Falcons edge Packers behind Desmond Ridder to start season 2-0
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The Atlanta Falcons edged the Green Bay Packers 25-24 on Sunday to move to 2-0 on the year behind second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder.
Atlanta needed to dig deep to get the victory as the team entered the fourth quarter down 12 points. Ridder started the quarter with a 6-yard rushing touchdown to cut the deficit to just five points. Then, with 8:10 left, Younghoe Koo kicked a 39-yard field goal to make it a two-point game.
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Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder falls into the end zone for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Ridder then led the Falcons on a 12-play, 66-yard drive that saw them go for it on 4th down from the Packers’ 23-yard line. Luckily, rookie running back Bijan Robinson was able to convert and save the coaching staff the embarrassment of missing out on a potential go-ahead field goal.
Koo hit the field goal minutes later to push Atlanta up by one point.
Ridder finished the game 19-of-32 for 237 passing yards and a touchdown pass. He threw the TD pass to Drake London and had an interception to Packers defensive back Rasul Douglas. He also had a rushing touchdown on top of his 39 yards with his feet.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love passes against the Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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London led the team with six catches for 67 yards.
Jordan Love had a nice game for the Packers in the loss. The heir to Aaron Rodgers’ throne was 14-of-25 for 151 yards and had three touchdown