Matt Ryan had one of the worst games of his career, as he was never able to get in sync against this defense.
This was the first time in his career that he threw five interceptions in a game, and only the third time he ever threw at least three.
This helped the Cardinals stay in control for most of the game, until Michael Turner was able to score the go-ahead touchdown with under seven minutes left.
Arizona should be proud of its effort, but it now falls to 4-6 after a 4-0 start.
One of the best players on the field today was running back LaRod Stephens-Howling. He got the team off to a great start in the first half with runs of 40 yards and 52 yards in addition to a six-yard touchdown run.
He finished with 127 rushing yards and a touchdown.
This helped rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley get acclimated in his first career NFL action. The sixth-round pick out of San Diego State came in for John Skelton in the second quarter and performed admirably in relief.
With no one taking control of the quarterback position in Arizona, the job could be Lindley's for the near future.
Atlanta might not have even been in the game if not for a big play that happened in the first half with the Falcons trailing 13-3.
John Abraham sacked the quarterback and forced a fumble deep in Cardinals territory. Although most on the field thought it was an incomplete pass, Jonathan Babineaux picked it up and ran back for a touchdown to keep the game close.
The Cardinals had a chance late, but Larry Fitzgerald could not hold onto a catch on fourth down in the closing minutes.
Still, the Falcons have some serious question marks going forward after starting the season 8-0.
ESPN Stats and Info made a play on Matt Ryan's nickname to highlight his struggles.
Matty Ice is ice-cold today-- Matt Ryan: career-high 4 INT. First Falcons QB with 4 INT in game since Bobby Hebert, 1996— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 18, 2012
The popular Twitter handle Faux John Madden mocked two Atlanta sports teams in the early going as well.
The Falcons are handling the Cardinals about as well as the Braves did.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) November 18, 2012
Arizonasports.com writer Adam Green also had fun at the expense of the struggling quarterback.
In a game where the Cardinals used both John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, somehow Matt Ryan is the worst QB on the field. #whatinthehell— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) November 18, 2012
Of course, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller did not think much of Ryan Lindley coming into the game either.
Never a good sign...RT @andrewsiciliano: Ryan Lindley warming up for the Cardinals— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 18, 2012
Still, the best team was able to do what was necessary to win at the end of the day. ESPN's Mike Sando explained what he saw at the end.
Seems so patented for offenses to suddenly get into gear late in game. Falcons have 23-19 lead over Cardinals.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@espn_nfcwest) November 18, 2012
This was not a great game for the Falcons, but they did everything necessary to leave with a win to move to 9-1.
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