8:30 PM ET, September 17, 2012
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Matt Ryan tosses 100th TD as Falcons enjoy Peyton Manning's miscues
ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan made sure he threw the ball to his teammates.That was more than Peyton Manning could say.During a stunning first quarter, Manning was picked off once, then twice, then a third time.Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons seized on all the mistakes, building a big lead before halftime and holding off the Denver Broncos for a 27-21 victory Monday night.
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Not Peyton's Place
Atlanta's Georgia Dome was a house of horrors for Peyton Manning Monday, as the Broncos QB threw 3 picks in his first 8 attempts, the fewest attempts he's needed for 3 interceptions.
reach 3 INTs
|2012 at Falcons||8|
|2007 at Chargers||15|
|2002 vs. Dolphins||16|
|1998 at Patriots||18|
|2002 at Titans||22|
-- Elias Sports Bureau
Birds Of Prey
Since Matt Ryan's rookie year in 2008, no passing tandem has connected for more touchdowns than he and wide receiver Roddy White.
|TDs since 2008|
The Falcons lost CB Chris Owens to a head injury in the first quarter, further depleting their depth in the secondary. They lost starting CB Brent Grimes to a season-ending injury in Week 1. ... Thomas, who played at nearby Georgia Tech, finished with eight catches for 78 yards. ... Turner had 16 carries for 27 yards until a 15-yard gain on his final run of the night.
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their game...(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.0||4.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||0-0|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|No Scoring Summary available|
Peyton Manning has thrown 3 or more interceptions in 4 of his last 9 regular season games. All losses.
NEXT LEVEL: Matt Ryan targeted receivers inside the painted numbers more often than Peyton Manning did and had more success. Ryan completed 77.3 percent of his passes in that direction, while Manning completed 37.5 percent. Manning also threw all three of his interceptions inside the numbers, the most he has thrown in his last 21 regular season games, dating back to Week 14 of 2009.[+]
Passing Inside the Painted Numbers
Despite the rushing game remaining silent for much of the game, Matt Ryan used play-action passing effectively. Ryan was 12-13 for 95 yards and a touchdown on such passes. Since the start of the 2011 season, Ryan has 10 touchdowns on play-action passing, tied for fifth-most in the league.
NEXT LEVEL: The Falcons defense had as many interceptions (3) as Peyton Manning had completions on passes that traveled 15 or more yards downfield. The three interceptions on throws of that distance are tied for the most in a game by the Falcons over the last five seasons (2009, Week 15). Since the start of the 2008 season, Manning has a -7 touchdown-interception differential on such passes in losses.[+]
Peyton Manning Passing 15+ Yards Downfield
Matt Ryan becomes the 2nd Falcons quarterback with 100 career Pass TD. Steve Bartkowski had 154 with the Falcons.
Since 2008 - when Matt Ryan became the Falcons quarterback - Roddy White has 14 games with 100 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. The only player with more such games over that span is Calvin Johnson.[+]
Since 2008, Matt Ryan and Roddy White have connected for 35 passing touchdowns. That is the most in the NFL over that span. Aaron Rodgers/Greg Jennings and Philip Rivers/Antonio Gates have 33 such hookups over that span. (Original note had Rodgers/Jennings with 34. Elias has confirmed that they only have 33)
The Broncos are the first team with 4 turnovers in a first quarter since 2002, when the Redskins had 4 first-quarter turnovers against the Saints.
From Elias: Peyton Manning threw two interceptions in his first four pass attempts. That is the fewest attempts he has ever "needed" to throw multiple interceptions in a single game.[+]
Peyton Manning Career - Fewest Attempts Needed to Throw 2 Interceptions in a Game
FROM ELIAS: This is just the 2nd time in his career Manning has thrown multiple interceptions in the first quarter. In Week 10 of the 2007 season Manning threw 3 interceptions in the first quarter in a loss to the Chargers. Tonight marks Manning's 210th regular-season game
This is the 2nd time Peyton and Eli have both thrown 3 interceptions in a game in the same week. In Week 11 of 2010, Eli threw 3 Int at Philadelphia and Peyton threw 3 Int at New England.
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