Despite Ryan's 5 picks, Falcons beat Cards 23-19

Despite Ryan's 5 picks, Falcons beat Cards 23-19
November 18, 2012, 4:28 pm
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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ATLANTA (AP) Matt Ryan overcame a career-worst five interceptions, guiding Atlanta to its only offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Falcons rallied for a sloppy 23-19 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Falcons (9-1) turned it over a total of six times, but Michael Turner scored on a 1-yard run with 6:40 remaining to give Atlanta its first lead of the game. Ryan set up the score with four completions for 64 yards, including a 9-yarder to Tony Gonzalez on third-and-5 at the Arizona 10.

Coming off a bye, Arizona (4-6) lost its sixth straight game. The Cardinals tried to bolster their anemic offense by switching quarterbacks, replacing John Skelton with rookie Ryan Lindley, but Larry Fitzgerald couldn't hang on to a fourth-down pass after Ryan's fifth pick.

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