Final

Bengals 32

(2-4, 1-3 away)

Falcons 39

(5-2, 3-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 24, 2010

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 3 0 22 732
ATL 7 17 0 1539

Top Performers

Passing: C. Palmer (CIN) - 412 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Turner (ATL) - 23 CAR, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. White (ATL) - 11 REC, 201 YDS, 2 TD

Falcons nearly collapse but Roddy White, Michael Turner too much for Bengals

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Take that, Ocho and T.O.

Roddy White had one of the best games of his career, outshining Cincinnati's loquacious receiving duo all by himself to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a wild 39-32 victory over the Bengals on Sunday.

Highly motivated by Chad Ochocinco's trash talking and the chance to go against Terrell Owens, White made 11 catches for 201 yards -- many of them truly spectacular. There was a one-handed reception. And a juggling grab while falling into the end zone. And, finally, a mighty leap to come down with a 2-point conversion, which didn't even count on his individual stats.

"I had a little chip on my shoulder," White said.

If it had been thrown his way, he undoubtedly would've caught that, too.

"Roddy has been the best player on our football team," said Falcons coach Mike Smith, who's usually reticent about singling out individuals. "That was a wonderful game."

The Falcons (5-2) squandered a 24-3 halftime lead, actually falling behind when Cincinnati (2-4) took advantage of two turnovers and ripped off 22 straight points in the third quarter.

The Bengals scored one of their TDs when Adam Jones ripped the ball away from White and returned it for a touchdown. But that mistake didn't even ruin White's day. He bounced right back in the final period.

"I was upset," White said. "I just wanted to go out there and have my quarterback keep throwing the ball my way."

Matt Ryan did just that, and White hauled in his second touchdown of the day on an 11-yard pass to put the Falcons back ahead to stay. On the 2-point conversion, Ryan had to scramble and finally just heaved the ball toward the end zone. No worries. White leaped over Leon Hall and two other defenders close by, yanking down the ball to put Atlanta up 32-25.

But White's best catch of all came early on, when he hauled in a pass using only his right hand. His left arm was busy fending off Jones.

Any other day, White's top play would've been a 43-yard touchdown in which he beat two defenders and had the ball pop away as he was falling. He kept his concentration, grabbed it back and tumbled across the goal line.

All along, he was intent on outplaying Ochocinco and Owens.

"I know how good they've been over the years," White said. "Anytime you go against those guys, you want to do well."

After Cedric Benson's fumble gave the ball back to the Falcons, White made two more catches and Michael Turner powered over for his second TD on a 3-yard run with 4:33 remaining. Turner, who had only one touchdown on the season coming in, finished with 121 yards on 23 carries.

Ryan had his best game of the season, completing 24 of 33 for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Ochocinco said the defending AFC North champion Bengals couldn't afford another loss so early in the season, and he tried to fire up his teammates -- and needle the Falcons -- by supposedly sending derogatory T-shirts to the Atlanta defensive backs.

The Falcons said they never got the shirts, but White made it clear that he wanted to make Ochocinco pay for his jabbering. "We're going to go out there and want to run the score up on him for doing that," the receiver said during the week.

Not even big days from Ochocinco (10 catches, 108 yards) and Owens (nine catches, 88 yards) could overshadow White's performance. In fact, they weren't even the Bengals' top pass catcher -- Jordan Shipley piled up 131 yards on six catches, including a 64-yard touchdown.

Ochocinco downplayed the impact of his supposed gifts.

"I do that every week," he said. "That's really a challenge to them. There's nothing new about that."

Carson Palmer probably had a sore arm when this one was done. The Bengals quarterback completed 36 of 50 for 412 yards and three TDs. It wasn't enough, though.

Owens became just the fifth player in NFL history with 150 TDs when he hauled in a 19-yard scoring toss from Palmer. Ochocinco had an 8-yard touchdown catch with 1:33 remaining, but the Falcons recovered the onside kick and sacked Palmer on the final play.

Owens was at the center of perhaps the game's biggest play midway through the fourth quarter. Breaking into the clear, he made a twisting catch at the 5 and dove for the end zone. But in his haste to score, T.O.'s left foot caught the sideline and his effort -- which would have put Cincinnati in position for the tying TD -- was ruled incomplete.

Benson fumbled on the next play, and the Falcons drove the other way for the score that put them ahead by two touchdowns.

Game notes


The Falcons played without top CB Dunta Robinson, still recovering from a concussion sustained in his brutal hit on Philadelphia WR DeSean Jackson, one of the plays that led to the NFL's crackdown on helmet shots. ... Even with the new rules, Atlanta S Thomas DeCoud went out early in the game with a head injury after cracking helmets with Benson. No penalty was called.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIN
ATL
1st Downs2822
Passing 1st downs
2312
Rushing 1st downs
49
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
7-127-13
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays7463
Total Yards469452
Yards per play6.37.2
Total Drives1111
Passing385299
Comp-Att
36-5024-33
Yards per pass
7.39.1
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-270-0
Rushing84153
Rushing Attempts
2130
Yards per rush
4.05.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-54-5
Penalties7-363-41
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession30:2229:38

Passing Leaders

CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer36/504128.2303-27
ATLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Ryan24/332999.1310-0

Rushing Leaders

CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Benson20703.5011
Scott11414.0014
ATLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner231215.3236
Johnson12323.0023

Receiving Leaders

CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shipley613121.8164
Johnson1010810.8118
ATLRECYDSAVGTDLG
White1120118.3246
Gonzalez22713.5022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINATL
atlTD10:14Brian Finneran 3 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 83 yds, 4:50
07
cinFG0:26Mike Nugent 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yds, 4:24
37
SECOND QUARTERCINATL
atlFG13:35Matt Bryant 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yds, 1:52
310
atlTD11:13Roddy White 43 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 1:52
317
atlTD1:09Michael Turner 2 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 83 yds, 5:31
324
THIRD QUARTERCINATL
cinFG9:38Mike Nugent 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 59 yds, 5:26
624
cinTD3:47Terrell Owens 19 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 88 yds, 3:18
1324
cinTD1:49Jordan Shipley 64 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Carson Palmer Pass to Chad Ochocinco For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 62 yds, 1:19
1924
cinTD1:28Adam Jones 59 Yard Fumble Return (Carson Palmer Pass to Chad Ochocinco For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 59 yds, 0:00
2524
FOURTH QUARTERCINATL
atlTD13:09Roddy White 11 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Ryan Pass to Roddy White For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 3:14
2532
atlTD4:35Michael Turner 3 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 48 yds, 5:04
2539
cinTD1:39Chad Ochocinco 8 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 86 yds, 3:00
3239