Don’t stop me now. Atlanta is red hot, and they kept the string rolling, rallying late to beat the Nashville Renegades 31-24, for their sixth victory in a row.
“We’re really hitting our stride. It’s coming real smooth lately like it’s nice and lubed up,” said Atlanta coach Rob Ryan. “I like the way we’re playing, we’ve just got to keep up this intensity.”
Nashville opened the scoring with a 1-yard Jordan Howard touchdown, and Atlanta answered methodically, with a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Matt Breida finished it off with a 3-yard run to make it 7-7.
After the teams traded a pair of punts, Nashville surged with 10-straight points, including a 69-yard Tyreek Hill run.
Atlanta narrowed the gap with an 11-play, 63-yard drive. Nick Arbuckle hit Robert Davis for a 9-yard touchdown to pull within 17-14 with 30 seconds left in the half.
They tied the game midway through the third on a 30-yard Wil Lutz field goal and pulled ahead 24-17 on a 7-yard pass from Arbuckle to Preston Williams with 2:50 left in the third.
Nashville got back on the board with 4:06 left. AJ McCarron found Hill on a 23-yard pass to tie the game at 24-24.
The Firebirds were undeterred, driving 59 yards in 8 plays on the ensuing drive. Arbuckle found Kyran Moore for a 10-yard touchdown, his third scoring toss and the final blow in a 31-24 victory.
Arbuckle was strong again, completing 20 of 33 for 210 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Ricky Seals-Jones was his top target, catching 6 passes for 100 yards. Moore hauled in 5 for 50 and the score.
Aldon Smith led the defense with 10 tackles. Kony Ealy posted 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. Ethan Westbrooks added another sack, and Eric Berry hauled in an interception.
Now sitting at 7-2 and tied for second in the Southern Division, the Firebirds look to keep the streak going as they travel to play the 3-6 Dallas Six-Shooters. When they met in week four, Atlanta shutout Dallas 31-0.