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.
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.
11/18 16:31:25 ET