It's been said over and over, when the Falcons start fast, they win.
On Sunday against the world champs, the Falcons jumped out early, using big plays on offense and defense to take an early lead on the New York Giants. The first quarter of play was eerily similar to one of the best first quarters of play from the Falcons this season, Week 2's action against Denver and another Manning quarterback, Peyton.
Against the Giants, the Falcons intercepted Eli Manning's first pass of the game, an
Just as the first quarter wound down, the Falcons got another big play on defense. On a third-and-7,
The big plays from Atlanta kept coming as the game crept toward halftime.
The Falcons gave up yards to the Giants offense, 198 in the first half, but stopped them every time when it really counted. The second fourth-down stop came with 1:14 remaining in the half with Samuel defending Victor Cruz on the incompletion inside the Atlanta red zone.