Atlanta Falcons hold off Oakland Raiders to win first game of the season

OAKLAND -- The Atlanta Falcons survived a slugfest with the Oakland Raiders to come away with its first victory of the season, winning 35-28 at Coliseum Sunday. 

Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 26 of 34 passes to throw for 396 yards and three touchdown. Receivers Julio Jones and Justin Hardy caught passes from Ryan that they took into end zone, as well as tight end Jacob Tamme.

Running back Tevin Coleman secured the win for the Falcons on a 13-yard touchdown run to put the Falcons up by 14 points late in the game. 

Coleman's touchdown was crucial because Andre Holmes caught a short pass from Derek Carr to cut the deficit to a touchdown with roughly two minutes to play.

Atlanta's offense was able to run the clock down before punting with 10 seconds on the clock, and the defense was able to get one more stop on a last second effort by the Raiders. 

Carr threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders rushed for 155 yards and racked up 454 total yards.

Atlanta's backs Coleman and Devonta Freeman combined for 139 rushing yards, and the Falcons finished with 525 total yards.

The Falcons improve to 1-1 on the season, and they continue a tough stretch of their schedule next Monday against the New Orleans Saints on the road for their next NFC South test.

PHOTOS | Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders


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