Broncos, Falcons familiar with close games

Broncos, Falcons familiar with close games

Two teams that know all about close results and comebacks will meet Sunday afternoon when the Denver Broncos visit the Atlanta Falcons.Their backgrounds in those types of games have varied dramatically.One of the teams figures to at least show a continued upward trend when they face off.The Broncos (3-4) rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 on the last play this past Sunday.The Falcons have been involved in a few notable collapses, coming out on the wrong end of games with significant comebacks. Two weeks ago in their most recent home game, they lost on the final play to the Detroit Lions, 23-22.There’s certainly a contrast between quarterbacks in terms of experience. Denver’s Drew Lock is emerging into a productive player, while Atlanta continues to rely on veteran Matt Ryan.”They’ve got a bunch of young guys that are talented,” Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris said.The Broncos came from 21 points down to beat the Chargers. It might be a horrible flashback for the Falcons when they study the Broncos, given Atlanta’s results from earlier this season.The Broncos aren’t immune to frustration. Lock said he got up in front of the offense at halftime of the Chargers’ game with a message, much of it pointed toward himself.”We just need to man-up, and when the plays come our way, we need to make them,” he said.In the second-year quarterback’s mind, it could be a turning point to an inconsistent season. The Broncos have won three of their past four games, with a blowout setback to Kansas City the other game during that stretch.”We’ve had three full games with this offense with normal personnel,” Lock said. “Maybe we’re just starting to click. … People just love to make opinions and jump too quick, and I hope we can keep proving them wrong.”Atlanta (2-6) recovered for a 25-17 victory Oct. 29 at Carolina, winning for the second time in three games under Morris. They’ve had extra time to prepare for Denver’s visit while the Broncos have had a staggered practice schedule.Still, the Falcons have been hampered by not finishing enough drives and settling for field goals.”We have to score touchdowns, not dependent on who we’re playing but for our sake,” receiver Julio Jones said. “We have to score touchdowns.”Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley has missed practice this week, and his status for Sunday looks shaky because of a foot injury. Ridley’s injury might not be as serious as initial reports suggested.”We’ll see how he can progress throughout the week,” Morris said. “It’s on the up and up.”