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NFL Week 17 Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons 20, Arizona Cardinals 19

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier (25) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons were able to sneak out another win in a game that had no playoff consequences, downing the Arizona Cardinals 20-19.

Offensive spotlight: Rookie running back Tyler Allgeier had another strong day for the Falcons, carrying 20 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, 54 of which came after contact. Allgeier had six rushing first downs and broke three tackles.

Defensive spotlight: J.J. Watt registered another sack as he winds down his NFL career, but Markus Golden was the Cardinals' best pass-rusher. He had an 18.2% pass-rush win rate and matched Watt’s sack.

Rookie spotlight: This was arguably the best game we have seen from Desmond Ridder at quarterback for the Falcons. He completed 19-of-26 passes for 169 yards. He averaged 6.5 yards per attempt and had a 79.2% adjusted completion rate.

Offensive line spotlight: Arizona’s line did predictably well against a weak Atlanta pass rush. Josh Jones has continued his excellent play at left tackle, allowing a 9.1% pressure rate across 44 pass-blocking snaps and potentially showing he can be the team’s long-term left tackle.

Box Score

Passing
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
David Blough 13.58 24 / 40 222 5.6 1 0
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Desmond Ridder 6.66 19 / 26 169 6.5 0 0
Rushing
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
James Conner 14 16 79 4.9 0 16
David Blough 13.58 2 7 3.5 0 4
Corey Clement 3.2 7 32 4.6 0 12
Pharoh Cooper 0.8 2 8 4 0 6
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Cordarrelle Patterson 20.4 9 42 4.7 1 22
Tyler Allgeier 16.5 20 83 4.2 1 17
Desmond Ridder 6.66 4 9 2.2 0 5
Avery Williams 1 1 -2 -2 0 -2
Receiving
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Trey McBride 20.8 10 7 78 11.1 1
James Conner 14 3 3 31 10.3 0
Marquise Brown 12.1 9 6 61 10.2 0
Greg Dortch 5.5 10 4 15 3.8 0
A.J. Green 3.7 2 2 17 8.5 0
Corey Clement 3.2 1 0 0 0 0
Robbie Anderson 2.3 1 1 13 13 0
Andre Baccellia 1.7 2 1 7 7 0
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Cordarrelle Patterson 20.4 8 6 42 7 0
Tyler Allgeier 16.5 1 1 12 12 0
Drake London 9.7 8 5 47 9.4 0
MyCole Pruitt 8.9 4 4 49 12.2 0
Damiere Byrd 2.2 2 1 12 12 0
KhaDarel Hodge 1.5 1 1 5 5 0
Avery Williams 1 1 1 2 2 0

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