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Falcons Hang On for Hard Fought 10-7 Win Over Titans

Atlanta Falcons v Tennessee Titans

It wasn’t as easy as maybe they would have liked, but the Falcons did what they needed to do, and because of it they are 6-1 after a hard fought 10-7 win in Tennessee.

Matt Ryan threw for 251 yards and a touchdown pass, and Devonta Freeman ran for 116 yards as the Falcons got the win on a day when they had a lot to lose.

“At the end of the day, a win’s a win,” Ryan said. “When you go on the road in this league and get it done … that’s rewarding.”

The win came 10 days after the Falcons lost their first game of the season, a loss to the Saints on the road. Sunday they were sluggish, but did enough to get the three point win.

“We’ve got to fix what we’ve got going on,” Julio Jones said. “We came out here to get a `W’ and we got the `W’ and it’s on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. … It wasn’t pretty, but it just shows that we’re going to fight to the end.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn thought the Falcons scored when Ryan hit Jones with a 3-yard pass, but officials ruled the receiver short of the goal line.

Not even Quinn’s challenge helped as officials ruled Jones down 6 inches outside the end zone after he tried sticking the ball past the pylon. Quinn said he got no explanation.

Atlanta took control in the third quarter, outgaining the Titans 134-35. Ryan finished off an 88-play drive by tossing an 8-yard TD pass to Jones, giving the Falcons their first lead of the game at 10-7 late in the quarter.

It was enough, as Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was intercepted by undrafted rookie Falcons safety Robenson Therezie with 1:31 left to seal Atlanta’s victory.

The Falcons will host the Bucs at home next Sunday.

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