Coaches film: 6 key plays in the 31-27 loss to the Saints

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.

Mike Johnson is lined up at left tight end in a double tight end formation. No one is expecting him to run a route.

Mike Johnson is lined up at left tight end in a double tight end formation. No one is expecting him to run a route.

Before Johnson ran his route, he blocked.

Johnson does a good job of blocking before going out on his route.

Johnson does a good job of blocking before going out on his route.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 5 for 5 passing on the opening drive. Johnson’s TD grab put the Falcons up 7-0.

Johnson hauls in the pass.

Johnson hauls in the pass.

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.

Here's the formation. Abraham bit on Ivory's inside move to his left before he brought the run back outside and around Abraham and Samuel. He took the corner.

Here's the formation. Abraham bit on Ivory's inside move to his left before he brought the run back outside and around Abraham and Samuel. He took the corner.

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.

Samuel appears to have an angle on the hard charging Samuel.

Samuel appears to have an angle on the hard charging Ivory.

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.

Saints 3-4

Here are the Falcons in their 3-4 defense.

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.

Tony Gonzalez is flexed out to the left.

Tony Gonzalez is flexed out to the left.

The touchdown helped the Falcons retake the lead, 17-10, with 6:32 left in the second quarter.

Saints 8

The official gives the touchdown signal on Gonzalez' historic catch.

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 suffered from "leg" injury that caused him to miss 28 offensive snaps.

Jones suffered from "leg" injury that caused him to miss 28 offensive snaps.

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.

The Falcons tried to power the football in behind Sam Baker, Justin Blalock and Mike Cox, but Saints end Will Smith spoiled the play.

The Falcons tried to power the football in behind Sam Baker, Justin Blalock and Mike Cox, but Saints end Will Smith spoiled the play.

Here's a look at how the Saints stacked up the run.

Here's a look at how the Saints stacked up the run.

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.

Gonzales, Jones and White all ended up on the right side of the formation.

Gonzalez, Jones and White all ended up on the right side of the formation.

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.

There appears to be an opening in front of White.

There appears to be an opening in front of White.

LATEST NEWS

Falcons’ dream of undefeated season ended by Saints, 31-27

Roddy White: Falcons ‘gave’ game away

Video: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan after the 31-27 loss to the Saints

Saints 31, Falcons 27: Q&A with Falcons coach Mike Smith

OTHER RECENT STORIES

Mike Smith says no major injury for Peria Jerry

Goodell met with Gov. Deal, Mayor Reed to discuss stadium deal

Falcons’ playtime percentage chart vs. Cowboys

Roddy White becomes all-time reception leader

Post game comments from the Falcons locker room

Falcons pull out 19-13 victory over Cowboys to improve to 8-0

Get instant updates on Twitter at AJCFalcons and you can join the Facebook Fan page at AJC Falcons.

55 comments Add your comment

gdawgs74

November 14th, 2012
4:59 am

DC

November 14th, 2012
5:01 am

First – I like the coaches film analysis, good stuff!

Personally the key moment was when we had to settle for a field goal for the 28-27…. Very disappointing that we couldn’t score a touchdown. I am pretty sure the defense would’ve come up with a takeaway on the next drive had we regained the lead….

Let’s beat them end of November in the Dome to end their loss-less November run!

Adogg36

November 14th, 2012
5:16 am

IN DA LAST PIC DARE WUZ A OPENING.BUT KEY WORD BUT HE CLOSED ON WHITE.ITS OVER NOW SO LETS MOVE ON TO ARIZONA.LIKE I SAID BEFORE RISE BUT DON’T POP!!!!!

Falcon James

November 14th, 2012
6:12 am

Hope to see more of this!

dean

November 14th, 2012
6:44 am

I agree with the good stuff comments. Thanks DLed. Yes, it’s in the rear view now. Just goes to show the very thin line between a W and an L.

Marcus

November 14th, 2012
6:47 am

again, good work. I caught the replay last nite on NFL Network because I was visiting a family member in the hospital during game (smartphones are a blessing).

FTPB some folks lament about not passing to T. Gonzo on that 4th down play, but the initial read seemed to indicate double-coverage. Given the pressure M. Ryan was under, he didn’t have time to look back to see that the 2nd man had dropped off. In fact, one could say he dropped off because the pass was already released to Roddy (you could see the defender start to lean and look back towards the middle).

Ronald Barnes

November 14th, 2012
6:59 am

Roddy White is a sore loser. I hope you guys GIVE us the game on the 29th.

WHO DAT !!!!!

jay

November 14th, 2012
7:43 am

Looking at the endzone view of the 3rd and 1, I can’t see how Turner didn’t get the yard. Sure there are bodies there, but you gotta have some heart and will to win.

Me Too

November 14th, 2012
7:52 am

These six plays are excuses. The PROBLEM is the conservative approach by Mike Smith. His hands are involved too much in the offense and defense. Any coach and coordinator can see Micheal Turner is not a fit for the offense. He has no speed and when he is in the game, the other team knows where and when the play goes. This team will never win a Super Bowl with Michael Turner at RB and Mike Smith as HC.

True Falcon Fan

November 14th, 2012
8:07 am

7:52 am = Are you stupid or jus a Dumbashe?

Learn NFL football 101 then come back and express your opinion!

Go Falcons —- Ari/Cardinals next

garcia

November 14th, 2012
8:21 am

The left side of the OL is usually manned by players that excel at pass protection. The right side of the OL is usually manned by players that excel at run blocking.

When short yardage is absolutely needed, the Falcons have a strong tendancy to run to the left.

WHY?

True Falcon Fan

November 14th, 2012
8:39 am

There ya go 7:52 am there’s your first question from 8:21 am —- answer that one and maybe you could be accepted in class??

Be careful the answer maybe in the questions……

Go Falcons — Cardinals next

lees

November 14th, 2012
8:47 am

You should have drawn a yellow circle around Samuel celebrating as though he’d won the Superbowl after his interception. The fifteen yard penalty was a momentum killer and it’s all about momentum. Then later, he gets burned by Ivory.

Buddy Landel

November 14th, 2012
9:10 am

Who let the 4 year old kid scribble on the photos?

The Real Falcon

November 14th, 2012
9:20 am

Love this feature. Keep them coming!

The Real Falcon

November 14th, 2012
9:23 am

On the Ivory run Samuel took a bad angle initially to the ball and allowed him to get to the outside. Football 101, don’t give up the outside turn it in toward help. After that was when he lost it. It all starts and ends there.

lowdownjj

November 14th, 2012
9:24 am

Love it D-Led. Actually hate it because its painful to rehash. But I love the coach’s view photos. I think you’ve stumbled onto a keeper

The Real Falcon

November 14th, 2012
9:25 am

Will to win doesn’t gain yards, blocking does. There was no hole. Stop the Turner hating and and listen to the coach. He watches the film.

lowdownjj

November 14th, 2012
9:31 am

Very true Real Falcon but do you remember what Decoud#28 did? Overleveraged outside and Ivory scooted back inside to the goal line. These guys need another tackling 101 practice like Smitty had during the bye. He\\, since the good tackling only lasted a week, maybe Smitty needs “junior high remedial” tackling drills every practice. Can’t wait till Sun. Gotta bad taste in my mouth as I am sure the players do

lowdownjj

November 14th, 2012
9:36 am

Turner isn’t the same back of 2 years ago. I must admit I was ready to jump on the Turner bashing wagon too. Especially after Mud Duck gave us his commentary on “more than blocking” going into a run play. But Mcclure seems to be the lone ranger on that one as all the coaches, film, and talking heads seem to agree it was the blocking. But I am conflicted when I see Quiz average 10 yrds per run and Ryan only get sacked once. Isn’t run blocking easier than pass blocking?

E Love

November 14th, 2012
11:12 am

Get to work o line and Mike Turner run like you want to get some of that playoff money.

dandy don

November 14th, 2012
11:34 am

Game was frustrating. Oh well, time to move on. We’re still the number one seed in the NFC. Gotta love that. D-Led you gotta use the coach’s film review as at least a semi-weekly feature. It’ll be popular and it’s informative to armchair QB’s like me.

Heat Check

November 14th, 2012
12:44 pm

yep…. the film review confirms what I already knew.

11-2 since Drew took over in 2006 O-W-N-E-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill

November 14th, 2012
12:51 pm

The touchdown helped the Falcons retake the lead, 17-10, with 6:32 left in the second quarter.

Falcons never had a 17-10 lead

Bills fan

November 14th, 2012
12:55 pm

@ Me Too: The first score with tackle eligible was not at all conservative.

Good stuff DOL. Like the objectivity of the coach’s film. Keep it coming.

Bill

November 14th, 2012
12:57 pm

Just do a search on Asante Samuel and you will find countless articles on why Philly was glad to get rid of him. Here is an example of what one writer said:

“But Samuel always could be counted to mouth off on inappropriate matters and strut when he managed to do well. He will not be missed on or off the field”.

Jonathan Vilma

November 14th, 2012
1:06 pm

“We always beat the Falcons”!

1st Round Opponents

November 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

Hey Jonathan we do too.

John Harbaugh

November 14th, 2012
1:10 pm

Hey I was a rookie the same year as Smitty and I have 5 playoff wins and 2 championship game appearances.

Big Daddy

November 14th, 2012
1:24 pm

I agree with Real Falcon on the angle that Samuel took to get to Ivory. However, I also believe the coaches have to come up with a better blocking scheme in those short yardage situations. Other teams will be looking at pictures just like these to determine how to stop our run offense and force Ryan to pass, pass, pass. We can’t be one dimensional and expect to do well in the playoff. Few teams win in the playoffs that can’t run.

DC Dirty Bird

November 14th, 2012
1:33 pm

@Bill…so what. There are few perfect players if any. You’ll find bad press on just about every player in Philly. That’s just the way they are.

Based on the offensive line that we have, Turner should not be used on the goal line. He is only a threat to run, doesn’t move the pile, and doesn’t have the feet to cut-back against over-pursuit.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 14th, 2012
1:40 pm

Turner is no longer feared as a running threat!! It’s time to try another RB. How about starting Snelling instead of Turner?

jax

November 14th, 2012
2:04 pm

Enter your comments here

Hey

November 14th, 2012
2:36 pm

Hey Jonathan Vilma, you are 4-5 and have embarassed yourself and your family with bountygate. Better focus on than.
Hey 1st round opponents and John Harbaugh, we are 8-1.

PMC

November 14th, 2012
2:39 pm

and now Johnathan Vilma is popping off. First off, Steve Gleason has done more relevant things this year than either Scott Shanle or Johnathan Vilma.

Secondly, it has NEVER been cordial nor has there been a sense of mutual respect between these two teams EVER.

You peed on our field Johnathan. Where does that equal mutual respect?

It’s kind of funny either of these teams would be using words like classless, especially coming from a group just punished for paying money to injure other players in the league.

Man.....

November 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

Good stuff.
That game had alot of what ifs and could haves.

I suppose now the thing we can look back on is, at least we contended all game, and shoulda/coulda won it even at the end.

It bodes well for this team.

Just need to fix up on playcalling, and the run game.

PMC

November 14th, 2012
2:44 pm

The Falcons liked Lofton, he was an excellent player here, HE got HIS feelings hurt because the Falcons didn’t offer him the kind of contract HE felt he deserved. So he left. The problems on 3rd down were because our secondary wasn’t good enough last season and our Safeties STILL haven’t learned not to jump routes.

To their credit, Malcolm Jenkins and Jabari Greer made great game winning plays last week. The Falcons didn’t make enough,

crying to the media 3 days later about words said before a game, is kindergarten stuff.

PMC

November 14th, 2012
2:44 pm

What a bunch of insecure babies. Enjoy not making the playoffs.

FalconsDiva

November 14th, 2012
2:46 pm

DLed – I love this! Thanks for the coaches film, I hope this becomes a weekly post.

biscuteater

November 14th, 2012
4:41 pm

On that last ditch effort to White..Gonzo was WIDE OPEN on the right side..why are the coach’s focusing on the missed play instead of the play that was there for the taking??????
Ryan has never been good at finding the open receiver..He has his mind made up before the ball is snapped!! He is always Forcing the ball into tight coverage when he has a man or two in the clear!
Lets call a spade a spade!

Paul

November 14th, 2012
5:28 pm

If not for the excessive celebration penalty after Samuels pass interception in the first quarter, the score could have possibly been tied at the end of the game and the falcons could have kicked a field goal to win the game. That is really what came back to bite them

Rightrepair1

November 14th, 2012
7:06 pm

On the last ditch efforts, Had Roddy kept backpeddling in the endzone, would have had an excellent chance to catch the ball there was a 3 yard difference.. 2ndly the offsides penalty gave them a first down instead of punting out of their endzone..

shesoleo

November 14th, 2012
7:55 pm

If”a,woulda,shoulda,coulda, get over it already. I’m just as mad as all of you are but it won’t change a thing that happened on Sunday. I absolutely hate NO but they made one more play than we did, don’t panic we’re still 8-1 and looking good as far as the division is concerned. A lot of Falcon fans wonder why the media don’t give us any credit when we do well but, I think our fans are worst than the media sometimes…… just sayin…….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 14th, 2012
8:15 pm

DC — Thanks for your kind words. The Nov. game should be fun.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 14th, 2012
8:16 pm

Falcons James, dean, Marcus and Falcons Diva and anybody that I missed — Thanks for the kind words. I plan on doing it for the rest of the way.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 14th, 2012
8:17 pm

garcia – the Falcons money (Baker and Blalock) is on the left. Run behind the big money guys.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 14th, 2012
8:18 pm

Buddy Landel — Wasn’t never much of an artist. Working on my lines and circles!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 14th, 2012
8:19 pm

Jonathan Vilma — Good move to appeal your suspension. I know you like the Due Process clause of the Constitution.

technofalconeer

November 14th, 2012
8:39 pm

love the coaches corner-input /intake on the plays

[...] モトネタ [...]