Falcons Choke In Final Seconds And Lose To Saints

September 11th, 2022

What a roller coaster Sunday afternoon Joe has had — Big Storm beer in hand and a halftime feast from Burger Monger while watching a wild Saints-Falcons game with a shocking ending.

The Saints were awful nearly all day, led by their porous offensive line and Jameis Winston running for his life and being out of synch with receivers. And then came the fourth quarter,

Atlanta choked away a 26-10 lead with a prevent defense and no-balls playcalling as New Orleans rattled off 17 points to close out the “W.”

Atlanta ran 38 times for 201 yards and had 215 yards through the air but was miserable in the red zone and stopped blitzing in the fourth quarter after it was working all game. Falcons QB Marcus Mariota lived up to the famous description for below average starting quarterbacks: he did just enough to get you beat.

Joe is physically ill, and it’s not the great food and Florida’s best craft beer. The Saints pulled out a win as Atlanta missed a 63-yard field goal. New Orleans hosts the Bucs next week in a huge NFC South clash.

Rest assured, if the Saints play like this next Sunday, they’ll have their asses handed to them by the Bucs.

56 Responses to “Falcons Choke In Final Seconds And Lose To Saints”

  1. Jerseybuc Says:

    Hate hate the saints!! Dam falcons

  2. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Well we know blitzing works apparently. Bowles is probably licking his chops, after tonight…

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    Said it in the other thread, but to me, Jameis looked very tentative early in the game and was aiming the ball instead of throwing it. Not sure if it was coming back from injury or just worried about turning it over, but once the Saints were down big, Winston turned into Winston and was ripping the ball, and brought them right back.

    Now if it was the Bucs during the Winston era, which literally had the #32 ranked defense from 2015-2019, they would have collapsed and let the Falcons get the game winning FG with those last 23 seconds. The Saints did not.

  4. NCBucfan Says:

    I was actually rooting for the Falcons! God I hate the Stupid Saints!!!!!!!’

  5. Tackleblockwin Says:

    So blessed to not be a Falcons fan.

  6. NCBucfan Says:

    The Panthers lost tho!!! But I swear, we had better beat the Saints next week! If not, pray for my health!

  7. Tye Says:

    Falcons Defense lost them that game… The Saints offense and defense look pedestrian… Funny how they had to bring in Hill to get things going and even to get their 1st points on the board!

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bengals lose! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where’s all the idiots telling me Burrow was the best QB in the game. If a QB has 5 turnovers in a game and loses, that guy has to cut, am I right? LOL!

  9. #8 Says:

    Jamiss seems to panic with pressure.
    Wished we signed Patterson when we had chance.
    Irritating to watch saints come back.
    Now need db12 to lose. Go vikes.

  10. Oneilbuc Says:

    Man give the man some credit if Brady would have played like Jameis yall would be giving Brady all the credit for the win . 😂 Lol 😂😂😂.

  11. firethecannons Says:

    Yup Falcons choked, they stop the qb pressure and saints came alive I hate the saints hope jameis is beat up he visited the blue tent briefly

  12. bucsince79 aka bumanner Says:

    It looked like Winston was coming out of the game & look out!!! He had great chemistry with M Thomas. Lets hope we can slow down Assault Alvin & M Thomas…

  13. firethecannons Says:

    NCBuc says “I was actually rooting for the Falcons! God I hate the Stupid Saints!!!!!!!’” yeah no doubt I was rooting for the falcons too I hate the saints and would love to see them hurt

  14. firethecannons Says:

    yeah this game was good intel for Todd bowles

  15. geno711 Says:

    Saw good and bad Jameis today. Saw Mariota and Falcons chocking today.

  16. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Jameis looked nearly unstoppable, once he got into his groove.
    His arm was what beat the Falcons.

  17. Winny Testaverde Says:

    OneLilBuc…having scored one on the Wonderlic test…loves Winny winning! Atta boy!

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s always remarkable how people don’t know what they’re watching. For example, aiming vs throwing the ball. Winston was clearly being told not to lose the game, and he was taking forever to get rid of the ball and trying to place it perfectly, it’s the same thing the Jersey Trash Schiano did when he got here and ruined Josh Freeman. However, once they were down by 2 scores, Winston didn’t worry about not losing it, and had to win it, and was letting the ball rip, he looked like the QB in Tampa.

    Regardless of the low IQ fake news idiots revisionist history, the Bucs weren’t losing because of Winston, the Bucs lost because they had the worst defense AND worst kicking game in the NFL from 2015-2019 – not’s not opinion, that is literally the stats. If you give Winston a consistently good defense, he’s going to be a pain in the rear. Yes, he will have some Burrow like days and throw 4 INTs, but he’ll also win a lot of games.

    Again, any Bucs fan thinking the Saints are an easy W are some real morons. They’re going to be a pain. Personally I have the Bucs getting a split with the Saints this year, even Dirk wouldn’t get swept every year, so the Bucs are due. But I don’t think it’s going to be easy.

  19. bucnut2 Says:

    Peter King is right. Saints team to beat in NFC south

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Sickening. Falcons had’em.
    Pretty clear that Jameis cant handle pressure.
    But we knew that.

  21. Redeemer Says:

    Divisional games are almost always funky. Winston looked like he was afraid to step into throws. I saw plenty of guys open, and he didn’t pull the trigger. Almost like he didn’t fully trust the knee. Would’ve been nice to be up a half game after tonight.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Jameis was throwing the ball very strong & accurately for those last 15 throws or so, but reality to me is that the Falcons played to lose in that last quarter or so. Saints’ receivers were running wide open on intermediate & deep routes, and the Falcon DLine was getting zero pressure then. DBs played soft and voila … they got torched. Still can’t figure out why the Saints waited so long to go to their hurry-up offense though. Up-tempo was the key to neutralizing the Falcons’ pass rush.

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Another Falcouns fourth quarter failures………disgusting……especially against the Saints….
    3rd & 1 and the ability to put the game away and Mariota fumbles the snap….pathetic.

  24. BucsfanFred Says:

    I didn’t see that game here in Orlando for some reason. We had Ravens and Jags on Spectrum.
    Hey, Falcons probably tanking.
    Go Vikings.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    BTW – word of caution to the drama queens that will be panicking tonight…

    Nearly every offense got off to a very slow start today, and not a lot of scoring happened until after halftime – that was league wide for the most part. I expect tonight that is going to be the case as well and it could be an ugly, boring and dull 10-7 at the half, but if things hold true, after halftime things should pick up bigly.

    Now that’s not universal, the Chiefs for example came out with all cylinders firing, and I’d love to see the Bucs do the same, but I suspect it’s going to be sloppy based on the new guys on the o-line and the new WRs (I suspect Godwin doesn’t play much – hope I’m wrong).

  26. geno711 Says:

    One game only played. Not a lot of preseason action. Not willing to base decisions on one game.

    If we did, then we would say that the San Francisco game will be an easy win for us.

  27. Craig Says:

    Bowles needs to find a way to get someone in Jameis’ face all game. Don’t let up on the pressure.

    Falcons threw out a good game plan and tried another. Then they choked on it.

    But that is okay, a Jameis that thinks he is in a groove throws interceptions.

  28. BucsfanFred Says:

    Oops. We had Jags at Redskins. Watched fish and pats, then Cincy and Steelers.

  29. MonkeyMan Says:

    Saints suck.

    They beat the worst team in the league and they’re acting like they won the Super Bowl lol

  30. Ed Says:

    Arthur Smith should have had his headset tuned into the Fox broadcast. Jonathon Vilma literally could have told him which plays and defenses were working that got the Falcons the lead.

    Marietta under center fumbled that snap. Patterson running out of the ahotgun, blitzing Winston with fast LBs and DBs.

    Vilma understood what put the Falcons in a position to win in their first 3 quarters and in Q4 the Falcons played to protect that lead instead of attacking a worn down defense.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    Rod … I wouldn’t disagree with you too much about the 2015-2018 timeframe, but Jameis’ turnovers were the kiss of death to the Bucs’ 2019 defense. Bucs’ offense made 41 turnovers that season, and 30 of those were Jameis Winston INTs. Bucs’ defense did a respectable job of mitigating the damage, and even gave the ball back to the offense 28 times with takeaways. That still ends up being a MINUS THIRTEEN TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL, and resulted in a 7-9 season record. THAT’s ‘literally the stats’.

    I’m not anti-Jameis, but reality was that he was ill-prepared to run BA’s Bombs-Away offense. Personally I think that Drew Brees & Sean Payton were great influences on him, and was what Jameis needed at the time. I expect that he’ll have a decent career going forward, most likely as a starter. But he isn’t what I consider to be an ‘elite’ QB.

  32. geno711 Says:

    I love that Coach LaFleur takes the ball out of Rodgers hands at crucial times. 4th and goal at the 1-yard line and a hand off.

  33. steele Says:

    Week one games are weird. So are divisional games. No conclusions possible this early.

  34. CrackWise Says:

    “Disturbed-Down with the Sickness”

    Hype song!!! Lets Roll!!! <<<—- 9/11 Shout Out!!!

  35. D-Rome Says:

    All of these Jay-Miss defenders make me laugh. You all still wish he was here instead of Brady. For all of these “what if” made up scenarios you all are making up when he was in Tampa the bottom line is that when he was a free agent 31 other teams saw his skill set and limitations the exact same way the Bucs did. They all passed on him as a starter.

    He’s not a franchise QB.

    Let it go.

  36. SB~LV Says:

    Rod ….
    Jameis played like a .500
    This is the NFL !
    Both Jameis and Mariota took a beating 16 more games before the real season begins and I don’t see them physically making it unless they start getting rid of the ball on passing plays

  37. Miller5252 Says:

    This game falls on Mariota. He fumbled on the 4 or 5 trying to run over a DB to score. It would have put em up by 19 of you only got a field goal in 2 try’s.

    Super Bowl hangover continues. Need someone to come to the locker room and get rid of the bad juju. I hate the Saints!

  38. BucsfanFred Says:

    Wow! Pass defence ain’t much better.

  39. JimmyJack Says:

    So aggravated to watch the Marioota and the Falcons gag that one.

    The Saints better find their game in a hurry. They have no chance against us playing like that. That 1st half Winston will be 4th quaters of suck if Winston cant figure out a blitz……Todd the Godd wont call of f the dogs like Atlanta did either.

  40. JimmyJack Says:

    Bum rush Winston next week and have Winfield and White jump anything that moves coming out of the backfield. Jamies wont be getting away with aimlessly throwing the ball in the air like that. Not on us.

    Im sniffin multiple pick sixes

  41. bigdaddio Says:

    Jamies is literally Thanos.

  42. BucsfanFred Says:

    Rod munch, no diss, but throwing 30 ints on the year was the final straw. Winston is erratic … Great one play … Fantastically horrid the next. Jeckle and Hyde.

  43. PassingThru Says:

    Agree with Miller. Other than failing at a FGA, the key was Mariota fumbling near the NO goal line.

    And yeah, the new NO HC didn’t trust Jameis to be any more than a game manager. Jameis did a good job late in the game when the training wheels were removed. The question is whether this new found freedom for Jameis is temporary.

  44. Oneilbuc Says:

    This is the first week and now days starters don’t play in preason games anymore so I think every team will be a little off this week and next week. But let’s be honest if Brady plays the same way Jameis played today yall would be saying look how good Brady played he was the reason why we won today.

  45. Goatfarmer Says:

    Why is anyone talking about next week? Bucs are in Dallas. Screw everyone else. Let’s get to one and oh.

    In other news – Lovie gagged away the Colts game. Had 3rd and 1 with 40 seconds left, 2 timeouts, 10 yards from FG range. And with the clock stopped, he called a timeout and proceeded to play for the tie. Ran backwards for two yards and then punted! Unbelievable! Many in Houston are already calling for the return of David Culley.

    Lovie is the worst although Arthur Smith runs a close second.

  46. lambchop Says:

    This dude Rod Munch is actually comparing Joe Burrow to Jameis. SMH. LOL!!!

    Burrow came back from an ACL tear and took his team to the SB the very next year with the WORST OL ever.

    I wouldn’t utter Burrow’s name in the same sentence as Winston unless you’re saying Joe Burrow has already surpassed Jameis’s ceiling.

  47. Bucsfan13 Says:

    QBs with bad OLs struggled. Take note.

  48. Usedtobeabucfan Says:

    LETS GO DALLAS!!! Good job Jameis!!!

  49. Brandon Says:

    Jameis is a very very verrry good QB

  50. Rod Munch Says:

    Defense Rules Says:
    September 11th, 2022 at 5:18 pm
    Rod … I wouldn’t disagree with you too much about the 2015-2018 timeframe, but Jameis’ turnovers were the kiss of death to the Bucs’ 2019 defense.


    Remember, however, 2019 was the tale of two defenses. The first half defense was literally on pace to be the worst passing defense in the history of the NFL. Yes, Winston had a terrible game in London, but outside of that he wasn’t the reason they weren’t winning.

    If you recall, once you get just past half-way in the season, the Bucs got on a roll. The defense was playing well and the Winston was playing well and the Bucs were winning. Then they lost Evans and Godwin and even Miller, they were down to starting Perriman and J. Watson at WR. While Perriman played well, he was literally the only guy who could catch the ball.

    Again, as you know, I was totally for signing Brady, with as much as I loved Winston and still think he’s going to play for a very very long time, you never skip on a chance to change your franchise forever. But it’s also important to remember that if Godwin and Evans aren’t injured, the Bucs almost certainly aren’t losing those last two games, and the Bucs likely resign Winston well before FA begins, and before we even know Brady would have been available.

    I just can’t stand the revisionist history where the Bucs had an all-star defense headed by Chris Conte and Ryan Smith and only Winston was holding the team back, because that’s just not the case.

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    lambchop – Burrow just turn the ball over 5 times and lost the game, he should be cut.

  52. Eric Says:

    Remember. all the arguments about Winston v Marriota.

    Both are a bit above average but not franchise quarterbacks. Yet both have the apparant tools

  53. Who Dat Says:

    Eh. Saints are always slow out of the gate.

    See you next week. Saints win the NFC South. Brady doesn’t last the season.

  54. Rod Munch Says:

    Eric – If you’re above average, that means you’re a top 16 QB, which every team wants. I think Winston is a top 20 QB right now, was top 15 with Tampa, and will still be a top 20 or better for a long time. Mariota, however, he’d be the worst starter in the NFL, except for the fact Seattle exists. He’s literally in Atlanta just to keep the seat warm and so they don’t have to throw a rookie out there, but he’ll either get injured in the next 3 games or get benched. His NFL career is likely nearly over at this point, and I suspect he’ll be out of the NFL in the next 2 years as he’s too injury prone and has no upside at all, and now he’s getting old.

  55. Betta check yo sheet Says:

    Betta check yo sheet

  56. Nolan Says:

    Reading these threads from Buc Fans proves how all of you fear Saints. Brady best hand it quickly to his running backs or implement play action pass otherwise he will be sacked more often than he will tolerate and we all know Brady’s tolerant level when sacked is minimal.

    Yesterdays win against the Falcons was just another typical war.
    Good Luck to all who’s on SAINTS schedule y’all will need it. WHODAT !!!!