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Gameday Coverage Recap: Falcons at Dolphins

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Take a look at our entire coverage from Sunday's game against the Dolphins, where despite leading most of the game, the Falcons fell 27-23.

Despite leading for most of the game, the Falcons fell 27-23 to the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami on a Ryan Tannehill touchdown pass with under a minute to play. The loss drops Atlanta to 1-2 on the season, two games back of the 3-0 Saints.

Pregame

Take a look from a front row seat as a police escort leads the Falcons' bus from their team hotel in nearby Plantation to Sun Life Stadium three hours before kickoff of the Falcons-Dolphins game Sunday afternoon.

Game Highlights

The Falcons got an early lead, with quarterback Matt Ryan finding running back Jason Snelling on a shovel pass to put the Falcons up 7-0 in the first quarter.

Rookie tight end Levine Toilolo scores his first NFL touchdown in the third quarter, putting the Falcons up 20-10 over the Dolphins.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora sacks and strips Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the third quarter to give the Falcons possession of the ball.

Safety William Moore intercepts Dolphins quarterback Tannehill in the third quarter.

Postgame

Head coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan spoke to the media after the Falcons' second loss of the season, with Smith saying that the team had plenty of chances to win the game but they didn't make the plays when presented the chance.

After the loss, wide receiver Roddy White said that although the team did plenty of things right, they have to focus on improving their execution in the red zone.

Tackle Lamar Holmes said that although the team did a good job in keeping quarterback Matt Ryan clean, they have to keep taking steps forward to be able to execute at the level they're capable of.Running back Jacquizz Rodgers expressed the same sentiment as White, saying that the offense has to work on scoring touchdowns in the red zone but that their focus has to shift to next week.

For more from today's game, check out the Game Recap and the Gameday Photo Gallery.

The loss on Sunday gave the Falcons a 1-2 record, but the team knows that there are a lot of improvements to be made, like finding the ability to put games away. Still, there were a lot of bright spots during the game, like the pass rush improving and the reserves stepping up. Now, as the Falcons move on to next week's home game against the Patriots, the team will use this week to focus on correcting mistakes while improving in the areas where they performed well.


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