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Falcons Dominate Colts, Push Them Closer to Luck

The Atlanta Falcons joined in on what the rest of the NFL is doing these days, and that is whipping on the winless and Peytonless Indianapolis Colts. This time the deficit was only 24, but this one was over just as soon as it began. The Falcons dominated them in every single statistical category, and outgained them by 432-186 margin winning 31-7 on Sunday in Indy.

Julio Jones made his comeback from a hamstring injury into front page news. He had five touches totaling 154 yards as he caught three balls and ran with it a couple of times. Michael Turner led it off with a one yard plunge to make it 7-0, and then Jones went to work. Matt Ryan hooked him up with a 50 yards catch and run to score late in the first, and hooked up again on their next possession for 80 yards and another TD. "It gives us another good player, another good option to have the football in his hands," quarterback Ryan said after the game. "He's a good player, and we're certainly better when we have him."

All-world tight end Tony Gonzalez chipped in on the effort by scoring a touchdown on a skimpy 36 yards. Roddy White caught the same amount of balls, four, but made them count for 76 yards. Michael Turner did most of the damage on the ground as he churned out 71 yards on 19 totes, and rookie Jacquizz Rodgers got his first real actiongaining 50 yards on 11 touches. Ryan even managed to score for the other team as he threw a T.A.I.N.T. (Touchdown After INT) that Jerraud Powers returned six yards for their lone score of the day.

The Colts quarterback who is not Peyton Manning had a rough day. "The Artist" Curtis Painter managed a whopping 98 yards on 27 attempts, and was able to squeeze one into the Falcon defense as well. The surprise of the day was at running back where Delone Carter got the start over Joseph Addai, and then was outperformed by the thought to be dead Donald Brown. Brown made the most of his opportunity chugging for 70 yards on 16 tries. He was running harder than I've ever seen him run, but that really isn't saying much.

The Falcons are sitting a half game behind New Orleans in the NFC South division. So next week's matchup at home against the Saints is going to be big. They will play them again, on the road, on a Monday night the day after Christmas. If it comes down to the wire, that game will have significant importance. Both teams appear to be back on track and this should be quite a showdown in the ATL next Sunday.


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