MINNEAPOLIS – The Falcons turned the ball over three times in the loss to Minnesota on Sunday and two of the turnovers came from quarterback Matt Ryan.
The other turnover came from Devonta Freeman when he fumbled the ball and Minnesota recovered it at the start of the second quarter.
“Both interceptions today were poor decisions and they cost us,” Ryan said. “They cost us points in both situations. I have to be better than that.”
Ryan hasn’t thrown multiple interceptions in a game since December of 2017 when he threw three interceptions against the New Orleans Saints.
The first interception came on Atlanta’s second offensive series of the game. Ryan, trying to find Julio Jones over the middle, was picked off by Vikings’ safety Anthony Harris. Four plays later, Dalvin Cook scored a touchdown, putting Minnesota up two scores.
Down 21-0 at the half, the Falcons were looking to get some momentum on offense. As Ryan and Co. put together their best drive of the day at that point on the first series in the second half, it resulted in zero points.
Dealing with pressure inside the red zone, Ryan tried to find Luke Stocker in the corner of the end zone where Smith found his way to the ball again, giving Ryan his second interception of the day.
Cook scored again on the next series for Minnesota, essentially putting the game out of reach for the Falcons.
Ryan finished with 304 yards on the day and two touchdowns in the 28-12 loss to the Vikings.