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Much like the Chiefs game, the Falcons offense looked great in the first half and even the first 20 minutes of the second half. But they went dead in the last ten minutes of the game as they just went conservative. Overall, the offense played efficient ball and scored quickly.
Well, Michael Turner is back. He opens the quarter with another great carry for 25 yards. Then another pas to Gonzalez for nine yards. The first mistake of the season happens as Ryan throws a bad pass under pressure to Gonzalez for his first interception.
The second drive of the quarter starts with a seven-yard carry by Michael Turner. Then he follows it back up with an 18-yard run. Then the all-Michael Turner drive ends on a seven-yard run by Turner for a touchdown.
The third drive started with a short pair of Jacquizz Rodgers runs and finishes on a short Matt Ryan scramble out of the pocket leading to a punt. The fourth drive started with a Jacquizz Rodgers run to bring the game to the two minute warning.
The first play of the drive was a no-gain pass to Turner. Then there was a tight coverage pass that went through Jones' hands. On the first third down of the half, Ryan hits Roddy White for a 19-yard gain and the first down. Michael Turner provides a four-yard gain on first down running the ball and then Harry Douglas provides a three-yard gain catching it.
On another third down conversion, the Falcons hit Tony Gonzalez for another easy mismatch against a linebacker for another first down. The Falcons running game has been developing into a legitimate threat, especially on draw plays as seen from the Jacquizz Rodgers runs. Sam Baker allows his first sack of the season on third-and-three to Antwan Barnes to force a punt.
The second drive started off with a pair of quick completions. One to Rodgers and one to Gonzalez to give the Falcons a quick first down. Michael Turner may not be the back he once was but he can still get three yards. Gonzalez closes out the third quarter with a 15-yard reception.
The Falcons started their first second quarter drive off with a Michael Turner run for just a couple of yards. On third-and-five, the Falcons allowed a sack, however there was a defensive holding call to cancel the play out and extend the Falcons drive. The Falcons finally started moving the ball with a pair of completions to Julio Jones and Harry Douglas.
The run offense still isn't able to get going, though. The Falcons have got to do something in their future games to get some sort of rushing yards. On back-to-back third downs, Roddy White was the key receiver for Ryan's throws to get the conversions. On another third down play, Ryan found Snelling underneath to get another first down.
The long drive shows just what the Falcons offense can do. The way they have held the ball and played keep away after a turnover has been brilliant. But even more important is how they were able to score after the turnover to create a 14-point swing after the Ryan touchdown pass to Gonzalez.
On the final drive of the half, the Falcons open up with a 13-yard pass to Gonzalez. They then follow it up with a play-action for six yards to Julio Jones. They close the drive out with a nine-yard fade to Julio Jones for the touchdown.
Julio Jones struck early with a 19 yard play to open the game on a high note. Tony Gonzalez caught a nine yard pass right after that. The Falcons started to utilize the diminutive Jacquizz Rodgers early on as well and didn't have a negative play on their first eight plays. They capped the drive off with an eight yard touchdown pass to Jacquizz Rodgers.
Michael Turner gets a quick catch for a yard to start the second drive off. Roddy White gets a five-yard catch on second down and then another one to convert the third down. However, the Falcons got gigged for a five-yard penalty for illegal formation. On the second chance for third down, Ryan overthrew Roddy White for a failed conversion.
The Falcons tried to get the running game going early in the third drive with a short run by Turner. The Falcons got a penalty in their favor to give the offense an early first down and keep the ball moving. Turner got a six-yard run to give the team a third-and-four. Tony Gonzalez got the pass on third-and-four for the conversion around the 50-yard line.
Jacquizz Rodgers had an excellent nine-yard run. Matt Ryan threw a touchdown to Roddy White, but White pushed off on the play and got called for it to create a second-and-11. Ryan checked into a draw on second down and then the Falcons failed to get the first down on third-and-13.