The Atlanta Falcons maintained their possession of first place in the NFC South after upsetting the Arizona Cardinals, 29-10.
The Atlanta Falcons held onto first place in the NFC South with a crucial win over the Arizona Cardinals, who were once considered to be arguably the best team in the NFL.
The Falcons took a wide lead right off the bat as they stormed out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, and they pulled away in the second half after the Cardinals scored 10 unanswered points.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 361 yards and two touchdowns with an interception on 30-of-41 passing, and running back Steven Jackson had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season as he ran for 101 yards on 18 carries.
Wide receiver Julio Jones humiliated Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson to the tune of 10 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. Harry Douglas took advantage of the absence of Roddy White by catching nine passes for 116 yards.
For the Cardinals, quarterback Drew Stanton threw for 294 yards with a touchdown pass and two interceptions on 24-of-39 passing.
Running back Andre Ellington was held to 12 yards on five carries and was outgained by Marion Grice, who ran for 16 yards. The Cardinals were playing from behind the entire game, so they were unable to take advantage of a weak Falcons defensive line.