Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons: Final Grades Analysis for Atlanta

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Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons: Final Grades Analysis for Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals at 1:00 p.m. ET in a game that will provide the Falcons a chance to bounce back after their first loss of the season. If the Falcons win this game, they will be guaranteed their fifth winning season in as many years.

This matchup features Matt Ryan and Roddy White against one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. The Falcons will need to get contributions from their running game and screen game in order to dilute the heavy blitzing of the Cardinals.

On defense, the Falcons will have to contain Andre Roberts and Larry Fitzgerald while also putting pressure on John Skelton and Kevin Kolb. That shouldn't be too much trouble though, as the Cardinals have an embarrassing offensive line. 

Stay tuned to this article as we will continue throughout with live game grades, and after the contest we'll go unit by unit grading the overall performances.

 

Scoring summary

LaRod Stephens-Howling had a three-yard touchdown run after an interception set up the short field. Cardinals 7, Falcons 0 with 13:59 left in the first.

Jay Feely hit a 48-yard field goal after a long run by LaRod Stephens-Howling brought the Cardinals to the Falcons 30. Cardinals 10, Falcons 0 with 10:59 left in the first.

Jay Feely hit a 27-yard field goal after another Ryan interception set up a short field. Cardinals 13, Falcons 0 with 1:06 left in the first.

Matt Bryant hit a 51-yard field goal to give the Falcons their first score of the game. Cardinals 13, Falcons 3 with 9:44 left in the half.

After a John Abraham sack-forced fumble, Jonathan Babineaux picked the ball up for a 15-yard touchdown return. Cardinals 13, Falcons 10 with 8:46 left in the half.

Matt Bryant knocked through a 28-yard field goal after Matt Ryan and company took a long drive down to the Cardinals 9-yard line. Cardinals 13, Falcons 13 with 1:56 left in the half.

Jay Feely hit a 38-yard field goal to retake the lead with very little time before the half ended. Cardinals 16, Falcons 13 with 0:32 left in the half.

Matt Bryant knocked through a 48-yard field goal to close the half out. Cardinals 16, Falcons 16 at the half.

Jay Feely hit his 27-yard field goal attempt to bring the Cardinals up 3. Cardinals 19, Falcons 16 with 14:56 left in the game.

Michael Turner takes in the one yard touchdown to give the Falcons their first lead of the game. Cardinals 19, Falcons 23 with 6:42 left in the game.

Cardinals 19, Falcons 23 — Final

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