Despite six turnovers, the Falcons offense was able to move the ball well against a very good Cardinals defense. However, they can't continue to turn the ball over if they want to win against great teams. But getting 23 points and 354 yards on offense against one of the better defensive teams in the league showed they can move the ball on anyone.
Performances of note were Roddy White's eight catches for 123 yards. Harry Douglas had his best game of four catches for 48 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers also had 10 total touches for 51 yards. Even more interesting is that despite the large amount of pressure allowed on Ryan, he was sacked just once all day.
Opening the quarter at their own 20-yard line, Matt Ryan handed the ball off to Jacquizz Rodgers for a four-yard draw. On the second down play, the ball was tipped but could have been a pass interference. On 3rd-and-6 from their own 24, Ryan hit Harry Douglas for the first down and another 12 yards.
Michael Turner took the next play for a one-yard gain but had he actually hit the hole hard, it's a big gain. Matt Ryan hit Roddy White for the three-yard gain on second down. On 3rd-and-6 from their own 40, Ryan hit Drew Davis for a 5-yard gain, but it set up the fourth down and a punt.
Starting from their own 30-yard line, Ryan hit Douglas for an 11-yard gain to open the drive. The next play was a deep pass to Douglas for another 26 yards. Then Ryan hit White at the 15-yard line for another 18-yard gain.
On 1st-and-10 from the Cardinals 15, Turner gained five yards on a run right up the middle. Then on 2nd-and-5 from the 10, Ryan attempted to hit Harry Douglas, but missed high. On 3rd-and-5 from the Cardinals 10, Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez to pick up the first down at the one-yard line.
The Falcons set up a goal-to-go situation from the one. On 1st-and-goal, Michael Turner finally got the push needed to score a touchdown and hit the hole hard to actually get that touchdown.
After the big John Abraham sack set up the punt, the Falcons took over at their own 36. Turner opened the drive with three yards. Then on the second down play, Ryan threw the ball that was deflected and then intercepted by Sam Acho.
The final drive of the game started with a quick one-yard run by Michael Turner. Then on second down, he took it another seven yards. On 3rd-and-2 from the Falcons 32, Jacquizz Rodgers took it eight yards for the first down and the clincher.
After taking over at their own 41-yard line, Michael Turner took the first carry and got no yards on it. On second down, Ryan threw the ball away on what looked like a designed screen. For 3rd-and-10 from their own 41, Todd McClure got called for a false start.
On 3rd-and-15 from their own 36, Ryan threw the ball away but the Cardinals got called for a roughing the passer penalty that gave the Falcons a first down from the Cardinals 49-yard line. After the penalty, Ryan tried hit Roddy White for a deep pass but there wasn't enough air under the ball.
On second down, White caught the ball for a four-yard gain to set up a 3rd-and-6 from the Cardinals 45. For the third down play, Ryan hit Jason Snelling for the first down gain. However, Snelling fumbled the ball and the Cardinals recovered.
The play was supposed to be reviewed though because it looked like the Cardinals player who threw the ball back into the field of play was out of bounds when he touched the ball. The play was upheld because Mike Smith threw his challenge flag and then he got called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
On the second drive of the half, Ryan opened up with a short pass to White for a 1-yard loss. Then on 2nd-and-11, Ryan missed a short pass to Turner. On 3rd-and-11 from their own 4, Ryan hit Julio Jones for just four yards and forced the punt.
On the final drive of the quarter, Ryan telegraphed his throw on a bootleg that was undercut by Daryl Washington for his fourth interception of the game.
On a 3rd-and-6 to open the quarter, Matt Ryan hit Roddy White for a 9-yard gain. After a first down run by Jacquizz Rodgers gained two yards, Julio Jones tripped on the route and missed the ball. Tony Gonzalez came through on third down with the crucial catch for the first down to bring it to the 48-yard line.
The very next first down was a play-action pass to Rodgers for three yards. On second down, Ryan missed Gonzalez deep on a play that could have been called for pass interference. Then on 3rd-and-7, Jacquizz Rodgers took a short pass and brought it nine yards for the first down.
Turner looked like he was about to go down at the line of scrimmage but then broke three tackles for a gain of six yards. He followed that up with a three-yard gain to set up a 3rd-and-inches. On third-and-short, the Falcons couldn't block the Cardinals defenders and were stopped to set up a long field goal attempt.
The Falcons opened their second offensive drive of the quarter from their own 9-yard line. The first play of the drive was a Ryan quick hit on a deep ball to Roddy White for 37 yards. On the play after the deep pass, Ryan hit Jason Snelling for a quick 4-yard pass.
On 2nd-and-6, Turner gained 10 yards on a draw play right up the middle. Roddy White got another 18 yards on the first down play after the big Turner run to give the Falcons the ball at the Arizona 20-yard line. On first down from the 20, Roddy gained seven more yards to set up a shorter 2nd down play.
For the 2nd-and-3 from the 13, Turner gained enough yards for the first down. On 1st-and-goal from the Arizona 9, Todd McClure looked like he got hurt, and the Falcons couldn't get the ball back to the line of scrimmage.
Harry Douglas was in the backfield on the second down play and on the screen, he gained just one-yard to set up a 3rd-and-goal from the Cardinals 9 at the two minute warning. The third down play was knocked away on a pass to Roddy White and set up a field goal.
On the final drive before the half, Ryan hit Jason Snelling for a 13-yard screen to bring it out to the 33-yard line. Then Jacquizz Rodgers took the next pass for another 18-yards to bring it to midfield. On first down from midfield, Ryan missed Julio Jones on a potential 12-yard pass.
For second down with just eight second left, Ryan hit Julio Jones for 20 yards and set up a quick field goal attempt with two seconds left on the clock.
The first play of the game, Roddy White bobbled the ball and it was intercepted by the Cardinals and brought to the Falcons' 10.
The first play after the interception was a Michael Turner run for no gain. He still isn't hitting the holes hard at all. Then, Ryan attempted a throw to Turner and he dropped it. It's about time to bench him long term. Then on the third play on the drive, Ryan couldn't throw against the blitz and almost threw an interception.
To open the next drive, Ryan finally hit his first pass of the game to Tony Gonzalez for a first down and 12 yards. Then Ryan hit Julio Jones on a quick hitter for eight yards to set up a short 2nd down but then Turner failed to hit the hole hard and got stopped for no gain. On 3rd-and-3, Ryan telegraphed the play to the defense and they tipped it. Ryan got lucky that Jacquizz Rodgers was there to catch it.
The first play after the big stop was a short run by Turner to midfield. On second down, Ryan got hit for a five-yard loss by Ronald Talley on a sack. On 3rd-and-13, Roddy White caught the ball for a first down. He fumbled it but it luckily it went out of bounds.
On first down, Ryan went deep to Roddy White and it looked like he could have been in, but the Falcons didn't challenge it. On second down, the ball got tipped and William Gay intercepted it.
The first play after the second interception was another Turner run, this time for four yards. On 2nd-and-6, Ryan aired the ball out too high on an attempt to Gonzalez. For 3rd-and-6, Ryan threw yet another pick and the Cardinals took it at the 18-yard line.
On first down after the second field goal, Ryan hit Jacquizz Rodgers for a 5-yard gain. Then an illegal motion penalty negated that gain to set up a 2nd-and-10. On that second down play, Ryan handed it to Rodgers for another four yards and to end the quarter.