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Falcons Rally Late in 13-10 Win Over Bills


It wasn’t a pretty night for starting Falcons offense, but they did just enough to get the job done as they beat the Bills in a lackluster 13-10 win Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Starting quarterback Joey Harrington, who showed positive signs last week in a loss to the Jets last week, took a step back this week, going just 4-of-7 for 31 yards with a pick in a quarter and a half of action. After the Bills struck first after a fumble recovery by John McCargo was converted into a 48-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to put Buffalo up 3-0 with 11:25 left in the first half, the Falcons responded with two field goal drives.

The drives covered 10 plays and 5 plays, and both drives were put together by backup QB Chris Redman, who by the end of the night would play more than expected. The two drives gave them a 6-3 lead at half time. In the third quarter, the Bills picked off a Redman pass, and one play later, rookie Trent Edwards went 10 yards to Roscoe Parrish to put the Bills up 10-6. The ball by Edwards was nicley placed, as it was caught in the rear left corner of the end zone.
The two teams played sloppy on offense the rest of the way, with the Bills offense going nowhere, running 24 plays and never getting past the Falcons 42-yard line the rest of the night.

The game-winning drive by the Falcons started at their own 20-yard line, and D.J. Shcokley got the team to the Bills 24-yard line before he was carted off with what looked like a left leg injury. Redman came back in, and four plays later found George Cooper for a 1-yard TD that put the Falcons up 13-10.

The Falcons defense did bend on the last drive, but didn’t break and after Edwards got the Bills from their 24 to the 50, on 4th-and-9 from midfield, Edwards had the ball knocked out of his hands, sealing the Bills poor night on offense and their first loss in the preseason. The Falcons, who put up a total of 284 yards on offense, 20 first downs to the Bills 11, and 118 yards rushing, led by Jason Snelling, who went for 50 yards on 12 carries.

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