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A fast start in all three phases helps Falcons jump out to an early lead vs. Seahawks


SEATTLE -- A prime-time game on the road in Seattle didn't affect the Falcons in the early minutes of the first quarter. In fact, they played some of their best football of the season.

Andre Roberts started things off with a 50-yard return on the opening kickoff, setting up the offense near midfield. From there, Matt Ryan guided the Falcons the remaining 52 yards in seven plays for a touchdown on a 1-yard run by Tevin Coleman.

The only negative for Atlanta in the first half of the first quarter came on the ensuing kickoff, which was returned by Seattle's Tyler Lockett for 57 yards.

After the big return by Lockett, the Falcons' defense did their part. An errant pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted by cornerback Desmond Trufant, who returned the pick 40 yards to set up the offense with great field position.

From there, Atlanta again ran seven plays, this time covering 35 yards and scoring on a one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone by Mohamed Sanu. It was the first time the Falcons scored a touchdown on their first two possessions since Week 17 of last year.

Sanu's 2-yard grab pushed the Falcons to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter, stealing the early momentum from the home team and quieting the ravenous crowd.

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