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Falcons Vs. Chiefs: Defensive Adjustments Helped In Second Half

The Atlanta Falcons had to make some adjustments after the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs. After entering halftime leading 20-17, the Falcons forced three turnovers on three consecutive Chiefs' third quarter possessions.

Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said that the unit did not play tough enough in the first half of the game:

I don't think we played tough in the first half. We ended up playing a little bit tougher in the second half and we got some takeaways.

Weatherspoon also thought that the softer practice scheduled, which just about bans tackling at training camp was a contributing factor in the slow start against the Chiefs:

We don't get that many opportunities, so we kind of used the preseason games for tackling. That's all we have and that has hurt us a little bit. We tackled better in the second half.

Defensive end John Abraham sacked and stripped Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel in the second half. The Falcons then intercepted two passes by Cassel, one by William Moore and the other by Stephen Nicholas.

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