Atlanta Falcons Rushing Attack shines when needed most as QB Marcus Mariota struggles

The Atlanta Falcons entered Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns with the league’s fifth-best rushing attack and needed every yard to leave Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a 23-20 victory.

For the second time in as many home games this season, Atlanta rushed for over 200 yards, but unlike in Week 1’s 27-26 loss to the New Orleans Saints, it got contributions from a variety of sources and came out on top.

NFC Offensive Player of the Month Cordarrelle Patterson got off to a strong start with a touchdown in the first quarter, but the knee swelling that had hampered him all week and made him questionable when he entered the game limited his availability. He finished with just nine carries for a season-low 38 yards and a score.

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