NFL: Atlanta Falcons move to 6-0 thanks to Matt Bryant's late field goal against Oakland Raiders
Last Updated: October 15, 2012 9:53am
Matt Bryant: slotted over the game-winning field goal for the Falcons with a second to spare
Matt Bryant was once again the hero for the Atlanta Falcons, keeping his team perfect with a late field goal to clinch a 23-20 win over the Oakland Raiders.
The Falcons moved to 6-0 for the first time in their history when Bryant slotted over a 55-yard attempt with just a solitary second remaining on the clock.
Atlanta had pulled ahead when Asante Samuel returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown, only to wind up tied at 20 apiece when Carson Palmer led Oakland down the field for a tying score. Darren McFadden powered in from the two-yard line with 40 seconds left.
However, Matt Ryan - who threw three interceptions in the game - marched the home team into range for Bryant, completing four passes to set up the game-winner from long range.
Bryant, who had also been on target to defeat the Carolina Panthers right at the death in week four, connected on his longest field goal since joining the team in 2009, meaning the Falcons remain unbeaten heading into their bye week.
Although he was picked off three times, Ryan did throw a touchdown pass to Roddy White in the second quarter that made it 7-3. The quarterback finished with 249 yards passing.
He was outshone by opposing QB Carson Palmer, who completed 23 of his 33 pass attempts for 353 yards. The Raiders - who are now 1-4 for the season - also managed 149 yards on the ground, McFadden contributing 70 of them on 27 carries.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a pair of field goals for Oakland, his first effort from 52 yards putting the visitors into an early 3-0 lead at the Georgia Dome.