Final

Vikings 10

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Falcons 30

(3-1, 2-0 home)

4:15 PM ET, October 2, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 0 0 1010
ATL 7 17 3 330

Top Performers

Passing: D. Culpepper (MIN) - 250 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: W. Dunn (ATL) - 18 CAR, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Moore (MIN) - 6 REC, 63 YDS

Vick injured as Falcons run roughshod over Vikes

ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Vick felt good enough to go back in the game.

It was over when ...
the team bus dropped the Vikings off at the Georgia Dome. Minnesota's offense couldn't do anything to protect Daunte Culpepper and its defense couldn't stop the Falcons with or without Michael Vick.
Game ball goes to ...
Two game balls: One for Warrick Dunn, who gained 126 yards on 18 carries -- 7 yards per carry -- and one for the Falcons defense, which sacked Culpepper nine times and allowed only one third-down conversion.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen With Michael Vick banged up again the Falcons' defense will have to step up their play and I believe they have the players and scheme to do so. They have a good young cornerback (DeAngelo Hall) and an excellent defensive front that keeps pressure on the quarterback while also keeping the running game stumped. But the key to the defense is the corps of linebackers. It has to play better for this team to handle playing without Vick.
-- Eric Allen

No need. In about a quarter and a half, he did enough to lead the Atlanta Falcons past the hapless Minnesota Vikings.

Vick went down with a sprained right knee Sunday, turning it over to backup Matt Schaub and the Falcons' defense to finish off a 30-10 rout of the Vikings.

"It feels fine. I just tweaked it a little bit," Vick said. "We had a good cushion, so it made sense to keep me on the sideline."

Warrick Dunn rushed for 126 yards, including his 50th career touchdown on a 37-yard run, to lead a 285-yard performance on the ground. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the second-best rushing total in Falcons' history, surpassed only by 297 yards against the Los Angeles Rams in 1972.

Vick ran for 58 yards and threw a touchdown pass before getting hurt. The Falcons' defense made things miserable for Daunte Culpepper, who was sacked nine times, intercepted twice and lost a fumble.

The Minnesota quarterback has gone down 16 times the last two weeks and looked especially gun-shy on his fumble. Rod Coleman brushed Culpepper's hip as he drew back to throw, the ball fell out of his hand and Patrick Kerney recovered.

"I took some good shots," Culpepper said. "It's definitely disappointing. There's a lot of talent on this football team."

It hasn't showed up so far. The Vikings (1-3) were beaten at home by Tampa Bay and have been outscored 67-18 in two road losses.

Coleman, Brady Smith and Demorrio Williams had two sacks apiece for the Falcons (3-1), who had their most sacks since a franchise-record 10 against New Orleans in 1997.

"To get nine sacks and with our crowd behind us like they were, that would fluster any offensive line in the league," said Keith Brooking, who had nine tackles, a sack and an interception.

Coleman has four sacks the last two games, quite a showing for an interior linemen who is frequently double-teamed. He credited the secondary for giving the linemen plenty of time to get to Culpepper.

"He just didn't have anybody to throw to because of the coverage," Coleman said.

Vick guided the Falcons to a 14-0 lead on their first two possessions.

He broke off runs of 23 and 24 yards before throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Alge Crumpler. On the scoring play, Vick hid the ball on his left hip for a couple of seconds, fooling the defense and allowing his tight end to get open.

Then, Vick directed a tedious 14-play drive capped by T.J. Duckett's 1-yard plunge.

On the first play of Atlanta's next possession, Vick rolled right to throw and was hit hard by Minnesota's Erasmus James just after delivering an incomplete pass. The 266-pound James fell on top of the quarterback as they tumbled to the turf. Vick grabbed at his shin and remained down for several minutes, the Georgia Dome fans gasping when they realized who was injured.

Finally, the two-time Pro Bowler climbed to his feet and walked slowly off the field to a standing ovation. The team said he had a strained medial collateral ligament and wouldn't return, a decision made easier with Atlanta in complete control over the Vikings (1-3).

"It's hard to see anybody go down," Kerney said. "Your mind rushes until you realize you have a great backup player in Matt Schaub."

Schaub took over and led the Falcons to a 24-0 halftime lead. Dunn scored his first touchdown of the season from 37 yards, corkscrewing into the end zone on his back.

Then Schaub led a hurried drive to the first of three field goals by Todd Peterson. The backup QB broke off runs of 21 and 23 yards.

"He was Vick-like on those jaunts," coach Jim Mora quipped.

Schaub didn't do much the rest of the way, completing only 5-of-14 for 39 yards. Vick expects to play next week against defending Super Bowl champion New England.

"We are going to get it on," Vick said. "Two great coaching staffs, two great quarterbacks, two great teams. That's the way it should be."

The Atlanta offense, with and without Vick, had its way against the injury depleted Vikings, who played without Darren Sharper, Kenechi Udeze, Brian Williams and Lance Johnstone.

Even Schaub, who hardly has Vick's running skills, rushed for 56 yards on four carries. Between them, Vick and Schaub accounted for 114 yards on the ground.

"Not too bad for the quarterbacks, I guess," Schaub said.

The Vikings finally reached the end zone with 2½ minutes remaining when Culpepper hooked up with Troy Williamson on a 16-yard touchdown.

Game notes


Atlanta won despite throwing for only 88 yards. ... RB Mewelde Moore led the Vikings in rushing (67 yards) and receiving (six catches, 63 yards). ... Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall had an interception but was beaten by Williamson on the Vikings' lone touchdown. ... Atlanta is averaging 209 yards rushing a game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIN
ATL
1st Downs1722
Passing 1st downs
117
Rushing 1st downs
415
1st downs from penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
1-108-14
4th down efficiency
2-20-1
Total Plays5964
Total Yards261368
Yards per play4.45.8
Total Drives1012
Passing19883
Comp-Att
23-3411-22
Yards per pass
4.63.6
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
9-521-5
Rushing63285
Rushing Attempts
1641
Yards per rush
3.97.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-3
Penalties11-848-65
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:2332:37

Passing Leaders

MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Culpepper23/342507.4129-52
ATLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Vick6/8496.1101-5
Schaub5/14392.8000-0

Rushing Leaders

MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moore14574.1019
Culpepper11010.0010
ATLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dunn181267.0137
Vick45814.5024

Receiving Leaders

MINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore66310.5027
Taylor56212.4015
ATLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Finneran33110.3015
Crumpler3165.3113

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINATL
atlTD7:50Alge Crumpler, 5 yd pass from Michael Vick (Todd Peterson kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 4:30
07
FOURTH QUARTERMINATL
atlTD12:58T.J. Duckett, 1 yd run (Todd Peterson kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 63 yds, 7:13
327
atlTD3:46Warrick Dunn, 37 yd run (Todd Peterson kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 69 yds, 1:16
327
atlFG0:06Todd Peterson 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yds, 1:13
327
THIRD QUARTERMINATL
atlFG0:09Todd Peterson 18 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 45 yds, 5:23
027
FOURTH QUARTERMINATL
minFG8:17Paul Edinger 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 54 yds, 4:17
327
atlFG5:28Todd Peterson 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 18 yds, 2:43
330
minTD2:39Troy Williamson, 16 yd pass from Daunte Culpepper (Paul Edinger kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 66 yds, 2:37
1030