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Notes & Milestones: Falcons at Eagles


Atlanta drops to 4-2 at the hands of Philadelphia's explosive offense despite some career days for safety William Moore, defensive tackle Peria Jerry, wide receiver Michael Jenkins and tight end Tony Gonzalez

  • Despite the loss, TE Tony Gonzalez had a milestone day as the 14-year pro continued his climb up the ranks of the NFL's all-time receivers. Gonzalez added to his own NFL record for touchdowns and receptions by a tight end with his three-catch, two-score day. He also moved into sole possession of fifth place on the NFL's all-time receptions list and a tie for 12th place on the all-time touchdown receptions list.
  • Gonzalez finished the game with three catches for 19 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was the first time that he has found the end zone twice in a Falcons uniform and the 13th time he's scored two touchdowns in a game in his career.
  • DT Peria Jerry recorded his first career sack, dragging down Eagles QB Kevin Kolb for a 6-yard loss on a third down play in the first quarter. Jerry was the Falcons first pick (24th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft, but missed most of the 2009 season with a knee injury.
  • The Falcons have recorded at least one sack in all six games this season, including two or more in four of those games. In 2010, Atlanta has recorded 12 sacks.
  • S William Moore recorded his team-leading third interception of the season late in the second quarter when he grabbed a ball that LB Curtis Lofton and CB Brian Williams tipped. Moore returned the pick 34 yards before tackled by Kolb. Kolb was flagged for an illegal horse collar tackle on the play, which set the Falcons up with a short field at the Eagles 31 yard line and led to their first score of the day. Entering the game Atlanta ranked first in the NFL in interceptions with 10. Since taking over the starting safety role, Moore has recorded 30 tackles and three interceptions.
  • Moore's 34-yard INT return is his second return of 30 or more yards. The Falcons have recorded five interception returns of 20 or more yards this season, a mark that ranks among League leaders.
  • Atlanta continues to make opponents pay for turning the ball over. The Falcons scored their first points of the day following Moore's 31-yard interception return. In 2010, the Falcons have scored 43 points on 11 takeaways, including 20 points on five takeaways in their past three games.
  • After missing the first five games of the 2010 season, WR Michael Jenkins made up for lost time by posting a career-high 99 yards on five catches. Jenkins five grabs were his most since pulling down seven passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 29, 2009.
  • For the fourth straight week, Falcons QB Matt Ryan found a receiver for a 30-plus yard gain through the air. On the Falcons second possession, Ryan hit Jenkins deep down the field for a 42-yard gain.
  • Ryan finished the game hitting 23-of-40 pass attempts for 225 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third time this season that Ryan has thrown two or more touchdown passes and the fifth straight game that he's found a receiver in the end zone this season. Dating back to 2009, Ryan has thrown at least one TD pass in seven of his past eight games and the Falcons own a 6-2 record in those games.
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