Matt Ryan passed for 219 yards and two touchdowns, as the Atlanta Falcons took advantage of three first-quarter interceptions by Peyton Manning to beat the Denver Broncos, 27-21, in the Georgia Dome on Monday night.
Atlanta (2-0) had a 20-0 lead in the second quarter after Ryan completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez with 4:39 to play in the first half. A booth reversal on a 17-yard pass from Manning to Demaryius Thomas six seconds before halftime allowed Denver (1-1) to close within 20-7 before intermission.
In the third quarter, Ryan tossed a 4-yard touchdown to Roddy White, who finished with eight catches for 102 yards, to round out the Falcons’ scoring. The Broncos got two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Willis McGahee to make the final score respectable.
Denver’s McGahee carried 22 times for 113 yards and two scores, while Manning completed 24 of 37 passes for 241 yards, a touchdown and the three interceptions. Michael Turner rushed 17 times for 42 yards and a score for the Falcons.
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