Falcons notebook: Roddy White becomes all-time reception leader

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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.

Injury report

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.

Slow start

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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November 5th, 2012
2:36 am

8-0 Baby and counting…Hahaha..the aints are next!

KC Falcon

November 5th, 2012
3:08 am

Gritty win. Ryan had pressure in on him all night and still delivered 300 yards. Roddy and J. Jones terrific. Turner finally popped a long one! Quiz with a pair of huge 3rd down conversion catch and runs. Those plays finaly arrived. Been waiting for them.

Nat’l people and the contrarions (trolls) will not care. This was a very good win against a desparate team. Kept the Gunslinger Romo without completely going off. Figured he’d throw a pick or 3, but it was a victory without it.

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November 5th, 2012
3:44 am

GOOD Win Birds!!! We needed dat.

Okay Now

November 5th, 2012
3:45 am

This game made me happy because Dallas has a top 5 defense. And i’m glad to see that we can still move the ball on one of the best defenses in the league. If Dallas just straightened up on offense they woul really be one of the best team in te league.

This game was a test to see how the falcons could match up with a top defense….they did good. Could’ve did better but overall good. And I see the falcns have fiixed their run defense problem

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November 5th, 2012
3:52 am

Way to go Angry Birds! Way to make adjustments in the 2nd half on defense “Nolan”. You can tell that Sports Announcer Cris Collinsworth was rooting for the Cowboys. It was never about what the Falcons were doing but about what the Cowboys needed to do to win the game. 8 & 0 baby! Cris need to pay up the bets that he lost


November 5th, 2012
6:21 am

Thanks for the memories Terance and also to the not forgotten Billy White shoes. But long live Roddy and Jones.


November 5th, 2012
6:22 am

This is the best Falcons team I’ve seen in all my nine lives.

Buddy Landel

November 5th, 2012
7:35 am

I didn’t know RW had the record. However, I was reminded many times during the telecast that Witten was close to passing Michael Irvin to be the all-time Dallas leader in receptions. 2nd week in a row that the media has been all about the NFC East team.


November 5th, 2012
8:22 am

Although there is no excuse for a DE being untouched and crushing our QB, did ANYONE else notice the helmet to helmet contact in the back of Ryans head??? No flag, no call by the announcers… it was really just ignored. I wonder if Smitty is going to send that play into the league office for review and possible fine. My first thought is let them play football but if they call it on Brady, Rodgers and Manning hits they should call it for Ryan too!


November 5th, 2012
8:23 am

Roddy White is a great receiver and deserves all the accolades he’s getting. All he does is go over the middle and make plays. Besides he plays defense on offense. and he has a high football IQ.

Not D Orlando

November 5th, 2012
8:44 am

Terance Mathis played in the run and shoot which inflated his numbers some.

Edd too tall

November 5th, 2012
8:51 am

Too many Cowboy fanz at the game, what’s up with that ? Some will trade in those jerseys for a Falcons Matty Ice Jersey.


November 5th, 2012
8:52 am

Should someone tell Chris Collingsworth that the Falcons won? The guy is such a joke. The Falcons played a great game, shredded the ‘Boys D, and that all escaped his attention somehow. Chris, please go away and don’t come back.

I usually just read but...

November 5th, 2012
9:12 am

Did you guys get the “poor ” cowboys injury report from Chris Collinsworth? Over and over, all game. He made excuses for them every time the Falcons made a good play. Never liked him, but then again, I have little use for any ex- Florida Gaytor.


November 5th, 2012
9:22 am

Does Chris Collinsworth know he is NOT in the HOF???


November 5th, 2012
9:23 am

Congratulations Roddy!!!!!!!!!!! you deserve the attention you’re getting because you are the BEST. Everyone in my section at the Ga. Dome knows that I just love you to death, because anytime you do anything they say ( there goes your son ) and I just smile like the PROUD mom LOL. Continue having success and just DO THE DANG THANG!!!!!!!!!!!


November 5th, 2012
9:58 am

Congratulations Roddy. You are not only a GREAT receiver, you are TOUGH and you are an inspiration to your entire TEAM! You are unselfish and get the whole team to focus on WINNING rather than personal statistics. You take enjoyment from the success of your teammates and you draw double teams and BLOCK downfield so that others can succeed. You have all the personal attributes I saw in Walter Peyton (one GREAT football player). May you have a long and illustrious career and may it always be with our Atlanta Falcons so I can watch you every week. Thank you for doing a wonderful job Roddy! GO RODDY! YOU ARE RISING UP!


November 5th, 2012
10:03 am

@ Buddy Landel

I just updated my FB status with a similar sentiment. Heard all about Witten last night, and not a peep about Roddy breaking the same record. Gotta love that unbiased NBC broadcast.

Michael M.

November 5th, 2012
10:03 am

Kudos to Mr. White and onwards and upwards………………………….one game at a time! ………………………………..8 – 0 only undefeated Team in the entire NFL and the nasty Caints are up next……………………………hehehehehe !

It isn’t how you win , it is what you have to do to win at the end and this Team keeps finding different ways to finish off their opponents to seal the Win !………………………..

Falcon James

November 5th, 2012
10:31 am

The Falcon had the deck stacked against them all night. Dallas got away with holding after holding, they got away with pass interference, and not to mention some questionable hits. They got favorable spots and even a last minute review of a play. Chris Collinsworth is nausiating with his blatent favoritism of the Cowboy, but, inspite of all that and the Falcon not having they best Defensive player, they overcame. This team can bring the trophy home. Great win!!!!


November 5th, 2012
11:36 am

Who’d have thought Mr. Butterfingers in 2005 would go on to find such success? Great job Roddy and the entire Falcons. Let’s keep this swagger and completeness through playoff time!

colorado falcons fan

November 5th, 2012
12:02 pm

Congrats to Roddy. Three best plays I saw him make had nothing to do with catching the ball. 1. Scrambling to recover Ryan’s fumble. 2. The block that sprung Turner for a long run around the edge. 3. Grabbing the DB’s arm to prevent an INT on the last drive. (and doing in a way where ref didn’t see it).


November 5th, 2012
12:12 pm

Matt Ryan is such an incredible talent, but more importantly, he is a gamer. Very tough, very competitive, very smart. When it is all said and done, he will re-write the Atlanta Falcons record books and finally bring the Lombardi Trophy home.

Go Falcons.


November 5th, 2012
12:40 pm

I am glad others are commenting on the broadcasters of the game! They wanted Dallas to win so badly. It is a shame this team can not get the respect they deserve. Any other 8-0 team would be headliners!

The real Rick

November 5th, 2012
6:11 pm

So funny that the focus after the game was how Dallas lost this game and gave it to the birds……the same thing on the Philly game last week……so freakin funny. I love it! I hope they keep it up till we hoist the trophy

The real Rick

November 5th, 2012
6:11 pm

So funny that the focus after the game was how Dallas lost this game and gave it to the birds……the same thing on the Philly game last week……so freakin funny. I love it! I hope they keep it up till we hoist the trophy


November 5th, 2012
7:21 pm

Roddy is a boss, and kudos to julio, that so called top secondary had no chance against these guys, it was a good thing to see our offense able to move the ball against a top d, julio inspace= bad day for defense

hind tit

November 5th, 2012
10:57 pm

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November 6th, 2012
12:40 am

Bottom line, Falcons are the only team who can say they have found a way to win every one of their games through Week 9. No. 32 Defense coming up, and by the looks of the Aints-Eagles game, their offense can be held down. Let’s go Dirty Birds. RISE UP!

Falcon Since 1966

November 6th, 2012
10:23 am

Uncle Rico

November 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

There’s nothing I can say about Chris Collinsworth that hasn’t been said above already, but he nauseates me so much that I wanted to turn down the TV and find the radio broadcast from Atlanta but couldn’t get it in Macon.

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