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Raiders vs. Falcons: Oakland's upset bid falls just short

The Oakland Raiders fell just short of upsetting the Atlanta Falcons, falling, 23-20, on a late field goal by Matt Bryant.

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Ghosts of Raiders pasts showed in 12 penalties

The Oakland Raiders could have beaten the Atlanta Falcons if it weren't for their 12 penalties for a total of 110 yards. This undisciplined play harkens back to Raiders teams of old.

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Finding the positives in the Raiders loss

There has to be some good signs from the Raiders almost dishing out the first loss of the season to the Atlanta Falcons, right?

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Bryant field goal lifts Falcons past Raiders

Matt Bryant kicked a 55 yard field goal with just one second left on the clock, lifting the Falcons to a 23-20 win over the Raiders.

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Raiders and Falcons tied after third quarter

The Oakland Raiders allowed six unanswered points in the third quarter and are now tied with the Atlanta Falcons at 13 apiece entering the final quarter of play.

The Falcons closed the gap to 13-10 after a nine-play, 47-yard drive ended with a 41-yard field goal by kicker Matt Bryant. On the next possession, Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by defensive end John Abraham.

The Raiders were able to keep Atlanta from advancing the ball any further following the turnover, but the Falcons managed to tie things up after a 20-yard field goal by Bryant.

The Raiders have outgained the Falcons in total offense, 281-217. Oakland has also kept running back Michael Turner at bay, as he has accumulated just eight carries for 23 yards. Matt Ryan has been picked off three times by Oakland's secondary, although he had no interceptions in the third quarter.

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Oakland up 13-7 on Atlanta at half

A Carson Palmer toss to Denarius Moore inside the two-minute warning pushed the Oakland Raiders to a 13-7 lead over the Atlanta Falcons at halftime in early action from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Struggling to turn offense into points all day, the Raiders had kicked two field goals, including one to cap a promising drive.

Trying to respond to a Matt Ryan touchdown pass to Roddy White, the Oakland Raiders put together a 10-play, 86-yard drive that got them to the goal line. But a goal-line stand from the Atlanta Falcons defense forced the Raiders to settle for another Sebastian Janikowski field goal to bring the score to 7-6.

The Raiders' defense has forced three interceptions from Ryan, who started the season very strong and among the league leaders in quarterback rating.

It was Ryan's third interception that proved the key for the Raiders' first touchdown, as the pick gave Oakland great field position — inside the Falcons' 30-yard line — and two plays later, Palmer and Moore made the connection to give the Raiders the lead.

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Janikowski gives Oakland 3-0 lead after one

A Sunday afternoon showdown between the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons has turned into a thoroughly defensive battle through the first quarter, as both teams have moved the ball, but have committed costly early turnovers and head to the second quarter with the Raiders up, 3-0.

A missed field goal from Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant spoiled the first chance either team got at scoring points after an interception from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and a Darren McFadden fumble cost each team.

With the Falcons driving again later in the first quarter, Ryan was intercepted again on a deep ball intended for receiver Julio Jones. Raiders safety Michael Huff intercepted Ryan, who had enjoyed a fast start to his 2012 campaign.

A similarly successful Raiders drive was stalled on a pass interference call with the Raiders just outside the red zone, and Oakland was forced to settle for a 52-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski.

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Khalif Barnes headlines Raiders inactives

The Oakland Raiders will be without right tackle Khalif Barnes and cornerback Shawntae Spencer against the Atlanta Falcons

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Raiders face tough opponent in the Falcons

The Falcons wish to stay undefeated and the Raiders are looking to right a rapidly sinking ship.

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NFL Week 6 TV schedule and coverage maps

Previewing all of Sunday's NFL action for Week 6.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey listed as probable for Sunday

The Oakland wide receiver might play his first game since suffering a concussion in a Week 3 matchup against the Steelers.

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Raiders' Richard Seymour limited, Tommy Kelly DNP

The Raiders wrapped up practice on Thursday with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly not participating.

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Odds not in Raiders favor against Falcons

Oddsmakers see the Falcons taking out the visiting Raiders on Sunday from the Georgia Dome.

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Raiders looking for more sacks against Atlanta

The Raiders are tied for last place in sacks in the NFL this season, though Richard Seymour offered up a few answers.

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Oakland secondary must step up vs. Falcons

Matt Ryan has had a lot of success this year throwing to his two stud receeivers, Julio Jones and Roddy White. Will the Raiders be able to contain either of them this week?

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