NFL: OCT 13 Falcons at Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 13: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank looks on from the sideline during the NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals on October 13, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ATLANTA (CBS46) – All Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant had to do was split the uprights on an extra point and at least one major Atlanta sports team would at least make it to overtime and possibly right the ship for Atlanta teams. If you’re reading this, you already know what happened.

Bryant lined up for the game-tying extra point against a woeful Arizona Cardinals team and did his best impression of a Florida State kicker in the 1990’s and shanked the kick wide left. Bryant knew it as soon as it left his leg and the Fox Sports cameras followed him and showed his anguish on the sidelines afterwards.

The anguish exists on the faces of sports fans across Atlanta and Athens. In the past week, the Braves had a chance to go to the National League Championship Series. All they had to do was win Game 5, at home, against the St. Louis Cardinals. After one out in the first inning, the Braves were toast en route to a 13-1 blowout against the Cards.

That was bad, but then the Georgia Bulldogs said, hold our beer.

The Bulldogs, ranked number three in the nation, were playing a South Carolina Gamecocks team that had been blown out a few weeks back against the Missouri Tigers. After struggling in the first half, the Gamecocks lost their quarterback and were down to their third-string quarterback.

Georgia, struggling more than any team with that much talent should against an alleged inferior opponent, pushed the game to overtime and survived after the Gamecocks missed a potential game-winning kick. Then Georgia continued to implode and eventually missed the kick to send it into another overtime and lost 20-17.

Then, just to rub dirt in the eye of sports fans, the Falcons struggled for most of the game only to come storming back to score the game-tying touchdown. Then Bryant channeled his inner Gary Anderson or Blair Walsh and shanked the extra point.

It was a fitting end to the week for fans of the Braves, Bulldogs, and Falcons. But hey, it's almost basketball season, right?

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