Three years ago, the Atlanta Falcons were sitting in the driver’s seat to win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. But they blew a sizable lead toward the end of the game and ended up losing.
Now, during the 2020 season, the Falcons have not started off the way they wanted. Atlanta is 0-3 after their disappointing loss to the Chicago Bears.
The Atlanta Falcons were once a top team in the league not too long ago
During the 2016 NFL season, the Falcons had a lot of success in the regular season. Early in the season, the Falcons went on a four-game winning streak to go 4-1. The Falcons continued to have success at the end of the season as they won their final four games going into the playoffs. Atlanta finished the regular season with an 11-5 record and won the NFC South Division.
Going into the playoffs, the Falcons did not have any problems as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 36-20 in the Divisional Round and defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game. The Falcons made it to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998, and it was the team’s second overall appearance in a Super Bowl.
Atlanta was looking for their first Super Bowl title in team history. The Falcons started the game off strong taking a 21-3 lead over the Patriots at the half. All the Falcons needed to do was hold the Patriots in the second half, and they were going to win their first Super Bowl title. Well, that did not happen as the Patriots stormed back and scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Patriots won in overtime, and the Falcons blew a chance to make history.
The 2020 season has not been good for the Falcons
Three games into the 2020 season, the Falcons have yet to win a game. They could easily have two wins on the season, but they have not been able to close out games. The Falcons started the season off with a 38-25 loss to the Seahawks. Going into Week 2, the Falcons were looking to get their first win of the season as they took on the Dallas Cowboys. The Falcons struck first during the game and took a 20-0 lead after the first quarter. At the half, the Falcons had a 29-10 lead. In the second half, the Falcons started to fall apart.
The Cowboys scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and held the Falcons to zero points. Going into the fourth quarter, the Falcons had a 29-24 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Falcons completely dropped the ball. The Cowboys trailed 39-37 with 1:49 left to play and were going for an onside kick. The Falcons had one job: to recover the onside kick and win the game. But that did not happen. When the Cowboys kicked the ball, the Falcons players were surrounding the ball while nobody recovered the kick.
The Cowboys recovered the onside kick and went on to win the game 40-39. It was a disappointing loss by the Falcons as they fell to 0-2. With the Falcons putting that loss to the Cowboys in the past, they had an opportunity to win their first game of the season against the Bears. The Falcons had a 26-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and once again, they blew the lead and lost 30-26.
The Falcons already making history during the 2020 season
With the loss to the Bears, the Falcons became the first team in NFL history to lose back-to-back games leading by 15 or more points in the final quarter, according to STATS. Something needs to change for the Falcons because they have had two embarrassing performances so far this season.
It will be interesting to see how the team responds to this going forward. Their next game will be against the Packers and will be featured on Monday Night Football next week. If the Falcons can’t fix things soon, some changes may be made this season.