anomaly because of the lockout; offenses were otherworldly for much of the season. Three quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Matt Stafford) managed to pass for 5,000 yards, and Eli Manning came 67 yards shy of the 5,000 mark. Prior to last season, there were only two quarterbacks who had passed for over 5,000 yards: Drew Brees and Dan Marino.

I doubt offenses are going to go crazy this year. Defenses will be more stout. However, Ryan certainly has the weapons to help him go over 5,000 yards. King already highlighted Jones, but factor him along with Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and Harry Douglas, and you’ve got some of the best weapons in the league. It wouldn’t be overly surprising if Ryan managed to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark.

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