Missed extra point stalls Falcons' comeback against Cardinals

D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Football

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After getting drubbed in Houston, the Falcons went to desert with the hope of turning around their fortunes.

But a week of bonding didn't produce the desired result, as the Cardinals used a fourth-quarter touchdown drive and a missed extra point by Matt Bryant to prevail over the Falcons 34-33 on Sunday at State Farm Stadium.

The Cardinals improved to 2-3-1, while the Falcons dropped to 1-5 on the season.

Backup quarterback Matt Schaub was the holder on the extra point try and the ball placement appeared to be leaning.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray led the way as he completed 27-of-37 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 128.2.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was spectacular as he completed 30-of-36 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns. He had a passer rating on 144.9.


Running back Devonta Freeman had his best game of the season as he rushed 18 times for 88 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns.

Tight end Austin Hooper caught eight passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Julio Jones caught eight passes for 108 yards.

Against the Cardinals the Falcons fell behind by double-digits by halftime for the fourth time this season and trailed by 17 points before rallying to tie the game.

The defense, after giving up scores on the Cardinals first five possessions, strung together three consecutive stops that allowed the offense to tie the game, 27-27.


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