Dan Quinn happy with Atlanta Falcons' playcalling despite red zone woes

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The Falcons' All-Pro receiver was body-slammed out of bounds to end the 18-12 loss to the Eagles. "We were on the correct hash mark and it was the right time of the game".

RED ZONE WOES: The Falcons were 1 for 5 in the red zone after struggling inside the opponents' 20 a year ago.

"I was pleased with the variety in terms of calling plays, especially down in the red zone", Quinn said Friday after watching the tape. Without Alshon Jeffery to stretch the field, who had been ruled out due to injury, Foles was forced to make short yardage passes as the Falcons zone marked well.

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"That's a total disrespect for everything we stand for", he said. "However, five trips and only 12 points that's tough and that's not going to get the job done against a good team". According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Ryan is 1-of-20 over the past two seasons, including the playoffs, when targeting Jones in the end zone.

The play was ruled incomplete, but the Falcons went ahead and challenged.

A helmet belonging to a Philadelphia Eagle player is seen prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field on November 5, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Foles caught his pass to pick up a first down, the Eagles finished the drive with a touchdown to take the lead over the Falcons, they hung on for an ugly win, and then they took their shot at Brady.

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