Final Score: Atlanta 31, Buffalo 3
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes, two of
which were reeled in by Roddy White, as the Atlanta Falcons took the first
step toward making franchise history with a 31-3 victory over the Buffalo
Bills at the Georgia Dome.
Ryan, the second-year quarterback out of Boston College, finished with 250
yards on 18-of-35 attempts for the Falcons (8-7), who need a win next Sunday
at Tampa Bay to notch back-to-back winning seasons for the first time.
White led all receivers with 139 yards on eight catches.
"I felt our defense played a very solid game, very solid effort," said Atlanta
head coach Mike Smith. "I thought our defensive staff did a great job putting
together a game plan and the players went out and executed."
Brian Brohm, making his first NFL start in place of injured Buffalo
quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards, completed 17-of-29 passes for
146 yards with two interceptions.
"I thought (Brohm) handled himself okay," said Bills interim head coach Perry
Fewell. "He was put in a tough position. I think he's got a future. More reps.
More work. There's some promise."
Fred Jackson was limited to 39 yards on 13 carries for the Bills (5-10), who
have lost three of four.
After Buffalo went three-and-out on the game's opening series, Ryan threw a
42-yard touchdown pass to a streaking White on the first play from scrimmage
The Falcons led 10-0 when Matt Bryant drilled a 51-yard field goal 36 seconds
into the second quarter.
A 12-yard scoring play between Ryan and Marty Booker and Lawrence Sidbury's
11-yard return of a Jackson fumble extended Atlanta's lead to 24-0 with 6:06
to play in the third quarter.
Buffalo got on the board when Rian Lindell converted a 42-yard field goal with
1:58 remaining in the third.
White's five-yard touchdown grab with 4:22 left in regulation accounted for
the final margin.
Falcons running back Michael Turner was inactive for the fourth time in
six games with an ankle injury...Jason Snelling had 68 yards on 15 carries to
lead Atlanta's ground attack...White reached 1,000 yards receiving for the
third straight season...Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez left the game with a
calf injury...Buffalo wideout Terrell Owens caught four passes for 39 yards
and became the sixth player in NFL history with 1,000 career
receptions...Buffalo wraps up its season next week at home against
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