1:00 PM ET, September 20, 2009
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan has a new favorite receiver. No surprise who it is.
• Matt Ryan threw for a career-high three touchdowns as the Falcons improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006.
• Michael Turner rushed for a game-high 105 yards and a TD on 28 carries, his fifth 100-yard game in his last eight games.
• Jake Delhomme, who had thrown nine interceptions in his previous two games (including a playoff loss to the Cardinals), threw another pick but recorded his 10th 300-yard passing game, a Panthers record.
• Steve Smith led all wideouts with eight catches for 131 yards, his 31st career 100-yard receiving game.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
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The Falcons are 2-0 for only the second time in the last 11 years. ... Richard Marshall picked off Ryan in the first quarter but was called for a crucial pass interference penalty that set up Turner's TD. ... Atlanta sustained a potentially damaging loss when its first-round pick, DT Peria Jerry, was carted to the training room in the fourth quarter, appearing to have injured his left knee. The Falcons did not reveal the seriousness of his condition. ... RB Jerious Norwood took a blow to the head on his only carry and didn't return. Snelling filled in well, hauling in the first TD catch of his career. ... The Falcons wore throwback uniforms from their debut season in 1966.
ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 20: Jason Snelling #44 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates his touchdown against the Carolina...(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.6||5.8|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||3-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||09:52||John Kasay 38 Yd||3||0|
|TD||00:37||Tony Gonzalez 24 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick)||3||7|
|TD||12:25||DeAngelo Williams 3 Yd Run (John Kasay Kick)||10||7|
|TD||05:10||Jason Snelling 10 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick)||10||14|
|FG||01:49||John Kasay 50 Yd||13||14|
|TD||00:50||Roddy White 7 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick)||13||21|
|TD||12:23||Michael Turner 1 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||13||28|
|TD||06:45||Dante Rosario 11 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (John Kasay Kick)||20||28|
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