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Falcons-Panthers Game Notes


For the fourth consecutive game, the Falcons scored on their opening offensive possession. After totaling six plays for 52 yards, kicker Jason Elam capped the drive with a 35-yard field goal. * On the opening offensive drive for the Falcons, running back Michael Turner took his second carry of the game 40 yards, setting up a Falcons field goal. The 40-yard rush is the second-longest carry for Turner this season. * Running back Michael Turner topped the 100-yard rushing mark in the second quarter and totaled his second-highest career first half mark with 111 yards. (135, 9/7/087 vs. Detroit). At the conclusion of the first quarter, Turner registered 69 rushing yards, which is also his second-highest career total in an opening period of play (highest 9/7/08 vs. Detroit, 117 yards). * Running back Jason Snelling posted his first rushing touchdown of the season and the second of his career when he hit paydirt from one-yard out to cut the Panthers' lead to 14-10. Snelling finished the game with a career-high 18 carries while adding 61 yards and also tied a career-high with three receptions while contributing with 32 yards. * Tight end Justin Peelle caught his first touchdown of the season at the 13:44 mark in the fourth quarter to cut Carolina's lead to 21-19 (failed 2-point conversion). On the scoring drive, the Falcons drove 11 plays for 59 yards in 7:11. The score marked the sixth consecutive game Matt Ryan finished with at least one TD. * With his first reception in the third quarter, tight end Tony Gonzalez caught a 14-yard pass, which moved him to 19th all-time in NFL receiving yard annals. Gonzalez passed Rod Smith who finished with 11,389 yards in 12 seasons. * With his first catch of the game in the first quarter, tight end Tony Gonzalez has improved his consecutive games with a reception streak to 140. * Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis blocked a Panthers 51-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. The blocked field goal is the first for the Falcons since 11/30/08 at San Diego. Earlier this season, cornerback Brian Williams blocked a Carolina Panthers' punt in Week 2. * Falcons kicker Michael Koenen recorded five touchbacks against the Panthers, tying a franchise record which he set in Week 2 against Carolina. In two games this season against the Panthers, Koenen totaled 10 touchbacks. * Kicker Jason Elam tacked on a 35-yard field goal on the Falcons opening offensive possession. He split the uprights on his second attempt of the game, a 24-yard attempt in the third quarter. The conversion marked his 34th consecutive successful kick from 20-29 yards dating back to 2006. Elam finished the day with seven points.


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