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Vick: Over 100 yards; Dunn: 2 TDs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Standing in his end zone, looking for a receiver,
Marc Bulger had big plans.

"I was going for a home run," Bulger said.

Atlanta defensive end Brady Smith had other ideas, stripping the
ball from Bulger and catching the fumble in the air for a touchdown
to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the St. Louis Rams 34-17 Sunday.

After the Rams rallied from a 14-0 deficit to tie the game at 17
in the third quarter, the Falcons outscored St. Louis 17-0 in the
final quarter.

"That's one of my favorite takeaways of all time," Falcons
defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said.

Bulger said: "I was a half-second away from letting the ball
go. ... It could have been a touchdown the other way."

Instead, Smith beat Rams left tackle Orlando Pace and then
reached with his left hand for Bulger, knocking the ball loose
before Bulger began to bring his arm forward in a passing motion.

"I wish they were all that easy," said Smith, who was credited
with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in addition to what
he said was his first touchdown since high school.

"It's a dream play for a defensive lineman because usually you
have to run 80 yards to get in the end zone. It was just right
there."

The Falcons' front four had four sacks, including two by end
Patrick Kerney. Cornerback Bryan Scott added another sack. Bulger
wasn't sacked in the Rams' season-opening win over Arizona.

Led by quarterback Michael Vick's 109 yards running, the Falcons
(2-0) outgained the Rams (1-1) on the ground 242-30.

Bulger passed for 285 yards. Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce combined
for 17 catches for 223 yards, but Marshall Faulk was held to 20
yards rushing on 12 carries.

Warrick Dunn rushed for 43 yards and two touchdowns before
leaving with a sprained left knee in the fourth quarter. His status
for the Falcons' home game against Arizona next Sunday wasn't
known.

Following Smith's touchdown, the Falcons' defense delivered
another big play when Aaron Beasley ended the next drive with an
interception.

Vick recorded the third 100-yard rushing game of his career, and
the Falcons ended a seven-game losing streak in the series with the
Rams, their former NFC West rival.

"He did some things today, we were on the sideline with our
mouths open," said Falcons fullback Justin Griffith, who caught
four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. "He's an awesome
athlete. It's fun to play with him."

Rams defensive end Leonard Little said the team wanted to
contain Vick and make him throw.

"Real clear we weren't able to do that," Little said.

Vick was 14-of-19 for 179 yards and a touchdown in his second
start in the team's new West Coast offense.

"Every Sunday I think I'll continue to get better," Vick said.

Vick ran for 91 yards on seven carries in the first half to help
the Falcons build leads of 14-0 and 17-7.

The Falcons opened their second possession with Vick dumping a
62-yard screen pass to fullback Griffith, who later caught a 3-yard
touchdown pass on a play he said was designed for tight end Alge Crumpler.

Vick started the Falcons' second touchdown drive with a 12-yard
run. He took off later in the drive from the Rams 16, running left
and then flipping through the air to the 2 when hit low by Rams
cornerback Jerametrius Butler.

"I was just trying to score a touchdown," Vick said. "It's
been a long time since I crossed the plane, but it's just the
excitement, the adrenaline rush."

Dunn ran behind Todd Weiner for the 2-yard touchdown run and a
14-0 lead.

Jay Feely's 35-yard field goal gave Atlanta a 17-7 lead at
halftime. The Rams pulled even with 10 points in the third quarter.
Holt jumped in front of Falcons cornerback Jason Webster to catch a
33-yard touchdown pass from Bulger midway through the quarter. Jeff
Wilkins' 46-yard field goal tied the game at 17.

Game notes
Vick (7 of 9) and Bulger (14 of 15) combined for only three
incompletions in the first half. ... Former Atlanta standouts Tommy
Nobis, Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews and Jessie Tuggle were
honored at halftime as the first four members of the Falcons' Ring
of Honor. ... The 242 yards rushing is the Falcons' highest total
since rushing for 260 yards on Oct. 27, 2002, against New Orleans.
... The Falcons are 2-0 for the first time since 1998, also the
last year they beat the Rams.