Falcons’ defense frustrates Dolphins
For one week at least, the
There were never any doubts about
Atlanta’s new tight end hauled in a touchdown pass and became the 21st player in NFL history with 11,000 yards receiving, helping the
Gonzalez caught five passes for a team-high 73 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown that was set up by
The former college basketball player didn’t get a chance to dunk the ball over the goalposts.
“I was going for it, but my teammates were jumping all over me so I didn’t have time to get over there,” Gonzalez said. “Plus, I was tired. I was just happy to get in the end zone.”
The matchup between the two most surprising teams of 2008 wasn’t much of a game. The
Peterson, the only prominent player signed by Atlanta on defense during the offseason, forced a fumble with a vicious hit and did a pretty good impression of Gonzalez on the interception, catching it with his fingertips and returning the ball 39 yards to set up Gonzalez’s first TD in Atlanta.
“I tell the guys all the time that I’ve got the best hands on the team, but they don’t believe me,” Peterson said. “Maybe they’ll start believing me now.”
Peterson paid immediate dividends, flinging his 33-year-old body into
The defense came within 3:22 of a shutout, a quick retort to all the critics.
“We didn’t get caught up in all the stuff that’s said during the week,” Peterson said. “We just used it as motivation.”
Miami activated rookie quarterback
“When the wildcat words, everybody loves it,” quarterback
Pennington finally got the
“They didn’t give us any deep shots,” said Pennington, who was sacked four times. “You have to step up and make sure it doesn’t snowball. We let it snowball on us.”
Ryan faced some heavy pressure but still completed 22 of 36 for 229 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown to
About the only thing that didn’t go right for the