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NFC South Week One Roundup: Matt Ryan Leads Falcons Over Saints, Derek Anderson Lifts Panthers Past Buccaneers


 

With week one of the NFL season in the books, here is the InscriberMag’s NFC South Week One Roundup.

Falcons Edge Saints in OT, 37-34: In a renewal of the most bitter rivalry in the South outside of Alabama-Auburn, Atlanta Falcons (1-0) quarterback Matt Ryan made a resounding statement.

Thanks to three touchdown passes from the former 2008 top pick out of Boston College and a 52-yard field goal from Matt Bryant, Atlanta edged the bitter rival New Orleans Saints (0-1), 37-34 in overtime. Ryan passed for a franchise-record 448 yards and wide receiver Julio Jones caught seven passes for 116 yards.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29-of-42 passes for 333 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

First-round draft pick Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 77 yards and one touchdown and rush for 18 yards on one carry.

Derek Anderson Leads Panthers over Bucs, 20-14: With Carolina Panthers(1-0) starting quarterback Cam Newton out due to a rib injury, back-up Derek Anderson provided a spark off the bench in a 20-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers(0-1).

Anderson, a former 2007 Pro Bowl alternate for the Cleveland Browns, threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers.  Helped by a stout defense that sacked Luke McKown three times, Carolina looked like they didn’t miss their two-time Pro Bowl starter too much.

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