The Atlanta Falcons let the St. Louis Rams hang around for much of the game before putting it out of reach with a late surge en route to a 34-17 win. The Rams took a one-point lead early in the second half, but Atlanta scored 18 unanswered points, capped by a 39-yard Michael Turned touchdown to seal the game late in the fourth quarter. The Rams had plenty of chances in this one, but simply couldn’t get it done in the second half.
Matt Ryan had another strong day, completing 26 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown. Roddy White caught nine of those passes for 83 yards and spent much of the day terrorizing the St. Louis secondary. Michael Turner was a workhorse for the Falcons, carrying the ball 26 times for 133 yards and a touchdown. Brian Finneran and Justin Peele added touchdown catches for the Falcons.
Sam Bradford continued his strong rookie campaign, throwing for 233 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Bradford also showed off his athleticism on a 17 yard run in the second half. Running back Stephen Jackson picked up 54 yards on just 11 carries for St. Louis. Danny Amendola led the St. Louis receivers with eight catches for 63 on the day. Brandon Gibson and Michael Hoomanawanui both caught touchdown passes for the Rams.
St. Louis falls to 4-6 on the season, one game behind the Seattle Seahawks. Atlanta continued its hot streak, improving to 8-2. The Rams heads to Denver to face the Broncos next week while Atlanta hosts the Green Bay Packers.