Atlanta came back to almost pull an improbable chance at overtime. Trailing 30-10 in the fourth quarter, Atlanta staged a rally that saw just about everything: a malfunction of instant replay, a recovered onside kick, and a botched exchange on 4th and inches when the Patriots tried to seal the win. In the end, a Julio Jones catch put Atlanta near the end zone with a chance to tie, but Matt Ryan could not get the necessary pass, and on 4th and 7, his throw to Roddy White was deflected by Aqib Talib.
Plenty to talk about, but Mike Smith kicked a field goal on 4th and 1, inside the 10, to cut it to 30-23, and ended up facing a worse situation the next time down.
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