Atlanta over Miami: More News and Notes

Atlanta over Miami: More News and Notes

MIAMI - More news and notes from Atlanta's win over Miami.

The Atlanta defense is stifling opponents on third downs. The Dolphins managed no first downs in nine third-down attempts, including the final chance that Keion Carpenter dove to intercept and clinch the Falcons' 17-10 win at Miami.

Over the past five games, the Falcons defense has held offenses to just 22.4 percent on third down (11-for-49). Atlanta entered the game ranked fifth in the league. Interestingly, the Falcons didn't record a sack for the first time in 18 games.

Michael Vick was sizzling at the start of the game, completing his first seven attempts and leading the Falcons to a touchdown on the opening drive. Warrick Dunn had just 88 yards rushing, but the team still managed 162.

Justin Griffith lost a fumble at the Miami 10 on the second drive, and Allen Rossum botched a punt return that the Dolphins turned into a second-quarter fumble recovery. Those blunders didn't keep Atlanta from making plays, however, and the result was the Falcons' third straight win, and their fifth in the past six games.

PLAYER NOTES

--WR Roddy White was outstanding in catching three passes for 50 yards at Miami. The rookie did a great job of separating from coverage and working back to catch balls in traffic. He could become a star by next year.

--TE Alge Crumpler was as dependable as ever at Miami. Crumpler has an ability to generate yards after the catch because safeties struggle to tackle him and linebackers are usually too slow.

--RB Warrick Dunn recovered from getting stopped for minus yardage on a fourth-and-1 call early in the fourth quarter at Miami. He gained 8 yards around left end on third-and-6 to seal the victory. Dunn finished with 88 rushing yards.

--DL Jonathan Babineaux started at right end for the first time. It was expected that Chauncey Davis would be on the left and Patrick Kerney on the right, but Babineaux moved ahead of Davis in the rotation last week.

--FS Bryan Scott hurt his neck on a hard sideline tackle at Miami and might not practice much this week. He probably will not miss the Packers game, but if he does, Antuan Edwards could take some snaps.

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