Falcons quiet dome with opening drive

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

NEW ORLEANS -- The Falcons had what was pretty much the perfect opening drive in the Superdome.

They went 77 yards on eight plays to take a 7-0 lead. They controlled the ball and moved it through the air and on the ground. Michael Turner had two very nice runs, including a 13-yarder for the touchdown.

The drive took three minutes and 57 seconds and, at least for the moment, the Superdome has become a lot quieter than it was at kickoff. Then again, I’m not going to read too much into opening drives. I seem to recall the Falcons having a very nice opening drive in Dallas last week and, then, they were pretty much silent the rest of the game.