Falcons 31

(5-3, 3-2 away)

Colts 7

(0-9, 0-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2011

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 14 7 7 331
IND 0 7 0 07

Top Performers

Passing: M. Ryan (ATL) - 275 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Turner (ATL) - 19 CAR, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Jones (ATL) - 3 REC, 131 YDS, 2 TD

Julio Jones hauls in two long TDs as Falcons keep Colts winless

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts' collapse keeps getting worse.

Rookie receiver Julio Jones touched the ball five times Sunday and scored twice against Indianapolis' porous pass defense, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 31-7 victory over the NFL's only winless team.

Before fleeing Lucas Oil Stadium in the second half, fans serenaded Colts players with boos after watching Indianapolis go nearly 30 minutes between first downs. By the end of the game, at least 80 percent of the stadium was empty.

"We really feel the last two games we hurt ourselves," quarterback Curtis Painter said after throwing for only 98 yards. "I think we need to clean things up, play a little bit better, starting with myself."

Right now, the Colts (0-9) don't even look competitive.

They've been outscored 75-14 in the first half of the last three games and 120-24 overall.

Indy has lost five straight home games for the first time since 2001 and is on the cusp of falling to 0-10 for the first time since 1997. This was the Colts' worst defeat at home since a 31-3 loss to Seattle on Sept. 14, 1997, the year before quarterback Peyton Manning arrived.

And things aren't improving.

Manning still hasn't practiced since having neck surgery Sept. 8, and now the Colts could be without their top two tight ends. Dallas Clark (lower leg) and Brody Eldridge (hand) both left the game early. Coach Jim Caldwell provided no updates after the game.

Rookie running back Delone Carter was yanked after fumbling on the second play of the game and didn't return until the second half. Painter was pulled in the fourth quarter after completing 13 of 27 passes with one interception.

Defensively, the Colts were abysmal, too.

Atlanta needed only five plays to cash in on Carter's fumble, with a 1-yard touchdown run from Michael Turner. Jones, who was coming back from an injured left hamstring, burned the Indy secondary on TD catches of 50 and 80 yards.

"It gives us another good player, another good option to have the football in his hands," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. "He's a good player, and we're certainly better when we have him."

Jones finished with three catches for a season-high 131 yards and had two carries for 33 yards, one of which set up a late field goal.

Atlanta (5-3) won its third straight to keep pace with NFC South-leading New Orleans, and it looked easy.

Ryan was 14 of 24 for 275 yards with three TDs and one interception. Roddy White caught four passes for 76 yards, and Turner ran 19 times for 71 yards. Tony Gonzalez also got into the act, catching a 1-yard TD pass late in the third quarter to make it 28-7.

Jones was terrific.

He beat triple coverage for the 50-yarder, making a great adjustment on the ball at the goal line. Initially, the pass was ruled incomplete, but coach Mike Smith won a replay challenge, giving the Falcons a 14-0 lead.

"I knew I had caught it," Jones said. "I knew my hands were up under the ball. I didn't bobble it or nothing."

On Atlanta's next possession, Jones ran across the field, catching a 10-yard pass near the left hash mark, then outran the Indy defense for an 80-yard score to make it 21-0 less than three minutes into the second quarter.

"The first one, we kind of lost it," Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers said. "The second one was just us breaking down on defense and it's things like that that we've got to stop giving up to put us in position to win."

Powers came back with a juggling interception at the Falcons 6, returning it 6 yards for Indy's only score. That cut Atlanta's lead to 21-7.

But Indy's stagnant offense never got close to scoring again.

"I haven't had nightmares like that in a long time," Caldwell said when asked if he ever dreamed the Colts could go 0-9. "It's not something that you anticipate is going to happen.

"We just aren't performing well right now," he added.

Game notes

Atlanta is 2-13 against the Colts and earned its first road win in the series, which began in 1966. ... The Colts had a video tribute for Falcons cornerback Kelvin Hayden between the first and second quarters. Hayden scored a TD on the game-sealing interception in the Colts' Super Bowl win over Chicago. Hayden was cut before training camp opened and picked off Painter in the first quarter. ... Falcons cornerback William Moore left briefly in the first half with a thigh injury. ... Donald Brown ran 16 times for 70 yards for Indy. ... Powers' interception was Indy's first forced turnover in six games.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2110
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6656
Total Yards432186
Yards per play6.53.3
Total Drives1412
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-30-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

atlTD11:43Michael Turner 1 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 26 yds, 2:38
atlTD3:00Julio Jones 50 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 79 yds, 1:34
atlTD12:08Julio Jones 80 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 87 yds, 1:34
indTD7:53Jerraud Powers 6 Yard Interception Return (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 7 yds, 0:42
atlTD2:55Tony Gonzalez 1 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yds, 7:32
atlFG10:19Matt Bryant 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 62 yds, 5:49

Research Notes

Rookie Julio Jones recorded 3 receptions, 131 receiving yards and scored the first 2 touchdowns of his career in Atlanta's 31-7 victory at Indianapolis. During his first 5 games of the season, Jones was averaging 28.8 yards after catches. On Sunday against the Colts, he had 73, all of which came on his 80-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
NEXT LEVEL: Matt Ryan completed 4-of-7 passes of 11 yards or more downfield in the game for 123 yards, including a touchdown throw to Julio Jones that traveled 50 yards in the air. Coming into Week 9, he completed only 40.7 percent of such passes.
Matt Ryan targeted Julio Jones just four times Sunday but Jones caught three of those for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Only Patrick Cobbs and Calvin Johnson have cracked 130 yards receiving in a single game on four or fewer targets since 2008.

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