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Raiders vs. Falcons, Week 6: Matt Bryant's late field goal sends Atlanta to 23-20 win

The Atlanta Falcons look to remain unbeaten on Sunday when they take on the Oakland Raiders at the Georgia Dome.

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Falcons somehow steal another ugly last-second win

The Falcons have managed to stay undefeated through six weeks and enter the bye week coming off another tough, close win. But does Atlanta have bigger problems looming ahead?

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Matt Bryant said icing tactics helped him

Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant believes that the Oakland Raiders helped him make the game winning field goal because of their icing tactics.

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Video summary of Atlanta's win over Oakland

Jason Kirk of The Falcoholic goes over the Atlanta Falcons' 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

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Tony Gonzalez says Falcons must play better

The Atlanta veteran tight end is not satisfied with a 6-0 start.

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Falcons avoid injuries in Week 6

The Falcons didn't sustain any major injuries in a win against the Raiders.

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Fans believe Falcons can play better than they are

Atlanta is off to a 6-0 start but has not been dominant in its last three wins.

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Falcons defense steps up to remain perfect

It looked like the Atlanta Falcons would earn their first loss on the season on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, but then the team's defense picked up their efforts to help lead the team to another victory

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Mike Smith relieved Falcons get to bye week

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith spoke to the media following his team's 23-20 win over the Oakland Raiders, and he wasn't terribly happy with how the team played, despite coming away with a win.

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Turner frustrated with Falcons' rushing struggles

The Falcons have started the season 6-0, but Michael Turner is frustrated with the team's inability to run the ball effectively.

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Smith ties Falcons record with 49 wins

Falcons head coach Mike Smith has moved into a tie with Dan Reeves for the most wins by a head coach in franchise history following the team's 23-20 win over the Raiders.

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Falcons improve to 6-0, defeat Raiders 23-20

The Falcons improved to 6-0 on the season, after Matt Bryant kicked a game-winning field goal with one second left on the clock.

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Falcons, Raiders are tied heading into the 4th

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham forced a Carson Palmer fumble with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter, and Ray Edwards picked it up and returned it to the 2-yard line. But the Raiders mounted a goal-line stand, and the Falcons were only able to get a field goal to tie the game at 13 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Raiders defense has been the story of the game, but neither team's offense has really been able to consistently put together scoring drives. The Falcons have three turnovers and the Raiders have two, all five playing a big part in the low-scoring affair. Both defenses have come up with big plays only to watch their respective offenses squander golden opportunities to put touchdowns on the board.

The Falcons have found ways to win ugly games like this during the Matt Ryan era, but the Raiders also like games to be ugly. And this one is definitely ugly. The Raiders only have 281 total yards after three quarters but the Falcons are even worse with only 217.

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Matt Ryan's mistakes hurt Falcons against Raiders

The Atlanta Falcons are in a tight contest with the Oakland Raiders as turnovers continue to plague their offense, leading to a 13-7 Raiders lead at halftime.

The Raiders may only be 1-3, but they showed in their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers that they have the capability of playing with the big boys, and they're showing it against the Falcons with three first-half interceptions of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan's third interception turned into a Raiders touchdown as the Raiders' Denarius Moore broke free of a missed tackle by Falcons linebacker MIke Peterson to scamper into the end zone on a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer.

The Falcons' touchdown came on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White during a drive that looked llke Ryan had shaken off his earlier struggles. The Falcons defense then responded with a goal-line stand, preventing the Raiders from scoring a touchdown from the four-yard line.

But the Raiders keep coming back behind a defensive backfield that is taking advantage of Ryan's mistakes.

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Falcons trail in ugly game against Raiders

The Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders engaged in a sloppy first half filled with three turnovers including two early interceptions by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, leading to a 3-0 Raiders lead after the first quarter.

The Falcons are looking to continue their undefeated season but are off to an uncharacteristically bad start, especially on offense. Ryan has been playing on an elite level throughout the early part of the season but the Raiders have him on his heels as their defensive backfield, led by Joselio Hanson and Michael Huff, have picked him off twice and prevented his high-powered offense from getting on track outside of a 26-yard catch by Roddy White.

The Raiders have outgained the Falcons 98 to 70 in the first quarter and look like the team that beat the Pittsburgh Steelers this season rather than the struggling squad from their other games.

This was viewed as a trap game for the Falcons coming in and the ugly first quarter is exactly what the Raiders wanted.

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Mike Smith needs win to tie franchise wins record

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is just one win from matching Dan Reeves' record with the most wins for a head coach in franchise history, with 49.

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Babineaux, Nicholas questionable for Falcons

The Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons have announced their inactive players for Sunday's matchup in Atlanta, and only the Raiders are missing any starters.

Oakland will be without right tackle Khalif Barnes against a good Falcons defensive line. The Raiders will also be without starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who has started and played in just two of Oakland's games this year because of injuries, as the team looks to contain the Falcons potent passing attack.

While the Falcons are missing several reserves, the team will have Jonathan Babineaux (groin) and Stephen Nicholas (ankle). Both players were listed as questionable to play against the Raiders.

The complete list of inactives for both teams can be found below:

Oakland Raiders:

QB Terrelle Pryor
TE Richard Gordon
DT Christo Bilukidi
DE Jack Crawford
T Khalif Barnes
OL Lucas Nix
CB Shawntae Spencer

Atlanta Falcons:

QB Dominique Davis
RB Antone Smith
TE Michael Palmer
T Lamar Holmes
CB Terrence Johnson
DE Jonathan Massaquoi
DE Cliff Matthews

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Oakland RB Darren McFadden probable vs. Falcons

The Raiders are banged up but should have a couple of key offensive contributors ready to play against the Falcons.

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Gonzalez could be in for big day against Raiders

Tony Gonzalez could be in for yet another big day Sunday against the Raiders

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Edwards losing time to Biermann

Ray Edwards is seeing his playing time cut into by Kroy Biermann

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Falcons now a 10.5-point favorite against Raiders

Atlanta has grown from a 7.5-point favorite to a 10.5-point favorite for Sunday's game against Oakland

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Atlanta Falcons: Three things to watch

Perfection remains on the line. What do Atlanta need to do in order to keep it?

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Babineaux and Moore limited in practice

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and safety William Moore were limited in practice on Thursday.

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Matt Ryan doesn't see Raiders as trap game

Matt Ryan doesn't see his Week 6 contest with the Oakland Raiders as a trap game, and that his accumulated experience has made a difference this season.

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Falcons focused on limiting Heyward-Bey

The Falcons will be concerned with keeping Darrius Heyward-Bey from making a big play this weekend.

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Several Falcons starters limited in practice

The Wednesday injury report for the Atlanta Falcons showed Stephen Nicholas, Michael Palmer and Antone Smith as not having practiced, while several starters were limited in their repetitions.

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Jonathan Babineaux has shown improvement

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux has shown improvement in recent weeks.

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Dungy critical of Mike Smith, Atlanta's offense

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy was critical of Mike Smith and the new Atlanta Falcons offense, saying that the Falcons need to run the ball more.

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Nicholas' status up in the air for Sunday

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas' status is up in the air for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

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Mike Smith addresses Falcons issues in run defense

In his Monday press conference, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith addressed the Atlanta Falcons getting off to slow starts, and not defending the run very well.

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Mike Smith: Falcons still evaluating Corey Peters

The Atlanta Falcons are hoping to get injured defensive tackle Corey Peters on the field soon. Read Mike Smith's comments from his Monday press conference.

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Stephen Nicholas may miss Sunday's game

Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas was injured during Week 5's win over the Washington Redskins, and may miss Week 6's game against the Oakland Raiders.

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