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Cardinal Sin

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan passes against the Arizona Cardinals defense.

Arizona intercepted Matt Ryan five times and still allowed the Falcons to walk away with a 23-19 win at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

Arizona Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt thought his defense played well enough to to win. “When you get six turnovers against a team like that we gotta convert more of them into touchdowns,” said Whisenhunt. The Cardinals defense locked in on Ryan early picking off the fifth year quarterback three times in the first quarter.

“I’m just glad that we still won,” said a relieved Ryan. “As a quarterback you don’t ever want to have those kinds of games, but they happen”. Despite the interceptions, Ryan still completed 28 of 46 passes for 301 yards.

Atlanta trailed most of the first half until Matt Bryant’s 48 yard attempt split the uprights tying the game at 16-16 with two seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Starting Cardinals quarterback John Skelton watched the second quarter and the rest of the game from the sideline after being replaced by rookie Ryan Lindley. Skelton’s overthrow of a wide open Larry Fitzgerald in the endzone precipitated the change. “We missed some throws but had opportunities early and felt like at that point we would give Ryan (Lindley) a chance to see if he could make those plays,” said Whisenhunt.

Lindley completed less than half of the 20 passes thrown including a potential first down to Larry Fitzgerald during the final minutes of the game. Fitzgerald, who had just one catch on the day, had to wait for the pass allowing Falcons corner back Dunta Robinson to disrupt the play on the sideline. “That is going to bother me for a while,” said Fitzgerald.

Atlanta scored the go ahead touchdown on the heels of a 7 play 70 yard drive. Ryan hooked up on consecutive passes with Harry Douglas for 26 and 11 yards to move into Arizona territory. Roddy White moved the ball inside the redzone with his eighth reception of the day. Ryan’s fifth pass found Tony Gonzalez inside the five. Michael Turner took over from there busting in over the left side for a touchdown.

After being held to a three and out on offense, linebacker Sam Acho gave the Cardinals one more bite at the apple. Acho intercepted Ryan for the fifth and final time at the 32 yard line inside Falcons territory. The Cardinals failed to take advantage of the short field as Atlanta prevailed in the most improbable of fashions.

NOTABLES

  • Michael Turner failed to rush for 50 yards or more for the fifth time this season.
  • Julio Jones may have aggravated his tender ankle
  • Matt Ryan passed for over 300 yards for the third consecutive week.
  • Jonathan Babineaux returned a fumble for his second career touchdown
  • Arizona dropped their sixth straight game since starting the season 4-0.





  • Atlanta Falcons 23 vs Arizona Cardinals 19
    SLIDESHOW




    • The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders donned special camouflage uniforms.

    • William Gay knocks the pass away from Roddy White into the hands of teammate Rashad Johnson.

    • Rashad Johnson runs up to catch the deflected pass from Matt Ryan that went off the hands of Roddy White.

    • Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling busts through over the right side for a touchdown.

    • Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling breaks loose for a big gain.

    • Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling breaks loose for a big gain.

    • Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling breaks loose for a big gain.

    • Robert McClain drags down Michael Floyd.

    • Michael Turner gets the handoff from Matt Ryan.

    • Daryl Washington meets Michael Turner in the backfield.

    • William Gay runs down Roddy White and punches the ball out of his arms and out of bounds.

    • William Gay runs down Roddy White and punches the ball out of his arms and out of bounds.

    • Roddy White makes the catch in front of William Gay but lands out of the endzone.

    • Cardinals QB John Skelton steps out of the pocket as Falcons DE John Abraham closes in.

    • Falcons DL Kroy Biermann chases down Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling.

    • Falcons DL Kroy Biermann chases down Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling.

    • Cardinals DT Dan Williams gets a hand up in front of Matt Ryan.

    • Jacquizz Rodgers is taken down in the open field.

    • Tony Gonzalez is brought down after the catch.

    • Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers takes the dump off and turns up-field for more yards.

    • Falcons RB Michael Turner gets corraled in the hole.

    • Falcons safety William Moore lunges to make the tackle on Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling.

    • Falcons safety William Moore spins down Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling.

    • Robert McClain upends LaRod Stephens-Howling.

    • Robert McClain upends LaRod Stephens-Howling.

    • Jason Snelling catches a pass from Ryan for a 13 yard gain.

    • Matt Ryan fires off a pass.

    • Falcons WR Roddy White attempts to fend off Cardinals DB William Gay with a stiff arm.

    • Daryl Washington and Adrian Wilson combine to tackle Michael Turner.

    • Roddy White cannot hold onto the pass at the goal line.

    • Ryan Lindley throws a pass against the Falcons defense.

    • Michael Floyd looks the pass in.

    • William Powell is taken down by Robert McClain.

    • Stephen Nicholas grabs a hold and sacks Ryan Lindley.

    • Stephen Nicholas grabs a hold and sacks Ryan Lindley.

    • Michael Turner is gang tackled by the Cardinals defense.

    • Jason Snelling has the ball punched out of his arms that is recovered by the Cardinals defense.

    • John Abraham grabs Ryan Lindley around the leg as the rookie QB prepares to pass.

    • William Gay squares up to make the stop on Harry Douglas.

    • William Gay hits and stops Harry Douglas immediately after the catch.

    • Darnell Dockett hits Matt Ryan right after the pass is thrown.

    • Paris Lenon leaps in the path of Matt Ryan's throw.

    • Cardinals DB William Gay tackles Falcons WR Roddy White immediately after the catch is made.

    • Cardinals DB William Gay tackles Falcons WR Roddy White immediately after the catch is made.

    • Early Doucet is spun down after catching a pass from Ryan Lindley.

    • Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling loses his helmet on the run.

    • Daryl Washington tackles Harry Douglas along the Cardinals sideline.

    • Falcons WR Harry Douglas runs into Cardinals territory pursued by Cardinals DB William Gay to extend the game winning drive.

    • Roddy White catches a pass inside the redzone to extend the Falcons game winning drive

    • Michael Turner busts in over the left side for the game winning touchdown.

    • Arizona LB Sam Acho gets the fifth interception of a Matt Ryan pass .

    • Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald cannot come down with the pass to end the potential game winning drive.




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