Car­di­nals beat Fal­cons after Bryant’s ex­tra point miss

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

GLEN­DALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ari­zona’s Kliff Kings­bury said he didn’t even bother to watch Matt Bryant’s ex­tra point at­tempt near the end of the fourth quar­ter.

The Car­di­nals coach was too busy try­ing to fig­ure out what his of­fense was go­ing to run dur­ing the minute and 53 sec­onds left in the game.

The way it worked out, Kings­bury could have re­laxed.

Bryant missed the ex­tra point, and Ari­zona es­caped with a 34-33 win over the Fal­cons on Sun­day be­hind Kyler Mur­ray’s 340 yards pass­ing and three touch­downs.

“That’s the way it goes some­times,” Ari­zona re­ceiver Larry Fitzger­ald said. “I feel like to­day we had some things that went our way.”

Fitzger­ald was talk­ing about sev­eral close calls that went in fa­vor of the Car­di­nals, who have now won two straight games.

Damiere Byrd looked like he might have fum­bled after a 58-yard catch, but the call was up­held after a re­view. Mur­ray ran for a first down on the game’s fi­nal drive on a play that was close to be­ing short of the marker, but that re­view was also con­firmed.

Even with those ad­van­tages, At­lanta could have tied the game with 1:53 left after Matt Ryan hit Devonta Free­man on a 12-yard touch­down pass. But the 44-year-old Bryant missed left on the ex­tra point, and the Car­di­nals ran out the clock from there.

Ryan — who threw for 356 yards and four touch­downs — didn’t blame his kicker. The Fal­cons erased a 17-point deficit in the sec­ond half.

“These kinds of games never come down to one play,” Ryan said. “Every­body in the locker room can look at four or five things they did through­out the game that we could have done bet­ter, that we would have been in a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion at the end of the game.”

The Car­di­nals (2-3-1) took a 34-27 lead with 5:12 re­main­ing on David John­son’s 14-yard touch­down catch from Mur­ray. John­son made a great ad­just­ment to his route on the slightly un­der­thrown ball, catch­ing the ball be­tween two de­fend­ers.

The Car­di­nals won at home for the first time since last Oct. 28.

“It’s been a while,” Fitzger­ald said. “Nice to get back on the right track.”

After show­ing flashes dur­ing the sea­son’s first five games, Ari­zona’s of­fense put to­gether the com­plete per­for­mance it ex­pected after bring­ing in coach Kliff Kings­bury and Mur­ray dur­ing the off­sea­son.


Run­ning back David John­son #31 of the Ari­zona Car­di­nals cel­e­brates a touch­down against de­fen­sive back Ke­mal Ish­mael #36 and out­side line­backer De‘Von­dre Camp­bell #59 of the At­lanta Fal­cons in the sec­ond half of the NFL game at State Farm Sta­dium in Glen­dale, Ariz., Sun­day.

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