Illustrating the Falcons’ 15 go-to plays

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One of the biggest reasons the Atlanta Falcons improved from an 8-8 season in 2015 to the Super Bowl is offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s ability to mesh his creative playbook with the high-level talent on the roster. The Falcons led the league in scoring during the regular season (33.8 points per game) and put up a combined 80 points in their two playoff wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

Let’s break down Shanahan’s go-to plays: 15 concepts you can look for on Sunday, when the Falcons face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

Cross-Country Dagger

The Falcons led the NFL in multiple categories when running play-action during the regular season, such as passes thrown (133), yards per attempt (11.8) and total passing yards (1,531).

That’s what we see here on the cross-country dagger out of a standard pro I slot formation with wide receivers Julio Jones (Z) and Mohamed Sanu (X) stacked outside. This is a deep clear-out concept,

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