The season got off to a fiery start for the Atlanta Falcons, who rolled the Kansas City Chiefs 40-24 with quarterback Matt Ryan throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another in the blowout.
Julio Jones scored the first touchdown of the Falcons 2012 campaign in the first quarter on the Atlanta’s first drive of the game. Ryan would again find Jones in the endzone in the second quarter and Tony Gonzalez in the third. Aside from Ryan’s rushing touchdown, the rest of the points for the Falcons were had by kicker Matt Bryant who nailed all four of his field goal attempts on the day.
As for the Chiefs, they were selling stocks of hope before the season, claiming that the new look Chiefs would draw on their upset of the Green Bay Packers and have a solid season. That wasn’t so much the case for Kansas City on Sunday as Matt Cassel threw a pair of picks to offset and cancel out his lone touchdown pass to Kevin Boss.
The Falcons have a lot of expectations for this season and the pressure is on like no season before. After touting an explosive offense all season long, the Falcons mustered up all but 2 points in the playoffs. Their opening week win was impressive but if they want to be taken seriously as contenders, they need to repeat this type of performance against a formidable opponent.
If week one taught us anything, the Chiefs are not that opponent.