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The Atlanta Falcons continue to surge under interim coach Raheem Morris, making them a team to watch over the second half of the season despite their horrendous start.
Quarterback Matt Ryan finished 25-of-35 for 284 yards with three touchdowns and an interception as Atlanta beat the Denver Broncos 34-27. The Falcons (3-6) improved to 3-1 since parting ways with Dan Quinn and elevating Morris.
Ryan has lifted his play, completing at least 70% of his passes in each of the past four games while throwing eight touchdowns to two interceptions. His hot streak continued Sunday despite the absence of Calvin Ridley, who was sidelined with a foot injury. Second-year player Olamide Zaccheaus stepped into the starting role and posted four catches for 103 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter that put Atlanta ahead 10-0 and in the driver’s seat.