Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner runs with the football against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia.
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 110 all-purpose yards against the Eagles. He had 60 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving and 30 yards on kickoff returns.
Rodgers also broke loose for a third-quarter 43-yard run, the Falcons’ longest from scrimmage this season.
“That was an outstanding run,” Smith said. “He did a very nice job of eluding tacklers. It was blocked well at the first level and when he got to the second level, he made some people miss.”
The Falcons rushed for a season-high 146 yards on 37 carries against the Eagles.
“They were down low and in the box,” said running back Michael Turner, who had 58 yards on 24 carries. “They were coming and guys were lined up in the gaps.”
But the Falcons stayed committed to the run in order to slow down the Eagles’ vaunted pass rush. They also mixed in an assortment of screen passes to keep the Eagles off balance.
“We want to be a balanced offense, be able to run and pass it,” Turner said. “It was good to mix it up a little bit.”
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