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Raiders Fall Late; Lose to Falcons in Final Seconds 23-20

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.

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One Response to “Raiders Fall Late; Lose to Falcons in Final Seconds 23-20”

  1. John R. LoRe, Ph.D. says:

    It was a GREAT effort. Our boys went after them! CP3 outperformed Matty Ice, and I was certain Run DMc was gonna break one before the day was done. Should let our boys know they can play with anyone> Props to Alex parsons, too, who jumped in there when Brisiel went down and played well! One daunting note: the old zebras are back and lo and behold, our boys are getting flagged like crazy again! Two phantom calls (that we didn’t get to see on replay) and one FIFTEEN YARD roughing the princess penalty for incidentally toughing their QB’s helmet!?! C’mon maaan! Please, please nobody say the Raiders have lost their discipline. Please. Raider fans all know the real reason we lead the league in flags every year.

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