1:00 PM ET, November 16, 2008
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA -- The Denver Broncos have come up with all sorts of ways to deal with their injuries, from starting a player on both sides of the line to relying on a guy with plenty of baggage.It's working out just fine.Jay Cutler threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Graham with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, the Denver defense held off Matt Ryan's last-gasp drive and the gritty Broncos rallied for a 24-20 victory Sunday, handing the Falcons their first loss of the season at home.
• Daniel Graham's fourth touchdown in the last five games proved the difference, helping the Broncos hand the Falcons their first home loss of the season (4-0 entering).
• Denver has won four straight games against NFC opponents.
• Jay Cutler passed for 216 yards, one touchdown and zero picks. It was just the third game this season he hasn't thrown an interception.
• The Broncos are 9-0 in Cutler's career when he has a 100.0-plus passer rating (106.4 on Sunday).
-- ESPN research
Prater, who started the 2007 season as Atlanta's kicker but was cut after only two games, missed a 49-yard attempt in the second quarter. He's made all five of his tries from at least 50 yards, but dropped to 12-of-16 on the closer ones. ... At halftime, the Falcons honored their 1998 Super Bowl team, including Jamal Anderson, who trotted on the field doing the "Dirty Bird" dance that became the team's trademark.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.3||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||09:26||Peyton Hillis 7 Yd Run (Matt Prater Kick)||7||0|
|FG||02:26||Jason Elam 46 Yd||7||3|
|FG||12:33||Jason Elam 36 Yd||7||6|
|TD||07:34||Michael Turner 9 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||7||13|
|TD||09:59||Peyton Hillis 2 Yd Run (Matt Prater Kick)||14||13|
|FG||14:56||Matt Prater 20 Yd||17||13|
|TD||10:41||Michael Turner 28 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||17||20|
|TD||05:35||Daniel Graham 9 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Matt Prater Kick)||24||20|