Quick Hits: Atlanta Falcons lead erratic San Francisco 49ers, 24-14, at halftime
- Updated: August 1, 2013
It’s the biggest game of both their careers, and both quarterbacks have proven themselves up to the task through the first half of the NFC Championship Game. Nevertheless, the story of the game so far has been the play of the receivers and running backs, who have come up big for both teams.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was a monster in the first quarter as the Falcons dominated the San Francisco 49ers on both sides of the ball.
Just two minutes into the game, Jones capped off an impressive 80-yard opening drive with a 67-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Matt Ryan.
Jones followed up that feat with an awesome one-handed touchdown catch. The 20-yard reception was reviewed to ensure he had not stepped out of the end zone before completing the catch, and the play stood as called.
But after a dominant first quarter in which they held 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to one yard passing on two drives, the Atlanta defense has started to struggle. Running back Frank Gore is wearing them down with a series of punishing runs, while Kaepernick seems to be waking up at last. The result has been a pair of quick but predictable touchdowns.
Fortunately, Matt Ryan has just roused himself from his torpor to throw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez — his third of the afternoon.
Nevertheless, this Falcons team must find a way to assert itself on defense if they hope not to melt away yet again under the hot lights of the NFL playoffs.
I am SO SICK of this Riley Cooper shit.
SO he got drunk and said a Racial Slur..............So Fucking WHAT
Damn.................The media acts like he tried to kill someone
Alright guys I'm out. Gonna go kick Matt Ryan in the noodle arm.
Meaning I'm going to bed and are gonna dream such an event.
Bucs were the no. 9 Offense in the league last yr with the Worst Secondary in the league for D.
Why would I be remiss for thinking they are Top Five with two ProBowl guards returning and the Whole Offense in the Second yr of consistency WITH a better D???
Going to play Poker at the Casino tomorrow night! I would ask for you guys to wish me luck but that would indicate that I was Gambling................lol
@gatrbuc17 sup gatr? GO BUCS
@smtate91 morning, me and conch are on the fantasy article since this one is like 8 months late. idk where everyone will end up this morning though
@falconsriseup19 was curious myself maybe they put it out to rib the ATL fans in here
Chuck fucking Norris. (Tyler is only 10)
@FalconsFan0125 Peace Bro
@Dr. Prof. Reggie later
Because we said NO!
@Dr. Prof. Reggie Didnt u grow up around a baseball park?
@FalconsFan0125 Like I said...............Rays Vs the Braves in the Series
Nobody cares about Curling.
@gatrbuc17 Lol. Good Luck, Sir!
@gatrbuc17 BACK SHORTLY
@FalconsFan0125 Falcons Fans and Bucs fans FIGHTING
@gatrbuc17 The Braves need to play like this in October. They would be unstoppable.
@Dr. Prof. Reggie Free is always good
And that's because I get in for free.
@Dr. Prof. Reggie Braves games are so much fun!
@_MKE_ The Pitching is starting to step up. But it remains to be seen if these young guys can perform in the playoffs. They picked up a veteran to play in the BP so hopefully he keeps them calm..