The Falcons may not be on their way to the NFL playoffs, but they didn’t play like it on Sunday, as they dominated the bumbling, stumbling Buffalo Bills and won easily 31-3 at the Georgia Dome. The team started fast, as Matt Ryan threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White on Atlanta’s first play from scrimmage, and the Falcons were never challenged in the runaway win.
Ryan threw for three scores and went 18-for-35 for 250 yards and a QB rating of 103.3. The Falcons D laid a beating on Bills backup QB Brian Brohm, as they allowed just 178 total yards to the Bills, including a season-low 40 yards rushing. Brohm was 17-for-29 for 146 yards with two interceptions for the now 5-10 Bills.
“I think for the second straight week I felt like our defense played very solid,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith.
Atlanta had two interceptions and two sacks in the win. Buffalo converted only 2 of 10 third-down plays. They are only 7 of 45 on third-down conversions while losing three of their last four games. The victory puts the Falcons at 8-7, and even though they will miss the postseason, they are in position to post back-to-back winning records for the first time in franchise history.
“When it comes to the playoffs and making the postseason, things didn’t go as well as planned, but we can still finish with a winning season,” said linebacker Mike Peterson. “I’m sure the fans and the organization can be very happy about that.”
The Falcons close at Tampa Bay next week.