The Falcons and their Ohio opponent from Cincinnati this week have only registered 12 lifetime meetings in this series. The Bengals hold a slim 7-5 series advantage and the Falcons will be making their eighth trip to the Queen City and first since 2006.
Atlanta rolled into Paul Brown Stadium for that October 29, 2006 encounter with a 4-2 record and a high level of confidence after beating another AFC North Division opponent in Pittsburgh the week before at home 41-38.
The Falcons took the opening kickoff and put up a quick 3-0 lead on a Morten Andersen 42-yard field goal. The Bengals answered on their first possession as they drove 74 yards on 10 plays to take the lead on a one-yard scoring rush by RB Rudi Johnson.
Atlanta cut the lead to 7-6 later in the quarter with another Andersen 40-yard field goal.
Bengals QB Carson Palmer started heating up in the second quarter and tossed a 12-yard touchdown to WR Chad Johnson to extend their advantage to 14-6.
After a thrilling overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints in the season-opener, here are some storylines to watch heading into the Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Birds mounted their first touchdown drive of the contest later in the quarter as RB Jerious Norwood took a swing pass and rambled 32-yards to the Bengals 11-yard line. After a false start penalty moved the ball back to the 16, on the next play TE Alge Crumpler hauled in a scoring strike to close the gap at halftime.
Atlanta took the lead on their first possession of the second half when WR Michael Jenkins caught a 26-yard touchdown to culminate an 8-play, 65-yard drive. The Falcons mounted a strong red zone defensive stand after Cincinnati moved inside their 20, forcing the Bengals to settle for a 26-yard Shayne Graham field goal to tie it up at 20 apiece.
A fullback Justin Griffin 8-yard touchdown catch and another Andersen field goal from 39-yards out increased the Falcons margin to 29-20 in the fourth quarter.
The Bengals though staged a late comeback connecting on a 55-yard scoring pass from Palmer to WR Chris Henry with 3:41 to play to make it a two-point game. But the Falcons burned the clock down which left Cincy with just an opportunity for a last-ditch desperation drive with just 30 seconds remaining. With 13 seconds left, DE Patrick Kerney sacked Palmer, forcing a fumble, which the Birds recovered to claim the 29-27 victory and win number five on the season.