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Cardinals vs. Falcons: Tony Gonzalez says Atlanta fortunate to win

The Atlanta Falcons turned the ball over a handful of teams on Sunday against the visiting Arizona Cardinals, making tight end Tony Gonzalez call it a fortunate victory.

Chris Graythen

It is extremely difficult and rare to win ballgames against teams when giving up six turnovers, but the Atlanta Falcons did just that on Sunday, overcoming the brace of giveaways and a double-digit deficit in the first half to capture a home win over the Arizona Cardinals, 23-19.

It prompted starting tight end and future Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gonzalez called Sunday's game a fortunate victory for the Falcons, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, acknowledging that teams just aren't supposed to win games with six turnovers.

"We'll take it. Obviously it was not [in] the fashion we wanted it to be, not by any means. That was sloppy. We were fortunate, lets put it that way. We were fortunate to come out with the win because, statistically, we aren't supposed to win that game."

Gonzalez caught just three passes on the day for 33 yards and nearly had a touchdown, but was stopped just short at the half-yard line.

Star quarterback Matt Ryan, who entered the game with seven interceptions, was responsible for five of the six turnovers, as the MVP candidate threw a fistful of picks on Sunday. Tailback Jason Snelling was responsible for the other Falcons turnover, as the fullback lost a fumble.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.