FINAL RECAP: Falcons Offense on Track After Bye

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Nov 27, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo (80) straight arms Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Cardinals 38-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo (80) straight arms Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Cardinals 38-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Rebounding from a lackluster offensive performance prior to the bye week, the Atlanta Falcons displayed their versatility on Sunday. With star wide receiver Julio Jones limited to just 35 yards on four catches, the running game and receiver, Taylor Gabriel, contributed in the win. Jones however, was involved in two pass interference plays, both on Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson, which contributed to Falcons’ scores.

Leading only 17-13 at the break, Atlanta scored three second half touchdowns to surge ahead and cruise to victory inside the Georgia Dome. Running back Tevin Coleman found the end zone in his return from injury after missing multiple weeks prior to Gabriel’s second impressive touchdown on the day. Fellow running back Devonta Freeman concluded the scoring for the Atlanta Falcons just prior to the two-minute warning with a five-yard run, his second of the game.

Defensively, the Atlanta Falcons continued to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. While the unit only recorded two sacks, Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer was hit ten times throughout the ballgame. Atlanta generated a turnover to seal the win as linebacker De’Vondre Campbell recorded his first career interception.

Quarterback Matt Ryan finished the game 26-of-34 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. It was Ryan’s 50th consecutive game of at least 200-yards, the third longest streak since the 1960 season. Two quick hitting passes were turned into impressive touchdowns by Gabriel as Freeman compensated the passing attack with his 60-yards and two scores on the ground.

After the game Gabriel addressed his contributions to the offense on Sunday. “Primetime receivers are blocking for me so I just tip my hat to those guys. When they are quadruple and triple-teaming Julio, I feel like me, [Mohamed] Sanu, [Justin] Hardy, and everyone on the receiving corps can take advantage of those one-on-one matchups, and I feel like we did that today,” Gabriel said.


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Following the win, Atlanta improves to 7-4 and remains atop the NFC South division. Next week, the Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) visit Atlanta as the only team with a winning record remaining on the Falcons schedule.

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