Michael Turner, Roddy White reach milestones

After scoring his touchdown, Falcons running back Michael Turner (right) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Roddy White (84). AP

After scoring his touchdown, Falcons running back Michael Turner (right) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Roddy White (84). AP

TAMPA –  Running back Michael Turner and wide receiver Roddy White set some milestones in the victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Turner broke the 1,000 yard barrier for the second time in his career with a seven-yard carry in the first quarter. Turner ranks sixth on the Falcons all-time rushing list with 3,632 yards in three seasons. He is 227 yards shy of tying former quarterback Michael Vick (3,859) for fifth all time.

Turner scored his eighth touchdown of the year on a five-yard run in the first quarter. The touchdown run marked Turner’s seventh touchdown in his last six games and he has now found the end zone in three straight games.

White caught seven passes for 74 yards and set a new career-high with 91 catches this season.

White’s previously caught 88 passes in 2008.

The two-time Pro Bowler sits just nine catches shy of becoming the first Falcons receiver to catch 100 balls in a season since Eric Metcalf in 1995.

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tjhook

December 6th, 2010
12:52 am

tjhook

December 6th, 2010
1:01 am

I believe Roddy white should receive some votes for MVP because his presence has been invaluable for Atlanta. He constantly takes on the challenge of multiple coverage and makes a positive effort which frees up Jenkins and Douglas on routes. And that’s with a predictable game plan called by Mularkey

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charles

December 6th, 2010
1:18 am

I feel you tjhook, Roddy is having one heck of a season, But like in an earlier blog it was stated that Matt Ryan was talk about on nfl gameday that he should be considered for MVP also. But as for me I tip my glass to the team. I being the long suffering fan that since1977 no team has ever made the fan feel so connected as this team. So lets go Falcons one more next week. GO FALCONS

Creaky

December 6th, 2010
1:20 am

I think I ate the popcorn bowl on the “Grimey” interception! All I know is when the game was over the bowl was gone.

GHunt

December 6th, 2010
2:02 am

Great win! However, I am concerned about Matty Ice inconsistant ability to throw the deep pass. Once again he has missed the deep throw to a wide open receiver. Tampa’s game plan was to take away the run and the short to intermediate pass. They were sucessful and were in the game till the Grimes interception. We must improve our performance on the deep throws.

kreedham

December 6th, 2010
6:37 am

Thought I heard on NFL Network that Coach Smith is first coach to win 10 twice…another milestone

Maurice

December 6th, 2010
6:54 am

Matt is still working on that aspect of his game- the deep ball.

Steve

December 6th, 2010
7:46 am

I thought DR23 had a good game. I know a lot is said of him being over rated but he had 3 or 4 clean pass defenses yesterday that would have been bad news for us otherwise.
GO FALCONS!!!

Lesa

December 6th, 2010
7:59 am

I agree that Roddy should be part of the MVP conversation. He always comes through in the clutch with a big play when we need one. I am so impressed with how hard he works. He is bringing his “A” game every week!!

SirReal

December 6th, 2010
8:08 am

Glad for Turner bouncing back from last year and glad for Roddy getting his 3rd straight 1000 yd season. He’ll end up with 110 grabs. Very impressive. Now the TEAM has to reach that milestone that counts….getting to the big dance in dallas and winning it all! :)

SHOTYME

December 6th, 2010
8:34 am

This team is something special this year, it is our time, the stars are lining up, the football gods are finally smiling on the falcons.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

December 6th, 2010
9:35 am

Congrats to both R. White and M. Turner!!!!!

I am just hoping that the team can win out the remainder of the season because home field advantage is going to be important. After watching the Saints yesterday, they can be beat. Both the Cowboys and the Bengals had shots at beating the Saints. The Dome is going to be rocking for the Monday night game in a couple of weeks. I totally agree that this year’s Falcons ARE SPECIAL!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 6th, 2010
9:58 am

Creaky — Nice. Popcorn is a good healthy snack.

kreedham
— Coach Smitty has his own blog http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2010/12/06/the-aftermath-coach-mike-smith-breaks-down-the-game/

Maurice
— Good observation. They miss a lot of deep throws.

Mr. Mustard

December 6th, 2010
10:28 am

Congrats to the Falcons, again as they continue to win in a focused, team fashion. That is what I like about this organization, everyone seems to know their roles and plays them well.

Eric Weems: Last week we were commenting on how he is a “safe” returner, makes good decisions, won’t fumble and will get you a few positive yards. That is good. Then BAM! he returns one for 102 yards and TD.

He did not do it through blinding speed, but with following his (excellent) blocking. Special teams did their jobs, played their roles and voila, a touchdown when we had to have it.

Wow, this is fun and I cannot wait for the Saints on Monday night………Okay, no Carolina next week. One game at a time. One play at a time, I know, I know.

Each game is now hugely important, and I hope we demolish the Panthers as we should. That would make another statement.

RobbE33

December 6th, 2010
10:43 am

Grimes and Weems saved the day. Dunta earned his pay. Roddy needs to be reminded that he’s built for speed and catching the ball and not for smack talking.
Instant karma will get Talib, I hope sooner, than later.
Any word on the severity of Tony’s ankle?

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Dirty Bird

December 6th, 2010
11:42 am

Just off the plane from Tampa. The field was in bad condition from the USF game the day before. I can’t believe they play the Super Bowl on that turf. We are lucky more players didn’t get hurt with all the footing issues I was witnessing. This is one fun TEAM to watch, keep up the good work Dirty Birds!

mo

December 6th, 2010
11:46 am

Creaky, Itold my Wife that not to make abag for me at half time cause they did not look like they had IT this game but she made it I’m glad she did from INT to the TD mine was gone bag tooo.The ICEMAN for MVP he get other in the game roddy is not his only target now .Yes he does need to work on that long ball.

BeenThereB4

December 6th, 2010
11:50 am

DLED
whats the news on snelling? will he be able to play @ carolina?

CAH CAH!!!!!

December 6th, 2010
11:59 am

Matty Ice was having a HORRIBLE day. I seriously thought we were gonna lose, but of course, we get a huge special teams play and the IceMan put together another one of his 4th quarter drives. No matter how good or bad he plays, he seems to put together an awesome late 4th quarter drive. Matt Ryan for MVP!!!

Dennis

December 6th, 2010
12:03 pm

About 1/2 step difference on Weems crossing the goal line and the highlights would have been BAD, showing him being stripped while hotdogging!

Big ED

December 6th, 2010
12:12 pm

I’m not sure enough was made of the pitiful playing conditions of this game. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a field this bad. That had a huge effect on both sides of the ball. This d-line is small and depends on their ability to penetrate. Several times they had good penetration but were pushed past the play.
On the other side, are offense is mostly based on timing. When you have receivers falling out of breaks or either slowing so that they don’t fall, everything is off. Maybe Ryan is not the best (long ball thrower) but the throw he made on 3rd and 20 was as good as it gets in this league. Just winning in this league is still something. Ask Indy if they would like to swap records!

Ueeediot

December 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

Big Ed, the announcers did mention that even though there were clear skies at game time, earlier in the afternoon there was a good rain storm. That, along with other games, led to a mucky field.
We are fortunate that game was flexed or we would have been playing in that rain.

All you Duanta haters…must have missed the TD pass that 23 knocked down….

FACTS

December 6th, 2010
12:29 pm

Matt Ryan cannot throw a deep pass to save his life. This defense keeps getting bailed out by the offense, it won’t happen in the playoffs. I’m just saying………….

Ueeediot

December 6th, 2010
12:29 pm

Maybe Snelling and TG should be suited up, but plan to ride the bench against the Panthers. They are a terrible team and we should be able to win and protect these guys.

mac

December 6th, 2010
12:33 pm

Falcons win another “nail bitter”..unbelieveable! One of the worse played games of the year..Lost the game in in all fazes..still pull out the W at the end!!
Hard to figure M.Ryan..goes from good to not so good from week to week..still, I’d rather have him in the last 2 minutes of the game against any other team in the league!!
How in the hell do you loose containment & forget how to tackle from one week to the next??
Let’s not promote R.White to saint hood just yet..he is an average to just above average player at best! Same with T.Gonzalez..He is average at best..how we seem to forget the droped balls, broken routes etc..All White really knows is how to run the mouth & get 15 yard personal fowls each week!!
Way to go Falcons..you won another “nail biter”!

Ueeediot

December 6th, 2010
12:35 pm

FACTS werent you on here (with your moronic ‘just saying’) saying Falcons wont beat the Ravens. Falcons wont beat the Packers…Falcons are going to lose to the Bucs. Falcons are just lucky.

Whatever you are ‘just saying’ sound like the mumblings of a backwoods Cooter moron.

10-2. Choke on it.

Falcons are now a virtual lock to be in the playoffs. 99.9%
http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NFL/NFC/South/Falcons.html

Ueeediot

December 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

You can get a 2 piece personal fowl dinner at KFC

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 6th, 2010
12:37 pm

Ueediot — Be nice to FACTS. No namecalling. I like the two piece dinner line.

The Dogkiller Returns

December 6th, 2010
12:39 pm

Any updates on Gonzalez and Snelling?

Ueeediot

December 6th, 2010
12:42 pm

Sorry, I didnt mean to disparage Cooter.

BUBBA GUMP

December 6th, 2010
12:43 pm

Was QB Ryan on heavy medication……………never seen him so out of it for 3 quarters??

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 6th, 2010
1:01 pm

Dogkiller — Coach doesn’t speak until 3 p.m. today with official updates. Gonzalez told me after the game that he was fine. Nothing to offer of J. Snell at this point.

yo mama

December 6th, 2010
1:02 pm

Hey Mac, you are so wrong on Gonz, the man is a HOF tight End, and will be a first ballot in fact. So much for your average assessment. Oh BTW, MAc your work called, and they said you are below average at work. Dumbass.

Big ED

December 6th, 2010
1:03 pm

Two piece personal fowl. Now that’s just funny!

Maurice

December 6th, 2010
1:04 pm

Bad field. Can’t plant and throw.

merbertmoover

December 6th, 2010
1:06 pm

@ BUBBA GUMP: i heard something happened between him and his girlfriend two days before….not sure though….

Maurice

December 6th, 2010
1:12 pm

Yo mama….
He’s entitled to his opinion. WE know who Gonz is to OUR team. WE know what White is to OUR team. I like White getting the personal foul calls. It means he’s not going to back down. If mac had read White’s statement after the game, he would have realized that the Bucs deserved to get punched in the head. I will take a 15 yard penalty from a proven player if he’s not backing down from getting pushed all over the field. Too many times this season he’s been held, pushed, punched, tackled and all before the ball got to him and no calls. After Smith talked to him about playing his game and not worrying about the Bucs, he didn’t have a penalty in the 2nd half. That’s all that matters.

Big ED

December 6th, 2010
1:13 pm

Bad field, division rival that knows us better than anyone, and too many mistakes. All this and we still get the win. You guys can gripe about all the things that the majority of you have never experienced or you can be jacked about being 10-2. This is the NFL not high school. A win is a win. Ask New England how they felt after that Cleveland game.

Maurice

December 6th, 2010
1:15 pm

They got engaged….?

FACTS

December 6th, 2010
1:15 pm

Atlanta pass defense 26th now thats funny!

Big ED

December 6th, 2010
1:21 pm

Where are they on pts allowed. Not sure ,just curious. This team came from the laughing stock of the league after their qb goes to prison and their coach leaves in the middle of the night for a college job. Don’t know how anyone could honestly complain about much after that.

Big ED

December 6th, 2010
1:26 pm

7th in pts allowed. Really most important stat. In just three yrs. Not bad.

Maurice

December 6th, 2010
1:37 pm

I won’t. I seriously thought it would take 5 years for the Falcons to recover. They gave Matt Ryan a 6 year contract worth 72-76 million. After his first 3 years in the league that’s looking like a bargain. They dumped lame duck talent for draft picks. Got decent picks and practice squad talent to replace the lame ducks. I don’t know how they will draft next year. They probably won’t get a top 25 pick, but who needs it? Oh, Carolina… As far as the Falcons are concerned I say get two tackles for the o-line, search for a replacement for McClure-he’s not going to be here forever- and/or find another receiver to get rid of the double teams on White. If we don’t two tackles look for a speedy RB with pop and good hands. It’s time for Jerious to have some competition for his position or retire.

rudy

December 6th, 2010
1:38 pm

this feels good, to be NFC best but its more disappointing that next year at this time,that it won’t be any football been played…Atlanta has to do it now cos it might not be another opportunity…

Maurice

December 6th, 2010
1:40 pm

Stop worrying about stuff that hasn’t happened yet.

Dennis

December 6th, 2010
2:08 pm

@ Maurice – I believe they’re prepping Joe Hawley to take over for McClure.

Dennis

December 6th, 2010
2:12 pm

Big ED said: “I’m not sure enough was made of the pitiful playing conditions of this game. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a field this bad.”

The only one I can recall being that bad was Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, I think for a Monday night game. It was even worse, and punted balls were plugging like lofted golf balls.

Lichens

December 6th, 2010
2:41 pm

I have it as this:

1. Brett Favre – the only QB I can literally say can get the ball ANYWHERE on the field at any time with pinpoint precision. In his prime almost unsackable, ask the Niners who had him half sacked, only to see him throw it sidearm across his body 30 yard and hit his receiver in stride. The Cowboys literally play a 70 yard prevent against him for entire quarters in the playoffs. Ask the Vikings why when they had Favre at midfield, with Javon walking sprinting across the 5 yard line, Favre then hits Walker BEFORE he crosses the goal line. Truly the most talented QB there ever was. Won almost unanimous MVPs his first three yearsduring the golden age of QBs before it became redundant to give him the award.

2. Dan Marino – Could be #1, the best pure passer the game has ever seen. Like Favre, played in the one man aerial circus system where HE was the ONLY player any good, and made stars out of all the scrub receivers. PINPOINT accuracy to any part of the field within 40 yards, sees all 4 receivers at once instantly, and literally kills you from any hole in your defense within 40 yards that his receivers streak to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPFdn9uzj8

Quarterback skill only shows through when the QB is pressured and has to make instant tough decisions and throws. Otherwise watching any old scrub have all day to make easy decisions every play, otherwise autosack himself or throw a disaster EVERY time is boring, anybody can do that.

3. Joe Montana – Could be #1, the most pinpoint accurate, consistent to the point of perfection QB the league has ever seen. By 1991 it was getting to a point where the Niners were robotically throwing to high spots all over the field where the defenses cannot reach, where the windows were supposed to be small, but the receivers just catch it right at the spot like it was routine. It got to a point (and the only time) where the league literally had to step in and break up the Niners. During the playoffs you know what he was going to do, but you can’t stop it, you just took it as Montana took it to another level and rubbed it in your face the levels upon levels of gap ohis superiority has put his opponents behind.

4. Steve Young – When he first came in, was Montana, with the mobility. He had all the tools, the accuracy, ability to track teh receivers, and both on the run. He could scramble, and was pretty much automatic anywhere within 10 yards. Him and Montana threw the best deep ball in the league, made the hail mary play and changed it into a routine play called the bomb, and made it legendary and termed football play into an unheard of “finesse offense”. Best QB rating in the history of the league.

5. Jeff Garcia – Consistent, accurate, smart, never turns the ball over, tough, and has the most heart of anyone. Unsackable and probably the best pure passer on the run. ALWAYS kills the blitz. Probably the clutchest player in history. Takes ANY bottomfeeding team INSTANTLY to the playoffs (had the Niners within a year, had the Browns instantly talking playoffs before he got injured, the Eagles, the Bucs, only the Lions couldn’t win because Garcia spent all his time trying to get them to take home their playbooks). Can come back from almost ANY deficit. Came back from 18 point deficits FOUR games in a row on the Bucs last year, the most incredible thing I’ve seens.

Like Garcia, Elway is smart, consistently accurate, has heart, throws an accurate deep ball, maybe stronger than Garcia, can somewhat throw on the run, but Garcia is IMPECCABLY accurate, throws that deep ball with the Montana-like touch, constantly threads the ball between three defenders or drops it pinpoint into three layers of defense. Probably the most accurate deadly thrower on the run, only Favre compares here. NOBODY has more heart than Garcia, and Garcia definitely has more heart than Elway. Garcia handles the blitz better than Elway and anybody, he ALWAYS beats it, and can come back from ANY deficit, clutch play after clutch play all the way to the end in perfection. Garcia is more clutch that Elway, in fact, nobody is more clutch than Garcia. Garcia when he went to the Eagles won EVERY single game all the way to the playoffs (every game was an elimination game) and should have beat the Saints, the most clutchest play ever got called back that would have put them in the tying FG and the winning TD position. And just last year came back from almost 18 point deficits 4 games in a row to put the Bucs in comfortable playoff position. Elway does well when the game is somewhat in hand, but is not good enough to come back from any deficit in superhuman fashion. Both are tough as nails. Garcia throws the least INTs in the league compare to attempts, impressive considering he is ALWAYS under a pass rush. Another area he is better than Elway.