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Vikings Vs. Falcons Halftime Update: Atlanta's Pitching A Shutout, Up 17-0

Matt Ryan has thrown for two touchdown passes thus far as the Atlanta Falcons have a comfortable 17-0 lead over the Minnesota Vikings at halftime in the Georgia Dome.

Ryan found Harry Douglas in the first quarter on a pretty 27-yard pitch and catch to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Ryan found Roddy White from 13 yards out to put Mike Smith's crew up two touchdowns. For the half, Ryan has 151 yards on 14-of-18 passing for the day.

The Falcons defense has done well in flustering rookie quarterback Christian Ponder thus far, and with no Adrian Peterson in the backfield the lack of playmakers on the field for Minnesota is plainly evident.

Christian Ponder is 10-12 passing for 82 yards, and Gerhart has just 23 yards rushing thus far.

For more insights and analysis on the Falcons, check out the SB Nation blog The Falcoholic; for more insights and analysis on the Vikings, visit the SB Nation blog Daily Norseman.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.