The Falcons are off to a rough start to the 2020 season after yet another heartbreaking loss.
Atlanta shocked everyone in Week 2 when the Falcons blew a 39-24 lead in the final eight minutes against the Cowboys. In fact, the Falcons at one point, according to ESPN’s Gamecast, had a 99.9% chance of winning that game at one point. Several Dak Prescott touchdowns and a blown onside kick later and, well, you probably know the rest.
The Falcons found themselves in a similar spot in Week 3 against the Bears. Chicago entered the fourth quarter trailing 26-10. Things had gotten so bad for the Bears, they benched starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky in favor of Nick Foles.
With Foles under center, the Bears led a comeback charge and scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. ESPN’s Gamecast had the Falcons with a 99.6% win probability at one point in the game, meaning the Falcons blew back-to-back games where they had at least a 99% chance of winning.
The Falcons had a 99.9% win probability against the Cowboys and lost.
The Falcons had a 99.6% win probability against the Bears and lost.
Back to back weeks. pic.twitter.com/RoBag3lnHU
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 27, 2020
This is not only crazy, it’s also historic.
The Falcons had 15-point fourth quarter leads in back-to-back games, and blew them both. This led to some wild statistics regarding the Falcons’ start to the season.
Over the last 20 seasons, no team has blown multiple 15-point fourth quarters leads in a single season.
The Falcons just did it in back-to-back weeks.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 27, 2020
Falcons have blown 13 leads of 16+ points in franchise history.
Seven of them have happened since 2012, the most in the NFL in that time. https://t.co/5BfUOTeDLB
— Scott Kacsmar (@ScottKacsmar) September 27, 2020
These losses have now moved the Falcons to an 0-3 start, which does not bode well for their future. Since 1980, 181 NFL teams have started 0-3 and only six of them of reached the playoffs. It’s crazy to think the Falcons could easily be 2-1 right now instead.