Takeaways: Falcons come up short in comeback attempt, Ryan sacked nine times

The Falcons have now dropped back-to-back games after a 26-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

Atlanta's offense struggled to get rolling throughout the day due to the Saints' pressure. The Falcons finished with 348 yards of total offense. The Saints were hitting on all cylinders from the very start, ending the game with 279 yards on offense, generating 96 yards on the ground. New Orleans defense sacked Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan nine times and forced four turnovers.

Here are the main takeaways from the Falcons-Saints game:

Tabeek: The Falcons' biggest issue still an issue

Last week against Tampa Bay, the Falcons surrendered six sacks, which was their season-high. In Sunday's game, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked nine times in the game. In 2018, Ryan was sacked 42 times and has been sacked 38 times this season with four more games to go.

For more on Tabeek's column discussing the offensive line struggles, click here.

Falcons’ three onside kick recoveries even more impressive than you thought

In a late comeback attempt against the Saints, the Falcons recovered three onside kicks with one being called back due to a holding penalty. Falcons Younghoe Koo weighed in on the recoveries saying, “I was glad to just give us a chance, and the guys did a great job of recovering the onside kicks."

For more on the Falcons recovering three onside kicks against the Saints, click here.

Other notable performances:

  • Linebacker Deion Jones was the leading tackler for the defense, finishing the game with nine tackles
  • Quarterback Matt Ryan ended the game competing 35 of 50 passes for 312 yards.

For those who want further analysis of Sunday's game between the Falcons and Saints, check out an archive of our live blog below.

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