The Falcons fell to 1-4 Monday night, but at least their season is still going. That’s more than the Braves can say after a woeful evening for Atlanta sports fans.
The Braves lost their second game in a row to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series and it will be their last of the season. Despite taking the lead in the eighth inning of Freddy Garcia’s 11th career postseason start, the Braves fell 4-3 to the Dodgers.
After taking a 3-2 lead in the penultimate inning, Braves RHP David Carpenter hung a slider to Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe, which was sent over the right field wall. Uribe knew it was gone as soon as it left his bat and so did Carpenter.
“I’m the reason we’re not going back to Atlanta [with the series tied],” Carpenter said. “I’ll take the responsibility for it every time. I let the guys down. It kills me to have to say that.”
The Dodgers won the best-of-five series 3-1. It was the eighth straight postseason exit for the Bravos, who haven’t won a playoff series since 2001.
The Falcons didn’t help the evening much, dropping their third game in a row 30-28, on a last-second field goal, to the upstart New York Jets.
The Falcons came back from a 27-14 fourth-quarter deficit to take a one-point lead with just 1:54 left in the game. But Jets’ Quarterback Geno Smith led a drive down the field against a beaten and beleaguered Atlanta defense to set his team up for a game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired.
The Falcons are now 0-2 in night games and 0-3 in when playing in featured national television contests, after losses to New Orleans in week one and New England last week on Sunday night. The Falcons next play at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.