ATLANTA – Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons can forget about any style points.
This one was downright ugly. That’s OK with them. It was still a victory.
Bouncing back from their first loss of the season and overcoming Ryan’s career-worst five interceptions, the Falcons rallied past Arizona 23-19 on Sunday. Michael Turner scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 6:40 remaining, and Larry Fitzgerald couldn’t hang on to a fourth-down pass that would’ve given the feeble Cardinals a chance to pull it out.
You can’t worry about it, said Ryan, who had never thrown more than three interceptions in a game. Part of playing this position is knowing there are going to be times when you make mistakes, when you fall flat on your face. You’ve got to get up and keep playing, keep throwing it. In those kind of situations, I’m just worried about the next play.
Ryan became the first quarterback since Green Bay’s Bart Starr in 1967 to win a game despite throwing five interceptions with no touchdowns.
The Falcons (9-1) turned it over six times. Coming off a bye, Arizona (4-6) lost its sixth straight game.
BUCCANEERSS 27, PANTHERS 21, OT: In Charlotte, N.C., Josh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark in overtime to cap Tampa Bay’s comeback win over Carolina.
Freeman led the 6-4 Bucs 80 yards on seven plays in 50 seconds, despite not having any timeouts at the end of the game. He finished the drive with a perfectly thrown 24-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with 12 seconds left. Freeman went back to Jackson for a 2-point conversion.
JETS 27, RAMS 13: In St. Louis, Mark Sanchez directed a turnover-free offense and Bilal Powell ran for the first two touchdowns of his career, helping New York end a three-game losing streak with a victory over St. Louis.
Chaz Schilens scored on a 25-yard reception and Nick Folk kicked a pair of 51-yard field goals for the Jets (4-6), who were outscored 58-16 the previous two games.
Brandon Gibson caught a pair of short touchdown passes for the Rams (3-6-1), who committed three turnovers and are in an 0-4-1 slump. St. Louis’ defense hasn’t forced a turnover in five straight games.
REDSKINS 31, EAGLES 6: In Landover, Md., Robert Griffin III threw four touchdown passes, and Washington broke a three-game losing streak with a win over skidding Philadelphia.
Griffin completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards and also ran 11 times for 85 yards. He threw for scores of 6, 49, 61 and 17 yards – one in each quarter.
Philadelphia’s Nick Foles was 21 of 46 for 204 yards in his first NFL start, and his first two series ended with interceptions.
BENGALS 28, CHIEFS 6: In Kansas City, Mo., Andy Dalton threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, A.J. Green caught a touchdown pass in his ninth straight game and Cincinnati beat woeful Kansas City.
Green finished with six catches for 91 yards in another dazzling performance and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 101 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals (5-5) won their second straight.
SAINTS 38, RAIDERS 17: In Oakland, Calif., Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception for a score to get New Orleans back to .500 with a victory over Oakland.
Lance Moore caught two touchdown passes and Mark Ingram ran for one as the Saints (5-5) won for the fifth time in six games since an 0-4 start. They are in position to make a late-season playoff run.