Film breakdown: Two mental mistakes on the Falcons’ opening drive led to a TD

The Falcons-Eagles game yesterday got off to a terrible start from the opening possesion.  On two separate 3rd down plays, the Eagles made mental errors that led to a score.

Early in the drive, on 3rd and 10 from the Falcons’ 37 yard line, Jason Babin was rushing from the left side, and Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers “chipped” him to help the right tackle with his block.  Babin and Rodgers are circled:

Babin 1

After chipping Babin, Rodgers leaks out in the flat, and Babin follows him in coverage.  Rodgers is probably QB Matt Ryan’s 4th progression on this play.  Presumably, he has nothing open down the field.  (There won’t be better views of this play until sometime around Thursday, when the NFL typically makes the “All-22” footage available).  Some light pressure forces Ryan to roll to his right, where he decides to get whatever he can by checking it down to Rodgers:

Continued at the Allentown Morning Call…


  1. Corry says:

    That whole game was one big brainfart for the defense.

  2. Trueblue63 says:

    Hope your weathering the storm well. Not bad in my nook of North Jersey

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      Yeah, very windy, no damage that I know of yet (knock on wind). Saw a huge trampoline flying down the street. That was fun.

  3. SteveH says:

    Heh, the only guy not at fault for the TD was Boykin looks like. I mean I assume someone had Jones and it looks like Boykin was closest to him.

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