The Atlanta Falcons lead the NFL with more five minute drives than any other team. They have gained a reputation as a balanced offense that controls the football and eats up the clock. Not only that, but they actually deliver points to end those drives.
That trend continues in Week 12. The Falcons lead the Packers 3-0 in the first quarter thanks to Matt Bryant’s 38-yard field goal which capped off a 10-play, 55-yard drive using up over five minutes of game clock and converting four first downs. Matt Ryan was 3-for-4 passing for 40 yards and Michael Turner added 25 yards on five carries. Michael Jenkins, Roddy White and Jason Snelling all caught one pass each for 14, 14 and 12 yards, respectively.
The Falcons offense has been their defense’s best friend. Allowing them ample time to rest during the game and keeping them fresh to harass opposing quarterbacks. After a three-and-out by the Packers, the Falcons are back on offense and if history is any indication, they’ll be out there for a while.