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Monday, 09 October 2017 11:28

Falcons fall to Bills for first loss of season, 23-17

Written by  Gary Sikes
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When the Atlanta Falcons took the field against the Buffalo Bills for their Week 4 matchup, Atlanta was the only unbeaten team in the NFC with the No. 4 offense in the league.  The Birds were hoping to maintain the unbeaten run against a good Bills team in the Mercedes Benz stadium.  However, they were unable to do so.  Buffalo came into Atlanta on a mission to end the win streak, and did just that.

After Atlanta opened the game with three and out, Buffalo took possession, but also had to punt to close out their first possession. The Bills won the field position battle on the exchange by pining the Falcons on their own three-yard line. Ryan takes over after Devante Freeman brings the ball out of the end zone to the three-yard line, followed by a toss to Julio Jones who made a circus catch. Falcons’ tight end Austin Hooper hauled in a throw from Ryan to pick up an Atlanta first down, but the Falcons were forced to punt again with nine seconds left in the first quarter. The opening stanza came to an end with the teams scoreless.

The second quarter saw Atlanta take the lead thanks to a Matt Bryant field goal, 3-0, but Buffalo responded with a touchdown on the ensuing drive to grab a 7-3 advantage. After great efforts from Sanu and Freeman, Freeman carried the ball straight ahead for Atlanta’s first touchdown of the day. With the Bryant PAT, the home team was up 10-7, and that’s the way the teams went to the break.       

With Buffalo taking control in the second half, partly because of injuries to both Jones and Sanu, the Atlanta hopes of maintaining their win streak was growing dim. Those hopes were snuffed out completely when the Bills left the field with a 23-17 victory over the Falcons.

While the impact of the loss of both Jones and Sanu will never be known for sure, what is known is that the Falcons are no longer one of the undefeated. The Birds are on a BYE in Week 5, so they will have an extra week to put this one behind them.

This one came down to sloppy offensive play on the Atlanta side of the ball matched against strong defensive play on the Bills side of the ball.

G. Sikes 

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