Desmond Ridder handed and ran for touchdowns, offering a solution to those that had known as for him to be benched, Younghoe Koo kicked a go-ahead 37-yard discipline objective as time expired, and the Atlanta Falcons snapped a two-game skid by beating the Houston Texans 21-19 on Sunday.
Ridder’s 6-yard TD move to rookie operating again Bijan Robinson and 2-point move to Tyler Allgeier gave the Falcons (3-2) a 15-12 lead early within the fourth quarter. Robinson reached again to catch the ball in opposition to his hip earlier than operating by way of the center of the Houston protection into the tip zone.
Houston rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud answered with an 18-yard scoring move to tight finish Dalton Schultz, giving the Texans a 19-18 lead with 1:49 remaining. Schultz discovered a gap in the midst of the tip zone behind security Jessie Bates.
The largest achieve on Atlanta’s decisive field-goal drive within the last minutes was Ridder’s 23-yard move to Drake London.
Stroud set an NFL file by beginning his profession with 177 move makes an attempt with out an interception. He broke the file beforehand held by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. Stroud had already set the NFL file for rookies per week earlier when he reached 151 makes an attempt with out an interception.
Stroud accomplished 20 of 35 passes for 249 yards and a rating.
Ridder accomplished 28 of 37 passes for 329 yards and a landing. He had a 7-yard scoring run within the first quarter.
Ridder, in his first full season as a starter, confronted elevated criticism after he had three turnovers, together with a pick-6, in final week’s 23-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
His bounce-back efficiency ended a two-game profitable streak for Houston (2-3).
Earlier than Stroud’s scoring move to Schultz, the Texans needed to accept 4 discipline objectives by Kaʻimi Fairbairn, together with a 28-yarder with 3 seconds remaining within the first half for a 9-7 lead.
A private foul penalty on Falcons heart Drew Dalman following a move to Kyle Pitts late within the first half proved essential. The 15-yard penalty following the brief third-down catch moved the Falcons again from the Houston 29 to the 44, taking Atlanta out of discipline objective place.
The penalty additionally arrange a 10-play, 79-yard discipline objective drive that gave the Texans the lead. Fairbairn added a 42-yarder within the third quarter to extend the result in 12-7.
The Falcons overcame two third-quarter turnovers. Robinson’s fumble, compelled by Khalil Davis and recovered by Dylan Horton, arrange Fairbairn’s fourth discipline objective.
The Falcons moved contained in the Houston 20 later within the third when Jonnu Smith fumbled when hit by Grayland Arnold. Jalen Pitre recovered for the Texans on the 8-yard line and returned the ball 22 yards.
Texans: WR Tank Dell didn’t return after he was evaluated for a concussion following a catch with 29 seconds remaining within the first half. … WR Robert Woods (ribs) left the sport within the third quarter and was questionable to return.
Falcons: RT Kaleb McGary suffered a knee harm within the third quarter. … CB A.J. Terrell was cleared after being evaluated for a possible head harm late within the first half. … RB Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) had a 7-yard catch, his first of the season after lacking the primary three video games. He additionally lined up for a kickoff return as one other signal he’s wholesome sufficient to imagine his multi-purpose function.
Texans: Host one other NFC South foe, New Orleans, subsequent Sunday.
Falcons: Host Washington subsequent Sunday. The Commanders lead the sequence 17-10-1, together with a 19-13 win on Nov. 27, 2022.