NFC South recap: Matt Ryan leads comeback, Saints lose


It’s been an eventful day for the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons came from behind to stun the New York Giants, moving Dan Quinn’s team to 2-0. The Panthers held on against the Texans and the Buccaneers stunned the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Atlanta Falcons 24, New York Giants 20

Down 20-10 and New York has possession on the Atlanta 8-yard line. All the momentum was with the Giants, but this all changed when Kroy Biermann stripped the ball away from Eli Manning and was recovered by Paul Soliai. Matt Ryan led the team down the field on a 91-yard drive which resulted with a Leonard Hankerson touchdown.

In the end, a Devonta Freeman 1-yard score followed up by impressive play on defense improved the Falcons to 2-0. For the second straight week, the Giants shot themselves in the foot and threw a comfortable position to lose.

GAME REPORT: Matt Ryan rallies Falcons to beat Giants 24-20

Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback

Jameis Winston

(3) celebrates as he leaves the field following his first career win in the NFL coming against the New Orleans Saints in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26, New Orleans Saints 19

It went from bad to worse for the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees took four more sacks and threw just one touchdown as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off a stunning victory. Jamies Winston threw for 207 yards and a touchdown and also ran one in himself. The Saints gave up 333 yards in total as the defense continued to struggle. Already two games back in the South and 0-1 in the division, it could be a tough year.

Carolina Panthers 24, Houston Texans 17

The Panthers held onto to beat the Texans and improved to 2-0. Houston continued to struggle without Arian Foster, posting just 61 yards on the ground. Cam Newton threw for 195 yards and added another 76 on the ground. It seems without many weapons on offense, he’s going to carry the team on his back. Carolina improves to 2-0 and is tied with Atlanta for the division lead.


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