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Peyton Manning started the game by doing something that he had done
only twice before. Unfortunately for Manning, the 'accomplishment' was
not in his favor as he threw three interceptions(all on Denver's first
three possessions) which led Atlanta scoring 2 times on the 3 turnovers.
Despite the turnovers, Denver's defense stood strong by only allowing
10 points off the 3 interceptions (13 total points when off TO's including a
fumble by Knowshon Moreno) The Falcons would however, force Denver to punt. Which ended with the Falcon's offense going 51 yards in 5 plays which was capped of with a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez giving the Falcons a 20-0 advantage.
Willis McGahee had a solid first half performance with 77 rushing yards on 11 carries (finishing with 2 Rushing TD's and 113 rushing yards on 22 carries.)
Manning finally managed to drive the Broncos down field and threw a TD Pass to
Demaryius Thomas that was originally ruled incomplete. Denver now had
some hope heading into the locker room, down only 20-7 going into
halftime, even after 4 turnovers.
The second half
started with both teams exchanging punt. However, on Atlanta's second
possession of the half Matt Ryan quickly drove the Falcons 64 yards in 6
plays and finished it off with a 4 yard TD Pass to Roddy White to make
it a 27-7 Atlanta lead.
Manning and the Broncos would continue to fight back. After an impressive 11 play 94 yard drive, Travis McGahee powered his way into the end zone to cut the Falcons lead to 13.
Denver's defense came up big, as it forced a 3& out after Von Millersacked Ryan for -11 yards with 9:35 still left on the clock. The Falcons then returned the favor of stopping a well put drive when William Moore came up with a huge sack on Manning for -13 yards. Denver's defense again responded with another 3 & out and allowed the offense to start on Atlanta's side of the field.Denver's offense took advantage of the great field position and finished the scoring drive off with a McGahee rushing touchdown on 4 & goal.
Denver's defense would need another huge three & out, and despite a great effort by the Broncos they couldn't stop the Falcons on 3rd down when Matt Ryan hit an open Julio Jones for a first down. A few plays later Michael Turner sealed the victory after running for a 1st down, thus allowing them to kneel the ball and kill the clock.
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