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Raiders vs. Falcons: Palmer tosses touchdown to give Oakland the lead at half, 13-7

A Carson Palmer toss to Denarius Moore inside the two-minute warning pushed the Oakland Raiders to a 13-7 lead over the Atlanta Falcons at halftime in early action from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Struggling to turn offense into points all day, the Raiders had kicked two field goals, including one to cap a promising drive.

Trying to respond to a Matt Ryan touchdown pass to Roddy White, the Oakland Raiders put together a 10-play, 86-yard drive that got them to the goal line. But a goal-line stand from the Atlanta Falcons defense forced the Raiders to settle for another Sebastian Janikowski field goal to bring the score to 7-6.

The Raiders' defense has forced three interceptions from Ryan, who started the season very strong and among the league leaders in quarterback rating.

It was Ryan's third interception that proved the key for the Raiders' first touchdown, as the pick gave Oakland great field position — inside the Falcons' 30-yard line — and two plays later, Palmer and Moore made the connection to give the Raiders the lead.