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               === Sloppy Falcons overcome errors, Cardinals ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA  (Sports Network) - The  Atlanta Falcons turned the ball over six
 times  and Matt  Ryan  threw  a career-high  five  interceptions, but  somehow
 managed to beat the Arizona Cardinals, 23-19.
 
 The  Falcons (9-1) took  their first lead of the game with under seven minutes
 to  play,  when Michael  Turner capped  a 7-play, 70-yard  drive with a 1-yard
 touchdown run.
 
 Atlanta's  defense  helped preserve the 23-19  lead after Ryan threw his fifth
 pick  of the contest.  Sam Acho's interception set up Arizona at the 32 of the
 Falcons,  but  Larry Fitzgerald  was unable  to control a  pass along the left
 sideline on 4th-and-2.
 
 The  Falcons took over  at their own 24 with 3:06 remaining. They were able to
 run out the rest of the clock for the victory.
 
 Ryan  completed 28-of-46  passes for 301 yards for Atlanta, which bounced back
 from  a 31-27 loss  to New Orleans last week. Turner carried the ball 15 times
 for 46 yards.
 
 The  Cardinals (4-6) benched quarterback John Skelton after he connected on 2-
 of-7  passes  for six yards in  the first quarter. Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round
 pick  in this  year's draft,  took over  and completed  9-of-20 passes  for 64
 yards.
 
 "We  said  during the bye week  we were going  to make changes that we thought
 necessary, and that's what we're going to do going forward," Arizona coach Ken
 Whisenhunt said. "We have to make more plays."
 
 LaRod  Stephens-Howling rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for
 Arizona, which has lost six in a row since starting the season 4-0.
 
 Trailing 19-16, the Falcons started from their own 30 with 9:44 to play. Harry
 Douglas  caught passes  of 11  and  26 yards  to  move the  ball into  Arizona
 territory.  Roddy  White followed with an  18-yard grab. On 3rd-and-5 from the
 10-yard line, Tony Gonzalez caught a pass at the one. Turner then rumbled into
 the end zone to give Atlanta the lead with 6:40 left.
 
 The  Falcons'  defense held strong twice  in the final minutes to preserve the
 victory.
 
 Ryan  threw three  interceptions in  the first  quarter, with  his first  pick
 coming  on the  first play from scrimmage. Ryan's pass deflected off White and
 ended  up  in the hands of  Rashad Johnson, who  returned the ball 34 yards to
 the Atlanta 9-yard line.
 
 Stephens-Howling  needed  just two  carries to  find the  end zone. He started
 Arizona's  next offensive  series with a 40-yard run. Jay Feely made a 48-yard
 field goal to make it 10-0 with 10:59 remaining.
 
 Atlanta  finally moved the ball past midfield with about five minutes to play.
 Ryan,  though, was picked  off by William Gay at the Arizona 25-yard line. The
 Cardinals failed to take advantage and went three-and-out on offense.
 
 Another  Ryan interception  occurred on  Atlanta's next  series. Kerry  Rhodes
 picked off Ryan at the 20-yard line of the Falcons. Skelton missed a wide open
 Fitzgerald  in the  end zone on the first play, and Arizona eventually settled
 for a 28-yard Feely field goal.
 
 "We  were kind  of sleep-walking  through the  first quarter  of the  football
 game," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "It shows our resiliency."
 
 The  Falcons finally got on the board early in the second quarter. Matt Bryant
 capped a 13-play drive with a 51-yard field goal to cut the gap to 13-3.
 
 With  Skelton on  the bench, Lindley took over under center for the Cardinals.
 On  the third  play, John Abraham stripped the football out of Lindley's hand.
 Jonathan  Babineaux picked  up the loose ball  and went 15 yards the other way
 for a Falcons touchdown.
 
 Bryant made a 28-yard field goal on Atlanta's next possession to make it 13-13
 with  1:52 remaining. White caught passes of 37, 19 and seven yards on the 10-
 play drive.
 
 Stephens-Howling  recorded a  52-yard run  on the  first play  of the  ensuing
 series. However, the Cardinals had to settle for a 38-yard Feely field goal.
 
 Atlanta responded with a field goal of its own before the half. Ryan completed
 passes  to  Jason Snelling,  Jacquizz  Rodgers  and  Julio Jones,  setting  up
 Bryant's 48-yarder as time expired.
 
 Ryan's fourth interception came late in the third stanza. Daryl Washington got
 the pick this time around and returned the ball seven yards to the Atlanta 16-
 yard  line. Feely made a 27-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth to
 make it 19-16 Arizona.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Cardinals hold a  14-12 edge in the all-time series. The Falcons have won
 seven  of the past 10 against Arizona ... Atlanta improved to 5-0 at home this
 season ... Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon missed his third straight game
 with an ankle sprain ... Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell and tight end
 Todd Heap missed Sunday's game.
 
 
 11/18 18:06:56 ET