Ryan, Falcons take early 10-0 lead over 49ers

Associated Press
Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones runs into the end zone after catching a 46-yard touchdown pass during the first half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones and Matt Bryant added a 35-yard field goal to give the Atlanta Falcons a 10-0 lead over the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter of Sunday's NFC championship game.

Ryan moved the Falcons 80 yards on seven plays on Atlanta's opening drive. Ryan completed passes of 13 yards to Jones and 16 yards to Roddy White on the drive.

On second-and-9 from the 49ers 46, Ryan faked a handoff to Jacquizz Rodgers. San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson bit on the fake, allowing Jones to run past Goldson. Jones was open for the deep pass as safety Donte Whitner trailed on the play.

Ryan completed a 27-yard pass to Jones to set up Bryant's field goal to end the Falcons' second drive. Jones beat Goldson on the catch.

Following the two possessions, Jones already had five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.

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