Falcons Vs. Colts: Atlanta Cruises, 31-7, And Now It's Saints Week

The Atlanta Falcons did their part to get Andrew Luck to Indiana, but now it's on to bigger things: a battle for first place in the NFC South.

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Falcons Vs. Colts Final Score: Birds Take Care Of Hapless Colts 31-7

The Colts are who we thought they were, and the Falcons didn't let them off the hook. The defense was stout, and on offense Julio Jones finished the day with three catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns. This win makes it three in a row for the Dirty Birds, who will take all the rest and momentum they can get as they prepare for a huge showdown with the New Orleans Saints next week.

As far as this matchup is concerned, there was very little that went wrong for the Falcons. Though Matt Ryan made a few bad passes in the first half (including the pick-six), he ultimately settled down and made enough throws to keep the Falcons on the field in the third quarter. Michael Turner put up a respectable 71 yards rushing (on 19 carries), and Jacquizz Rodgers got a season high 10 carries for 44 yards.

Actually, I'm going to go ahead and call everything the Falcons did in this game respectable. They cut down on penalties. We saw some explosive plays. The pass rush was great, and Sean Weatherspoon was all over the place. Even Matt Bosher and the special teams unit did a great job as well. All in all, it was a complete win over a team that has some big problems. Go Falcons!

For more on the Falcons, head to The Falcoholic; for more on the Colts, visit Stampede Blue.

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Falcons Vs. Colts Update: Matt Ryan Finds Julio Jones For Fifty Yard Score

Following the early Falcons score, the Colts took over on offense and actually found some success in the passing game. In fact, while running the no-huddle Curtis Painter displayed some remarkable efficiency, mixing in a few running to plays to Donald Brown along the way. Painter wasn't flawless, but he was competent.

That is, until Painter was picked off by former teammate Kelvin Hayden as the Colts had just crossed over into Falcons territory, eliminating any threat of an Indy score. After the second Falcons possession didn't produce any plays of note, the defense took the field again and performed much better than their first outing. Atlanta forced a three-and-out, and very quickly the Falcons were back on the offense again.

And boy did they deliver this time. After relying solely on the running game on their first scoring drive, this time Matt Ryan would hook up with his rookie Julio Jones twice, the second of those completions being a fifty-yard touchdown. With that score, Julio notches the first NFL touchdown of his career, hopefully the first of many more to come.

Much like their first scoring drive, the second one was short but sweet, only taking three plays. What's even better is that Jones has returned to action looking as if he hasn't missed a beat.

Now through almost one quarter of play, the Falcons hold a 14-0 lead over Indianapolis.

For more on the Falcons, head to The Falcoholic; for more on the Colts, visit Stampede Blue.

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Sam Baker Injury To Sideline Atlanta Falcons LT For 3-4 Weeks

Starting Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will miss three or four more games while recovering from a back injury, coach Mike Smith announced at his Wednesday afternoon press conference. Will Svitek will get the start, as he did when Baker couldn't go against the Detroit Lions two weeks ago.

Atlanta's bye week came at an opportune time, with Todd McClure and John Abraham re-joining the lineup while Baker and Julio Jones got to take one more week off. Unfortunately, looks like Baker will need more time. No word yet on Jones, but it'll be up to Svitek to handle Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, along with former Falcons DE Jamaal Anderson.

Svitek made six career starts coming into 2011, adding another to his credit so far this year. He's also growing a mustache for prostate cancer awareness month according to Roddy White, which is pretty manly.

For more on the Falcons, visit Falcons blog The Falcoholic.

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