Injuries have piled up at a staggering rate for the Atlanta Falcons. Despite so much hardship, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett likes that the front office decided to solve the issues in-house and let the NFL trade deadline pass without a move. ''You can see that we're an organization that believes in our own players,'' Jarrett said.

There is renewed optimism for Atlanta's defense and new hope for the Falcons' season that seemed lost following a 1-4 start. The overall defensive statistics are still ugly, but two straight wins and improved play from fill-in starters combined to leave Falcons coach Dan Quinn upbeat during the team's bye week. ''Let's call it like it is, we hadn't performed to the level that we wanted to defensively,'' Quinn said Tuesday.

It must feel to the New York Giants like they just can’t catch a break and to fans of the Eli Manning quarterbacked NFL team like they just catch as Monday Night Football displayed last night. Yes, the ESPN flagship pro-football show saw the Giants crawl back to a tight 23-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcon,s but with a 1-6 record so far this season, another loss is more than just a loss right now, if you know what I mean. All of which, on the last night before the LA Dodgers v. Boston Red Sox World Series goes to bat in Beantown, saw MNF take a hit with a 7.5 result in metered markets.

With 1:55 remaining in Monday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Giants were a significant long shot to pull out the win. Giorgio Tavecchio had just booted a 56-yard field goal to push the Falcons lead to two possessions at 23-12.

Matt Ryan threw for 379 yards, and fill-in kicker Giorgio Tavecchio connected from 56 yards late for his third field goal as the host Atlanta Falcons extended the New York Giants' losing streak to four games with a 23-20 victory Monday night. Ryan, who completed his last 18 passes to finish 31 of 39, connected with Marvin Hall for a 47-yard touchdown. Tevin Coleman had a 30-yard TD run, and Tavecchio made field goals of 40 and 50 yards in addition to his 56-yarder with 1:55 remaining.

Matt Ryan threw for 379 yards, and fill-in kicker Giorgio Tavecchio connected from 56 yards late for his third field goal as the host Atlanta Falcons extended the New York Giants' losing streak to four games with a 23-20 victory Monday night. Ryan, who completed his last 18 passes to finish 31 of 39, connected with Marvin Hall for a 47-yard touchdown. Tevin Coleman had a 30-yard TD run, and Tavecchio made field goals of 40 and 50 yards in addition to his 56-yarder with 1:55 remaining.

In his first game with the Atlanta Falcons after signing earlier this week in place of an injured Matt Bryant, Giorgio Tavecchio converted a 56-yard field goal with 1:55 left to play to seal a 23-20 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night. After a 2-yard Saquon Barkley touchdown run brought the Giants with eight at 20-12 with 4:47 remaining, the Falcons bled nearly three minutes off the clock and Tavecchio’s career-long field goal gave the Falcons the 11-point cushion they needed to hold the victory. Sterling Shepard caught a 58-yard pass on the following possession and Odell Beckham Jr. caught a 1-yard touchdown from Eli Manning with five seconds remaining to pull within three after a successful two-point conversion, but the Falcons recovered the onside kick to officially put the game away.

ATLANTA—When you’ve got two teams in a must-win game in Week 7, you’re looking at two pretty ragged teams. And although the ratings for the “Monday Night Football” game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants will be just fine, if you care

Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is the New York Giants vs. Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET, and the NFL game is being broadcast on ESPN, although football fans have other options to view the match-up. The Giants have one of the NFL’s most exciting players in rookie running back Saquon Barkley, but overall the team has struggled under head coach Pat Shurmur and veteran quarterback Eli Manning.

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl strong safety Keanu Neal will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday's season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced. Neal twice departed the game because of left knee issues. Coach Dan Quinn said he didn't think Neal's injury was serious after Thursday's contest.

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