1:00 PM ET, September 13, 2009
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA -- For one week at least, the Falcons answered all those questions about their defense.There were never any doubts about Tony Gonzalez.
• Miami, which gave the ball away an NFL-low 13 times in 2008, turned the ball over four times leading to 10 Falcons points.
• Matt Ryan threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns, including one to new tight end Tony Gonzalez.
• Gonzalez finished with a game-high 73 receiving yards and went over 11,000 yards for his career -- the 21st player in NFL history to surpass 11,000 yards.
• Chad Pennington turned the ball over twice on an interception and a fumble, and tight end Anthony Fasano had two fumbles.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The Dolphins turned it around in 2008 by lowering their turnovers and sacks allowed. That wasn't the case in Week 1 of 2009 against the Falcons.
|2008||'09 Week 1|
Backup DE Kroy Biermann had a big game for the Falcons. He came in on the second play, forced an early fumble and wound up with two sacks. John Abraham had Atlanta's other two sacks, including one after running right over tackle Jake Long. ... Miami's Greg Camarillo started at receiver ahead of Davone Bess but had only two catches for 20 yards. Bess led the Dolphins with seven receptions, but they accounted for just 57 yards. ... Elam missed only two field goals all of last season, and had ranked third in league history in extra point accuracy (641 of 644 before this year).
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||4.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-2||2-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||8:41||Ovie Mughelli 1 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 89 yds, 7:27
|FG||0:36||Jason Elam 36 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 13 yds, 1:11
|TD||1:25||Tony Gonzalez 20 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick is No Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 20 yds, 0:22
|FG||7:38||Jason Elam 50 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yds, 3:55
|TD||3:29||Ricky Williams 9 Yard Pass From Chad Pennington (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 76 yds, 4:13