The Atlanta Falcons have been through this before. A promising start to the season, only to get sidetracked by a deflating loss.
A year ago, it led to a total meltdown.
A victory Sunday over the Green Bay Packers would go a long way toward showing this team is different.
The Falcons (4-3) are coming off their second straight loss, a 33-30 setback to lowly San Diego that had the feel of a game Atlanta totally gave away.
The Falcons squandered a 17-point lead at home, and the Chargers’ comeback was aided by Matt Ryan’s crucial interception late in regulation.
Then, in overtime, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made the ill-fated decision to go for it on fourth-and-short in his own end of the field. The Chargers held, setting up the game-winning field goal.
A similar defeat in 2015 sparked a six-game losing streak that turned a 6-1 start into an 8-8 finish.