The Falcons’ offensive line had a long day against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
The unit, which had played well in the previous three games, was shredded for seven sacks and allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to be hit 12 times.
But with the game on the line and the Falcons backed up, the unit held long enough to let Ryan launch a 59-yard pass from the back of the end zone.
“We didn’t play our best ball today, but that just goes to show you that we always have a chance,” center Todd McClure said. “If we’ve got the ball and are within a score, we always have a shot. We found a way to win.”
Ryan made a plea for the line to dig in on that long throw. He knew he had to cover a lot of ground and needed