NFL Week 2, Broncos Vs. Falcons: Atlanta Holds On For 27-21 Win

The Atlanta Falcons capitalized on some early mistakes from Peyton Manning and come away 2-0 after a 27-20 win over the Broncos Monday night at the Georgia Dome.

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Falcons Vs. Broncos Recap: The Good Defense, The Bad Manning, And The Ugly Refs

The now 2-0 Falcons played an impressive game in their 27-20 win over Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Monday Night Football.

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Falcons Vs. Broncos Final Score: Atlanta Holds On To Win 27-21, Improves To 2-0

The Atlanta Falcons managed to hang on to their lead in a wild, sloppy matchup on Monday Night Football.

Though the team took a 20-7 lead into halftime, the Broncos would go down fighting and made sure to keep it close, with two TD runs scored by Willis McGahee in the final five minutes of the ball game.

But outside of the near fourth quarter collapse, the Falcons defense was nothing short of dominant. They held Peyton Manning to only 240 yards passing, picked him off three times, and sacked him three times. Safety William Moore was all over the field, racking up eight total tackles, an intercpetion, a sack, and big hits on several Broncos players.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Falcons weren't nearly as explosive as last week's win over the Chiefs, but they certainly got the job done.

The running game was once again a non-factor, with Michael Turner only managing 42 yards on 17 carries, but offensive line continued to be an extremely pleasant surprise. In a game involving two excellent pass rushers in Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, Matt Ryan was only sacked once.

Ryan himself was pretty sharp as well. Though he only totaled 219 yards on the night, he took good care of the ball and threw two touchdowns. Roddy White had another big MNF performance, catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.

All in all, it was a crazy and incredibly lengthy primetime game, but one that should have sports pundits and the national media talking about the Falcons as legitimate contenders going forward this season.

Also, your weekly reminder that Willy Mo is, indeed, always ready:

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For more on the Atlanta Falcons, head over to The Falcoholic, and be sure to check out SBNation's dedicated NFL hub for news and analysis.

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Falcons Vs. Broncos Halftime Score: Atlanta Only Up 20-7 Despite Four Denver Turnovers

Through one half of play, the Falcons defense has kept Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense mostly clueless.

Peyton Manning has thrown three interceptions already - one INT to William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, and Robert McClain - and former UGA star Knowshon Moreno fumbled on one of his two carries in this ball game.

Sure, the ageless Willis McGahee has found some astounding success on the ground so far, with 77 yards on 11 carries.

But holding Manning to seven points of offense, the lone touchdown coming on a third-and-goal pass to Demaryius Thomas with under ten seconds left in the half, is an impressive feat.

Still, this football game has been thoroughly ugly so far. Thirteen penalties have been called, and the replacement refs stumbling their way through an already embarrassing performance.

The Falcons offense has also disappointed somewhat. Despite being gifted four Denver turnovers, the offense has only managed 20 points, and they've generally looked much more conservative than last week.

However, an eight-play 73 yard drive capped off by a Tony Gonzalez TD catch late in the half may be a sign that the Falcons offense is beginning to find their groove.

That's always a good thing when Peyton Manning is still behind center.

For updates on the Falcons, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage, check out Falcons blog, The Falcoholic. For more information the Denver Broncos, check out Mile High Report. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, head over to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Falcons Vs. Broncos Score Update: Interceptions By William Moore, Thomas DeCoud Have Falcons Up 10-0 Early

This Monday Night matchup between the Falcons and Broncos has gotten off to an absolutely rocking start for Atlanta.

Not even a full quarter into this ball game, the Falcons defense has picked off two Peyton Manning passes, one interception by starting safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud each. Interestingly enough, both passes were attempts to the deep right intended for starting tight end Jacob Tamme.

And as all good teams do, the Falcons capitalized on both turnovers. The first would turn into seven points, courtesy of a one-yard TD run by Michael Turner, and Matt Bryant would tack on three points from 37 yards out following the second pick.

The Broncos offense and Manning have looked a little sloppy so far, and all in all the Falcons could not have asked for a much better start to this ball game.

For updates on the Falcons, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage, check out Falcons blog, The Falcoholic. For more information the Denver Broncos, check out Mile High Report. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, head over to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Broncos Vs. Falcons Inactives: Sean Weatherspoon Active

Sean Weatherspoon is active, as both the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos announced their inactives for Monday night's contest.

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Broncos Injury Report: Demaryius Thomas Fully Participates In Practice

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) fully participated in practice on Friday. Thomas also practiced Thursday and appears on track to play against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. The same is true for offensive guard Manny Ramirez, who has an elbow injury.

Related: The Falcons' Run Blocking Prowess ... Or Lack Thereof

Cornerback Chris Harris (ankle) and offensive guard Chris Kuper (forearm) were not able to practice on Thursday or Friday. Harris is a reserve who recorded four tackles in the season opener, while Kuper is still on the mend from an injury he suffered during training camp. Kuper, who started all 16 regular season games for Denver last season, is expected to be sidelined for another couple of weeks.

For updates on the Falcons, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage, check out Falcons blog, The Falcoholic. For more information the Denver Broncos, check out Mile High Report. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, head over to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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NFL Odds Week 2: Broncos Vs. Falcons

Las Vegas oddsmakers are expecting a close game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. The Falcons opened as 3.5-point favorites, though that line has moved a bit and they're now 3-point favorites.

Related: Falcons Fans, Don't Fear Peyton Manning

Both teams looked good in Week 1 wins. The Falcons defeated the Chiefs, 40-24, behind a fantastic performance from quarterback Matt Ryan, who accounted for four touchdowns. The Broncos beat the Steelers, 31-19, in Peyton Manning's first game back from a neck injury. Those two players figure to be the focal points in Monday night's game, but there are plenty of other interesting storylines, including the matchup between Atlanta's wide receivers and Denver's secondary.

For updates on the game, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage, visit Falcons blog The Falcoholic as well as Broncos blog Mile High Report. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Brent Grimes Injury: Falcons DB To Miss Rest Of Season With Achilles Injury

The Atlanta Falcons suffered a huge blow on Sunday when cornerback Brent Grimes suffered an Achilles injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Grimes was tagged as a the team's franchise player during the offseason and reluctantly signed the tender after the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a long term contract.

The injury will force the Falcons to go with Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson likely as the team's starting corners. Atlanta acquired Samuel from the Eagles during the offseason but it was Grimes who was the team's starting left corner.

Up next for the Falcons is a Monday night matchup against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the team's home opener.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage, check outFalcons blog The Falcoholic. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, head over to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Brent Grimes Injury: Falcons Cornerback Left Sunday's Game With Calf Injury

Brent Grimes was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game.

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