Younghoe Koo
ATLANTA (AP) — Desmond Ridder may not be the Falcons’ starting quarterback for 2023, but the rookie from Cincinnati at least will head into the offseason with a win to his credit.
Atlanta’s Younghoe Koo booted a 41-yard field goal in overtime after the Carolina Panthers missed a pair of kicks that could have won the game.
ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Smith said his Atlanta Falcons won’t always be able to run the ball as effectively as they did against the Cleveland Browns, who were missing three starters on their defensive line.

New faces: QB Marcus Mariota, WR Drake London, CB Casey Hayward, WR Bryan Edwards, RB Damien Williams, OLB Lorenzo Carter, LB Rashaan Evans, OG Elijah Wilkinson, P Bradley Pinion, OL Germain Ifedi, QB Desmond Ridder, RB Tyler Allgeier.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Left tackle Jake Matthews, a durable mainstay on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line for eight seasons, signed a three-year, $55 million extension on Wednesday that will carry through the 2026 season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Younghoe Koo, who has given the Atlanta Falcons a reliable option on field goals and extra points since 2019, has signed a five-year, $25.25 million contract as an unrestricted free agent.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Cordarrelle Patterson, LB Foyesade Oluokun, TE Lee Smith, TE Hayden Hurst, S Erik Harris, PK Younghoe Koo, WR Russell Gage, QB A.J.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There were only so many mistakes the sloppy Saints could overcome.

And a new starting quarterback on the heels of Jameis Winston’s season-ending knee injury was the least of their problems.
Matt Ryan hit Cordarrelle Patterson for a 64-yard gain with a minute to go, setting up Younghoe Koo’s 29-yard field goal as time expired, and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 27-25.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — One of the last things Tyler Bass does before leaving the Buffalo Bills locker room for the opening kickoff is apply eye black over his left cheek.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Matt Ryan fell asleep during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, and wasn’t even aware until waking up Sunday morning that the Atlanta Braves are heading to the World Series.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons placed cornerback Isaiah Oliver and punter Cameron Nizialek on injured reserve Tuesday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants are hurting in more ways than one.

Having three starters leave the game with injuries in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday was the physical hurt.
Younghoe Koo kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play and the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Giants 17-14 to give coach Arthur Smith his first NFL win Sunday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — All season, the prolific Kansas City offense had been putting the Chiefs in position to capture the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.