In a battle of teams trying to make the best of it after having a star player suspended (Vick of course for the Falcons, Pac Man for the Titans), the Falcons (1-3, 3rd NFC South) face the Tennessee Titans (2-1, 2nd AFC South) today at 1:00.
We feel good about the way the Falcons are playing right now, but the Titans have been tough, losing only to the powerful Colts.
We’ll have regular updates throughout the game and some breakdown later.
First Quarter Update: Touchdown! Deangelo Hall makes good news for once, picking up a fumble and bursting down the sideline 57 yards for a touchdown. The big play was actually made by the rookie Jamaal Anderson, who caused the fumble. Atlanta 7, Tennessee 0.
And the Titans respond with an unstoppable drive. Atlanta 7, Tennessee 7.
Second Quarter Update: The Falcons execute a flawless fake punt and run into field goal range, and of course are limited to a field goal attempt. It’s good, Atlanta 10, Tennessee 7.
Halftime: Atlanta 10, Tennessee 10. Titans kick a field goal on the final play of the half to tie it. Titans have physically dominated the Falcons, but two big plays (the fumble and the fake punt) have the Falcons in it anyway. Let’s hope they can manage a little more offensively in the second half.
Third Quarter Update: Vince Young basically hands us three points by throwing a stupid little lob pass as he’s under pressure that is picked off by Trey Lewis. The Falcons are unable to convert it into anything more than a field goal since the offense is still crap, but it’s enough for the lead. Atlanta 13, Tennessee 10.
Titans then drive to tie it up with a field goal; Atlanta 13, Tennessee 13.
Right after the Titans commit their fourth turnover of the day, the Falcons commit their first. Harrington threw the ball behind Jenkins, Jenkins tipped it, and the Titans’ DB picks it and takes it to the house. Ugh. I guess I can’t complain too much, because we shouldn’t even be in this game. I’m not so sure that we are now. Atlanta 13, Tennessee 20.
Fourth Quarter Update: After several drives of Harrington looking more and more discombobulated, Byron Leftwich makes his first Falcon appearance. The Falcons have the ball in good field position after a missed Titans field goal. Save us Byron.
The drive stalls, but not because of Leftwich. His third down pass should have been caught for a first down by Jenkins, but Jenkins let it sail through his fingertips. Koenen pinned the Titans down at the 11. Defense needs to step up.
And they do! Another ill-advised pass from Vince Young leads to his 3rd interception and the Titans’ 5th turnover of the game. It’s the only reason we’re in this game. We’ve got it on the 20, and we’ve got to punch this in.
Ugh. Leftwich overthrows a wide open receiver in the endzone, and then his next pass is tipped and picked off. I think this one’s over, and who knows what the hell is going on with our QB situation now. Maybe we should try Redman.
Well, it’s not quite over. The defense steps up after the pick and forces a 3 and out. We’ll get the ball back with around 2 minutes left.
And we tackle the punter!!!! A mad rush caught him with not enough time to get it off, and we’ve got the ball in the red zone again. Come on, guys, they’re doing everything in their power to hand us this game. Let’s take it finally.
I’m too disgusted to talk anymore. Suffice it to say we didn’t take it. Breakdown of the game tomorrow.