Julio Jones has two catches in this ball game. One of those is the previously mentioned fifty yard touchdown catch. Now he's added an 80 yard touchdown catch to today's impressive performance. <Julio Jones stats>
On defense (as has been the case all day), the Falcons have allowed yards but no points. On some plays, Curtis Painter has been able to effectively pass against the Atlanta secondary. But on others, Painter just looks lost. His throws will sail nowhere near the intended receivers. It's also worth noting the Falcons have gotten good pressure from the front four, with both Babineaux and Peters notching sacks.
After again stopping the Colts, the Falcons only took three plays to go the 87 yards to the goal line (most of it obviously on the pass to Jones). It's been an impressive performance so far, to say the least. Rather, it's been impressive outside of an poor decision by Ryan that was easily picked off for a touchdown. Simply put, it was ugly, and I have no idea what Ryan was thinking on the play. That pick would cut the Falcons' lead to 21-7.
So the Falcons would take over on offense with just under four minutes left in the half, and on the very first play Ryan would execute a fantastic play-action and find Roddy White downfield for a 33-yard gain. Afterwards however, the drive would stall and be forced to punt. Matt Bosher, who's had a pretty impressive day, pinned the Colts on their own two. A quick three and out would give the ball back to Ryan and the offense.
But that would net no gain, either. Ever since the 80-yard score, the offense has looked out of sync. Ryan has been struggling with his accuracy as well, just as he did in Detroit. Let's hope the dreaded third quarter doesn't allow the underwhelming Colts back into this game, as the Falcons enter the half leading 21-7.