Bryant's kick pushes Falcons past Raiders 23-20

Bryant's kick pushes Falcons past Raiders 23-20
October 14, 2012, 4:14 pm
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) works in his own end zone as Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)


ATLANTA (AP) Matt Bryant kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks, a 55-yarder with 1 second remaining, and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten with a sloppy 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Overcoming Matt Ryan's three interceptions, the Falcons (6-0) extended the best start in franchise history. But it wasn't easy against the pesky Raiders (1-4).

Atlanta pulled ahead when Asante Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown with 2:40 remaining, only to wind up tied again when Carson Palmer led Oakland down the field for a tying score. Darren McFadden powered in from the 2 with 40 seconds left.

That was just enough time for Ryan and Bryant to pull off another fourth-quarter victory. Ryan completed four passes to set up the winning kick.


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