The Atlanta Falcons continued their abysmal 2013 season on Sunday, losing 27-13 to the Arizona Cardinals. Hey, remember how the Falcons were, like, one play away from going to the Super Bowl last year? Yeah, good times those were.
Although the Falcons got a 300-yard day out of quarterback Matt Ryan, his four interceptions killed any chance Atlanta had of pulling off the win. He had no help from the running game — Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers combined for 14 yards — and actually managed to finish as the team’s leading rusher. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it isn’t a good sign when Matt Ryan leads your team in rushing yards.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, got a great game from rookie running back Andre Ellington. Starting in place of the injured Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington gouged the Falcons for 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Cardinals are now 4-4 on the season. The Falcons are 2-5.