Atlanta Falcons lead Eagles 20-3 at halftime


The Atlanta Falcons have been dominating the Philadelphia Eagles and have a 20-3 lead at halftime. Who saw this coming?

The Falcons’ defense has been electric, shutting down the high-paced Eagles offense. Players were swarming in numbers and tackling well. At times, the defense could easily be mistaken for something you would expect in Seattle. The unit played with great energy and speed, with Dan Quinn’s identity stamped all over it.

Atlanta took the lead with a Matt Bryant 41-yard field goal, but Ryan was picked off in the end zone on the next series after an incredible leaping catch from Kiko Alonso. Early in the second, Ryan connected with Julio Jones on a 4-yard strike to make it 10-0. Philadelphia was able to cut the lead by three with a Cody Parkey 29-yard field goal.

Atlanta would move the ball with ease again, but once again stalled in the red zone. Bryant converted a 39-yarder to give the Falcons a 13-3 lead. Moments later, Grady Jarrett’s pressure forced Sam Bradford into a poor throw which was picked off by William Moore. The Falcons converting it into another Jones touchdown, and it’s 20-3.

First half notes:

  • Defense was excellent, tackling well and swarming in numbers
  • Tevin Coleman had a solid first half
  • Devonta Freeman ran hard all half
  • Julio Jones was, well, Julio
  • Roddy White is holding back the hand’s of time
  • Mike Person with some poor snaps to Matt Ryan
  • Offense moving ball well, but lacking red zone efficiency
  • Plenty of play-action passing

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