During the offseason, there was a lot question marks around the Atlanta Falcons’ kicking game. In 2009, Jason Elam was deemed ineffective and Matt Bryant was barely better. Steven Hauschka was brought in and was expected to challenge Bryant during the preseason. That challenge didn’t last long and Bryant was the last man standing. It turned out to be a good choice. He has been stellar this season and he’s the reason the Falcons lead the Rams 16-10 at the half in their Week 11 matchup.
Bryant’s three-pointer capped an 11-play, 62-yard drive that ate up almost five minutes of game time. The Falcons trailed early on after a Sam Bradford touchdown pass but they’ve persevered and now take a halftime lead into the locker room.
The Falcons have 199 total yards and control the time of possession as has been their modus operandi. The second half should provide another close-fought finish but it’s nice to see the Falcons were not looking ahead to the Green Bay Packers.