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Ryan guides Falcons past Titans

Aug 23, 2008 - 2:30 AM By Phil Foley PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After a shaky start, rookie Matt Ryan ended his first career NFL start on a positive note.

Ryan tossed the game-winning touchdown pass in his final drive to start the third quarter to lead the Falcons to a 17-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in a preseason contest at the Georgia Dome on Friday night.

Ryan was brought in to fill the gaping hole at the position after Michael Vick was suspended indefinitely by the league following his conviction on federal dogfighting-related charges and quickly was touted as Atlanta's quarterback of the future.

Thrown into the mix for the starting job in open competition with veterans Joey Harrington and Chris Redman, the No. 3 overall pick was given his first start on Friday.

Ryan engineered a nine-play, 71-yard drive, finding third-round pick Harry Douglas for a 1-yard touchdown pass to give Atlanta a 10-3 lead with 10:42 remaining in the third. Jerious Norwood set up Ryan's touchdown throw, rumbling 39 yards up the left side to bring the Falcons to the Tennessee 1.

Things didn't start out as well for Ryan, who finished 15-for-21 for 102 yards with one touchdown.

Ryan completed 12-for-17 passes for 78 yards in the first half but struggled in the red zone. The rookie failed to connect with receivers Laurent Robinson and Roddy White in the end zone in the waning seconds of the second quarter before leaving to a smattering of boos at the Georgia Dome.

Tennessee quarterback Vince Young endured a miserable first half, connecting on 9-of-18 passes for 102 yards with one interception for the Titans (2-1).

LenDale White, who missed some of the week with the flu, did not make the trip to Atlanta. First-round pick Chris Johnson started at running back and rushed for 35 yards on 11 carries.

Cornerback Nick Harper (concussion), linebacker Keith Bulluck (right calf) and rookie wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins (sprained ankle) did not play for Tennessee.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 3 0 0 0 3
    ATLANTA 0 3 7 7 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - FG, JOHN VAUGHN 50 YD, 4:09. TENNESSEE
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: ATL - FG, JASON ELAM 39 YD, 2:26. TENNESSEE
    3-3
    3RD QUARTER: ATL - TD, HARRY DOUGLAS 1 YD PASS FROM MATT
    RYAN (JASON ELAM KICK),

    Aug 22 10:21 PM


  • NFL
    TD ATL
    THOMAS BROWN 9 YD RUN
    (JASON ELAM KICK)
    TENNESSEE 3
    ATLANTA 17 3:22 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Titans 3, Falcons 17  4th - 3:22Aug 22 10:10 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 3 0 0 3
    ATLANTA 0 3 7 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - FG, JOHN VAUGHN 50 YD, 4:09. TENNESSEE
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: ATL - FG, JASON ELAM 39 YD, 2:26. TENNESSEE
    3-3
    3RD QUARTER: ATL - TD, HARRY DOUGLAS 1 YD PASS FROM MATT
    RYAN (JASON ELAM

    Aug 22 9:42 PM


  • NFL
    TD ATL
    HARRY DOUGLAS 1 YD PASS FROM MATT RYAN
    (JASON ELAM KICK)
    TENNESSEE 3
    ATLANTA 10 10:39 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Titans 3, Falcons 10  3rd - 10:39Aug 22 9:12 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 3 0 3
    ATLANTA 0 3 3 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - FG, JOHN VAUGHN 50 YD, 4:09. TENNESSEE
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: ATL - FG, JASON ELAM 39 YD, 2:26. TENNESSEE
    3-3

    Aug 22 8:52 PM


  • NFL
    FG ATL
    JASON ELAM 39 YD
    TENNESSEE 3
    ATLANTA 3 12:34 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Titans 3, Falcons 3  2nd - 12:34Aug 22 8:14 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 3 3
    ATLANTA 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TEN - FG, JOHN VAUGHN 50 YD, 4:09. TENNESSEE
    3-0

    Aug 22 8:08 PM


  • NFL
    FG TEN
    JOHN VAUGHN 50 YD
    TENNESSEE 3
    ATLANTA 0 10:51 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Titans 3, Falcons 0  1st - 10:51Aug 22 7:48 PM
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    roots
    McTool Added 10 roots

    Titans vs. FalconsAug 22 6:31 PM