By Ed Baylor: The Arizona Cardinals (4-4) were able to take advantage of 4 interceptions from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to defeat the Falcons 27-13 on Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m pretty sure that Ryan wished he had all those picks back because had he not thrown all those interceptions, the Falcons likely would have won the game. The Cardinals were hardly unbeatable in this game, but Ryan gave the game away with him throwing interceptions left and right.
It seemed liked every time that the Cardinals would get any kind of pressure on Ryan, he would just throw the ball up for grabs hoping that one of the Falcons receivers would be able to get to the ball. In many cases he was okay, as the ball would either get caught or end up in complete. But when you throw the ball as many times as Ryan did something bad is bound to happen.
Ryan completed 34 of 61 passes for 301 yards with 4 interceptions, 1 touchdown pass and 4 sacks. It was definitely a miserable day for him. In fairness to Ryan, he didn’t get any help from the Falcons running backs as none of them were able to do anything on the ground. Ryan was the leading ground gainer for the Falcons with 13 yards on 1 rushing attempt. The next leading Falcons rusher was Jacquizz Rodgers with 8 yards on 2 carries. Steven Jackson rushed for just 6 yards on 11 carries. This is the running back that the Falcons got during the off season from the St. Louis Rams where he had been a steady 1000 yards per season back for a decade. It doesn’t look like Jackson will get even 500 yards rushing this season, and I’m betting he’s kicking himself now for having left the Rams.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer completed 13 of 18 passes for 172 yards with 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and 3 sacks. It was a welcome relief to see Palmer throwing only 1 interception instead of 2 or 3 because he’s been having a terrible season thus far.
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries with 1 touchdown run of 80 yards in the 2nd quarter to put the Cardinals up 13-6. Ellington found a hole in the line and ran full speed through it pass the Falcons secondary to score on the touchdown run.
The Cardinals led 21-6 at halftime, and then cruised in the 2nd half with their lead to win 27-13.
Cardinals wide receiver Teddy Williams caught 1 pass for 51 yards. Larry Fitzgerald had 4 receptions for 48 yards with 1 touchdown,.
Falcons receiver Harry Douglas caught 12 passes for 121 yards. Drew Davis had 5 catches for 77 yards.