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Raiders fall to unbeaten Atlanta on last-second field goal

  • Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) kicks the ball for a 55-yard long field goal as Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher (5) holds the ball and Oakland Raiders cornerback Michael Huff (24) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 26-23. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

ATLANTA — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have plenty of mistakes to work on during their bye week.

Of course, it's sure easier to fix the problems when you're still unbeaten.

Asante Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes and Matt Bryant connected on a 55-yard field goal with 1 second remaining, allowing the Falcons to escape with a sloppy 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Overcoming three interceptions by Matt Ryan, the Falcons (6-0) extended the best start in franchise history.

It wasn't easy against the pesky Raiders (1-4), who bounced back from Samuel's pick to tie the game with less than a minute to go, but left a little too much time on the clock for Atlanta's final possession.


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