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Falcons take 26-24 lead into fourth

Ball-control TD drive covers 80 yards in 14 plays for Atlanta


ATLANTA – The Falcons headed into the fourth quarter with a 26-24 lead over the Packers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

The Packers got across midfield on their first drive of the third quarter, as QB Aaron Rodgers scrambled for 8 yards and FB Aaron Ripkowski rumbled for 12. But Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn sacked Rodgers on third-and-6, forcing a punt.

The Falcons drove right back down the field. A 10-yard pass to WR Taylor Gabriel moved the chains and a 26-yard run by RB Terron Ward got Atlanta into scoring territory. Four more running plays in a row picked up 14 yards, and then QB Matt Ryan found Ward all alone on third-and-6 from the 12. Ward took it all the way to the 1 for first-and-goal, and on third down, RB Devonta Freeman scored to put Atlanta back on top.

K Matt Bryant's PAT made it 26-24 Falcons with 3:31 left in the period. The Atlanta drive covered 80 yards in 14 plays and consumed 7:31 on the clock.

Two receptions by WR Davante Adams picked up 21 yards and got the Packers near midfield again, but a run and short pass lost yardage, and Clayborn got his second sack of the quarter on the final play on third down, forcing the Packers to punt.

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