“We have lulls,” center Todd McClure said. “You can’t do that when you play good teams. We have to try to figure out what’s going on and make sure that doesn’t happen.”
It happened again Sunday vs the Panthers, as the Falcons built a 17-0 lead, but then saw the one-win Panthers claw back in the game, and it wasn’t until late that you could finally take a breath again.
Until a touchdown with four minutes left, the Falcons were ho-hum. They played the Panthers even, each team scoring 10 points, and it was 24-10 after a John Kasay field goal with 9:44 left.
Now mind you the Falcons were not going to blow this game, but like McClure said, you can’t have lulls against good teams, and the Panthers are clearly not one of them.
The Falcons are well aware of the lulls, as Mike Smith put it – “We didn’t play very well after we jumped up on them.”
Two weeks from now, the Falcons have their rematch with the Saints, and if they don’t get the lulls out of their system by then, those cracks may grow wider as the team tries to wrap up the division and home field for the playoffs.