Two turnovers, including wacky INT-TD, give Falcons 21-10 halftime lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 8, 2013 – 1:20 pm


GREEN BAY — A pair of turnovers, one of them on a wacky play, gave the Falcons 14 points in the second quarter as they took a 21-10 lead into halftime on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Falcons quickly answered Green Bay’s touchdown on the final play of the first quarter with a seven-play, 78-yard drive for the tying score.

RB Steven Jackson got things started with a 22-yard run. Then, facing third-and-3 on the Green Bay 36-yard line, Falcons QB Matt Ryan hit WR Drew Davis over the middle for a touchdown. Davis beat S Morgan Burnett in coverage and then made S M.D. Jennings miss the tackle in the open field as he cruised into the end zone.

Atlanta wasted no time getting the lead, as S William Moore blitzed untouched on the first play of the Packers’ next possession, sacking QB Matt Flynn and forcing a fumble. Atlanta DE Malliciah Goodman recovered at the Green Bay 13-yard line, and the Falcons needed just four plays to score. Ryan hit a 10-yard pass to WR Roddy White on third-and-9, making it first-and-goal on the 2, and then a play-action pass to a wide-open TE Tony Gonzalez gave the Falcons a 14-7 lead.

The Packers responded with a 40-yard drive for a field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10. Flynn hit passes of 18 and 13 yards to WR Jordy Nelson, but on third-and-9 from the Atlanta 13, Falcons DE Corey Peters sacked Flynn for a 9-yard loss, forcing K Mason Crosby to make a 40-yard FG with 3:39 left in the half.

A wacky play then concluded the half, as the Packers appeared to be driving for a late score. Flynn’s dump-off pass deflected off the hands of FB John Kuhn, and the ball then deflected off the foot of Falcons LB Paul Worrilow and into the hands of LB Sean Weatherspoon, who returned it 71 yards for a TD with 23 seconds left in the half.

The Packers didn’t have much pursuit on the return, with several players believing the play was dead, but replay confirmed the TD as the ball never touched the ground. The score gave the Falcons a 21-10 lead.

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