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Falcons, Ryan eyeing playoff with big wins

Morris Mitchell
Staff Writer
morris.mitchell@hawks.shorter.edu

The Atlanta Falcons have gotten off to a good start this season.

After their win over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, a close loss to Seattle and a win over Green Bay, the Falcons are proving they can contend with top-tier teams.

The Falcons fell to the Seahawks 26-24, where they lost a 7-point lead in the closing minutes of the game. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 4-2.

During the game, quarterback Matt Ryan was hit multiple times. It seemed as if he was hit every time he dropped back to pass in the first half. Ryan finished the game with 335 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception.

Julio Jones was held for zero receptitions by Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman in the first half. It was during the second half that the Pro-Bowl receiver broke open the game, racking up seven catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.

The Falcons’ offense has become one of the most efficient in the NFL during the first five games of the year. They are first in every offensive statistic.

Ryan threw for 503 yards against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 2. In addition, Jones had 300 yards receiving and one touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. Devonta Freeman rushed for 152 yards on 14 carries against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 26.

With these three offensive weapons playing successfully for the Falcons, the team looks to be a real contender for the Super Bowl. Senior Shorter Hawks quarterback Devante James believes the Falcons’ hot start will put them in Super Bowl 51.

James said, “The offense is running too smoothly not to be legit. And with the offense clicking like this, why wouldn’t we be in the Super Bowl this year?”