A breakdown of the key plays from the Falcons-Saints game after reviewing the Coaches’ Film:
1. Mike Johnson lined up a left tight end in a power formation and caught his first career touchdown pass.
Before Johnson ran his route, he blocked.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 5 for 5 passing on the opening drive. Johnson’s TD grab put the Falcons up 7-0.
2. Chris Ivory broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown run. Coach Mike Smith said there were four missed tackles on the play. From the film review the missed tackles were by defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Asante Samuel, safety Thomas DeCoud and cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Samuel, who has been coming up strong in run support all season, appears to have angle that could have ended the play at the 49.
The Falcons were in a 3-4 alignment on this play. Corey Peters is at LDE, Vance Walker at NT. Jonathan Babineaux at RDE. Linebackers John Abraham, Mike Peterson, Akeem Dent and Stephen Nicholas.
3. Here’s is Tony Gonzalez on his 100th career touchdown catch. He had one-on-one coverage from Malcolm Jenkins and he won another battle.
The touchdown helped the Falcons retake the lead, 17-10, with 6:32 left in the second quarter.
NOTE: On a third-and-12 from New Orleans’ 18 with 13:30 left in the third quarter, defensive end/linebacker Kroy Biermann stood up and dropped in coverage on a pass intended for Lance Moore that was broken up by Asante Samuel. Biermann ended up at the 34-yard line, some 16 yards down the field in coverage.
4. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones returned to the game and went deep. He hauled down a 52-yard bomb.
Jones’ long gainer was wasted in what Coach Mike Smith likes to call “empty yards” because the long-gainer didn’t lead to a touchdown. The Falcons, with the run being stuffed, couldn’t score a touchdown on three tries from the 5-yard line. They had to settle for a field goal to make it 28-27.
5. Running back Michael Turner gets stuffed on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 1:56 to play.
6. Saints cornerback Jabari Greer, who was beaten deep by White and Jones earlier in the game, stepped up to deflect this key fourth down pass intended for White.
After the game Ryan said that he could have led White more on the pass. From this view, you can see that if he did lead White more there was a big hole in the defense. However, Ryan had to get rid of the ball as he as knocked down on the play.
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