Atlanta Falcons Pull Out Another Last Minute Win, Improve to 6-0

Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

There is lucky and then there’s the Atlanta Falcons. For yet another week, the Falcons defied the odds and the scoreboard to win their sixth game of the season. Matt Ryan led the Falcons down the field with under one minute left to set up a Matt Bryant field goal to boost the Falcons past the Raiders 23-20, making it the first time in Ryan’s NFL career he’s started 6-0.

Ryan was held under 300 yards and had by far his worst game of this season, tossing three interceptions in total. He did hook up with Roddy White in the endzone, but overall Ryan was more of the problem all day long than the solution he ended up being. Michael Turner was also unimpressive but somehow the Falcons were able to pull it out.

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FALCONS (6-0)

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Raiders (1-4)

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The most surprising thing on the day was the performance of the Oakland Raiders. But after a few weeks of allowing sub-par teams into games, the question is, unfortunately for the Raiders ego, begged whether or not it was the Raiders or an average Falcons defense.

But that average defense for the Falcons ended up turning the game around on a an Asante Samuel pick six that gave the Falcons a 20-13 lead late in the fourth quarter. However, that very same defense allowed a miraculous drive by the Raiders in which they tied the game.

The road for the Falcons gets rough after their bye week next week. Games against the Eagles, Saints and even Cardinals may prove difficult if the obvious flaws this team has aren’t corrected. But for the time being, the old adage that a win is a win is ringing true in Georgia, as the Falcons are 6-0 no matter how they got there.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, NFL

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