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, only to find three defenders waiting for him at the goal line.No problem. He simply ran right over them.Cam Newton?Nope, Matt Ryan.Ryan threw a pair of scoring passes, which wasn’t all that unusual, and also ran for two touchdowns for the first time in his career, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 31-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.“I can’t remember the last time I had two TDs,” Ryan said with a smile.Newton was rocked early on by cheap shot from Damontae Kazee , who was thrown out of the game for the helmet-to-helmet hit while the Panthers quarterback was sliding at the end of the run. Newton was able to stay in the game, throwing a pair of touchdown passes, and he had one last chance to send the game to overtime.From the Falcons 31, Newton lofted a pass into the end zone for D.J. Moore, who was double-covered and let the ball slip through his hands as time expired.“I had a good shot at it,” Moore said, “but it just came down too fast.”While Newton rushed for 42 yards, it was Ryan who had the most significant impact with his legs.After scoring on a 1-yard sneak that pushed Atlanta (1-1) to a 24-10 lead early in the third quarter, Ryan delivered the biggest blow with a gutsy scamper midway through the fourth quarter. Looking to throw on third-and-5 from the Carolina 8 http://www.panthersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-christian-miller-jersey
, he spotted a running lane to the left and took off.There were three Carolina players waiting for him at the goal line — including 346-pound former teammate Dontari Poe — but Ryan leaped in the air and bowled them all over , falling across the goal line for the TD that restored Atlanta’s two-touchdown lead over the Panthers (1-1).“I didn’t want to slide in that situation or go down because you don’t know where you’re going to be marked,” he said. “I felt something below my feet, and just went up the best I could. It was a good decision.”Ryan finished 23 of 28 passing for 272 yards, a performance that took some of the heat off offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Roundly panned for his play-calling last season and in a season-opening loss to Philadelphia, he got a bunch of people involved.Eight players caught passes. Six ran the ball including Tevin Coleman, who gained 107 yards on 16 carries filling in for injured Devonta Freeman.Just like that, the Falcons resembled the high-scoring team that made it all the way to the Super Bowl two seasons ago with Kyle Shanahan as the coordinator.The most telling possession for Atlanta came with the first half winding down.Ryan completed six straight passes to five receivers — none of them, amazingly enough, Julio Jones.Tight end Austin Hooper had two catches for 15 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown with 22 seconds remaining that gave the Falcons a 17-10 halftime lead .Backup receiver Marvin Hall had a 30-yard reception, while rookie Calvin Ridley hauled in a 22-yarder. The running backs also got into the passing game, with Coleman and rookie Ito Smith also making catches.Ridley, a first-round pick from Alabama, had his first career TD on an 11-yard pass in the second quarter .CHEAP SHOTThe Panthers were livid about Kazee’s hit on Newton Jordan Scarlett Jersey
, who was sliding to the turf at the end of a 10-yard run. Kazee came at him helmet-first, snapping back Newton’s head.Carolina receiver Torrey Smith raced in to deliver a shot that sent Kazee to the turf, also drawing a personal foul penalty but not an ejection. Ricardo Allen jumped on top of Kazee to prevent any other Carolina players from going after him.Newton was quickly examined and returned to the field without missing a play.Afterward, he didn’t seem too upset.“This game isn’t fit for cheap shots like that, but at the end of the day you can’t blame him,” Newton said. “He’s playing as hard as he can. I’m playing as hard as I can.”BALANCED FALCONSCoach Dan Quinn wanted balance from his offense.Mission accomplished.The Falcons ran the ball 32 times for 170 yards. They threw 28 passes for 272 yards, finishing with the second-most total yards (442) of Sarkisian’s 20-game tenure. Even more important, they scored on all four trips inside the red zone, a longstanding issue.This was the fifth time the Falcons have scored at least 30 points under Sarkisian, compared with 13 times in 19 games during the 2016 season. They have yet to score 40 points under their current coordinator; Atlanta did it six times in Shanahan’s final season.INJURY REPORTThe injuries continued to pile up for both teams, which already were dealing with several missing starters.The Falcons lost starting left guard Andy Levitre to an elbow injury, while backup defensive end Derrick Shelby left with a groin injury.Carolina had a pair of starters in the secondary go down: strong safety Da’Norris Searcy (concussion) and cornerback Donte Jackson (hamstring).UP NEXTPanthers: Return home next Sunday to host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-0), who have 10 days to prepare after playing this past Thursday night.Falcons: Play their second straight home game against an NFC South rival when the New Orleans Saints (1-1) visit Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Sean McDermott didn’t need to be reminded about the impression defensive tackle Ed Oliver made during his pro day workout at the University of Houston.The Buffalo Bills coach got such an up-close look at Oliver last month, he almost got run over by the 6-foot-1 David Montgomery Jersey
, 287-pound player.Joking he had no problem getting out of Oliver’s way, McDermott turned serious in discussing what he saw in the player Buffalo selected with the ninth pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.“You could feel his presence and energy,” McDermott said. “The closer you got, the more you felt the quickness, the more you felt the power, the more you felt the juice.”It’s that type of athletic ability and power the Bills hope can fill an immediate need on a defensive line that has to replace Kyle Williams, who retired after his 13th season in Buffalo last winter.“No one’s going to ever replace Kyle Williams, so I just want to manage expectations,” McDermott said, referring to a player who was the team’s unquestioned on- and off-field leader.“Ed Oliver is going to come in and, No. 1, earn everything that he gets,” he added. “He’s a good player that plays hard, brings his lunch pail. And he’s a guy that fits the way we play on the field.”After Oliver spent his three years at Houston playing directly over the opposing center, the Bills plan to shift him to an outside position http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-riley-ridley-jersey
, next to returning starting nose tackle Star Lotulelei. That puts Oliver in a better position to take advantage of his quick-footed ability to penetrate the backfield.Oliver, who entered the draft after his junior season, was a three-time All-America selection and led the FBS by combining for 50 tackles for loss or no gain over the last three years.He had his most productive year in 2017, when he was awarded the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best interior lineman, and also earned AAC defensive player of the year honors. Oliver was credited with 73 tackles, 16 1/2 tackles for a loss and 5 1/2 sacks in 12 games.An injury to his right knee led to a drop in production last year, when Oliver finished with 54 tackles, 14 1/2 for a loss and three sacks in eight games.The NFL’s scouting report referred to Oliver as being a “twitched-up ball of explosive fury from the moment he comes out of his stance.”The only real knock against him was his relative lack of NFL size.Oliver isn’t concerned.“All I can say about that is it will all come to fruition in due time,” Oliver said. “I just want to come and help my team compete, and compete for a starting job.”He particularly enjoyed his pre-draft visit to the Bills headquarters, and said Buffalo felt a lot like home.The other question mark regarding Oliver, was him getting into a shouting match with Houston coach Major Applewhite on the sideline during a game against Tulane in November. Still sidelined by the knee injury, Oliver declined Applewhite’s order to take off the black jacket he was wearing because it was reserved for those who were playing.Applewhite later released a statement saying what happened “was not indicative” of Oliver’s character, and added the two can learn from what happened.White called it a misunderstanding Jonah Williams Jersey
, and said he respects Applewhite.On Thursday, Oliver said, there is no lingering tension between him and Applewhite. “That’s in the past, and I’m ready to go play ball,” he added.Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team determined the confrontation was a non-issue.The Bills were so high on Oliver, they entertained the possibility of trading up a few spots for the opportunity to draft him. That option wasn’t required after Oliver dropped several spots due to the New York Giants selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick, and Oakland using the fourth pick to select Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell.“You never know how it’s going to fall. There were other good players on offense, too, that were around,” Beane said. “But this was a pick that we felt fit a need as well.”Beane had several options open after addressing numerous needs, mostly on offense, by signing 18 veterans in free agency over the past two months.Oliver joins a defense that allowed the second fewest yards in the NFL last season. And he becomes the first defensive tackle selected in the first round by Buffalo since the team drafted Marcell Dareus with the third pick in 2011.The Bills have nine picks left and spread over the final six rounds, including the 40th overall pick in the second round.