The Falcons caught a massive break earlier on Sunday, as Green Bay defeated the Detroit Lions in a thriller at Lambeau Field. The Lions loss, meant that with a win over Tampa, the Falcons would secure the 5th seed and avoid having to travel to the Mercedez Benz Superdome again.
You could say the Falcons started fast, as within 20 minutes of play, the Falcons led 35-0. The Falcons easily moved the ball on offense early with Michael Turner, who came out of the game at halftime with 172 yards and 2 touchdowns off 11 carries. Rookie WR Julio Jones, also chipped in with two touchdowns, both showing off his incredible athleticism.
While the offense dominated, the defense also showed up in the first half with three turnovers. Starting with a CB Dominique Franks interception and then strip – sack – fumble delivered by DE John Abraham on the following Bucs possession. LB Curtis Lofton also joined the party with a pick 6 soon after extending the Falcons lead to 35-0.
The Falcons in total control pulled Abraham, Ryan and Gonzalez at halftime and gradually pulled a few more players as the game progressed.
With Chris Redman in at QB, the Falcons were less efficient and began to get complacent, after a pick of Redman by Elbert Mack, the Bucs began to show signs of life and at one stage were down by only 16, which was surprised considering they were down by 42 earlier in the game.
The Falcons rode it out, whilst remaining unimpressive in the second half, the first was truly a wonder to behold and showed exactly what the Falcons can do.
As I am writing the Cowboys – Giants game is about to start, the winner will have a home tie against our Atlanta Falcons next week in the PLAYOFFS!