Second quarter

Peephole perspective: The Falcons scored 17 points in the quarter to take a 17-10 lead.

Player of the quarter: Matt Ryan. The Falcons’ QB was 14 of 26 in the first half for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He was especially sharp on third downs, as the Falcons converted seven of 11.

Play of the quarter: With the Falcons holding a 10-7 lead, DB Jordan Babineaux intercepted a Ryan pass that was intended for WR Roddy White and returned it 17 yards to the Falcons’ 27 to set up the game-tying field goal by Olindo Mare.

Number of the quarter: 51. That’s the yardage on each of the Falcons’ first two scoring drives. The first took 15 plays, the second 14 plays.

The bigger picture: The Falcons tied the score on the second play of the quarter – Matt Ryan’s 3-yard pass to backup RB Jason Snelling. The score capped a 15-play, 51-yard drive that consumed 8:14. Michael Turner carried eight times for 18 yards, while Ryan ran for a first down on fourth-and-1 and also picked up a first down with third-down completion to WR Harry Douglas (10 yards).

After the Seahawks went three-and-out, the Falcons scored again – and again started with good field position as Eric Weems returned a punt 12 yards to the Atlanta 40. Matt Bryant kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 10-7, and cap a 14-play, 51-yard drive that consumed 7:16. Snelling fumbled twice on the possession, but the Falcons also recovered each – the first was forced by LB David Hawthorne, and recovered by WR Brian Finneran; the second was forced by LB Will Herring, and recovered by White.

The Seahawks got even on a 38-yard field goal by Olindo Mare with 2:05 left in the half. Babineaux set it up by intercepting a Ryan pass that was intended for White and returning it 17 yards to the Falcons’ 27. It was Ryan’s ninth interception of the season, but fourth in the past three games.

But the Falcons came right back, driving 80 yards in 13 plays to Ryan’s 24-yard TD pass to WR Michael Jenkins – who beat Kennard Cox, who was subbing for Marcus Trufant, who went to the locker room just before the pass was thrown and caught. The Falcons converted four third-down plays – Ryan’s 7-yard pass to TE Tony Gonzalez on third-and-2; Ryan’s 5-yard pass to Douglas on third-and-2; Ryan’s 15-yard pass to White on third-and-10; and the TD pass, which came on third-and-6.


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