Monday, December 27, 2004

Game Notes

from the official site of the Atlanta Falcons
Rookie QB Matt Schaub got his first NFL start in place of regular starter Michael Vick, who is nursing a shoulder strain suffered in the thrilling OT win over the Panthers.

Four of Matt Schaub's first six passes were dropped by the intended receiver.

Free agent veteran FB Fred McCrary started in place of regular starter Stanley

Pritchett, who went on Injured-Reserve this past week after breaking his thumb on the first play of the win over the Panthers.

TE Eric Beverly got his first start at tight end for regular starter Alge Crumpler, who is nursing a sore knee.

The Falcons and Saints combined for five punts in the first quarter.

The Falcons incurred their first safety of the season when QB Matt Schaub was sacked in his own end zone in the first quarter. It was the Falcons first safety since a 10/13/03 game at St. Louis, when RB T.J. Duckett was tackled in the end zone.

RB Warrick Dunn's 59-yard second-quarter reception was his longest of the season, and the second-longest for the Falcons in 2004. It bested Dunn's 56-yard reception at Kansas City. The longest reception of the season was FB Justin Griffith's 62-yard reception vs. St. Louis.

Dunn's 16-yard third quarter run gave him nine on the 2004 season, a new career best.

Pro Bowl LB Keith Brooking continued to assert his big-play sensibilities with his third interception of the season, a career-high for the seventh-year pro. Brooking's pick and 27-yard return to the Saints 11-yard line was the longest of his career.

Newly-signed rookie CB Christian Morton (Illinois) entered the game in Falcons nickel packages and even played some man-on-man. Prior to the game, the Falcons waived DE Junior Glymph and signed Morton.

DT Travis Hall registered his second sack of Saints QB Aaron Brooks in the second quarter. It was Hall's first two-sack game since 12/5/99. Hall's career high in sacks per game is three, which he accomplished on 10/12/97.

Saints return man Michael Lewis returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown given up by the

Falcons since 10/15/2000, when Tony Horne ran back a kickoff 103 yards for St. Louis.

Lewis' 96-yard touchdown was one yard shy of his career long kickoff return for a touchdown (97 yards - 12/15/02).

Falcons DE Patrick Kerney notched his 12th sack in the fourth quarter, tying his career high, which he also amassed in 2001.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Duckett to undergo knee Surgery

from the official site of the Alanta Falcons
Running back T.J. Duckett will have minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and will miss the Falcons upcoming contest against the Carolina Panthers this Saturday night.

His status for the Falcons December 26 game against the New Orleans Saints will be updated next week.

Last Sunday Duckett established new Falcons single-game franchise marks for scoring, touchdowns and rushing touchdowns with a four-touchdown performance in Atlanta's 35-10 victory against the Oakland Raiders.

The victory gave the Falcons their 10th win of the season and secured Atlanta its third division title in team history.

Duckett is currently first on the Falcons and tied for fourth in the NFC with eight rushing touchdowns.