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Falcons 10, Titans 7 final score: Atlanta pulls out ugly win against Tennessee

The Falcons improve to 6-1 with a not-so-pretty win over the Titans.

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With extra rest following last week's Thursday night loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons looked to get back on track against the Tennessee Titans.

It wasn't a pretty game, but the Falcons moved to 6-1 with a 10-7 victory.

Matt Ryan became the fifth-fastest quarterback to 30,000 yards, and Devonta Freeman became the first Falcons running back to eclipse 100 yards or more in three consecutive games since Michael Turner in 2009.

Let's see how the game unfolded:

First Quarter

Both teams looked largely inept in the first quarter.

The Titans came out on offense to start the game, but the drive ended at Atlanta's 48. Tennessee gained a first down on the first play of its second drive but gained just six yards on the next three plays.

Atlanta didn't do much with its first possession, either. Or their second.

The Falcons did start to move the ball on their third drive, and the quarter ended with them at the Titans' 41.

Second Quarter

Atlanta's promising drive would end after a failed fourth-down attempt.

And after stifling the Tennessee offense again, Ryan was intercepted by linebacker David Bass.

Zach Mettenberger cashed in immediately with 19-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright.

The Falcons responded with a 27-yard field goal to cap off an 11-play, 55-yard drive.

With a little over two minutes left until the half, the Titans put together a drive, making it deep into Atlanta territory. With :16 seconds to go, Mettenberger was  picked off by Paul Worrilow.

An O'Brien Schofield blindside block penalty negated Worrilow's return, and the Falcons went into the half down 3-7.

Third Quarter

Julio Jones got into the end zone for the first time in four weeks. Atlanta put together a nine-play, 88-yard drive with Jones scoring on an eight-yard touchdown.

Tennessee's two offensive possessions in the third quarter both ended without any points.

The Falcons took a 10-7 lead into the final quarter and that turned out to be the final time either team would score.

Fourth Quarter

Following an unsuccessful Falcons drive that continued from the third quarter, the Titans went three and out.

Atlanta made it to Tennessee's one-yard line and managed to put zero points on the board. On third-and-1, fullback Patrick DiMarco was denied. On fourth-and-1, Ryan couldn't connect with Jacob Tamme on a play action, and Titans linebacker Avery Williamson intercepted the ball in the end zone.

Once again, the Falcons defense prevented the Titans offense from doing anything. On fourth down at their own 37 and needing four yards for the first down, Mettenberger failed to connect with Justin Hunter and the team turned the ball over on downs.

With great field position, Atlanta still couldn't score. Matt Bryant missed a field goal from 47 yards away.

Four plays later, rookie safety Robensen Therezie saved the day with an interception.

It was a close, sloppy game, but a win is still a win, right?