Matt Ryan, Giorgio Tavecchio lead Falcons to victory over the Giants
The Atlanta Falcons extended their win streak to two games as they defeated the New York Giants 23-20 Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Giorgio Tavecchio had an outstanding NFL debut and was a crucial contributor in the Falcons’ third win of the season – he went 3-3 kicking field goals tonight. His career-long 56-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in the game gave the Falcons a 23-12 lead and prevented the Giants from orchestrating a miraculous victory.
Matt Ryan continued his high level of play against a pedestrian Giants’ secondary, completing 31 of 39 passes for 379 yards and a touchdown. Ryan’s touchdown pass was a 47-yard bomb to Marvin Hall in the first quarter that allowed the Falcons to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. The 10-year veteran dissected the Giants’ defense and finished the game with a 115.7 quarterback rating. Most importantly, he didn’t commit any turnovers during the game. Despite an overall efficient performance by the offense, the offensive line struggled and did not do a great job of keeping Ryan upright. The Giants defense managed to sack Ryan three times.
The Falcons’ defense was also able to generate pressure and sacked Eli Manning four times for a total of 27 yards. Grady Jarrett made his return to the starting lineup and caused havoc for the Giants’ offensive line. Jarrett had a game-high two sacks and six combined tackles. Takk McKinley and JA Crawford joined the sack party with one sack each.
Julio Jones finished the game with nine catches for 104 yards but is still seeking his first touchdown of the season. His longest catch of the game was 19 yards. Calvin Ridley, who has been the Falcons homerun threat this season, was limited to just five catches for 43 yards. Tevin Coleman also had a solid outing. He finished with 50 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Following the win, the Falcons (3-4, 2-1) still sit in last place in the NFC South division, but they still have a lot to play for. Their next game comes against the Washington Redskins (4-2) Nov. 4.