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article imageNFL: Falcons send the colts to 0-9 with 31-7 victory

By Austin Tyler     Nov 7, 2011 in Sports
Indianapolis - The Indianapolis Colts have been in a few games, but the last three games have been blowouts as they continue to loss. The Atlanta Falcons are just the latest team to victimize the Peyton Manning-less Colts with a 31-7 victory.
The Atlanta Falcons (5-3) visited the Indianapolis Colts (0-9) in a series where the Falcons have not won on the road against the Colts in a series that dates back all the way to 1966. The Falcons pulled off their first victory on the road against the Colts, and kept them as the only winless team in the NFL.
Dwight Freeny said at the beginning of the season that the Colts was more than just Peyton Manning, but that does not seem to be the case with the defense still struggling. The offense is horrible as well with them now being on a nine-game losing streak.
Indianapolis started off with the ball and Delone Carter (4 carries, 8 yards) fumbled on the second play of the drive. Carter was hit by Curtis Lofton and ray Edwards recovered it for the Falcons on the Indy 26-yardline.
Atlanta started the drive by feeding Michael Turner (19 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD) who had an 8 and 5-yard run. Jacquizz Rodgers (10 carries, 44 yards) then had an 11-yard to get them on the 2-yardline. Turner finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that made it a 7-0 lead.
The Colts offense continued to have trouble as they got the ball on the ensuing drive. Curtis Painter (13/27, 98 yards, 1 Int) connected with Dallas Clark (2 receptions, 21 yards) on a 9-yard pass after Donald Brown (16 carries, 70 yards) ran for a 6-yard gain to start the drive. Painter and Pierre Garcon (3 receptions, 22 yards) hooked up for a 15-yard gain to get a first down. It was 3rd and 10, and Painter dropped back to pass, but Kelvin Hayden picked off his pass for the Falcons.
The Falcons took over, but could not capitalize on the turnover as they were forced to punt the ball away. The Colts went three and out on their ensuing drive and also was forced to punt the ball away. Atlanta got the ball back and Turner broke for a big 15-yard gain. Julio Jones (2 carries, 33 yards) then had a 14-yard run on an end-around. On the next play Matt Ryan (14/24, 275 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 Int) connected with Julio Jones (3 receptions, 131 yards, 2 TD’s) on a 50-yard pass for a touchdown. The play was reviewed, but it was revered and that gave the Falcons a 14-0 lead.
The second quarter began and the Colts had the ball, but ended-up punting it away after their drive stalled. They were only able to gain 36-yards on 11 plays, and gave the ball right back to the Falcons.
Atlanta took over and wasted no time moving down the field. Turner started the drive with back-to-back runs, and then the big play strike again. Ryan and Jones hooked up again, but this one was for 80-yards and a touchdown. Jones caught a quick slant, and he broke away from the Colts defense to make it a 21-0 lead for his second career touchdown.
The Colts got the ball on the ensuing drive and jumped into the no huddle shotgun to try and get their offense moving. That did not work as the drive did not last going only 29-yards on eight plays. They punted the ball back to the Falcons and stuck them on their own 1-yardline. They ran a fullback dive, and on the next play Ryan dropped back to pass but was picked off. Jerraud Powers intercepted the Ryan pass and took it back 6-yards for the Colts first and only touchdown of the game. That made it a 21-7 game with 7:47 left to go in the half.
After that big turnover the game began to slow down as both offenses began to struggle. The Falcons got the ball to start the second half, but was forced to punt after just six plays. The Colts did no better as they went three and out being forced to punt the ball right back.
The Falcons got the ball moving on their next drive by Ryan using his arm to get them down the field. The big gains on the drive came from Ryan connecting with Tony Gonzalez (4 receptions, 36 yards, 1 TD) for a 20 and 11-yard catch. Ryan also connected with Roddy White (4 receptions, 76 yards) on a 10-yard pass and catch. It was Ryan and Gonzalez who hooked up again to finish the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it a 28-7 game.
The fourth quarter began and the Falcons got the ball back after a punt from the Colts going three and out. Atlanta started their drive with two runs, and then Ryan and White hooked up on a 20-yard pitch and catch. Jones then had a 19-yard end-around to keep the drive moving. The Falcons could not move the ball anymore and had to settle for a Matt Bryant field-goal. That made it a 31-7 lead for the Falcons and ended the scoring for the day as the teams traded punts until the end of the game.
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