The Atlanta Falcons welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers into the Georgia Dome for 1 p.m. meeting on Sunday afternoon. Coming into the game, Julio Jones is the big play receiver for the Falcons, but he is not alone in this week 15 match up.
Pittsburgh boasts one of the most explosive wide receivers in the game today. Antonio Brown is tearing up the league in his fifth season. Brown has already amassed 105 receptions for 1375 yards, and he has accounted for 11 touchdowns. According to AtlantaFalcons.com preview, Desmond Trufant will get the call to lock down Brown.
Both teams are vying for the lead in their respective divisions this Sunday. However, each organization has gone about it in different ways. It’s well documented that the NFC South’s division winner won’t have a winning record in 2014. Currently, the AFC North doesn’t have a team with a losing record. The Steelers are a half game out of first place with an (8-5) record.
For the most part, the AFC North has dominated the NFC South. The only team that has had trouble with Atlanta’s division is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Earlier in the season, the Steelers lost to the Buccaneers and the Saints at home. However, they did beat the Carolina Panthers on the road. Pittsburgh is (4-3) entering their final road game, and Atlanta must protect their house.
With a (5-8) record, Atlanta hasn’t had much success home or away. Three of their five wins have come in the Georgia Dome, and with one of their home games played overseas, Atlanta will only have seven official home games. Therefore, the Falcons need to make it count on Sunday.
Despite the loss to Green Bay, the Falcons may have played two of their best games of the season since the calendar turned to December. After dispatching of the NFC West leading Cardinals, Atlanta fought back to challenge Green Bay. A win over Pittsburgh will prove that the Falcons turned a corner. A loss puts the Falcons in the predicament of having to win the final two games of the season.