Quick Thoughts – Falcons Lose 29-25 in New Orleans – Week 14 – 2008

Watching the game a couple times, I saw mostly good things against the Saints.  Here’s all the positive – Matt Ryan (besides the interception) looked better than ever.  Roddy White is a man possessed.  The secondary played well.  We were a couple plays away from beating a team that plays very well at home.

Now for the bad news – Even with Reggie Bush, the Saints shouldn’t be able to run like that.  Atlanta’s defensive line looked non-exsistent at times.  Michael Boley has to make that interception in the 4th quarter, a difficult catch, but one a good linebacker makes to clinch the game.  Personal preference, but I would have went on 4th and 5 with a couple minutes left.  Even with the two timeouts and 2-minute warning.  Your defense hasn’t stopped the run all day, the Saints’ offense was in a rhythm – field position doesn’t matter if they get a couple first downs.  Besides a couple flashes by Abraham, Atlanta got little pressure on Brees.  He hasn’t been sacked much, but the pressure wasn’t there. 

The playoff picture is still fine for Atlanta.  Dallas and Washington lost, keeping Atlanta right there.  Philadelphia is a half game behind Atlanta and playing well.  After Tampa Bay next week (huge game), Atlanta has Minnesota and St.Louis to close it out.  Dallas has the Giants, Ravens and Eagles down the stretch.  Philly has Cleveland, Washington and Dallas.  They are actually the more dangerous team.  The better scenario would be 1-2 from Dallas (with the win against Philly), the Eagles winning 2 of 3, putting them at 9-6-1.  So two wins by Atlanta puts them at 10-6 and into the playoffs.

Breaking Down A Franchise Quarterback’s Impact

With the right quarterback, basic football plays work just fine.  Ryan can identify the weak side of the defense and switch the running play.  He can audible to a run play out of shotgun on 3rd and manageable for an easy pick-up.  Ryan identifies the good match-up pre-snap, but can also avoid locking onto that receiver for the open man.  Ryan will throw the ball away or it check down when nothing is there to help field position and manage the risk of a throw into coverage.  With a quarterback like that — your team always has a chance.  All of a sudden, the offense avoids a lot of 3-and-outs.  You move the ball.  3rd down doesn’t seem like a 10-foot wall in front of you.  You win the time of possession battle more, running more effectively and slowing the pass rush in the 2nd half.  You don’t fall behind by two scores, feeling out of the game.  Receivers get more passes out in front of them, within reach, and less zinging past their ear at 90mph.  Having that kind of quarterback frees up your thinking in the off-season.  In the draft every pick can bolster your team — another offensive lineman, a new weapon, etc.  If you don’t have that “IT” guy back there, you are always looking.  The old saying is “if you have two or three quarterbacks, you don’t have any” rings true.  Every off-season you scour the free agent pool or a guy who might need a change of scenery or 12 quarterbacks in the draft that you hope will be the next Tom Brady goldmine find.   Having THE quarterback helps your back-up signal caller(s) as well.  They get to watch and learn in practice, the film room and on the sidelines each week.  The rest of the offense will hold them to a higher standard because they are used to excellence.  Chris Redman and D.J. Shockley are better quarterbacks in 2008 just because of Matt Ryan being there.  A franchise quarterback affects the defense as well.  Matt Ryan may not be making tackles or breaking up passes, but there is less pressure on the defense in general.  They know that if they struggle one game, there’s still a chance to win.  It could come down to making that one key stop in the 4th quarter to have a chance to win.  If you watch Peyton Manning, Brady, even Steve Young in their primes — it’s hard to get them off the field.  They don’t throw a lot of interceptions, they complete a lot of passes (making you actually tackle), force you to cover the receiver as long as possible (leading to breakdowns), and find creative ways to avoid pressure.  All of these things stack the odds tremendously in their favor.  Incomplete passes, receivers running straight out-of-bounds, bobbled snaps, inaccurate passes and a lack of pocket presence all make a defense’s job a lot easier.  All that can be summarized as: franchise quarterbacks do not waste plays.  If nothing else, they can set a defense up for a play later in the game.  For instance, when you throw to a receiver on a certain route combination, a cornerback takes notice.  They pay attention to that route or look more than one where the quarterback doesn’t even take a glance at their receiver or area of responsibility.  Franchise quarterbacks (not just good ones in the NFL) don’t take plays off.  Watch Brett Favre carry out a bootleg after a simple hand-off.  Watch film of Steve Young checking the ball down to the 5th option, drawing the linebackers up for a deeper opportunity later in the drive or game.  Watch Tom Brady run for 1st downs because he gets the coverage to drop far enough back to warrant taking off.  A quarterback’s 40-yard time or agility isn’t as important as his ability to see an open space to run and looking off defenders to pick up yards.  Watch Peyton Manning not force the ball to Marvin Harrison or Reggie Wayne in their prime.  They use all their receivers equally.  An open receiver is the primary target.  Through practice and time off the field, they expect every receiver, running back and tight end to be accountable and trustworthy with any catch — 1st quarter, 4th quarter, 1st down or 4th down. 

How Matt Ryan Has Changed The Culture in Atlanta

Michael Jenkins has shown his ability in 2008, getting open with regularity and catching the balls thrown his way.  Many labeled Jenkins a huge bust after being the #9 overall pick in 2004 from Ohio State.  While he will never be a #1 receiver — he has shown good hands and a great ability to use his tall frame to make catches in front of cornerbacks for first downs.  Ryan is one of those rare franchise-changing quarterbacks that can turn a team, a city, a culture around.  Instead of Atlanta being a bottom-feeder in NFL and the highly-competitive NFC South bringing a young quarterback along with training wheels, Ryan has excelled from day one.  Unlike the early days of Jamarcus Russell, Ryan was not going to hold out and lose time with his teammates.  He signed, came to camp and prepared himself to start from week 1.  That’s exactly was happened.  As the weeks went by, with Atlanta staying above .500 the whole time, Ryan’s grasp of the offense (and freedom to improvise) shot up.  We (the football universe) saw Ryan begin to audible at the line, run the no-huddle, align backs/receivers/protection, not panic with 5 seconds or less on the play clock, and show a maturity most 5 year veterans don’t have yet in the NFL.  As a Falcons fan since 1990, it’s a great feeling to finally have THE quarterback for the team.  Through the days of Jeff George, Bobby Hebert, Billy Joe Tolliver (really?), Chris Chandler (one good season), Michael Vick, Joey Harrington (a Detroit Passover…’nuf said), Chris Redman (lifetime back-up) and Byron Leftwich (slowest delivery in football), Atlanta tried different offenses, gadgets, schemes and approaches, all to no avail. 

Matt Ryan – Peyton Manning? Tom Brady?

I can’t remember a better rookie quarterback than Matt Ryan.  Even the polished Peyton Manning came in and took his lumps.  Manning’s offensive line was like a swinging gate, constantly allowing pressure.  His 25 TD passes were nice, but he still threw more interceptions than TDs his rookie campaign.  Ryan has had the luxury of one of the best offensive lines in the NFL in 2008 (despite a mid-season injury to Sam Baker and a right-side that most wouldn’t recognize on a lineup card), and a run game that is second to only the Giants.  Michael Turner and Jerius Norwood have produced a strong running attack, and suddenly Michael Jenkins and Roddy White look like a great receiver tandem.  Rookie quarterbacks (or young ones in general) need pieces around them to succeed — just look at examples like Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers at the beginning of their careers.  Good running games and defenses do wonders for a signal caller.  The pass rush slows down a little bit, they are in most games with their defense, and the run game gets those 3rd and 2s instead of always dropping back to pass.  Roddy White and Michael Jenkins are interesting stories in 2008.  Anyone who has followed the Falcons through the Michael Vick era and the pre-Matt Ryan era knows the struggles of the passing game.  Vick would run for his life, the offensive line couldn’t block for anything, the receivers were never open unless it was a “jailbreak” improvisation play and they dropped passes.  Well, White and Jenkins were considered busts as 1st round picks largely.  In 2008, some of those same offensive linemen (Weiner, McClure namely) are blocking very well.  One thing largely unnoticed was that Vick commonly ran into sacks instead of avoiding them.  His inability to read a defense and find the open receiver was a huge component to all the passing game struggles.  The line didn’t know when he was going to take off and where “the pocket” was with Vick back there.  Vick also threw the ball as hard as possible most of the time, leading the bad timing with routes, unprepared receivers and lots of dropped passes.  In contrast, Ryan understands the offense, anticipates when a receiver breaks open and delivers a VERY catchable pass when the receiver is expecting the ball.  Ryan is mobile to avoid a sack, but runs as a last resort, trusting his receivers to make a catch and get the first down.  Vick left the pocket at the first sign of turmoil, to bolster his image as an athletic force in the NFL, instead of completing passes with broken coverage and moving the chains.  Ryan has had great protection his rookie season, but has shown the great ability to slide within the pocket, allowing his receiver an every second to find an open area. 


Just How Good Is Matt Ryan? – Week 13 Statistics

(All Through 12 games)

Matt Ryan has more yards than Eli Manning, Tony Romo, David Garrard, Jake Delhomme and Ben Roethlisberger.

Matt Ryan has a better completion percentage than Jay Cutler and Donovan McNabb.

Ryan has more yards per attempt than Kurt Warner (yes, it’s true), Jay Cutler, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.

….A better TD/INT ratio than Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers.

….Fewer sacks than pretty much everyone but Peyton Manning….

….Fewer fumbles lost than anyone (tied with fellow rookie Joe Flacco)….

….Better QB Rating than Favre, Cassel, Cutler, Manning, McNabb, Schaub…

….The best QB rating in the NFL in November (109.6), with a 68% completion percentage (9.6 yards/attempt) and a 6/1 ratio, sacked only 4 times in 5 games….

Falcons Pull Out Wild West Win!

If you watched pieces of the Atlanta/San Diego game on Sunday, it left you with the impression that the Falcons won 40-7 or something like that.  In fact, the opposite happened.  Atlanta was -3 in the turnovers, squandered numerous opportunities and struggled to an ugly 22-16 win.  But a win is a win, right?

In the first three possessions, Atlanta had two great chances for touchdowns – a wide open Michael Jenkins in the endzone (overthrown) and Roddy White dropping a pass between two defenders – putting the Falcons behind 7-6 after the 1st quarter.  In fact, it was the first time Atlanta won this year after trailing after 15 minutes of play. 

Atlanta’s defense and special teams was a major force in their 8th win of the season.  Tomlinson was held to 24 yards on the ground, Philip Rivers never looked comfortable (and was called for intentional grounding in the endzone) and San Diego constantly started deep in their own territory (turnovers not withstanding). 

Matt was again outstanding – completing 17 of 23 passes for 207 yards and 2 TDs.  Outpacing Rivers, who threw for under 150 yards and was sacked 3 times.  Michael Turner and Roddy White each had 100-yard days, Harry Douglas collected another TD, leading to the victory.

The defense was the impressive unit on Sunday, limiting Tomlinson to 24 yards on 14 carries and Antonio Gates in check (3 catches, 27 yards – most of which came on the opening drive).

Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego Chargers, Week 13, 2008 Preview

Tale of the Tape

Total Offense – Atlanta 6th, San Diego 13th.

Points/Game – Atlanta 8th, San Diego 10th.

3rd down Conversions – San Diego 4th, Atlanta 12th.

Penalties – Atlanta 5th, San Diego 10th.

Time of Possession – Atlanta 13th, San Diego 26th.

Turnover Margin – Atlanta 13th (+2), San Diego 26th (-5).


Total Defense – Atlanta 24th, San Diego 26th.

Points Allowed – Atlanta 9th, San Diego 24th.

3rd down conversions allowed – Atlanta 18th, San Diego 20th.

Sacks – San Diego 13th, Atlanta 20th.


Passer Rating – Philip Rivers 103.3 (1st in NFL), Matt Ryan 88.3 (13th).

Rivers 65% completion rate, 23 TDs, 10 INTs, 16 sacks.

Ryan 60% completion rate, 11 TDs, 6 INTs, 13 sacks.

Rushing – Turner 1,088 yards (3rd in NFL), 4.3 avg., 13 TDs, Tomlinson 770 yards (13th in NFL), 3.8 avg., 5 TDs.

Receiving – R.White 973 yards (3rd in NFL), 15.7 avg., 6 TDs, Jackson 703 yards, 18.0 avg., 5 TDs.

Kicking – Elam, 22-24 on FGs.  Kaeding, 20-24 (3-7 over 40 yards).

Kick Returns – Sproles, 25.9 avg., 72% over 20 yards, 11% over 40 yards.  Norwood, 25.4 avg., 61% over 20, 10% over 40 yards.

Punt Returns – Sproles, 10.9 avg., 21% over 20 yards.  Douglas, 18.5 avg., 42% over 20 yards, 1 TD.

Punting – Scifres 47.4 avg. (4th in NFL), 42.7 net., 42% inside 20, 27% fair catch.  Koenen 39.2 avg., 36.9 net, 45% inside 20, 42% FC.

Tackles – San Diego (Weddle 88, Jammer 70, Cooper 58), Atlanta (Coleman 67, Lofton 67, Milloy 64).

Sacks – San Diego (Shaun Phillips 4, Jyles Tucker 4), Atlanta (Abraham 12, Anderson 2, Davis 2)

Interceptions – San Diego (Cromartie, Jammer 2), Atlanta (Coleman 3, Houston 2)

Thanksgiving for Falcons Fans

Ahh – so much to be thankful for this holiday season.  Atlanta fans were in for a rough NFL season, filled with bad quarterback play, a young defense and a clueless new coach.  Instead, Atlanta is in the thick of the muddied NFC playoff picture (not to mention a game out of the division lead) with arguably more promise and room for improvement than any other NFL team.

Let’s start with thanking – I’m thankful for…..

1) the drafting of Matt Ryan.  I was on the side that Atlanta should draft a lineman (Dorsey or an OT) in the 1st round, waiting for Flacco or another QB later in the draft.  Ryan has turned out to be the best rookie possibly ever in the NFL where many Falcon fans wouldn’t trade him straight up for Peyton Manning or Tom Brady right now – that’s all you need to say right there.

2) the signing of Michael Turner.  Warrick Dunn was great for the cutback scheme of the Michael Vick Falcon days, but Turner moves the pile with his tree-trunk-style legs and can break the long one at anytime.  Many wondered if he could handle a full load in the NFL – I think that question is considered void at this point.

3) Roddy White dedicating himself to football.  He had all the physical skills, now he’s putting in the time off the field.  His chemistry moving forward with Matt Ryan will be great for years to come.

4) John Abraham staying healthy.  He’s a top-5 defensive end when healthy and is among the best at getting the corner in any key passing situation.  An added bonus this year is his ability to stop the run by playing inside the OT more.

5) Mike Smith.  He has created a positive and cohesive unit in Atlanta that hasn’t lost consecutive games in 2008.  He’s avoided big errors in strategy and got his team off to good starts most of the time, defending home field and putting the team in a position to win.

6) The offensive line.  They are on pace to allow under 20 sacks on the year.  The running game is second in the NFL (without yards from Michael Vick as in the past) and they haven’t dropped off after Sam Baker’s surgery.  Baker would be a huge addition late in the season, but Weiner and a little Wayne Gandy have worked well in the meantime.  Clabo and Dahl getting playing time last year was crucial to their success in 2008.  Ryan can throw under pressure just fine, but getting a nice clean pocket makes any QB’s job a whole lot easier.

7) Harry Douglas.  He was the difference against Carolina last week and looks to be a huge value as a late 3rd round selection.  Jennings was struggling in the return game and Douglas has provided a boost as the season moves forward. 

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers, Week 12 In-Game Commentary, 4th Quarter

Atlanta begins the quarter driving at CAR 5, 1st and goal, up 17-13. 

Turner walks in and a draw play – Atlanta back up by two scores, 24-13.  With a win, Atlanta would be one game back in the NFC South, splitting the season series with Carolina. 

Carolina now has the pressure to drive down and score on this possession.  Atlanta had 4 straight 3-and-outs before that scoring drive.  Atlanta stops the return inside the 20.  Steward for 3 yards on 1st down.  Nearly intercepted on 2nd down, now a time for JA55 to tee off on Delhomme.  Smith with a big catch up near midfield – 1st down.  Now Rosario down to the ATL 32.  Carolina is driving straight down the field, still over 13 minutes left.  Williams stopped for a short loss on 1st down.  Williams again, this time to the ATL 27.  3rd down in field goal range.  Smith with a fade stop to convert, down to the 12-yard line.  Delhomme runs it in to make 24-19.  Carolina to go for 2 with under 11 minutes left.  Fumble on the goal line, but after the conversion was good, 24-21. 

Norwood gets a chance to return from the goal line, getting it out to the ATL 25.  No gain for Turner on 1st down.  Substitution penalty to create 2nd-15.  Snelling on a 5-yard catch.  Douglas with a huge catch down to the CAR 5 on 3rd and 11.  Douglas having a great game.  Ryan threw it under heavy pressure.  Turner for 2 yards on 1st and goal.  Ryan throws it away on 2nd down.  Ryan on the draw down to the 1.  Atlanta will go from the 1 yard line.  Carolina takes a timeout on defense.  Ryan looked to have a hole, but it closed quickly around the goal line.  3 point game, big call with under 8 minutes to go.  Field only makes it a 6-point game, so a good risk if you don’t make it, leaving them at their own 1.  What’s the call?  Obviously a run for a TD would be huge.  I think play-action looking for the FB or TE in the flat would be my call.  Turner pounds it in behind the jumbo package.  Atlanta up 31-21 with a little over 7 minutes to play.  3 TDs for Turner today.

 From the 20, Davis with his 2nd sack of the day back at the CAR 15.  A False Start makes it 2nd-19.  Another one makes it 2nd-24.  Crowd is hyped now.  Draw play gets stuffed at the 1.  3rd and a mile now.  Tough spot for Carolina backed up, behind by two scores with 5 minutes to go.  Incomplete – time to punt.

Douglas returns the punt for a touchdown from the ATL 40 – the dagger to Carolina, 38-21.  Douglas has been the difference in the 2nd half with big catches and now a huge punt return.  A taunting call will force ATL to kickoff from the 15.  This almost makes up for the Jennings fumble in Philly a few weeks ago.  That one ended the game in the opponents favor, this one in ours.

Carolina with a first down near midfield, now in the hurry-up.  Errand throw by Delhomme.  Short throw on 2nd, leads to 3rd and 6.  Dropped pass, now the last gasp for Carolina on 4th.  10 yard catch to Jarrett to convert.  Clock rolling near 3 minutes.  10 yards to Williams, Carolina not in a hurry.  Muhhammed for 11 yards.  Touchdown Muhammed with 2:23 left.  A little easier than Atlanta fans would like.  Still a 10 point game at 38-28, but it was before the 2 minute warning….

Finneran handles the onsides kick easily, down to the CAR 36.  Turner down to the CAR 20 on 1st down and stays in-bounds.  2 minute warning time.  Atlanta has played well after that Carolina comeback in the 3rd quarter. 

Turner just went over 100 yards on the day.  Ryan 17/27, 259 yards, no TDs, but no mistakes either.  Played really well.  Douglas over 90 yards, White 70 yards receiving.   Atlanta will go on 4th down with one minute left at the CAR 16.  Turner runs up the middle for a TD!  4th of the day, 24 rushes for 117 yards and 4 of the 6 TDs on the day.  13th of the season.  Now 45-28 Atlanta.  If there’s a better FA signing in the off-season than Michael Turner, let me know…seriously. 

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers, Week 12 In-Game Commentary

Atlanta has jumped out to a 17-0 lead into the 2nd quarter, dominating the game on both sides of the ball.  The Falcons opened the door for Carolina with a Roddy White fumble, giving the Panthers an opportunity to work a short field.  Steve Smith catches a deep pass down to the goal-line, setting Carolina up with 1st and goal.  Jonathon Stewart short on 1st down….now a penalty back to the 6.  A little more difficult now on 2nd down.  Tried Smith on a fade pattern – good defense by Chris Houston.  Huge play now on 3rd down.  Smith can’t hold it, wide open in the back of the endzone.  Good break for Atlanta, will hold them to 3 points on the drive, where Carolina started in Atlanta territory.  17-3 Falcons with 5 minutes to go in the 1st half.

Turner already has a touchdown and over 50 yards, Matt Ryan is looking great today as well… 10/12 for 131 yards.  Atlanta will start at the 10 yard line after Norwood misplays the kickoff.  Atlanta needs a good drive here as Carolina gets the ball to start the 2nd half.  Turner for 2 yards on 1st down, very conservative play call.  The Falcons need at least a couple first downs to change field position.  Dropped pass by White, would have been a 5-yard gain.  Need to make that play to set up 3rd and short.  Now, 3rd and 8.  Ryan avoids pressure, but throws wide to Douglas on the sideline.  Now, the worst thing for Atlanta, punting from the endzone after Carolina just scored.  They only a minute off the clock.

 Panthers will start in their own territory after a good Koenen punt.  Williams gets 10+ on first play of drive.  Panthers looks awake now.  Delhomme looked awkward on a roll-out pass, 2nd and 10.  3rd and 4 after a short throw.  Key play here.  3 minutes to go.  Where’s Abraham?  Pass deflected by Jamaal Anderson to save the defense.  Atlanta will get it at the 20 after a TB on the punt.

The Falcons got a break on defense, now they can drive down to close the half.  Turner for a gain of 1 to get the clock down to the 2 minute warning.  Ryan is so accurate outside the pocket, big throw to Roddy White up to the 42-yard-line.  A Review?  hmm, we will see.  1st down Atlanta.  Ruled incomplete – I disagree, so do the announcers.  3rd and 9 now.  Big change.  Give up draw play and Carolina will get the ball back.  Falcons got screwed on that one – big momentum change at the end of the half.  Carolina could score back to back with the second half kickoff as well.  Can’t like this as a Falcons fan right now.

1:45 left and 2 timeouts. for Atlanta.  2 straight first down through the air.  1:17 left from ATL 38.  Another drop from Smith, good pressure from Anderson on Delhomme’s side.  2nd and 10.  Short pass to the 36, clock rolling under a minute.  3rd down, but Carolina gets a false start with the crowd noise.  3rd and 11 now with 36 seconds and rolling.  Abraham with a huge sack back to midfield.  Kills the drive and momentum – no points for Carolina on drive. 

So Atlanta keeps their 17-3 lead into Halftime.  They haven’t lost when leading at halftime this season.  -1 on turnovers in the half, but overall, playing well and controling the game.  I always say the first two possessions of the second half, one on offense, one on defense sets the tone for the rest of the game.  Atlanta needs to keep the defensive intensity from that final drive into the 3rd quarter.  Atlanta’s offense has played well, they should continue to move the ball against Carolina in the second half.

Carolina will begin at the 20 after good coverage.  Williams for 3 on 1st down.  Atlanta with 17 minutes and 200+ yards in 1st half.  Delhomme gets hammered, but Smith hauls in a long catch down the middle – now at ATL 35.  Williams gets the corner on a toss for 9 yards.  Smith catches another one for 20 yards to the ATL 6.  This is the 2nd half Falcons defense we were afraid of today.  Easy touchdown by Williams on 1st and goal, now a one TD game.  Only 2 1/2 minutes gone in the 3rd quarter.

 Drop by White on 1st down.  Atlanta needs to get things going with no huddle, now Ryan huddles them up….then a timeout.  Time to get things going, not in two possessions, but these next two plays to get a first down.  Another incomplete pass to White.  3rd and long – big play early in the 3rd.  Sacked, a 3-and-out to give Carolina the ball back after a 1 minute possession.

Carolina starts at their own 42.  Grady Jackson gets into the backfield to stop Williams.  Atlanta strings out Williams on 2nd down for a short gain.  3rd down, time to make a play around midfield.  Boley has good coverage, but Carolina converts to move into Atlanta territory.  Another first down for Carolina into field goal range.  Another deflection, 2nd and 10.  Stuffed run, now 3rd and 10.  Draw play for Williams for about 20 yards.  Atlanta’s defense steps up to limit them to a field goal, 17-13 with 5 minutes left in the 3rd.  Have the Falcons even had the ball in this quarter?  Exactly.  This reminds me of the Atlanta teams in 2004-2006, good starts, then fade in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, hopefully putting it back together for a win in the 4th.

Another touchback on the kickoff.  Atlanta hasn’t had good field position in a while (since the overturned White catch in the first half).  2 yards for Turner on 1st down.  Turner breaks an 11-yard run, 1st down.  Now Douglas for a 7-yard catch.  No huddle from Ryan.  Jenkins for 5 yards and a 1st down from a 5-wide set.  Douglas gets held on a deep pass, no call – totally blown call.  Now 3rd-10.  Big play near midfield.  Huge catch by Jenkins to keep the drive alive at CAR 36.  Turner gets 4 yards, under 2 minutes in the 3rd now.  Douglas for 7 and another 1st down.  Norwoord for no gain at the 25.  Jenkins breaks a couple of tackles for a big gain down to the CAR 10.  With a penalty on Carolina, Atlanta has 1st and goal from the CAR 5 when the 4th quarter begins…..