Younghoe Koo kicked a 25-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining and rookie Bijan Robinson turned in another dynamic performance Sunday, rallying the Atlanta Falcons to a 25-24 victory over Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers .
Robinson rushed for 124 yards on 19 carries and had four catches for another 48 yards, showing why the Falcons (2-0) selected him with the No. 8 pick in the draft, even though running backs rarely go that far. high.
The Packers (1-1) squandered a 24-12 lead and three more touchdown passes from Love, who now has a half-dozen scoring throws in his first two games replacing Aaron Rodgers in “Titletown” .
Atlanta’s young quarterback Desmond Ridder had a 6-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-4 with just under 12 minutes left.
Then it was Ridder and Robinson teaming up for two more drives that resulted in Koo making field goals, including a 39-yarder with 8:13 left.
Robinson had 56 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards in his NFL debut, a 24-10 victory over the Panthers.
He was even better against the Packers.
Love wasn’t too bad either, especially considering the injury-depleted offense surrounding him. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 151 yards and connected with two rookies on his three touchdowns.
But the Packers’ offense dried up in the final quarter, allowing the Falcons to improve to 2-0 for just the 11th time in franchise history.
Love went to second-round pick Jayden Reed for touchdowns of 10 and 9 yards – the first scores of the receiver’s young career.
Love is also linked to Dontayvion Wicks on a 32-yard touchdown run that gave the fifth-round pick his first touchdown as a professional.
The Packers were missing three injured starters on offense and lost another during the game, leaving Love to play behind a patched-up line.
Koo made four field goals to make up for a missed extra point that left the Falcons trailing 10-9 at halftime.
Packers: FB Aaron Jones (hamstring), WR Christian Watson (hamstring) and LT David Bakhtiari (knee) did not dress, and Green Bay lost another offensive starter when left guard Elgton Jenkins went down in the first half due to a knee injury.
Falcons: No injuries were reported during the game, but the inactive list included one surprise. RB Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) did not play for the second straight week despite not being included in the team’s final injury report.
Packers: Face another NFC South team, the New Orleans Saints, in Green Bay’s home opener at Lambeau Field.
Falcons: Stay in the NFC North for their first road game of the season, traveling to Ford Field in Detroit to meet the Lions.
Associated Press reporting.
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