The Atlanta Falcons’ Vic Beasley, Jr., made arguably his most impactful play of the 2015 season Sunday in Santa Clara, CA when he intercepted a fourth quarter pass by the San Francisco 49ers' Blaine Gabbert. At the time, it put the Falcons in position to recover from a four-point deficit with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. Atlanta did not fully capitalize on the moment, however, and failed to punch in a touchdown after moving to a first-and-goal at the Niners 8-yard line. They settled for a Matt Bryant field goal at the one-yard line with three minutes remaining that cut the lead to one. When the defense failed to get a stop following the ensuing kickoff, the Falcons were doomed to a 17-16 loss -- their second in a row and third in four weeks. The loss dropped the Falcons to a 6-3 record following a 5-0 start. They find themselves 2.5 games behind the unbeaten Carolina Panthers heading into their Week 10 bye. The Falcons host a pair of current division leading teams in their next two games. The Indianapolis Colts will be at the Georgia Dome November 22 and Atlanta will host the Minnesota Vikings November 29.
Beasley, a former Adairsville High School star who was an All-American at Clemson, has started all nine games this season for Atlanta. The 23-year-old, rookie and first-round draft pick has collected 19 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and now one interception on the season.
Vic Beasley, Jr. (Atlanta Falcons) and Andre Fluellen (Detroit Lions, injured reserve) are the two current local NFL players tracked by Bartow Sports Zone via Athletes Beyond Bartow. Find their player link and the links of many other current local collegiate athletes on the Athletes Beyond Bartow page of this site.