Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked for a season-high 15 yards by Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen, but the Atlanta Falcons’ win was short-lived.
Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley intercepted the Eagles quarterback, returning it for a touchdown with 1:23 left in the third quarter.
Ryan completed 22 of 29 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns and Allen, a former first-round pick of the Washington Redskins, sacked Ryan with the game tied at 24 with 5:23 remaining.
Allen returned the interception for the game-winning touchdown.
The Falcons’ offense was humming, and it wasn’t a surprise they went on to win 31-20.
However, it was a bit surprising the Falcons didn’t win more, especially when you consider they’re one of only two undefeated teams in the NFL.
With the Falcons’ defense not having a single sack in Week 11, I thought they could’ve made up ground.
Atlanta was also without their starting running back, DeMarco Murray, who is recovering from an ankle injury.
Murray’s injury is expected to sideline him for a significant amount of time.
I thought the Falcons would have won the game if they had had their best rushing game of the season.
While Murray played the first half, I didn’t think they would’ve been able to hold the Eagles to fewer than 20 points.
In the fourth quarter, Ryan was a mess.
He threw six interceptions, one of which ended up going for a TD, while Atlanta lost 14 yards on the ground.
Atlanta led 14-3 with 9:14 left in regulation.
It wasn’t until the Falcons took over at the 1-yard line that they were able to capitalize.
Beasley was able to get past Atlanta’s starting secondary and make a tackle on Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff, who caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to put Atlanta up 14-10.
The Falcons took a 31-17 lead into the locker room after a two-minute drill, but they were unable to take advantage.
When the Falcons needed it most, they were in control and held on for a 41-34 victory.