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Turner helps Falcons burn Chiefs

September 21st, 2008

Getty Images/D.Benc The Falcons extended their home winning streak to three games with a 38-14 defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs. Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 2-0 at home, and 2-1 overall.

The Falcons offense got off to a slow start with its initial three possessions being three and outs, but Michael Turner and the Falcons ground attack was able to turn up the heat on the Chiefs defense. Turner finished the game with 104 yards on 23 carries and 3 touchdowns. Jerious Norwood added 75 yards on 11 carries with a single reception for 30 yards. Matt Ryan completed 12 of 18 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown pass was a perfectly thrown 70-yard strike to Roddy White who led Falcons receivers with 5 catches for 119 yards.

Defensively, the Falcons were able to take advantage of the Chiefs green quarterback Tyler Thigpen in his first NFL start. They forced three interceptions and sacked him twice. The team did however give up 184 rushing yards. Erik Coleman led the team with 10 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble. Keith Brooking added 10 tackles himself, with contributions from Lawyer Milloy (9 tackles), Jonathan Babineaux (4 tackles), Michael Boley (4 tackles), Curtis Lofton (5 tackles), John Abraham (3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble), Brent Grimes (1 tackle, 1 interception), and Chris Houston (1 tackle, 1 interception).

On special teams, Jason Elam connected on his lone field goal attempt of 27 yards. Michael Koenen had 6 punts for an average of 40.8 yards with 3 placed inside the 20-yard line. Jerious Norwood averaged 22 yards on 2 kickoff returns while Adam Jennings averaged 6.2 yards on 6 punt returns, including one muff.

Next week the Falcons will square off against another division rival in the Carolina Panthers (2-1), hoping to get their first road win of the season. The Falcons lead the all-time series 16-10. And they have won the last two contests on the road against Carolina.

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