The Falcons are coming off their first loss of the season, but under coach Mike Smith, Atlanta has generally done very well following a defeat. Since 2008, Smith and the Falcons are 18-3 after a loss.
All three of their back-to-back losses came in 2009, meaning that the Falcons have not lost two games in a row in almost three years. On Sunday they'll face a Cardinals team that is still vying for a playoff spot.
Despite the loss, Smith was encouraged by how the team clawed back last week against the Saints: "We were down by 11 and had the ball down inside our 10-yard line, and we took it for a 90-yard-plus drive," Smith said. "That says a lot about the resolve of this football team."
Following their Week 11 game against Arizona, the Falcons have three NFC South games in a row. If they can win their next four games, the Falcons will clinch the division and a playoff spot.