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

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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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