The Falcons have seen some unusual games at home this season, to the break-out performance of the pass defense in Week 2 against Denver to the surprising comeback needed against Oakland, but Sunday's 23-19 win over the Cardinals takes the cake.
The first half was strange enough and things didn't get any better in the second. Two trends from the first half continued late into the game: the touchdown drought didn't end and the Falcons defense continued to step up.
For the first time in
Atlanta's six total turnovers against the Cardinals is the first time in 13 years the Falcons have committed that number of giveaways.
Atlanta's defense truly kept the Falcons in what was an ugly game, sacking Lindley three times and hitting him multiple additional times.
One of the areas of concern lately for the Falcons, the short-yardage ground game, gave the Falcons the lead midway through the fourth quarter when
Ryan's final interception on the day gave the Cardinals one final breath of life, but as they did all day, the defense bailed them out once again.
On their own 32-yard line, Atlanta forced a fourth-and-2 at 3:13 remaining in the game. A deep pass to the endzone targeted at Larry Fitzgerald fell incomplete with
A 6-yard run by
Atlanta's defense was strong in the winning effort, covering up the offense's inability to generate much scoring. They held Arizona to 178 yards of offense, 137 on the ground and 41 through the air.