That is exactly what happened in the Falcons' 31-21 loss. Luckily, the team is packed full of veterans who have experienced a minor pitfall or two.
This wasn't a game that threw up a red flag on Kyle Shanahan's scheme or Dan Quinn's defense. Atlanta turned the ball over twice in Saints territory, they allowed a punt to be blocked and returned for a touchdown and committed some bone-headed penalties.
They beat themselves, and even though that won't pacify a fan base that hoped to see their team zip to 6-0, there isn't much of a panic surrounding the Falcons.
There's plenty of time and opportunity to put this hiccup behind them.