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Wounded Falcons stumble into bye week with 23-17 loss to Bills

D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Football

ATLANTA -- The Falcons need to burn their throwback jerseys.

Seems like every time they wear them, strange things happen.

Last season, they were cruising along against the woebegone San Diego Chargers. But, then out all of no where, the Falcons couldn't block nor tackle. They ended up losing to the Chargers.

Why they trotted out the black throwbacks on Sunday remains a mystery for football purposes. (We know they wear them in the name of capitalism and increase jersey sales.)

How else do you explain all of the injuries in the 23-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday before 71,272 fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Falcons, already reeling from injuries, lost wide receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, safety Keanu Neal and defensive tackle Jack Crawford to injuries.

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw two interceptions and had a questionable forced fumble returned for a touchdown. The Bills converted the three turnovers into 13 points, including a 55-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka.

The Falcons were up 10-7 early in the third quarter, when Jerry Hughes beat left tackle Jake Matthews and knocked the ball out of Ryan's hand before his arm when in motion. Cornerback Tre'Davious Davis scooped up the ball and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-10.

Ryan though his arm was moving forward.

"I thought so, but it's not my job to rule or officiate," Ryan said. "It's was just one of those bang-bang plays that was tough."

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