Falcons' short-yardage struggles prove costly
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons' short-yardage woes in their first loss of the season stirred memories of similar struggles the last time they lost -- in the playoffs.
In each case, Atlanta couldn't come up with just one yard.
The Falcons couldn't score after they had a second down at the Saints' 1-yard line late in Sunday's 31-27 loss at New Orleans. The Falcons, who had been the NFL's last unbeaten team, fell to 8-1.
In the 24-2 loss at the Giants in last season's NFC wild-card ...
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