Falcons squander 17-point advantage against Dolphins

Annette Crawford
October 16, 2017

Not that they may ever want to be forced to repeat it at family reunions and such, because it surely hurts more than that mighty minnow your bamboo pole couldn't hold on to at the neighborhood fishing hole.

An ugly first half didn't deter the Dolphins, who scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to take down the heavily favored Falcons 20-17. It deflected into the arms of safety Reshad Jones for the interception.

The Falcons have been outscored 72-40 in the second half this season, which is becoming a disturbing trend. That's when all that energy and flawless execution the Falcons had shown in the opening half after last weekend's open date disappeared.

This time, it was a 17-0 lead, and it was to the Miami Dolphins. "One that we didn't get done", Quinn said. "It totally bums you out".

Quinn called the loss "a game of two halves". While Atlanta's offense moved the ball well in the first half, scoring points on three of its five possessions before halftime, it was bottled up in the second half.

"In our league you've got to go back and get ready to play again, and you've got to make the corrections first".

The offense went dead for much of the second half and then the Dolphins (3-2) took advantage of a tipped ball when Ryan tried to mount a late drive. It was an embarrassing loss for Atlanta, and Jones' stat line was a bit disappointing too.


The Falcons had a chance to extend the lead when Ryan's 18-yard pass to Julio Jones set up a first down at the Miami 33.

"We put ourselves behind schedule", said Ryan, offering up one of those new-age sports clich├ęs that's sure to find its way into a news conference for Tennessee Volunteers coach Butch Jones any day now.

Ryan finished 24 of 35 for 248 yards, but just 97 yards came after halftime.

The game didn't begin well for the Dolphins as Atlanta jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter while Miami's offense continued to go nowhere.

The Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, and the Patriots won in overtime for Tom Brady's fifth Super Bowl title. They'd brooded over it. Gabriel will always be a boom or bust play, but the Falcons have had two weeks to prepare for this matchup and have known Sanu would be out since he left the team's Week 4 game with a hamstring injury. "For that one, it was a historic game and one that we didn't get done, but we don't look back to that one on every opportunity when we're ahead or when we're behind in any of that way".

"It was a throw I felt good about, so I let it rip". It wasn't the Super Bowl.

"You can't replay the game that was played in the Super Bowl, but what we can do is control what we have now", Quinn said.

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