Atlanta 31, St. Louis 24

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 15, 2013
Location - Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Scott Green
Attendance - 70056

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
St. Louis 0 3 7 14 24
Atlanta 14 10 0 7 31

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 1-1 1-0 0-1 L1
Atlanta 1-1 1-0 0-1 W1

Recap


Falcons 31, Rams 24: Matt Ryan tossed an 81-yard scoring strike to Julio Jones to highlight his two-touchdown performance as Atlanta held off a late rally to win its home opener.

Ryan, who completed 33-of-43 passes for 374 yards, found a familiar target in Jones (11 receptions, 182 yards) while former Ram Steven Jackson also reeled in an 8-yard touchdown toss before exiting with an injured thigh. Jason Snelling gave the Falcons (1-1) a 31-17 lead after scoring from 11 yards out and defensive end Osi Umenyiora added a 68-yard interception off a deflection for his first career score.

Sam Bradford (32-of-55, 352 yards) tossed three touchdown passes - with rookie Tavon Austin collecting his second of the game from 10 yards out to bring the Rams (1-1) within 31-24 with 2:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Signed to a three-year, $12 million deal in the offseason, Jackson opened the scoring with 8:34 remaining in the first half by catching a pass out the backfield. Jackson extended his body to stretch the ball over the goal line but injured himself on the play and did not return.

Jones, who was nursing a knee injury all week during practice, showed no signs of the ailment when catching a career-long touchdown pass from Ryan late in the first quarter. The Falcons claimed a 21-0 lead early in the second as Bradford's pass caromed off Daryl Richardson's arm and right to Umenyiora, who rumbled toward the end zone.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Jackson, who had three carries for zero yards, set a franchise record by rushing for 10,135 yards in nine seasons with St. Louis. ... In addition to Jackson, the Falcons suffered numerous injuries during the first half - including DE Kroy Biermann (ankle), CB Asante Samuel (thigh), and LB Sean Weatherspoon (foot). ... Atlanta mustered just one yard rushing in the first half. It finished with 36.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
St. Louis   Atlanta
Daryl Richardson Player Jason Snelling
10 Attempts 2
35 Yards 19
3.5 Avg Yards 9.5
0 Touchdowns 1
10 Long 11
Receiving
St. Louis   Atlanta
Chris Givens Player Julio Jones
5 Receptions 11
105 Yards 182
21.0 Avg Yards 16.5
0 Touchdowns 1
47 Long 81

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
St. Louis 421 69 352 3 1 0 2.0 0
Atlanta 393 36 357 4 1 1 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Miami. The Falcons have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Dallas. The Rams have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.