Broncos triumph over Falcons

AP/K.C.Cox The Denver Broncos were able to end the Falcons five-game home winning streak with a 24-20 victory. The Falcons had a chance to win late in the game but were unable to make the necessary play to put themselves in a situation to win it. Roddy White dropped what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass with 1:16 left on the clock. On the next play, Matt Ryan and the Falcons were unable to convert the 4th and 18 to give them another chance.

Ryan led the team, completing 20 of 33 passes for 250 yards with an interception. Michael Turner led the team on the ground with 81 yards on 25 carries and 2 scores. Jerious Norwood had 18 yards on 4 carries and 3 grabs for 25 yards. Roddy White and Michael Jenkins shared the lead among receivers with 5 catches each. White had 102 yards receiving and Jenkins 55. Brian Finneran contributed having 4 catches for 44 yards.

Defensively, the Falcons had an okay day but weren’t able to get the necessary big plays to effectively stop the Broncos offense. On the ground, the Broncos rushed for 124 yards without their top two backs in the lineup. The Broncos also converted 7 of 12 third down attempts, did not turn the ball over, and allowed only 1 sack. Lawyer Milloy led the team with 8 tackles. John Abraham (2 tackles), Jonathan Babineaux (1 tackle, 1 sack), Erik Coleman (6 tackles), Chauncey Davis (2 tackles), Domonique Foxworth (5 tackles), Chris Houston (6 tackles), and Curtis Lofton (6 tackles) had notable games.

On special teams, Jason Elam connected on both his two field goal attempts, making 46 and 36-yarders. Michael Koenen had 2 punts for an average of 31 yards with 1 placed inside the 20-yard line. Jerious Norwood had 4 kickoff returns for an average of 20 yards, while Harry Douglas returned 1 punt for 9 yards.

Next week the Falcons hope to get back on track at home as they host the Carolina Panthers (8-2), NFC South division leaders. The Panthers beat the Falcons earlier in the season in Week 4, but with a win next week the Falcons can narrow the gap on the division lead and also keep pace in the NFC wildcard race.

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