Performances by Roddy White and Michael Turner were ridiculously good and carried the Falcons to victory today. The two veterans combined for 24 touches, 340 yards and three touchdowns. They also had two explosive plays that the Falcons would not have been able to win without.
The offense as a whole was able to score big again with another 30-point performance and victory. There were miscues throughout the game and they didn't look as dominant as they did in the first three games.
On the first play of the quarter, Matt Ryan tried dumping it off to Michael Turner but it was dropped. Turner makes up for it the next play with a 14-yard run for the first down. Then on the very next play, he gained another 27 yards to go over the century mark for the first time this season.
Jacquizz Rodgers took the ball two yards on first down and then brought it another three yards on second down. On third-and-five, Greg Hardy sacks Ryan for the offensive line's fifth sack allowed of the game to force the punt.
The Falcons opened the second drive with two straight dropped passes to bring up an early third-and-10. On the third down play, Ryan hits Julio Jones for his first catch of the day of 30 yards to bring it to midfield.
Rodgers took a screen pass 15 yards to the Panthers 35-yard line and then followed that up with a nine-yard screen right after it. On the screen there was also a facemask penalty that give the Falcons first-and-10 on the 13. Then, the Panthers sack Ryan for a nine-yard loss.
On second-and-19, Ryan tried a slant to Jones, but the ball was knocked out by Thomas Davis to force the third-and-19. On third-and-19, Rodgers got a short pass for a seven-yard gain forcing a field goal.
The Falcons went deep for a pass to Julio Jones, but he stepped out on the play that would have been a huge pass. Ryan avoided a sack on second down to find Turner for a seven-yard gain. On third-and-three, Ryan got knocked out of bounds for a sack to force the punt.
Ryan made a ridiculous throw to Roddy White for 59 yards to bring it to the Carolina 40-yard line. Ryan throws it away on the second down play to have it as second-and-10 on the 40 with 23 second left. Julio Jones got interfered with to force a first-and-10 at the 35-yard line.
Ryan hit Gonzalez for eight yards. The Falcons had a second-and-two at the 28-yard line and Ryan hit Douglas for another six yards to set up the 40-yard game winning field goal attempt.
Michael Turner gained just one yard on the first play of the half. Then, Tony Gonzalez gains 11 yards for his fifth catch of the game and a first down. On a screen play on first-and-10 from the 40-yard line, Michael Turner takes it 60 yards for the touchdown.
The second drive opened with Ryan missing Jason Snelling on a short route. The second down play was another screen to Turner, but it went for just one yard this time. On third-and-nine, Ryan hit White for 13-yard catch.
Jacquizz Rodgers opens the second set of downs with a three-yard gain. Then on second down, Charles Johnson beats Tyson Clabo and Mike Johnson for the sack. Then Harry Douglas drops the ball to force the punt.
The quarter opened with another sack on Ryan, however there was a facemask call to give the Falcons and overall 2-yard gain. Then Ryan hit Snelling short of the line of scrimmage for a two-yard loss. On a broken play, Ryan gets just a one-yard pass off to Roddy White and then has an incomplete pass to Julio Jones on third-and-14. Falcons get stopped but still get three points on the 41-yard field goal.
The second drive of the quarter opens with a short run by Turner and a six-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez to set up a third-and-three. The third-and-three pass was tipped away by Charles Godfrey to force the punt.
Another Turner run to open up the drive gets followed by Tony Gonzalez getting a great catch for 14 yards. Ryan took another deep shot to Roddy White, but White wasn't able to locate it for the touchdown. On second-and-10, Jacquizz Rodgers gets five-yard gain on a good cutback. On third-and-five, Ryan goes to Roddy White for a nine-yard gain.
From the 20-yard line, the Falcons open on first down with a flat pass to Jason Snelling for five yards. Then Turner gains just one yard on second down to give Ryan and the offense a third-and-four from the 14 at the two minute warning. On third-and-four from the 14, Roddy White caught the touchdown pass from Matt Ryan over the middle.
On the first play, the offensive line missed an easy blitz pickup. Then on the second play, Ryan gets the ball batted at the line in a dangerous pass to create the first third down of the game. And on third down, Ryan gets sacked by Charles Johnson on a coverage sack.
For the second drive, Ryan opens with a quick pitch and catch to Roddy White for 13 yards to move the chains.On his first run of the game, Turner takes the carry two yards to give Atlanta a second-and-eight. The Falcons continue moving the ball with a 13-yard throw to Tony Gonzalez followed by a three-yard Jason Snelling catch. Joe Hawley plays a mean fullback and sets up a third-and-one play.
On third-and-one, the Falcons lined up Julio Jones in the backfield only to hand it off to Turner for another 12 yards. After a quick one yard gain by JAcquizz Rodgers, Ryan hits White again for another 13-yard gain to bring it to the 14-yard line. A four-yard Rodgers run, Turner follows it with a six-yard run to set up first-and-goal from the four-yard line.
A three-yard run by Turner followed by a an offside penalty gives the Falcons a second-and-goal from the one. The Falcons got a touchdown pass to Tommy Gallarda, but he pushed off and pushed the Falcons back 10 yards. After a penalty for helmet-to-helmet, the Falcons had an incompletion on second-and-goal. Then Ryan got sacked on second-and-goal and then intercepted on third-and-goal.
For the first play of the third drive, Michael Turner got a 17-yard carry to bring the ball to the 40 and then follows it up with an 11-yard gain to bring it to the Carolina 49. On first-and-10 from the 49, Ryan hits White on a beautiful play-action touchdown pass.
On the final play of the first quarter, Matt Ryan hit Jacquizz Rodgers for a 9-yard gain to give the Falcons the ball at the Panthers 21-yard line.