Matt Bryant misses extra point to doom Falcons in 1-point loss

For a couple seconds, it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons were going to overtime. After battling their way back against the Arizona Cardinals, the Falcons scored a clutch touchdown with just 1:53 remaining. An extra point would tie things up, potentially sending the game into overtime.

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With veteran Matt Bryant kicking, a tie game was assured, right? The 44-year-old Bryant had made 566 of 573 extra-point attempts since he entered the league.

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Matt Bryant knew he missed a crucial extra point Sunday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Matt Bryant knew he missed a crucial extra point Sunday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Unfortunately for the Falcons, this was one of Bryant’s rare misses. Bryant shanked the attempt, missing wide left. With the miss, the Falcons trailed the Cardinals 34-33.

That’s the way the game ended. The Falcons failed to force a three-and-out on the next drive. Kyler Murray converted a crucial third down, scrambling for 5 yards to seal the victory. After Murray took a knee three times, the game was over. The Cardinals pulled out the win by a single point.

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 1-5. The team sits in last place in the NFC South. They’ll look to get back on track against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7.

The win makes the Cardinals 2-3-1. While the team is still in last place in the NFC West, the Cardinals have won two straight games. They’ll look to make it three when they take on the New York Giants in Week 7.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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