This certainly didn’t look like it would be the outcome after the Falcons held a 16-0 lead late in the first half, but second-half struggles and a whole lot of penalties pushed Atlanta on the losing side of tonight’s game.
Luckily for the Falcons, majority of the players who suited up in the second half won’t be the ones out there on gameday during the season. The first-stringers made the most of the time they had in the first half.
The Falcons kicked off the opening drive with a bang as Marcus Mariota threw a laser to a wide open Kyle Pitts for a 52-yard gain. However, the Falcons struggled in the red zone and managed just three points on the drive.
Rookie running back Tyler Allgeier saw a pair of physical carries for five well-earned yards and free agent wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge pulled in a 13-yard reception to move the chains earlier in the drive.