FALCONS WIN MONDAY NIGHT
September 18, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Final Score: Atlanta 27, Denver 21
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Matt Ryan threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Denver Broncos to take a 27-21 victory on Monday.
Ryan completed 24-of-36 passes and improved to 27-4 in regular-season games at the Georgia Dome in his career.
Roddy White led all receivers with eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Tony Gonzalez hauled in seven passes for 70 yards and a score for the Falcons (2-0).
"It's only two games. We got a long season so we just got to take the win and improve," Gonzalez said.
Michael Turner rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, including a 15-yard gain late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Peyton Manning went 24-of-37 through the air for 241 yards and a touchdown, but could not overcome three first-quarter interceptions for Denver (1-1).
Willis McGahee carried the ball 22 times for 113 yards and two scores in the defeat.
The Broncos entered the fourth quarter trailing, 27-7, but quickly cut into their deficit when McGahee powered across the goal line from two yards out with 11:48 remaining in the game.
Denver would later get the ball back at the Atlanta 45-yard line after the Falcons were forced to punt from inside their own end zone, and Manning found Eric Decker for an 18-yard gain on the first play to move the ball deep into Atlanta territory.
After converting a 3rd-and-1 at the 18-yard line with a 3-yard run by McGahee, the running back converted a 4th-and-goal at the 2-yard line with a rush into the end zone to bring Denver within 27-21 with 3:25 left.