Ryan Mayer

The Falcons faced a tough task on Sunday as the Arizona Cardinals and their number one ranked defense came to town. The Cardinals had allowed the fewest passing yards per game in the league to this point at just 190 per contest. Meanwhile, the Falcons entered the day with the 3rd-best passing game in the league averaging 309 yards per outing. Something had to give.

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In the first half, the Cardinals were mostly winning the battle of the passing game holding Matt Ryan to just 80 yards and no touchdown passes through the first quarter. However, speedy wide receiver Taylor Gabriel helped get the passing game on track late in the first half by taking a short screen pass and juking his way through most of the Cardinals defense on his way to a touchdown.

That touchdown gave the Falcons a 17-10 lead.