Atlanta Falcons News and Notes

Posted Oct 18, 2005

Atlanta Falcons news and notes

--QB Michael Vick completed all four passes he attempted on the final drive, which ended with Todd Peterson's game-winning field goal after the officiating crew gave the Atlanta placekicker a second chance when the Saints were called for defensive holding. The cliche says, "It's how you finish," so the bottom line for Vick was improving to 4-0 in his career against New Orleans, and 21-6 all-time indoors.

--Coach Jim Mora gave no indication that RB T.J. Duckett will miss this week. The team sent Duckett for MRI exams on Monday. He left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and wore a walking boot as he strolled slowly toward the team bus a couple of hours later. Without Duckett, the Falcons will rely almost exclusively on Dunn, but Justin Griffith is likely to carry the ball maybe five to seven times a game.

--Despite the great plays he made that led to second-quarter touchdowns, rookie SLB Michael Boley struggled all day to get off blocks. He gives Atlanta better size at the position than Demorrio Williams has, but Boley mostly performed at the level you would expect from a first-time starter. Unfortunately, the Jets are flying into Atlanta this weekend and bringing Curtis Martin, who ran for 148 yards, so Boley is likely to be a focal point of attack for New York.

--K Todd Peterson is 7-for-7 in field-goal attempts, thanks in part to the officiating crew, which awarded him with a second chance that was five yards closer after a defensive holding call. On the first attempt, Peterson pulled his 41-yard attempt left because he didn't hit the ball squarely enough. His right foot didn't fail him, though, on the 36-yard game-winner with no time remaining.

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