New Orlean Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t hold back with his tweets this week trolling the rival Atlanta Falcons’ new uniforms.
Payton gave his two cents.
Payton simply replied “Impressive” and it was clearly appeared to be a joke. But don’t worry, Atlanta, fans stood up for the team, chirping at Payton for watching Netflix and eating ice cream for three days like a bad breakup after the Saints lost in the 2019 postseason.
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The Saints head coach replied in what looks like jibberish but certainly isn’t.
But when you take the first letter of each phrase…
It says “28 to 3” in reference to when the Falcons blew their lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Houston we DO have a problem because that joke is a bit outplayed.
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It Wasn’t Matt Ryan’s Fault
Since we are reminiscing on the Falcons losing their shot at a ring, it’s a good time to step in and say it wasn’t all Matt Ryan‘s fault. Although many fans tend to blame only Ryan for it, the brutal loss falls on the entire team.
The Falcons fell 34-28 to the New England Patriots and no one can seem to let it go. Ryan had just won the league’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year awards and had a chance at getting his first ring.
Unfortunately, he watched that dream fade away right before his eyes when the Falcons couldn’t find a way to score on their final four possessions of the game. They also managed to only get three first downs in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Ryan tallied six, 300-yard passing games that year and in seven games he scored at least three touchdown passes. At the end of the Super Bowl, he tallied a stat line which included completing 17-of-23 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception, but was sacked five times and lost a key fumble.
Falcons Lose Possession Over & Over Again
There were two possessions that were crucial for the Falcons to score in that Super Bowl.
The first one happened in the third quarter with two minutes remaining and the Falcons held a 28-9 lead. The Patriots tried an onside kick and Falcons’ LaRoy Reynolds recovered the ball at the Patriots 46-yard line. But it was moved to the 41 because Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski touched the ball before it went 10 yards.
Ryan connected with Austin Hooper for nine yards to open the drive, however, Tevin Coleman lost a yard on the very next play and Jake Matthews had a holding penalty. To top it off, Ryan threw an incompletion and on the third-and-11 he was sacked for a 9-yard loss. The Falcons were forced to punt.
During the other crucial possession, it was the fourth quarter and the Falcons had a 28-20 lead. The ball was on the Patriots 22-yard line and the clock had four minutes, 40 seconds remaining. The Falcons could have made it a two-score game but Ryan was sacked for a 12-yard loss and Matthews was flagged for holding. The Falcons were forced to punt.
And as we know, Ryan then fumbled on a sack.
While Ryan played a role in the loss, you can see he wasn’t the only one. And that’s just looking at the offensive side of the ball.