Game Recap: Oakland Raiders lose by a field goal to the Atlanta Falcons
Right away, on the first drive of the game, Matt Ryan threw an interception to corner back Joselio Hanson. The Raiders could not capitalize on the turnover, with running back Darren McFadden fumbling the football. This gave the Falcons a chance for an easy field goal, that was missed by Falcon’s kicker Matt Bryant. The Raiders were able to bounce back at the end of the quarter, getting another interception from Ryan, then finishing a 65-yard drive with a 52-yard field goal.
Ryan looked like he was poised to bounce back in the second quarter, marching the Falcons 80 yards down the field. Roddy White caught a 4-yard pass from Ryan to put the Falcons up 7-3.
The Raiders would answer one long drive with another, trying to match a 80-yard touchdown drive. The Raiders were stopped five yards from the end zone, and they kicked the field goal to keep the game close.
Ryan’s next drive, he threw his third interception in the first half of play, giving the Raiders excellent field position. On the second play of the drive, Carson Palmer threw a short pass to Denarius Moore, who ran 25 yards for the touchdown to take, the lead 13-7.
In the second half, it turned into to a punting contest until the third quarter started coming to an end. The Falcons were able to get their first field goal on the board to keep it a field goal game at 13-10. The Raiders flirted with disaster on the next drive when Palmer was sacked and stripped to give the Falcons the ball at their own four-yard line. The Raider defense stepped up to the challenge, not allowing a single yard, and forcing Bryant to kick another field goal, which tied the game 13-13.
With the game winding down in the final quarter, the Raiders drove the ball all the way toward the red-zone. Palmer threw another short pass to Moore, but this time he connected with Falcon corner back Asante Samuel who took it back for a 79-yard touchdown to put the Falcons up 20-13.
The Raiders had a little over two minutes to score, and with one big throw from Palmer to wide receiver Derek Hagan for 38 yards. This play setup the two-yard touchdown run by McFadden to tie the game up 20-20.
The Falcons now have two minutes to score, already with strong field position at the 36-yard line. Ryan went with back-to-back pass plays to tight end Tony Gonzalez for 10 yards, then 12 yards. This set up a 55-yard field goal attempt for Bryant, which he made for the win leaving only one second on the clock. The field goal won the Falcons the game 23-20.
The Falcons (6-0) remain undefeated going into their bye week.
The Raiders (1-4) face the Jacksonville Jaguars next week at home.
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