Falcons dropped by Rams

AP/Tom Gannam The Falcons dropped their third straight game, losing to the St. Louis Rams this week by a score of 28-16. A slow start on both sides of the ball was the primary reason for the loss, despite a late comeback helmed by Chris Redman.

Joey Harrington got the start, but was mostly ineffective through three quarters. He finished the day completing 17 of 34 passes for 184 yards and an interception. Chris Redman came in the fourth quarter, and passed for 172 yards, completed 16 of 24 passes with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Redman’s interception with 1:45 remaining pretty much sealed the defeat for the team, despite leading the Falcons on two previously successful scoring drives. On the ground, Jerious Norwood led the way with 94 yards on 8 carries. Warrick Dunn added 17 yards on 10 carries. Roddy White led receivers with 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. Alge Crumpler (7 catches for 65 yards) and Michael Jenkins (5 catches for 48 yards and a score) also had productive days.

Defensively, the Rams got off to a fast 21-0 lead in the first half, but the defense held them for much of the second half until Steven Jackson’s 50-yard scoring run in the closing minutes. Michael Boley and DeAngelo Hall led the Falcons defense with 6 tackles each. Lawyer Milloy (5 tackles, 1 interception), Jonathan Babineaux (4 tackles), John Abraham (3 tackles), Chris Houston (3 tackles, 2 passes defended), and Chris Crocker (2 tackles, 1 interception) had notable games.

On special teams, Adam Jennings had a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by penalties. He finished the game with 5 returns averaging 7.6 yards. Jerious Norwood had 3 kickoff returns for an average of 22 yards. Michael Koenen had 7 punts for an average of 44.1 yards, and placed 3 inside the 20-yard line. Morten Andersen connected on his lone field goal attempt from 41 yards.

Next week the Falcons will host the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, and hope to exact some revenge in front of a national audience. The Saints beat them in Week 7 by a score of 22-16. The Falcons have lost three straight to the Saints.

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