In a game that was really more about scouting young talent than actually winning, the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied from a ten point second half deficit to drop the Falcons to 0-2 in preseason play.
League MVP Matt Ryan played one series in the first quarter and it was a successful one as running back Terron Ward scored a touchdown to put the Falcons up 7-0. However, 3rd string quarterback Matt Simms was unable to capitalize two different times inside the ten yard line, and the Falcons had to settle for field goals both times.
The Steelers, on the other hand, had a rough time in the first half offensively. However, in the second half they scored a punt return touchdown and another passing touchdown and were suddenly leading the Falcons.
Though Simms had his moments, for the most part he was very inconsistent, throwing multiple interceptions and making poor decisions that come naturally being as young as he is.
The Falcons’ defense only allowed ten points, as special teams was responsible for allowing the punt return. This is a positive sign and should make the decision on which players to keep as backups a tough one for coach Dan Quinn.
However, the most important part of this game from the start was going to be getting through it uninjured, and the Falcons look to have avoided major injuries for the full 60 minutes.