The Falcons almost pulled a comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals in their second preseason game, but ultimately lost 24-19. Dominique Davis put the Falcons in scoring position with only a few seconds left on the clock, but a dropped pass by James Rodgers on fourth down ended the Falcons chance to pulling the come from behind victory.
The Falcons starters got extensive reps, playing into the second quarter before being pulled. Matt Ryan had another solid performance, completing 18 of 21 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown. Ryan completed his first 11 passes on the night before suffering his first incompletion at the start of the second quarter. Chris Redman entered the game thereafter, and completed 10 of 15 passes for 106 yards and an interception. John Parker Wilson got limited work in the fourth quarter, completing 2 of 3 passes for 5 yards before making way for Davis. Davis ended the night 11 of 18 for 121 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Jacquizz Rodgers led rushers with 24 yards on 4 carries. Davis added 21 yards on 2 carries. Dimitri Nance had 4 carries for 16 yards. Michael Turner got the start, but only had -3 yards on 3 carries. Roddy White and LaMark Brown led receivers with 4 catches each, for 54 and 47 yards respectively. Brown also caught a touchdown pass. Lousaka Polite caught Ryan’s touchdown pass, finishing the game with 2 catches for 9 yards. Tony Gonzalez (3 catches, 44 yards), Julio Jones (3 catches, 41 yards), and Marcus Jackson (3 catches, 40 yards) also topped the receiving charts. Matt Bryant hit on two field goal attempts of 22 and 20 yards. Matt Bosher had 4 punts for an average of 30.3 yards, with all four landing inside the 20-yard line. Jacquizz Rodgers returned 3 kickoffs for an average of 23 yards, with James Rodgers returning 2 kickoffs for an average of 25 yards. Dominique Franks and Tim Toone each had a pair of punt returns for 13 and 12 yards, respectively.
Defensively, the Falcons were able to force a turnover early in the game and held the Bengals to 17 first downs and 322 total yards. They also tallied a sack. Darrin Walls led defenders with 5 tackles. John Abraham (2 tackles), Thomas DeCoud (1 tackle, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery), Peria Jerry (2 tackles, 1 sack), William Moore (3 tackles, 1 forced fumble), Dunta Robinson (3 tackles), and Sean Weatherspoon (2 tackles) had noteworthy games.