Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, with a catch in the third quarter, became the franchise’s all-time reception leader on Sunday.
White moved ahead of Terance Mathis, who had 570 receptions.
White entered the game against Dallas with 570 catches. His fourth catch of the game came on the Falcons’ first possession of the second half. He had six catches for 110 yards at the end of three quarter.
He kept the drive alive with a 26-yard catch over the middle with Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne in coverage.
White, in his eighth season, received an ovation from the crowd when his accomplishment was flashed on the scoreboard.
Mathis played for the Falcons from 1994-2001.
Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter. Vance Walker and Corey Peters started in the second half.
Cornerback Asante Samuel was attended to by the trainers in the third quarter with a neck injury. Robert McClain took over from him at left cornerback and Christopher Owens went to nickel back.
Reserve safety Charles Mitchel suffered a calf injury.
The Falcons did not get off to one of their trademark fast starts against the Cowboys.
Entering the Dallas game, the Falcons had scored a league-best 27 points on their opening possessions this season.
The Falcons could only muster a three-and-out against the Cowboys.
On first down, fullback Lousaka Polite dropped a pass. Michael Turner was stuffed for a 1-yard gain on second down and Matt Ryan’s pass intended for wide receiver Harry Douglas was incomplete on third down.
Here’s the Falcons have fared on their first possessions this season.
• Against Kansas City, they scored a touchdown to cap a 12-play, 80-yard drive.
• Against Denver, Michael Turner scored on a yard run to cap a three-play, 1-yard drive.
• Against San Diego, Jacquizz Rodgers scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass to cap a 10-play, 80-yard drive. The extra point failed.
• The Falcons opened the Carolina game with a three-and-out.
• The Falcons drove from their 8-yard line to Washington’s 47 before being forced to punt after a 10-play drive.
• Ryan was intercepted by Joselio Hanson on the Falcons’ opening drive against Oakland.
• Against Philadelphia, they scored a touchdown on a 16-play, 80- yard drive.
The Falcons inactives were quarterback Dominique Davis, wide receiver Kevin Cone, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, right guard Garrett Reynolds, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, defensive tackle Travian Robertson and defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi.
Mike Peterson started at weakside linebacker for Weatherspoon. Peter Konz started at right guard for Reynolds.
The Dallas inactives were wide receiver Andrew Holmes, safety Charlie Peprah, running back DeMarco Murray, safety Matt Johnson, linebacker Dan Connor, center Phil Costa and defensive tackle Sean Lissemore.
Felix Jones started at running back for Murray. Ernie Sims started at linebacker for Dan Connor. Ryan Cook started at center for Phil Costa.
The Falcons have scored 42 points on six drives last four plays are fewer, which was tied for first in the league with Washington. … The Falcons were 3 of 7 (43 percent) on third down conversions in the first half. The Cowboys were 2 of 6 (33 percent) on third downs in the first half. …Both teams ran 29 offensive plays in the first half.
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