Not many gave the Raiders a shot to pull off the upset in Atlanta Sunday vs the Falcons. The silver and black though played a solid game, but in the end it was enough enough, falling 23-20 to fall to 1-4.
The Raiders put together an 80-yard drive with quarterback Carson Palmer leading the way, and it ended with Darren McFadden scoring on a 2-yard run with 40 seconds to play.
It tied the game at 20, but Matt Ryan, who tied a career-high with four picks, was able to hit on some key throws in the final minute to set up a field goal by Matt Bryant.
Bryant nailed the 55-yard kick, and the Falcons remained perfect at 6-0.
Ryan finished 24 of 37 for 249 yards, while Palmer was 23 of 33 for 353 yards. The Raiders rushed for 149 yards, more than double their NFL-worst average.
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 McFadden scored to make it 20 all.
It was just enough time for Ryan, who did the same thing a few weeks back in a win over the Panthers.
The Raiders had three picks in the first half from Joselio Hanson, Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch, the latter coming off a pressure by Philip Wheeler.
It was a good effort, one that at the end of the day was just short.