A Sunday afternoon showdown between the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons has turned into a thoroughly defensive battle through the first quarter, as both teams have moved the ball, but have committed costly early turnovers and head to the second quarter with the Raiders up, 3-0.
A missed field goal from Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant spoiled the first chance either team got at scoring points after an interception from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and a Darren McFadden fumble cost each team.
With the Falcons driving again later in the first quarter, Ryan was intercepted again on a deep ball intended for receiver Julio Jones. Raiders safety Michael Huff intercepted Ryan, who had enjoyed a fast start to his 2012 campaign.
A similarly successful Raiders drive was stalled on a pass interference call with the Raiders just outside the red zone, and Oakland was forced to settle for a 52-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski.