The Falcons lost to the New York Giants on Monday Night football by a score of 31-10, in which they were soundly beaten on both sides of the ball. Very few positives result from a loss which takes the Falcons to 1-5 on the season.
Joey Harrington led the team passing, completing 18 of 39 passes for 209 yards and an interception. On the ground, Jerious Norwood had 6 carries for 87 yards, including the team’s lone score on a 67-yard scamper in the first quarter. Warrick Dunn added 8 carries for 15 yards. Roddy White and Norwood both led receivers with 4 receptions each for 64 and 51 yards, respectively. Offensively, the Falcons struggled, only able to convert 3 of 13 third downs (23%).
On defense, the Giants had little issue moving the ball early on in the game, carving up the Falcons for 491 total yards. The Giants also nearly held the ball for twice as long as Atlanta, with a time of possession of 39:38 compared to the Atlanta’s 20:22. DeAngelo Hall and Lawyer MIlloy both led the team with 11 tackles each. Hall also had an interception. Keith Brooking (8 tackles), Chris Houston (5 tackles), Demorrio Williams (6 tackles), Michael Boley (5 tackles, 1 interception), Grady Jackson (4 tackles), and John Abraham (1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble) had notable performances.
On special teams, Morten Andersen connected on 1 of 2 field goals, making a 47-yarder but was short on a 48-yarder in the 2nd quarter. Michael Koenen had 7 punts for an average of 39.7 with 3 inside the 20-yard line. Jerious Norwood averaged 17.4 yards on 5 kickoff returns.
Next week the Falcons will square off against division rival New Orleans Saints (1-4) in the Super Dome. The Falcons were swept by the Saints last season and have lost three of their last four against the Saints on the road.