The Cincinnati Bengals narrowly avoided a 15-point collapse against a divisional rival, finally winning with a miraculous A.J. Green touchdown reception and Wallace Gilberry's "I've had enough of this s***" moment, dropping Joe Flacco on consecutive plays to bury Baltimore's threat.
In the meantime, the Bengals will host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday in Cincinnati -- the same Atlanta squad that beat the New Orleans Saints (37-34) in overtime.
The Falcons' 568 net offensive yards is the most ever in franchise history. A history-making day all around. #NOvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) September 7, 2014
Place kicker Matt Bryant, who killed a 51-yarder to send the game into overtime, crushed a 52-yarder for the eventual win.
Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 31 passes for 448 yards (a new franchise record) and three touchdowns. Julio Jones caught seven of those passes for 116 yards. Devin Hester and Roddy White contributed with 99 and 72 yards respectively. Ryan also set a franchise record for touchdowns thrown in a career (156) and passer rating in a game.
On the other hand, the Falcons could be without rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews, who left the stadium in a walking boot. According to reports, he suffered an ankle injury. Matthews was originally going to start the season at right tackle before left tackle Sam Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury. Gabe Carimi replaced Matthews on Sunday.