Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/12

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 15: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons drops back to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Falcons and the Cardinals played a tight game today, but one stat should have given the Cardinals the clear and decisive victory.  That stat is six forced turnovers.Falcons' fans knew the game was going to be a tough one when the Cardinals were able to intercept Matt Ryan's first pass on the first play of the game.  The Cardinals were able to turn that interception into 7 points only 2 plays later to take an early lead and gain major momentum.The Falcons next four drives provided nothing but more turnovers for the Cardinals.  It was not until the Falcons sixth drive of the game that they were able to put points up on the scoreboard.  But by that point, the Cardinals had already put up 13. The second quarter saw the Falcons show some life by scoring 16 points and grab some momentum right before half with a long field goal to tie the game at 16 all.  This was big because had they not made that field goal, the Cardinals would have had a lead at half and the ball to start the third ...
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