The Atlanta Falcons used their NFL draft pick wisely. They selected Takkarist McKinley. McKinley is a junior out of UCLA who the Falcons saw a future with, so they brought it to life.
Serving as an outside linebacker, McKinley has a strong ability to get up field, according to Los Angeles Times. The Atlanta Falcons may be hoping he can help them do that. Last season the Falcons had a strong campaign, one of their best in years.
The Falcons were a winning team, and they may have their offense to thank for that. Their offense was hard to stop. By the end of the year, Atlanta was in a good position. They sat at the top of the standings of the NFC South, leading the Division with a record of 11-5.
After finishing off the year as the first place team of their division, it earned them a postseason advancement. The Falcons maneuvered through the early stages quickly. They simply overpowered their opponents.
Before they knew it, they were in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. They took New England’s team by storm, holding them to just a few points through the first half. At one point in the third quarter, Atlanta led the Patriots 3-28.
The Falcons appeared to have a trophy within their reach. After they quickly got the lead early in the game, they held it. Atlanta even maintained it through the first half of the game. It would not last forever.
When it came to the final minutes of the third quarter, things took an unexpected turn. Atlanta’s raved offense, and defense was nowhere to be found. It became New England’s game through the remaining minutes of the third and fourth.
The odds were against the Patriots team as they trailed by 25 points, but they did something few teams have ever done in Super Bowl history. They came back from a 25 point deficit to tie the game, and forced it to overtime. Shortly after, the Patriots scored first in overtime, defeating Atlanta 34-28 in Houston. New England left the Falcons, and fans in absolute shock. Tom Brady took the Patriots team another distance that not even the Patriots may have seen coming.
Atlanta made a few mistakes that turned out to be very costly.They came to the hard realization that their team was far from perfect, despite landing a seat in the Super Bowl. This off-season, they have had a lot of time to think about what went wrong in their Super Bowl came, and they have been taking steps to correct their team.
Can the Atlanta Falcons have a winning year? What do the Falcons need to work on the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod
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