Falcons give Smith first win, beat Giants on Eli’s day


Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Davis (28) runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Younghoe Koo kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play and the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Giants 17-14 to give coach Arthur Smith his first NFL win Sunday.

It marked the second straight week the Giants lost on the final play of the game.

Ryan hit passes of 28 yards to Cordarrelle Patterson and 25 to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts on the game-winning drive. Matt Ryan engineered to late drives and threw two touchdowns to rally the Falcons.

It spoiled a day when the Giants retired the jersey of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.

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