If you were expecting a certain outcome of the first half between the Raiders and the Falcons, you likely didn’t get what you were looking for.
Three first-half interceptions by
Ryan’s early struggles gave the Raiders positive field position on offense and they were able to move the ball successfully both through the air and on the ground. Running back Darren McFadden had a few nice runs and Carson Palmer completed 75 percent of his passes for 167 yards.
Both teams traded turnovers on their opening drives, Atlanta’s force coming on a
The Falcons D could only do so much and Ryan’s third interception of the half gave Oakland too much field position for the defense to overcome. They allowed a 25-yard touchdown completion from Palmer to Denarius Moore to take a 13-7 lead.
It’s just the second time in Ryan’s career he’s thrown three interceptions in the first half, the other coming in 2009 against the Saints.
John Abraham added three tackles, two for a loss, and a sack in the first half.
While the interceptions have clouded Ryan’s day, he’s otherwise been very accurate. He’s 13-of-17 on the day with 151 yards. He was a perfect 7-for-7 passing on the scoring drive in the second quarter that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to