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Detroit — The Falcons posted back-to-back victories for the first time this season by leaning on their rushing attack, which suffered a major setback as Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli suffered a knee injury.
He left the game in the fourth quarter and did not return. He was on crutches after the game but appeared to be in good spirits. His long-term diagnosis was not revealed by the team.
The Falcons were determined to run the ball on the Lions, who entered the game giving up 5.2 yards per carry, ranking 31st in the league.
The Falcons ran the ball 31 times for 129 yards (4.2 per carry). Running back Michael Turner ran for 122 yards on 27 carries. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season.
The Falcons stayed with the run even though Detroit was employing seven, eight and even nine men near the line of scrimmage.
“We had to impose our will,” Turner said. “We can’t just fold and give up on it because they are trying to stop the run. We had to stay consistent with it and push
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Atlanta Falcons veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez moved into second place on the NFL's career receptions list on Sunday.
Gonzalez reeled in four receptions in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons to pass both Marvin Harrison (1,102) and Cris Carter (1,101) The 35-year-old Gonzalez currently sits at 1,103.
Jerry Rice is comfortably ahead at 1,549.
Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones and left tackle Sam Baker are inactive for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Jones is out with a strained left hamstring and Baker is out with a lower back injury. Harry Douglas is listed as the starter for Jones and Will Svitek replaces Baker.
Lions tight end Tony Scheffler and linebacker Justin Durant are back in the...
His stats weren't impressive, but on a day when one of his offensive tackles stepped on his ankle and bent it as if it were a piece of silly putty, few will remember that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw two interceptions.
Instead, they'll remember Ryan coming out of the locker room after having an injured knee examined, and, on his first play from scrimmage, connecting...
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan left Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions briefly with what appeared to be a left leg injury.
Ryan walked off under his own power after initially looking like he was in serious pain. His ankle was stepped on by Will Svitek - one of his own offensive linemen - as he dropped back to pass in the third quarter. It was announced in the press box as...
The NFL is a complete joke when they say they care about players safety more then ever. We all ranted a couple weeks ago when Atlanta Falcons corner Dunta Robinson was fined only $40,000 for his hit on Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin. The fine was less then the one he received the prior year for his hit on DeSean Jackson and showed he hasn’t learned his lesson. ...
Talk about adding injury to insult. Not only did Houston endure a 23-16 loss to his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, his day was ended prematurely by a swift kick in the back.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network tweets that the Falcons are working out free agent fullback Jason McKie and Mike Karney today. The Falcons apparent interest in McKie is likely related to the knee injury Ovie Mughelli suffered in the Falcons win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
While the severity of Mughelli’s injury has yet to be disclosed, it does not appear to be season...