Sunday, October 14, 2012
Ryan, Falcons ice Raiders in comeback win
By ESPN Stats & Information
Matt Ryan lived up to his “Matty Ice” nickname on Sunday afternoon, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a dramatic 23-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. With the game tied 20-20 and 40 seconds left on the clock, Ryan drove the team 43 yards downfield to set up Matt Bryant’s game-winning 55-yard field goal.
This was the 19th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime for Ryan, which is the most of any player since his rookie season in 2008. His 19 game-winning drives are also the most of any in his first five career seasons in the Super Bowl Era, according to Elias.
With the win, the Falcons extended their franchise record win streak to start a season to six games. However, after outscoring their opponents by 46 points in the first three games of the season, they have only a 12-point margin in their last three games.
From Matty Picks to Matty Ice
Matt Ryan struggled for much of the game, throwing three interceptions in a game for just the second time in his career. All three of the interceptions came on passes of at least five yards downfield.
He entered the game completing over 70 percent of his passes of that length, which led the NFL.
Ryan's first two interceptions came on underthrown passes. He entered the day as one of nine qualified quarterbacks without an underthrown interception this season.
Ryan also threw his first interception in the middle of the field this season. Ryan and Aaron Rodgers were the only quarterbacks with at least four touchdowns and no interceptions on passes to that location in the first five weeks.
But Matty Ice shook off that rust to lead the Falcons down the field in the final minute for the win. He excelled when the Raiders sent standard pressure on the game-winning drive, completing all five of his pass attempts for 43 yards and three first downs when the Raiders had four or fewer rushers.
Raiders Return To Form
A year after setting an NFL single-season record with 163 penalties, the Raiders entered Week 6 with the second-fewest in the league. They then committed 12 penalties for 110 yards on Sunday, after having just 19 in the first four games this season.
The Raiders dominated the game in nearly every category, outgaining them by 188 yards and winning the time of possession battle by nearly 13 minutes.
The Raiders had won their last 13 games when having at least an 188-yard advantage in total yards over their opponent.
Before Sunday, their last such loss came in Week 17 of 1996 in a 28-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.