The Atlanta Falcons continued their domination of the NFL, remaining the only unbeaten team in the league with a 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. It took four field goals and a Michael Turner touchdown run to put away the Cowboys but in the NFL the only thing that matters is the “W” and Atlanta seems to find a way to do it week after week.
Matt Ryan put up 342 yards through the air and the outcome was in doubt before the Falcons took the lead early in the fourth quarter. Not that Dallas played poorly. Tony Romo had a good performance,and Dallas was in the game even though trailing, until Ryan took Atlanta on a long time consuming drive resulting in a field goal with seconds left on the clock.
The Atlanta Falcons pretty much completely control the NFC South at this point, with their nearest competition, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, four games behind. The entire NFC South, which has fielded a very strong lineup in the last few years, is mired in mediocrity while Atlanta has risen to the top of the NFL. A strong contender for the #1 seed, the Falcons have a very favorable schedule. In the eight games remaining, Atlanta has no opponents with a record over .500.
It all leads to the inevitable question of the postseason. The Falcons finished at 13-3 last season, but failed to get past the 1st Round of the playoffs. Management in the organization has made it very clear that the coaching staff is expected to challenge for a Super Bowl this season. Another one and done in the postseason will likely spell the end for the current regime.So far so good in 2012 as Atlanta has been resilient and has repeatedly shown a knack for coming up with the right play at the right time.