The Atlanta Falcons have continued their strong start to the 2016 season with a 23-16 win against the Denver Broncos in week five. They have now defeated both of the teams that competed in last season's Super Bowl after knocking off the Carolina Panthers last week as well.
They look like a real contender to go far this season with their offense clicking strongly, while their defense is doing just enough to keep their opposition out. However, their good start was almost ruined by one player near the end of this week's game.
Falcons cornerback Robert Alford almost caused a defeat for his team when he decided kicking Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was a good idea.
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With less than 30 seconds to go in the game and his team winning by a scoreline of 23-13, Alford hit Sanders to the ground after he had caught the ball. The cornerback then swung his foot at the wide receiver while he was still on the floor in an attempt to kick him, which was flagged.
The personal foul resulted in a 15-yard penalty for the Broncos, putting them in field goal range. They attempted and successfully converted a field goal, narrowing the scoreline to a one score game.
Denver then went to attempt the onside kick, to which they were unsuccessful, but if they were able to recover the kick, they could have gone on to score a touchdown and tie or win the game, depending on if they went for the two-point conversion.
It was truly a dumb play by the Falcons cornerback as it almost gave the Broncos a way back into the game. It will come as no surprise if he was to receive a telling off for his actions during film sessions this week before Atlanta faces the Seattle Seahawks next weekend.
This was also Alford's fifth major penalty of the season, so when is he going to learn?