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:
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: