It would be amusing if the Browns traded for Tate to replace Beckham, because the Giants signed Tate as Beckham’s replacement in 2019, after they traded him to Cleveland. The Browns wouldn’t have to give up a lot for Tate, 32. And his 2020 salary (which will be prorated) is manageable — $7.975 million.
But fourth-quarter failures, losing leads late, finding defeat in the most surprising of ways -- it’s how things have been with Atlanta dating to the most memorable one of all, the 34-28 Super Bowl LI loss to New England in 2017. Atlanta has flipped over part of its roster. It’s in the process of changing the head coach and general manager after the firings of Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff earlier this month.
In the disjointed football autumn that is 2020, it somehow makes perfect sense that defenders were left celebrating touchdowns by running backs who accidentally reached the end zone. Twice in one weekend, once in the Big Ten on Saturday, which led to Indiana’s stunning 36-35 win over Penn State in overtime, and the other in the NFL on Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons — who else? — flopped their way through yet another fourth-quarter fiasco in losing to the appreciative Lions 23-22.