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Sack Attack


*Sunday's 31-10 Falcons win over the Carolina Panthers came a little easier than wins have in recent weeks. Atlanta's offense capitalized on good field position and turnovers by Atlanta's defense for much of the game. The Falcons' impressive pass defense performance was carried by heavy pressure on quarterback Jimmy Clausen, led by the veteran of the D-line, John Abraham. *

CHARLOTTE —Earlier this week Atlanta defensive end John Abraham said on his Twitter account that he wouldn't use the social network medium again until he felt he'd contributed to a Falcons win.

Not only did the 11-year veteran get in on the action, he led the entire Falcons defensive line to one of their best performances of the season and set a little bit of history of his own in the process.

Abraham's two sacks tied opposite end Kroy Biermann for the team high in Sunday's 31-10 victory. Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis added the fifth sack on the day. The five sacks is a season high for Atlanta and brings their season total to 25.

With his two-sack day Abraham became the 25th player in league history to record 100-or-more sacks in a career.

"The best pass rush that we've put on all season," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "It was great to see John Abraham for his career go over 100 sacks."

Atlanta wanted to pressure Carolina's rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen early and often and they managed to get after him from the moment the game began. Abraham and Biermann's two sacks came in the first half and Davis added his in the third quarter, stopping a fourth-and-four attempt to turn the ball over.

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