During the game-winning drive, Dalton found Tyler Boyd for four catches, including two on fourth down plays, as the Bengals drove 75 yards in 16 plays to overcome a late five-point deficit. Their two-point conversion try failed, but they were able to keep the Falcons out of the end zone and field goal range to seal the win. Green was playing in his first game back in Georgia, where he went to college, and had four catches for 78 yards on the day.
For the Falcons, they dropped yet another close game, and a second straight game when scoring at least 36 points. They are the first team in NFL history to do that, as they reached 30 points for a third straight week, and Matt Ryan now has 10 touchdowns on the year, including eight in the pass two weeks, this after recording 20 in all of 2017. Matt Bryant also had a big day with three field goals, including a 55-yard score, but the Falcons fell to 1-3 on the year.
The Bengals were playing without starting running back Joe Mixon, who missed a second straight game following knee surgery. Giovani Bernard took over in the backfield and ran for 69 yards and a score. That played a role in Dalton's success, as he overcame an interception to throw for 336 yards in the win. Tight end Tyler Eifert was a top target for the QB, as he finished with four catches for 38 yards, including a 15-yard score in the first quarter.
The Bengals now sit in a tie for first in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens, who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. They will be back home next week to battle the Miami Dolphins, who will be coming off of their first loss against the New England Patriots. The Falcons will look to get over the hump when they visit the Steelers at Heinz Field.