At the start of their fifth drive, the Falcons had 90 yards of offense. Their only points on the board came from the Falcons' defense, who picked up two points on a safety early in the second quarter. New York found some room on the ground, and they broke the defensive stalemate with a Hakeem Nicks touchdown.
Would the Falcons offense be able to answer with some points of their own?
Their attempt got off to an auspicious start when Tyson Clabo got a false start flag. Backed up, the Giants got pass rushers through from all points, and Rocky Bernard sacked Ryan for a seven yard loss, setting up a third-and-long, third-and-longest as the Falcons needed 21 yards to pick up the first down.
Julio Jones almost did it, improbably. He caught a short pass, and picked up oodles of yards after the catch for an 18-yard gain.
With the first half almost over, the Falcons' offense needs desperately to find some answers before things get out of control.
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