NFL Game Summary - Arizona at Atlanta|
(Sunday, September 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 41, Arizona 7
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Matt Ryan threw for 225 yards and three
touchdowns on 21-of-32 throws, guiding Atlanta to a thorough 41-7 pasting of
Arizona in a lopsided Week 2 affair.
Jason Snelling saw plenty of action after Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood
went down with injuries in the first half and amassed 186 total yards with
three touchdowns for the Falcons (1-1), who failed to find the end zone in an
overtime loss at Pittsburgh in Week 1.
Roddy White caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, as Atlanta
outgained the opposition 444-267 and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes.
Derek Anderson was pressured throughout and completed 17-of-31 passes for just
161 yards with two interceptions for the Cardinals (1-1), who nipped the Rams
in their season opener.
"Obviously a disappointing game for us today," Cardinals head coach Ken
Whisenhunt said. "We have a lot of things to work on and obviously that's what
we're going to do."
The only highlight for Arizona came on Tim Hightower's 80-yard TD run off the
right side two minutes into the second quarter, which cut its deficit to 10-7.
It was all Falcons from there. A pass interference penalty on Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie extended the ensuing drive, and on 3rd-and-3 from the
Arizona 19-yard line, Ryan hit Snelling in the flat and the running back took
it the rest of the way for a TD.
After a Cardinals three-and-out, Atlanta had a similar eight-play, 78-yard
drive aided by a penalty, and Snelling ended the march with a one-yard plunge
over the goal line for a 24-7 game heading to the break.
Anderson's first pass of the second half went through the hands of intended
receiver Stephen Williams and into the waiting arms of William Moore, who
returned the pick 31 yards to the Arizona 14.
After gaining two yards over two plays, Ryan threw a jump ball in the right
corner of the end zone that Brian Finneran came down with for a 31-7 cushion.
Later in the frame, the Falcons held the ball for 6:37 and pushed the margin
to 27 on Matt Bryant's 35-yard field goal with under four minutes remaining in
The Cardinals gained two first downs the rest of the way, and Snelling
finished his career day and another time-consuming 11-play, 80-yard drive with
a seven-yard jaunt to the end zone with just over three minutes left in the
Atlanta drove right down the field its first time with the ball, and White
hauled in a seven-yard pass over the middle for an early 7-0 lead 4:27 in.
"We got out to a fast start today, any week you like to get to a fast start,
but we were able to do that with the first drive and move the ball
effectively," Ryan said. "We ran the football really well throughout the
entire game, but specifically on that first drive. It was good to get off to a
fast start and we kind of kept that momentum going."
LaRod Stephens-Howling took the kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown, but a
holding penalty nullified the return.
Bryant made it 10-0 on a 24-yarder less than two minutes into the second
Both teams were penalized heavily, with the Cardinals getting whistled for 10
infractions for 109 yards, while Atlanta had six for 75...Atlanta gained 33
first downs to Arizona's 11...Snelling had a career-high 129 yards on 24
carries and 57 yards on five receptions...Hightower ended with 115 yards on 11
carries...Arizona wideout Larry Fitzgerald caught seven balls for 83 yards,
while teammate Steve Breaston caught three passes for 10 yards a week after
grabbing seven for 132...The Cardinals are 0-5 in Atlanta since last winning
there in the 1993 regular season finale...Ryan is 14-1 in his career as a
starter at home...Turner left with a groin injury after gaining 75 yards on
nine carries and Norwood exited with a knee injury suffered on the opening
09/19 17:48:20 ET