Thursday Night Farceball: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

This week’s Thursday Night Football game was pretty good from a football point of view, but terrible for a Thursday Night Farceball perspective. The Saints and Falcons had an NFC South slugfest that ended with Drew Brees doing extremely Drew Brees things and Matt Ryan vomiting all over himself for most of the game. Surprisingly, the Falcons pulled out thanks to some late-game buffoonery by Sean Payton. Sorry about your Alvin Kamara, fantasy football players. Even more sorry to those of you who decided that starting Matt Ryan in fantasy football was a good idea.

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The Saints go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The Saints go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The Saints go marching one by one
The docs tell them their days are done
And they all go marching on with the Lord today

This doesn’t even include the concussion to Alvin Kamara on the first drive.

Please note. PLEASE, NOTE. The following three plays were back-to-back-to-back!

MATT RYAN SETS UP THE SAINTS FOR A GREAT FIELD GOAL OPPORTUNITY…
Matt Ryan was looking to get the Falcons into field goal range as the first half expired. Marshon Lattimore had other ideas. This put the Saints, not Falcons, in field goal range:

 

…THAT THEY PROMPTLY SCREW UP
Will Lutz boomed the kick through the uprights, it was good! But wait, a flag. As time expired, the Saints were called for an illegal formation. The Field Goal was no good, or never happened? But we all saw it happen. You can’t trick me, NFL.

QUARTERBACK TO BALL BACK TO CORNERBACK
Poor Matt Ryan. Consecutive passes intercepted by the Saints. This one wasn’t really his fault, as the Saints literally pulled the ball off the back of Flacons tight end Austin Hooper. Yes, Flacons. Look, I thought it was Falcons, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DO COACHES RUN LAPS?
With the Saints trying to stop the Falcons from running out the clock, Devonta Freeman fumbled the ball. The Falcons recovered, but the damage was done. The Saints’ head coach Sean Payton had tried, and failed, to call a timeout. He gave the officials an earful. He got an unsportsmanlike conduct. This gave the Falcons a first down and sealed the win. Sorry Coach, gotta run for that one.

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