Roddy White puts together back-to-back 100-yard games

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White eats his chin strap as he is helped up after taking a hard hit on a reception against the Vikings. White left the game shaken up on the play, but was able to return. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White eats his chin strap as he is helped up after taking a hard hit on a reception against the Vikings. White left the game shaken up on the play, but was able to return. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

By Chris Vivlamore

 

As the Falcons continue their push toward the playoffs, they need Roddy White.

Their No. 1 receiver, who entered the season with four straight 1,100-plus yard receiving campaigns, has struggled at times. He has been plagued by leg injuries and dropped passes. He had just one 100-yard game in the first nine contests.

He’s starting to put those troubles behind him, especially in the last two games. That’s good news for the Falcons (7-4) as they play meaningful second-half games.

So Roddy, what does it feel like to have back-to-back 100-yard receiving games?

“It means I feel like I’m in a groove and finally starting to put things together,” White said after the Falcons’ 24-14 victory over the Vikings Sunday.

White had 10 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. The performance came one week after he caught seven passes for 147 yards against the Titans. The totals give White 830 yards on 64 catches with five games remaining – another 1,000-yard season well within reach.

White’s 6-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter Sunday gave him 41 for his career. It moved him into sole possession of third place on the franchise’s all-time touchdown receptions list.

“It was a perfect play call,” said White who was left wide open when the cornerback covered Harry Douglas and the safety went with Tony Gonzalez. “That’s how we draw it up.”

“We had a little base line by me and Harry [Douglas] was coming out to the flat and the corner chased it. Tony [Gonzalez] was on the inside and the safety jumped to him and I was wide open. That’s how we draw it up.”

White passed Alfred Jenkins (40) on the all-time list. He now trails only Terance Mathis (57) and Andre Rison (56).

White said he was unaware of the milestone.

“I just want to keep playing,” White said. “It’s the second half of the season. It’s time for us to hit our stride. It’s November and December football so you have to go out there and win.”

White had 62 yards in the second half. His final three receptions helped the Falcons put away a Vikings team that had climbed to within three points.

The Vikings scored early in the fourth quarter, taking advantage of a Falcons’ punt miscue, to make it 17-14. On the Falcons’ second drive following the score, they put together a nine-play, 73-yard drive. It culminated in Michael Palmer’s 3-yard touchdown reception. On the drive, White caught passes of 26 and 23 yards. The second came on a third-and-4 from the Vikings’ 30-yard line to keep the drive alive.

“We knew, offensively, it was important for us to execute well on that drive and I thought we converted on some third downs, which was huge,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “We were effective throwing the football and we responded the way we needed to in order to win the football game.”

White caught a 7-yard reception on third down on the Falcons next drive. The catch, with two minutes remaining, enabled the Falcons to run out the clock.

Entering the game, White had 17 catches on third down with 15 going for first downs. He was fifth in the NFL with 42 first-down receptions.

“It was tough down the stretch,” White said. “They made some plays. We didn’t execute too well on offense until they scored. Then we went down and put a drive together. We just have to be consistent, instead of one drive where we go down and score and then next one we come out flat.”

15 comments Add your comment

Birdthethird

November 27th, 2011
7:36 pm

It’s always good to gain your stride during the second half. Falcons have taken a page from the GA ‘Dawgs and are making it count when it has to. Nice schedule down the road should make a playoff run ours to lose. The Eagles look to be done btw.

Blackoutanyone?

November 27th, 2011
9:06 pm

Glad we gave up all those picks for Julio Jones. I think Matt Ryan looked his way twice today. What was the purpose in trading up for Julio if your not going to implement him in the game plan?

Alex Hawkins

November 27th, 2011
9:42 pm

Julio Jones is not 100% due to his hamstring injuries, but he made a good decoy that helped free up Roddy. Julio has had a fine freshman year, less the injuries.

JayCool 4Da Birds

November 27th, 2011
11:09 pm

Julio fits really nicely into the offense, he didn’t get many targets against the Vikings but the guy’s number does get called. I’m glad they are dialing up Roddy’s number, get him more involved as the season goes by.

JayCool 4Da Birds

November 27th, 2011
11:09 pm

We will need him confident going into the playoffs.

CDG..

November 27th, 2011
11:27 pm

one and done……………..

TLH770

November 28th, 2011
12:04 am

Julio Jones will be just fine… We need him ready for Houston though. Anyone noticed Matty Ice has been taking shots down the field??? Nice!

Sly Ty

November 28th, 2011
1:42 am

Julio Jones may not be showing up in his personal stats, but his presence is what is causing Harry Douglas to roam the field freely. Teams must respect the falcons potential to strike deep at any given moment.

trademark

November 28th, 2011
4:33 am

“As the Falcons continue their push toward the playoffs, they need Roddy White.”

A-freakin’-men.

Roddy, thank you, thank you, thank you. A team has a lot of heartbeats, and you are one of the strongest. Whatever you did to bring yourself back into it, well, you figured it out, that’s all that matters, keep going at this level and you are one of the best to ever play this position. The Falcons records are only the first step there.

m

November 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

WHO Leads the NFL in DROPPED passes??

RODDY WHITE.

FALCON YEAH!

November 28th, 2011
4:43 pm

Sing it. Wing it! Bring it! FALCON YEAH!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgWA_n6M-DQ

Die Hard Falcon

November 28th, 2011
5:10 pm

In speaking about Julio, he definitely stretches the field and opens up the middle for HD and TG. Anyone else notice on the TD to Palmer that Julio was wide open on the other side for the quick slant, obviously it worked out anyway, but would’ve been an easy walk in TD for Julio if Matty looked to his right

GA Fan

November 29th, 2011
12:05 am

Good job Roddy White! Julio is going to be a great player but White has earned the right to be the #1 receiver. Keep feeding him. He may lead the league in dropped passes but he contribute in other ways. Like blocking on the corners. HD has filled in great also and we must find away to get him more involved.

Run4ever

November 29th, 2011
12:48 am

Just do it! White just needs to relax and play. His talent is there. He and Matt have something special. Next game should be their statemanet game. Falcons 42 Texans 21

Big Mike

November 29th, 2011
10:32 am

Roddy remember you are wide receiver not a linebacker catch the ball and everything will fall into place. I want the Falcons to put teams away like New England does. We need to dominant show we are the commanding team. Great run defense let get ready for the Texans..