If the Falcons keep playing this way, they're going to be a powerhouse in the NFC South.

5. Big win for 49ers

San Francisco managed to contain a usually prolific Green Bay Packers offense, keeping quarterback Aaron Rodgers from getting into a rhythm until the game was decided.

Although Rodgers completed 30 of 44 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one
interception, he wasn't as productive early and faced a lot of pressure from 49ers star outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

Meanwhile, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith completed 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards and two
touchdowns, including a scoring toss to Randy Moss.

Running back Frank Gore contributed 112 yards and a touchdown.

And kicker David Akers tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal that caromed off the crossbar through the uprights. The other kickers to make 63-yarders: Sebastian Janikowski, Jason Elam and Tom Dempsey.


1. Ben Roethlisberger's interception.

Rushing a throw into coverage, the Steelers quarterback got picked off by Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter in the closing minutes.

The 43-yard interception return by Porter, who once returned a Peyton Manning interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl when he was playing for New Orleans, put the game away for Denver.

Afterward, Roethlisberger correctly characterized the situation: He should have called a
timeout to get the ofense settled down.

2. Mixed debut for Andrew Luck

Although the Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown, with nine completions to Reggie Wayne for 135 yards, Luck struggled with turnovers.

Luck uncorked three interceptions, lost a fumble and held the football a bit too long. He was sacked three times.

Two of his interceptions went to Bears cornerback Tim Jennings.

Overall, Luck has a ton of promise, but there are still some things to clean up.

3. Saints' defense struggles

The Saints look extremely vulnerable on defense, particularly against the run.

Despite the acquisition of middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, the Saints got punished upfront as they allowed 153 rushing yards on 44 carries.