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Falcons 24, Giants 20 final score: Atlanta wins another thriller in Week 2

The Falcons improve to 2-0 after another thrilling victory.

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Being a Falcons fan isn't good for your heart.

Atlanta came through again in another thriller against an NFC East foe to start the season 2-0 under first-year head coach Dan Quinn.

First Quarter

The Falcons took the opening kickoff and looked to be moving with ease. However, the drive faltered at New York's 44-yard line and Atlanta was forced to punt.

After stifling the Giants' ensuing drive, the Falcons put the first points on the board: Tevin Coleman scored the first touchdown of his NFL career with a 1-yard run to cap off a 13-play, 86-yard drive.

The first quarter ended with Atlanta on top, 7-0.

Second Quarter

The second quarter belonged to Odell Beckham. He had a 26-yard highlight catch to convert a third down, keeping the Giants' drive alive. They decided to go for it on fourth down at Atlanta's 15-yard line and managed to convert, but Dwayne Harris was flagged for illegal motion. New York settled for a 45-yard field goal instead.

The Falcons returned a Matt Bryant field goal of their own from 42 yards out, but Beckham came back with another highlight play, taking an Eli Manning pass 67 yards for the touchdown.

Atlanta went three and out on their next two drives, and the Giants went 30 yards — aided by a 23-yard scramble by Manning — to stick three more points on the board.

At the half, New York took a 13-10 lead.

Third Quarter

And the third quarter woes continued for the Falcons.

The Giants took the opening kick of second half and drove right down the field, capping off the nine-play, 69-yard drive with a Larry Donnell 10-yard touchdown reception.

Atlanta proceeded to go three and out and things began to look grim for the Dirty Birds.

New York's second drive of the second half began with a 35-yard run by Andre Williams to Atlanta's 31. The Giants looked to be in position to blow the game open, but an unlikely hero stepped up: Kroy Biermann recorded Atlanta's first sack of the season and forced a fumble that was recovered by Paul Soliai.

Matt Ryan went to work immediately, finding Jacob Tamme for a huge 41-yard gain to jump-start the drive. The quarter would end a few plays later.

Heading into the final quarter: Giants 20, Falcons 10.

Fourth Quarter

The Falcons finished the 12-play, 91-drive with a 10-yard pass to Leonard Hankerson, cutting the deficit to three.

Vic Beasley recorded the first sack of his career on New York's next possession, but the Giants were awarded a first down on the fumble recovery. Upon replay, it looked like a forward pass, but the defense held anyway after Biermann made another play and stuffed Rashad Jennings on a 3rd and 2.

The Falcons began their next drive on their own two, but a sensational 18-yard catch by Julio Jones gave them a bit of breathing room. Another big play — a 20-yard reception by Hankerson — moved the Falcons down the field, but they would do nothing from there.

After the defense forced a three and out, Ryan orchestrated the go-ahead drive — set up by a 37-yard bomb to Jones — with Devonta Freeman scoring from two yards out to take the 24-20 lead and complete the comeback.

A pass interference penalty on Robert Alford set the Giants up at the 50-yard line, but Manning threw four straight incompletions to turn the ball over on downs.

How does 2-0 feel?