Following Atlanta’s touchdown run, the Broncos offense took over at its own 28-yard line. On the first play, Manning completed his first pass of the game to wideout Brandon Stokley for five yards.
A play later, Manning was intercepted for the second time in the quarter on a pass that was intended for tight end Jacob Tamme. Safety Thomas DeCoud picked it off for the Falcons and returned it 15 yards to the Denver 42-yard line, where the Atlanta offense took over.
On a short field, the Broncos defense was able to keep Atlanta from moving into the red zone, holding Atlanta to a 37-yard field goal. A 15-yard completion from quarterback Matt Ryan to tight end Tony Gonzalez provided the Falcons’ lone first down on the short drive.
After just more than five minutes of play, the Falcons lead 10-0.