ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — In Week 1, the Atlanta Falcons took a double-digit lead against passionate rival New Orleans Saints only to lose in dramatic fashion.
In Week 2, the Falcons trailed 28-3 at one point, before another last-minute rally fell through, losing them 31-27 to the defending Super Bowl champion, the Los Angeles Rams.
The worst part of their 2022 start to the 0-2 season is tougher tests ahead.
They must travel 2,672 miles across the United States to take on the Seattle Seahawks in one of the toughest and noisiest stadiums in the NFL.
After taking on the Seahawks, the Falcons will take on the Cleveland Browns before traveling to face longtime foe Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Falcons defense allowed Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford to throw for 272 yards and three touchdowns. The defense was also set aside by receiver Cooper Kupp, allowing two touchdowns.
Veteran cornerback Jalen Ramsey intercepted a potential touchdown pass in the end zone and the Los Angeles Rams repelled a second-half rally attempt from the Atlanta Falcons for a 31-27 win on Sunday.
Atlanta — which started 0-2 for the third straight year — trailed 28-3 early in the third quarter before nearly completing a miraculous comeback.
Troy Anderson blocked a punt that Lorenzo Carter returned 26 yards for a touchdown, and a 2-point conversion pass from Marcus Mariota to Drake London took the Falcons to 31-25 with 5:06 remaining.
Los Angeles turned him on their ensuing practice when Darren Hall fumbled Kupp and picked him up at the Rams 37. On Rams 24 third-and-13, Mariota tried to find Bryan Edwards, but he got it. was chosen by Ramsey.
Los Angeles took a safety when return Brandon Powell left the end zone in punt formation after a three-and-out. After the free kick, Atlanta had one last chance against the Falcons 40, but Mariota was sacked before he could land a Hail Mary attempt on the final game.
Stafford completed his first 12 passes en route to passing 27 of 36. Kupp had 11 catches for 108 yards and touchdowns on consecutive runs in the second and third quarters.
Kupp caught a 3-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left in the first half to give the Rams a 21-3 lead. The Super Bowl MVP’s first score came three plays after Rams rookie cornerback Cobie Durant caught a missed pass from Cordarrelle Patterson and returned it 51 yards down the right sideline to the Falcons 9.
The Rams then took the second half kickoff and extended their lead with another touchdown when Kupp made an over the shoulder catch on a fade pattern on the third-and-4 of 10 from Atlanta.
Mariota was 17 of 26 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
London, the No. 8 overall pick who went to the University of Southern California, had eight catches for 86 yards, including his first touchdown in the third quarter.
The Falcons managed to move the ball in the first half, but were eliminated by errors. They got the opening kickoff and went 49 yards before Younghoe Koo went wide left on a 44-yard field goal attempt. Los Angeles would convert that to a touchdown when Stafford connected with Allen Robinson for a 1-yard score.
Atlanta then turned the ball over on their next possession when Patterson was stopped by Bobby Wagner and Greg Gaines. The Rams took advantage of the short field and scored eight plays later when Darrell Henderson drove 8 yards around right guard to make it 14-0 with 9:34 left in the second quarter.
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