The Falcons traveled to Cincinnati in week two of the regular season to face the Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium. Check out these pictures of the game.
1. Jones Returns to the End Zone: Trailing 24-3 in the fourth quarter, the Falcons got things moving with a 14-yard TD pass from Falcons QB Matt Ryan to WR Julio Jones. Ryan led the quick-scoring drive that lasted 10 plays, covered 77 yards in 3:59, ending with Jones' first score of the year, before falling to the Bengals, 24-10. Jones led all Falcons receivers Sunday, finishing with seven receptions for 88 yards and the score.
2. Big-Play Strikes Plague Falcons: The Falcons knew Cincinnati had big-play ability and the Bengals showed it Sunday, without Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green, who left the game early with a toe injury. Despite Green's absence, Bengals QB Andy Dalton connected on several deep throws, including three passes for 40-plus yards or more, one for a 76-yard TD pass to WR Mohamed Sanu, helping spur the eventual 24-10 win.
3. Third-Down Efficiency: The Falcons were 3 of 12 on third downs (25%) in the game, while the Bengals converted 6 of 14 third-down attempts (43%). The biggest factor with third-down conversions is earning more time (and opportunities) to score; in the Week 2 contest, the Falcons had possession of the ball for 26:43, while the Bengals maintained the ball for 32:35.
4. Penalties and Miscues: Falcons head coach Mike Smith said avoiding penalties and turnovers are obvious keys in any game; Sunday, the Falcons were flagged seven times for minus-56 yards. Cincinnati was called for six penalties, totaling minus-40 yards. Ryan was intercepted three times on Sunday, the third pick coming on the Falcons final drive of the game. On the day, Ryan finished 24 of 44 for 231 yards, with one TD, three INTs and two sacks.
5. Bryant's Accuracy Continues: Following the Falcons first-offensive drive of the game, the team got on the scoreboard, thanks to the feet of Ryan, who scrambled for a 12-yard gain, before Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers added a 9-yard rush, leading to a 46-yard FG by Falcons K Josh Harris. The drive lasted nine plays, covered 40 yards in 4:11.
Falcons WR Julio Jones caught five passes for 42 yards on Sunday, improving his franchise record streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 114. He's pulled down at least five receptions in seven-straight games, dating back to last season. Ryan and White have combined for 530 completions, the most between any quarterback and receiver duo in the NFL since 2008.
Falcons LB Paul Worrilow led the team in tackles (14) on Sunday, followed by LB Joplo Bartu (9) and five other Falcons players, S Keanu Neal, DE Kroy Biermann, DT Paul Soliai, S William Moore and LB Prince Shembo, who each recorded six tackles.