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Topic - Thomas Decoud
One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one _ at least to one of the teams.
The Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak at 54 games with a 23-13 victory Thursday night.
It's been a terrific half-season for Matt Ryan, Marshawn Lynch, J.J. Watt and Charles Tillman.
During their dismal first season, the Atlanta Falcons' mascot _ a real bird _ apparently decided he had seen enough bad football.
Peyton Manning knew there would be some stumbles along the way.
Matt Ryan threw the 100th touchdown pass of his career and the Atlanta Falcons took a 27-7 lead after three quarters over the Denver Broncos and struggling quarterback Peyton Manning on Monday night.
Peyton Manning threw interceptions on Denver's first three possessions, and the Atlanta Falcons took a 10-0 lead over the Broncos in the first quarter Monday night.
Tony Gonzalez caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan in the second quarter to help the Atlanta Falcons take a 20-7 halftime lead over struggling Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Monday night.
Excuse Kelvin Hayden if his head is spinning a bit.
Roddy White stripped off his pads after practicing for nearly 2 1/2 hours on a balmy Georgia morning, knowing he wouldn't have to go through that again.
Thomas DeCoud and William Moore are performing just as the Atlanta Falcons originally hoped.
"Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are mobile quarterbacks who throw the ball at extremely accurate levels," Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud said. "We can use this game as a cheat sheet to prepare for next week."
"It's all trickle-down economics," said safety Thomas DeCoud, who is tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions. "Whatever the big guy says, we buy into it wholeheartedly. He's always preaching consistency. He always says consistency makes greatness. There's a sense of pride on this team. We want to be great. I think we've really bought into it this season."