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Falcons squander lead

August 9, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Michael Vick provided a tantalizing glimpse of what the NFL can expect this season. Vick was six-for-seven for 110 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brian Finneran, before the Atlanta Falcons squandered a big lead in their preseason opener, losing to the Green Bay Packers 27 to 21 tonight.

 Vick, voted to the Pro Bowl in his first year as a starter, showed no signs of letting up before a raucous Georgia Dome sellout crowd that cheered his every move. Playing just the first quarter, he guided a pair of touchdown drives before another possession stalled out on downs in Green Bay territory.

The Packers, coming off a 9 to 0 loss to Kansas City in a preseason opener, got off to another sloppy start. They trailed 21 to 3 in the second quarter and jumped offsides five times in the first half.

 Green Bay rallied once the starters were done for the night. Najeh Davenport scored on a three-yard run late in the first half, then sparked a 17-point third quarter with a four-yard T-D run.

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