The Falcons entered Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals with zero dashing performs of no less than 40 yards all season.
Tevin Coleman took care of that by himself with two such runs in Atlanta’s 40-14 win over the Cardinals within the ultimate dwelling recreation of the season.
The fourth-year participant out of Indiana set his profession excessive in dashing yards on his eighth carry of the sport. In complete, he completed with 145 dashing yards on 11 carries with one landing, and the Falcons as a crew had 215 dashing yards.
“It was simply a whole lot of power on the market,” stated Coleman. “The blokes got here out with power, I got here out with power, they usually received on their blocks and had been capable of make holes for me.”
The majority of the yards got here within the first quarter, the place Coleman lastly broke the streak of the Falcons not gaining 40 yards on a dashing play when he discovered a gap off proper deal with and went for a career-long 65-yard run within the first quarter.
“We had been working that play in apply, and it seemed identical to it did in apply,” stated Coleman on the 65-yard run. “It was a very good play, an actual good block by the offense.”
Atlanta had 70 dashing yards within the first quarter, virtually matching their season common of 81.2 dashing yards per recreation. The Falcons went previous that mark early within the second quarter, and Matt Ryan received in on the dashing act by pushing by means of from the 1-yard line for a landing on a quarterback sneak.
Coleman cemented his sturdy exhibiting with one other run of 40-plus yards. He ran behind deal with Jake Matthews for a 43-yard landing to place the Falcons up 33-7 and finish any probability of an Arizona comeback.
“That was spectacular, the way in which we ran the soccer right this moment,” stated Ryan. “I believe once you go in opposition to an aggressive protection like Arizona’s, should you can maintain up within the entrance seven and put your backs in area on their secondary, you might have some alternatives for explosive run performs and our backs and offensive line and extensive receivers did an amazing job of making these lanes in opposition to some powerful seems.”
Coleman cemented his sturdy exhibiting with a second a type of elusive 40-plus-yard runs and he ended any probability of a comeback when he ran behind Jake Matthews for a 43-yard run to place the Falcons up 33-7.
Ito Smith received in on the enjoyable with 34 yards on 9 carries for himself, proving increasingly that he could possibly be a viable backup operating again for the Falcons subsequent season if Coleman does not get a contract extension. Even Mohamed Sanu was capable of reap the benefits of the holes the offensive line was creating to hurry for 11 yards out of the “12 gauge” on the opening snap of the fourth quarter.
Even when it was in opposition to one of many worst defenses within the NFL, this was the perfect recreation Atlanta’s offensive line performed all season. The Falcons had extra dashing yards on this recreation than that they had in opposition to the Ravens, Steelers, and the 2 video games in opposition to the Saints mixed.
“I assumed Tevin (Coleman), his skill to get on edge was going to be an essential issue on this recreation the place we might discover some area to circle the protection,” stated head coach Dan Quinn. “They’ve an aggressive group, safeties, linebackers, the way in which we play, so we knew we must attempt to get the ball outdoors on the perimeter, and I assumed Ito (Smith) supplied some powerful yards inside, as properly.”
That is the sort of recreation the Falcons have been craving all season. It was the best dashing output for the Falcons since their Week three win in 2016 in opposition to the Saints.
There are nonetheless a whole lot of questions on what the Falcons can have on the offensive line subsequent season. Andy Levitre and Ryan Schrader may each be gone subsequent 12 months, and Atlanta might want to work out methods to put a wedge within the revolving door at proper guard since Chris Chester retired.
However for now, the Falcons received a glimpse into precisely what they had been hoping for when the season began. Atlanta scored 40 factors for the primary time because the NFC Championship Recreation two seasons in the past, and may look ahead to seeing the operating success carry over into the ultimate two weeks of the season in opposition to Carolina and Tampa Bay.
–RB Ito Smith damage his knee on Sunday and can miss the remainder of the season. Coach Dan Quinn stated Smith didn’t damage his ACL, however would require surgical procedure that may stop him from enjoying within the ultimate two video games.
–QB Matt Ryan accomplished 22 of 36 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns for a score of 98.three. He ran for a landing, giving him a career-high three, and reached 30 passing touchdowns for the third season.
–LB Deion Jones intercepted a cross and returned it for a landing. It was his third pick-six since 2016, tied for essentially the most within the NFL with Eddie Jackson throughout that stretch.
–TE Austin Hooper didn’t play in opposition to the Cardinals. His standing might be re-evaluated later within the week
–DE Bruce Irvin had 1.5 sacks in opposition to Arizona. Since 2016, he’s tied for the third-most sacks within the NFL throughout December. He has 9.zero sacks throughout that point, trailing solely Khalil Mack (10.5) and Denico Autry (10.zero). He has 2.5 sacks since becoming a member of the Falcons.
–DB Brian Poole had six tackles (5 solo), an interception, a sack and a fumble restoration. He grew to become the sixth participant within the NFL and the one cornerback to have a sack, interception and fumble document in a single recreation.