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Falcons-Cardinals Postgame Breakdown

The Falcons fell to the Cardinals, 34-33, at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. Despite trailing, 27-10, with more than 11 minutes left in the third quarter, Atlanta fought back to tie the game 27-27, but just fell short in the final minutes.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan #2 in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, on Sunday October 13, 2019. (Photo by Kara Durrette/Atlanta Falcons)

Matt Ryan completed 30-of-36 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns for a 144.9 QB rating. This marks Ryan's sixth-consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards as he joins Kurt Warner (2000) and Steve Young (1998) as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards in each of their team's first six games of the season.

Since 2012, Ryan has posted 10 games which he has completed over 80 percent of his passes. Only Drew Brees (12) has more such games during that span.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper #81 scores a touchdown to tie the game during the fourth quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, on Sunday October 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Atlanta Falcons)

Austin Hooper totaled seven catches for 117 yards, his third career game with 100 receiving yards and his second of the season, and a six-yard receiving touchdown. This also marks his seventh-consecutive game with at least four receptions. In 2019, Hooper has 42 catches for 480 yards and three receiving touchdowns through six games. The fourth-year pro is on pace for his first season of 1,000 receiving yards.


Devonta Freeman registered 19 carries for 88 yards and three receptions for 30 yards, including two receiving touchdowns. The Florida State alum has three receiving touchdowns this season, tied for the most in the NFL by a running back, along with Austin Ekeler and David Johnson.

Julio Jones totaled eight receptions for 108 yards in today's matchup. The last time the Falcons had two players record 100-plus receiving yards in a single game was Sept. 15, 2019 and the feat has occurred 20 times in franchise history. Jones has joined seven different teammates to each total 100 receiving yards in the same game.

The Falcons put together three drives of at least 10-plays, each resulting in a scoring drive (9-yard TD, 29-yard FG, 7-yard TD). The Falcons have 14 10-play drives this season - 10 have resulted in scores - tied for the most in the NFL.

Atlanta Falcons strong safety Damontae Kazee #27 and defensive back Kendall Sheffield #20 in action against Arizona Cardinals tight end Charles Clay #85 during the first half of the game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, on Sunday October 13, 2019. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Atlanta Falcons)

The Falcons defense came up with three crucial third-down stops late in the game that set up scoring drives for the offense. De'Vondre Campbell led the team for the third week in a row with nine tackles (eight solo).

Jaeden Graham had his first career catch, a 21-yard reception in the second quarter that led to a 29-yard field goal. The first-year pro spent all last season on the practice squad.