After looking a little shell-shocked during the first Steelers possession, the Falcons defense settled down and stood strong, forcing a quick three-and-out. Pittsburgh found themselves in a third-and-long situation, and a combination of Abe and Babineaux put the pressure on and brought the big-bodied Roethlisberger down for a sack.
The offense, however, did not quite have the same success. After an 11-yard Michael Turner run on first down, things looked to be going in the right direction. However, the Steelers have been getting their hands on passes all night, and on third down a tipped pass landing in the hands of Lawrence Timmons, who return the ball all the way to the Atlanta four-yard line.
Following that interception, the Steelers offense trotted onto the field looking for a quick score. But the Falcons defense had other plans, and came up with a big goal-line stand, holding the Steelers to only a field goal.
Outside of that first drive, this Falcons defense is looking very strong against a darn good Pittsburgh offense. I like what I see out of Mike Smith's group.