Atlanta Falcons: Turner becomes franchise’s all-time TD leader





It was the fourth consecutive home game in which Turner has scored a rushing touchdown. With the 58th score of his tenure as a Falcon, Turner broke the mark previously held by Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis, who played in Atlanta from 1994 to 2001.

With the Falcons determined to run on the Saints, Turner had 67 yards on five carries in the first quarter. That total was more than he gained in all but three other games this season.

Turner was held to 17 yards on 13 carries Sunday against Tampa Bay.

In the previous meeting with the Saints, Turner was held to 15 yards on 13 carries and was stopped on a key third-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 1:56 to play in the 31-27 loss.

112912 ATLANTA: The Falcons are off and running against the Saints with Michael Turner getting past Jonathan Vilma for yardage during 1st quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, November 29, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

112912 ATLANTA: The Falcons are off and running against the Saints with Michael Turner getting past Jonathan Vilma for yardage during 1st quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, November 29, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Player safety: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, a 16-year NFL veteran, is not a fan of Thursday night games.

He doesn’t believe the games give the players’ bodies enough time to recover.

“I’m not a big advocate for it,” Gonzalez said. “I understand why they do it. It’s for the money. It’s not the best thing for football players.”

The league has made player safety a top issue and plans to study the impact of the Thursday night games.

For Thursday games played from 2009-11, data does not suggest that Thursday games are associated with different injury rates compared with games played on other days, according to the league’s injury surveillance system.

There does not appear to be an obvious trend in differing injury rates based on the time interval between games, the league concluded.

The injury rates for Thursday games will be the subject of continuing study, with the data gathered from the full 2012 Thursday schedule.

Injury report: Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel, who has a shoulder injury and was listed as questionable, started but left the game after the first defensive series.

Robert McClain took over his spot in the base defense. In the nickel, McClain went inside, and Christopher Owens took over at left cornerback.

Also, wide receiver Harry Douglas left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, but he later returned.

Defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who has a quadriceps injury and was listed as questionable, was declared inactive.

Inactives: In addition to Jerry, quarterback Dominique Davis, defensive end Lawrence Sidbury, wide receiver Tim Toone, guard Harland Gunn, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, safety Charles Mitchell and guard Phillipkeith Manley also were declared inactive.

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19 comments Add your comment

Michael M.

November 30th, 2012
1:07 am

Turner and the Falcons dropped the bomb on the Caints running in the first quarter and they never had the chance to adjust until after the touchdown was on the board………………………I hate it dearly..lol……………

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AintsDefenseSuk

November 30th, 2012
10:36 am

Good job….Turner

4BsihTneeS

November 30th, 2012
11:04 am

Everything I believe in as a man was destroyed last night…..I watched 4 game win streak against the Mighty Dirty Birds come to an end….For as long as the Falcon Defense remained on the field I watched them continue to stuff the run….I watched All of our eggs in one basket AKA Drew Brees throw 6….I mean 5 picks…..I watched a touchdown pass to Tony G over our 2 down linebacker Curtis Lofton…I watched 54 consecutive games with touchdown record go up in smoke by a banged up Falcon Secondary…… I watched our playoff hopes and aspirations get crushed by the FALCANS…I ended the night with a Fat guy wearing a Ryan Jersey screaming WHOOP THERE IT IS in my face….As I go back in to hiding I bid you all adieu

YES!

November 30th, 2012
11:50 am

That was by far the most satisfying win of the season, as it is true, the ‘aints have pretty much owned us lately. What made it especially nice was the “we own this division…” crap from Brees before the start of the game…and then he throws 5 INT’s and loses…priceless

Gamer

November 30th, 2012
12:01 pm

Great to see Turner running hard again……..

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marcus

December 1st, 2012
11:45 am

i loved what i seen at the start of the game thursday from the running game but don’t u think we could of ran the score up if we keep running the ball and mixed passes in adequately the defense played strong and could have did better if the offense could have giving the defense longer rests . I’m just saying we’ll get there everybody wants to see us dominate and i would have loved to see it against the aints.

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