Let’s put aside for now that the Falcons probably got jobbed by a replay official. And that the wrong play may have been called on fourth down. And that, yes, no matter what the circumstances are, an offensive line and a 247-pound running back should be able to bulldoze their way to a one-foot gain.
Mike Smith picked a very strange time to get bold. The wrong time.
The Falcons lost to the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in overtime on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. It was a three-point game won in the 67th minute between two division rivals who may battle for first place for seven more weeks. So this certainly is no time to make grand proclamations about one team being superior over the other.
Simply, the Falcons lost because they made more mistakes. They had too many too penalties (10, including four 15-yarders), too many drops (two alone by Roddy White, one of which led to an interception and a