expectations were so high for both teams, so the losses were tough to
take. And to see those hopes dashed on national TV was that much
The Falcons, now 1-4, were supposed to be a
Super Bowl contender. They addressed weakness by convincing star tight
end Tony Gonzalez to return for one more year and signing free
agent running back Stephen Jackson to fill a need in the running game.
According to ESPN,
only six of the 118 NFL teams that started 1-4 between 1990 and 2012
made the playoffs. The Falcons are four games behind division leader New
Orleans, and in danger of missing the playoffs.