The Falcons are still perfect on the season, but it wasn’t a thing of beauty and was a lot harder than they probably felt it would be.
Playing an Oakland team that they looked like they could dominate, the Falcons played sloppy all day, but in the end were saved by a last play field goal by Matt Bryant to beat the Raiders 23-20.
Bryant’s kick was not easy in its own right – a 55 yarder with 1 second remaining. The win extends the Falcons to 6-0, their best start in franchise history.
Matt Ryan had a rough day, but came through in the end when it mattered, hitting passes on the final drive to pull out the three-point win.
Ryan finished 24 of 37 for 249 yards and equaled his career high for picks, matching the three he had against New Orleans in 2009.
Atlanta pulled ahead when Asante Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown with 2:40 remaining, only to wind up tied again when Carson Palmer led Oakland down the field for a tying score.
Darren McFadden powered in from the 2 with 40 seconds left to get it to 20-20, but it wasn’t enough for the 1-4 Raiders.
Carson Palmer was 23 of 33 for 353 yards. The Raiders rushed for 149 yards, more than double their NFL-worst average.