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Drake London helps spark furious Falcons comeback against Rams

London’s 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:20 left in the third quarter started the comeback and made it 28-10.

“It was a fast road,” London said. “I trust (quarterback Marcus) Mariota to put him in there and keep me safe and score a touchdown.”

The Falcons began to surge after the Rams scored a field goal to make it 31-10.

They added an 11-yard touchdown from Olamide Zaccheaus and got their first blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown since they did it in the Miracle game at Lambeau in the 2003 playoffs.” It all just lit up (the sidelines),” London said. “It was the spark we needed. It arrived late, but we needed it for sure.

The Falcons defense got the ball back on offense, but they couldn’t score for the win.

“Every day that’s what Coach Arthur (Smith) preaches,” London said. “We will continue to fight. We will continue until we understand this thing.

London, who was the eighth player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, caught five passes for 74 yards in the 27-26 loss to the Saints.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy at all,” London said. “There is a lot of work going into it. Lots of details. Persistence. But other than that, this team makes me feel comfortable there.

London missed most of the exhibition season with a knee injury.

“They gave me all the confidence in the world to be myself there,” London said. “That’s why I appreciate this program and this ball club.”

East London from Moorpark, which is about an hour’s drive away.

“Obviously it was fun,” London said of his touchdown take. “Getting my first touchdown in front of my family. In front of my audience. But at the end of the day, we lost. We try to win in this league. That’s all that matters, right? So we have things to clean up. We have a lot to do. We’ll get to it. »

He didn’t know how many people had made the trip.

“I couldn’t tell you,” London said.

As the teams doubled tight end Kyle PItts, Mariota relied on the rookie.

“Drake will continue to learn,” Mariota said. “He will continue to grow. But he did a great job for us. That being said, we have to keep finding ways to distribute the ball because I think we have a great group.

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Atlanta Falcons 2022 NFL Schedule

September 11: Saints 27, Falcons 26

September 18: Rams 31, Falcons 27

Sept. 25 in Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Oct. 2 vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Oct. 9 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Oct. 16 vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m.

Oct. 23 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

October 30 c. Carolina, 1 p.m.

Nov. 6 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.

November 10 at Carolina, 8:15 p.m.

Nov. 20 vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Nov. 27 in Washington, 1 p.m.

Dec. 4 vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

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December 18 in New Orleans, TBD

Dec. 24 in Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Jan. 1 vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.

Jan. 8 vs. Tampa Bay, TBD