PRINT SCHEDULES FOOTBALL | BASKETBALL | HOCKEY
Refresh
Page last updated on Sun Dec 21 07:04:05 EST 2014
RECAP
10/14/2012 9:10 PM EDT
Bryant's kick pushes Falcons past Raiders 23-20
ATLANTA 23, OAKLAND 20

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have plenty of
mistakes to work on during their bye week.



Of course, it's sure easier to fix the problems when you're
still unbeaten.



Asante Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown
in the closing minutes and Matt Bryant connected on a 55-yard
field goal with 1 second remaining, allowing the Falcons to
escape with a sloppy 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on
Sunday.



Overcoming three interceptions by Matt Ryan, the Falcons (6-0)
extended the best start in franchise history.



It wasn't easy against the pesky Raiders (1-4), who bounced back
from Samuel's pick to tie the game with less than a minute to
go, but left a little too much time on the clock for Atlanta's
final possession.



Ryan completed four short passes, the last of them a 13-yarder
to Tony Gonzalez that got Bryant in range for his longest field
goal since joining the Falcons in 2009 - and his second
game-winning kick in three weeks. He beat the Panthers 30-28 on
a 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds left.



"He knows how to get himself prepared, how to calm himself down,
how to get it through those pipes," Ryan said. "He's made a lot
of clutch kicks for us through the years."



Bryant actually missed one early, pulling a 43-yarder wide left
to break a streak of 23 consecutive field goals going back to
last season. He bounced back to connect from 41 and 20 yards
before making the one that really mattered.



"Missing that one early kind of woke me up a little bit to focus
even harder," Bryant said.



After a mostly ugly game, the final 3 minutes were thrilling.
Tied at 13, the Raiders were in position for a go-ahead field
goal when Samuel stepped in front of Carson Palmer's pass at the
Atlanta 21 and returned it for a touchdown, racing to the end
zone right in front of the Falcons' bench.



Palmer shook off that huge mistake, leading the Raiders down the
field for the tying score. He connected with Derek Hagan on a
38-yard pass to the Atlanta 5, and Darren McFadden scored on a
2-yard run with 40 seconds left.



Just enough time for the Falcons, it turned out.



"You don't want to tell your back to take a knee," Raiders
rookie coach Dennis Allen said. "We wanted to use up as much
time as we possibly could, and unfortunately we gave them a
little bit too much."



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.



But he was cool as can be with the game on the line.



"We've been in these situations before," Ryan said. "We know
what we need to do."



It was Ryan's 19th winning drive in the fourth quarter or
overtime, the most of any quarterback in his first five seasons
during the Super Bowl era.



Palmer was 23 of 33 for 353 yards, putting up much better rating
than Ryan. But the Raiders quarterback was kicking himself for
that one devastating play: the pick by Samuel.



"Put the blame on me," Palmer said. "It's completely my fault."



Ryan came into the game with three interceptions in the first
five weeks. He doubled his total by halftime.



On the fourth snap of the day, Ryan went over the middle looking
for Harry Douglas but didn't see cornerback Joselio Hanson.
Atlanta's third possession ended the same way. Ryan made an
ill-advised decision to throw deep to Julio Jones, despite
triple coverage. Michael Huff made an easy interception at the
Oakland 2. Late in the second quarter, with Atlanta clinging to
a 7-6 lead, Ryan got popped by blitzing linebacker Philip
Wheeler just as he released the ball. The fluttering pass
settled right in the arms of safety Tyvon Branch, giving Oakland
the ball at the Falcons 28.



The Raiders quickly seized on the third interception. Palmer
flipped a short pass to Denarius Moore, who took it all the way
to the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown that gave Oakland a 13-7
lead at halftime. Sebastian Janikowski connected on field goals
of 52 and 22 yards, while the Falcons' lone score was Ryan's
4-yard pass to Roddy White, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive.



The third quarter turned into a defensive slog, the only points
coming on Bryant's first two field goals.



John Abraham had a huge day on the Falcons' defense. He sacked
Palmer three times and gave Atlanta's sputtering offense a
chance to retake the lead in the third when he stripped the ball
away from the quarterback just before his right arm came
forward. Ray Edwards scooped up the fumble and rumbled to the
Oakland 2.



But the Raiders held. Michael Turner was stopped just short of
the goal line and, even after an offside penalty moved the tip
of ball just short of the end zone, Atlanta couldn't get it in.
Jason Snelling was thrown for a 2-yard loss on third down,
forcing Atlanta to settle for Bryant's 20-yard field goal that
tied the game at 13.



NOTES: Ryan is 29-4 in home starts, the best record by a QB
since 1970. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith improved his career
record to 49-21, tying Dan Reeves as the winningest coach in
team history. ... The Raiders rushed for 149 yards, more than
double their NFL-worst average. But McFadden had another tough
day, averaging 2.6 yards on 27 carries. ... One week after
making 13 catches against the Redskins, Gonzales was held to
four receptions for 42 yards.



---



Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Detroit Lions
2
Green Bay Packers
3
New England Patriots
4
Green Bay Packers
5
Minnesota Vikings
12/21/2014
Spain - La LigaVILLARREAL vs. DEP LA CORUNA03:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionBETIS vs. RACING03:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionALBACETE vs. LLAGOSTERA03:15 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieV ARNHEM vs. HERACLES03:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AHELLAS vs. CHIEVO03:30 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigBALIKESIRSPOR vs. KASIMPASA03:30 AM PST
Scotland - PremierDUNDEE UTD vs. CELTIC04:15 AM PST
Germany - 2nd Bundesliga1. FC KAISERSLAUTERN vs. SV SANDHAUSEN04:30 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaVFL BOCHUM vs. FC ERZGEBIRGE AUE04:30 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaSV DARMSTADT 98 vs. FC INGOLSTADT 0404:30 AM PST
France - Ligue 1O MARSEILLE vs. LILLE05:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePANIONIOS vs. ATROMITOS05:00 AM PST
Wales -Premier LeaguePRESTATYN vs. BANGOR05:00 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueKAA GENT vs. STANDARD LIEGE05:30 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueNEWCASTLE vs. SUNDERLAND05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieNAC BREDA vs. FEYENOORD05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieEXCELSIOR vs. AJAX05:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AATALANTA vs. PALERMO06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie AFIORENTINA vs. EMPOLI06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ASAMPDORIA vs. UDINESE06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ATORINO vs. GENOA06:00 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigBURSASPOR vs. TRABZONSPOR06:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaHERTHA BERLIN vs. HOFFENHEIM06:30 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueA TRIPOLIS vs. S XANTHI07:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueERGOTELIS vs. GIANNINA07:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueNIKI VOLOU vs. PANAITOLIKOS07:15 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieTWENTE vs. WILLEM II07:45 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL vs. ARSENAL08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1ST ETIENNE vs. EVIAN08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaACAD DE COIMBRA vs. PENAFIEL08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaAROUCA vs. MARITIMO08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaMOREIRENSE vs. BOAVISTA08:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaGRANADA vs. GETAFE08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionSP GIJON vs. ALCORCON08:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaFREIBURG vs. HANNOVER08:30 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueCLUB BRUGGE vs. KRC GENK09:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaBENFICA vs. GIL VICENTE09:00 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigBESIKTAS JK vs. AKHISAR BELEDIYE GS09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionLEGANES vs. RECREATIVO09:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueLEVADIAKOS vs. P THESSALONIKI09:30 AM PST
NFLVikings vs Dolphins10:00 AM PST
NFLRavens vs Texans10:00 AM PST
NFLLions vs Bears10:00 AM PST
NFLBrowns vs Panthers10:00 AM PST
NFLFalcons vs Saints10:00 AM PST
NFLPackers vs Buccaneers10:00 AM PST
NFLChiefs vs Steelers10:00 AM PST
NFLPatriots vs Jets10:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaELCHE vs. MALAGA10:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionVALLADOLID vs. BARCELONA B10:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionU DEP LAS PALMAS vs. OSASUNA10:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueM TEL AVIV vs. M PETACH TIKVA10:15 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueSPORTING LOKEREN vs. KV KORTRIJK11:00 AM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaJ WILSTERMANN vs. NAC POTOSI11:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaNAC MADEIRA vs. SPORTING11:15 AM PST
Italy - Serie AINTER vs. LAZIO11:45 AM PST
France - Ligue 1G BORDEAUX vs. O LYONNAIS12:00 PM PST
Peru - PrimeraSP CRISTAL vs. JUAN AURICH12:00 PM PST
Spain - La LigaATH BILBAO vs. ATL MADRID12:00 PM PST
NBAKnicks vs Raptors12:35 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaBLOOMING vs. BOLIVAR1:00 PM PST
NFLGiants vs Rams1:05 PM PST
NFLBills vs Raiders1:25 PM PST
NFLColts vs Cowboys1:25 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraSANTIAGO WAND vs. PALESTINO1:30 PM PST
Ecuador - Serie AEMELEC vs. BARCELONA1:30 PM PST
NBAGrizzlies vs Cavaliers1:35 PM PST
Colombia - Liga Postobon IIIND SANTA FE vs. IND MEDELLIN2:30 PM PST
NBA76ers vs Magic3:05 PM PST
NBACeltics vs Heat3:05 PM PST
NBAPistons vs Nets3:05 PM PST
NBALakers vs Kings3:05 PM PST
NBASuns vs Wizards3:05 PM PST
NBAPelicans vs Thunder4:05 PM PST
NBAPacers vs Timberwolves4:05 PM PST
NFLSeahawks vs Cardinals5:30 PM PST
12/22/2014
Italy - SupercoppaJUVENTUS vs. NAPOLI09:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePANATHINAIKOS vs. AOK KERKYRA09:30 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueB JERUSALEM vs. H BEER SHEVA10:55 AM PST
College FootballBYU vs Memphis11:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaSP BRAGA vs. P FERREIRA11:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueSTOKE vs. CHELSEA12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaRIO AVE vs. BELENENSES1:00 PM PST
NFLBroncos vs Bengals5:30 PM PST
12/23/2014
College FootballNorthern Illinois vs Marshall3:00 PM PST
College FootballNavy vs San Diego State6:30 PM PST
12/24/2014
College FootballCentral Michigan vs Western Kentucky09:00 AM PST
College FootballFresno State vs Rice5:00 PM PST
12/26/2014
College FootballIllinois vs Louisiana Tech10:00 AM PST
College FootballRutgers vs North Carolina1:30 PM PST
College FootballNC State vs Central Florida5:00 PM PST
12/27/2014
College FootballVirginia Tech vs Cincinnati10:00 AM PST
College FootballDuke vs Arizona State11:00 AM PST
College FootballMiami Florida vs South Carolina12:30 PM PST
College FootballPenn State vs Boston College1:30 PM PST
College FootballNebraska vs USC5:00 PM PST
12/29/2014
College FootballWest Virginia vs Texas A&M11:00 AM PST
College FootballClemson vs Oklahoma2:30 PM PST
College FootballTexas vs Arkansas6:00 PM PST
12/30/2014
College FootballNotre Dame vs LSU12:00 PM PST
College FootballLouisville vs Georgia3:30 PM PST
College FootballMaryland vs Stanford7:00 PM PST
12/31/2014
College FootballMississippi vs TCU09:30 AM PST
College FootballBoise State vs Arizona1:00 PM PST
College FootballGeorgia Tech vs Mississippi State5:00 PM PST
01/01/2015
College FootballWisconsin vs Auburn09:00 AM PST
College FootballMichigan State vs Baylor09:30 AM PST
College FootballMinnesota vs Missouri10:00 AM PST
College FootballFlorida State vs Oregon2:00 PM PST
College FootballOhio State vs Alabama5:30 PM PST
01/02/2015
College FootballPittsburgh vs Houston09:00 AM PST
College FootballIowa vs Tennessee12:20 PM PST
College FootballUCLA vs Kansas State3:45 PM PST
College FootballOklahoma State vs Washington7:15 PM PST
01/03/2015
College FootballEast Carolina vs Florida09:00 AM PST
01/04/2015
College FootballToledo vs Arkansas State6:00 PM PST