Warrick Dunn ran for 178 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown,
and the Falcons snapped a seven-game losing streak by defeating the
mistake-prone Giants 27-7 on Sunday.
"It's great," Reeves said after becoming the sixth NFL coach
to reach the 200-win plateau (200-171-2). "But when you've lost
seven in a row it was all about trying get them win No. 2.
"I'm toward the end of my career," Reeves said after the
Falcons (2-7) won for the first time since the opening weekend of
the season. "A lot of these guys are just starting. They need to
The Falcons' issued a release after the game saying Reeves was
the seventh NFL coach to get 200 wins. Former Cleveland and
Cincinnati coach Paul Brown was included on their list with 222
wins. Later, the NFL said it does not recognize 52 wins he had
coaching in the old AAFC before the Browns joined the NFL.
The Giants (4-5) desperately needed the win to stay in the
playoff hunt, but they didn't play like they did. They turned the
ball over four times in ending their two-game winning streak while
enraging their fans.
A chant of "Fire Fassel" echoed through Giants Stadium in the
waning seconds of the third quarter with New York down 20-7.
"I can understand the fans being upset," Fassel said. "I am
upset. I don't like it. I knew that was what I was going to get
when I came here if I didn't do well."
The Falcons won because they ran for 216 yards and won the
"Everybody is happy for coach Reeves," Dunn said. "He's been
through a lot."
In Atlanta, there also have been some calls for Reeves to be
fired with the team on its longest losing streak since 1996.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a public apology after a loss to
St. Louis on national television less than a month ago.
Dunn scored on a 45-yard run on the Falcons' first possession
and had five carries for 38 yards in setting up Kurt Kittner's
go-ahead 4-yard touchdown pass to Justin Griffith on Atlanta's
opening possession in the second half.
Dorsey Levens had a 2-yard second-quarter TD run for the Giants,
who are now 1-4 at home.
Question on the Falcons: Do they simply match up well against the Giants or was this a fluke?
Today's play was a reaction to the talk surrounding their recent poor play. There has been so much talk about how they weren't a good football team that they had to step up their play. They did a great job running the ball and getting running back Warrick Dunn more involved in the offense. Dunn was spectacular with 178 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Question on the Giants: Is this the kind of loss that could cost Fassel his job if they miss the playoffs?
This is definitely a disturbing loss for Fassel and the Giants. Whenever his back has been against the wall, his team has responded well. He has to get his team back on track or the ownership will look to replace him.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
"If you're not embarrassed by what we did today, you shouldn't
be here," Giants defensive end Michael Strahan said. "I am
embarrassed. I'm embarrassed by what we didn't do. I am embarrassed
for us and embarrassed for the freakin' fans and for anybody
sitting at home watching. I am embarrassed for people who aren't
even Giants fans who had to watch because they couldn't get anyone
else on the TV. It was freakin' horrible."
The Falcons defense, which was giving up an average of 418
yards, had three takeaways inside their own 22-yard line. That
includes two fumbles lost by Giants halfback Tiki Barber, who ran
for 120 yards and caught a team-high 10 passes for 38 more.
The last fumble came at the Falcons 5, when Bryan Scott
recovered with 10:34 to play. Scott also had an interception in the
end zone late in the first half, preventing the Giants from
breaking a 7-7 tie.
Kittner, who was 9-of-23 for only 65 yards, led the Falcons on a
77-yard drive on their first possession of the second half. He kept
the drive alive early, hitting Peerless Price with a 16-yard pass
on third down.
Kittner put Atlanta ahead with a 4-yard pass to Griffith with
5:24 left in the quarter.
The Giants, who didn't have a turnover in winning their last two
games, lost the ball twice in Atlanta territory in the first half.
Barber lost a fumble at the Falcons 22 in the final minute of
the first quarter. Scott intercepted Collins in the end zone 17
seconds before halftime.
Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey left late in the fourth quarter
with a sprained knee. The team did not specific which knee was
injured but said he will have an MRI on Monday.
Dunn's 178 yards rushing was his second best as a pro. He
had 210 vs. Dallas in 2000 while playing for Tampa Bay. ... With
158 total yards, Barber now has 10,147 all purpose yards, the first
Giant to pass the 10,000-yard mark. His 10 catches gave him a team
record 397, two more than Joe Morrison's old mark. ... Price had
three catches for 37 yards, extending his streak of catching a pass
to 59 straight games. ... Giants WR Amani Toomer extended his pass
catching streak to 76 games with four for 33 yards. ... Giants CB
Ralph Brown hurt his right shoulder and may be sidelined two to