Vick injures knee, but Atlanta romps

Falcons 30 Vikings 10

Week Four

October 03, 2005

Atlanta -- Michael Vick felt good enough to go back in the game.

No need. In about a quarter and a half, he did enough to lead the Atlanta Falcons past the hapless Minnesota Vikings.

Vick went down with a sprained right knee yesterday, turning it over to backup Matt Schaub and the Falcons' defense to finish off a 30-10 rout of the Vikings.

"It feels fine. I just tweaked it a little bit," Vick said. "We had a good cushion, so it made sense to keep me on the sideline."

Warrick Dunn rushed for 126 yards, including his 50th career touchdown on a 37-yard run, to lead a 285-yard performance on the ground. Vick ran for 58 yards and threw a touchdown pass before getting hurt. The Falcons' defense made things miserable for Daunte Culpepper, who was sacked nine times, intercepted twice and lost a fumble.

The Minnesota quarterback has gone down 16 times the past two weeks and looked especially gun-shy on his fumble. Rod Coleman brushed Culpepper's hip as he drew back to throw, the ball fell out of his hand and Patrick Kerney recovered.

"I took some good shots," Culpepper said. "It's definitely disappointing. There's a lot of talent on this football team."

It hasn't showed up so far. The Vikings (1-3) were beaten at home by Tampa Bay and have been outscored 67-18 in two road losses.

Coleman, Brady Smith and Demorrio Williams had two sacks apiece for the Falcons (3-1), who had their most sacks since a franchise-record 10 against New Orleans in 1997.

"To get nine sacks and with our crowd behind us like they were, that would fluster any offensive line in the league," said Keith Brooking, who had nine tackles, a sack and an interception.

Minnesota 0 0 0 10-10

Atlanta 7 17 3 3-30

First quarter Atl-Crumpler 5 pass from Vick (Peterson kick), 7:44.

Second quarter Atl-Duckett 1 run (Peterson kick), 12:55. Atl-Dunn 37 run (Peterson kick), 3:40. Atl-FG Peterson 38, :01.

Third quarter Atl-FG Peterson 26, :04.

Fourth quarter Min-FG Edinger 43, 8:13. Atl-FG Peterson 39, 5:24. Min-Williamson 16 pass from Culpepper (Edinger kick), 2:33. A-69,552.

Min Atl

First downs 16 22

Total Net Yards 261 368

Rushes-yards 16-63 41-285

Passing 198 83

Punt Returns 2-0 3-14

Kickoff Returns 5-101 1-36

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-43

Comp-Att-Int 23-34-2 11-22-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 9-52 1-5

Punts 5-46.0 3-35.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 11-85 8-65

Time of Possession 27:23 32:37 Rushing-Minnesota, Moore 14-57, Culpepper 1-10, Bennett 1-(minus 4). Atlanta, Dunn 18-126, Vick 4-58, Schaub 4-56, Duckett 14-40, Griffith 1-5. Passing-Minnesota, Culpepper 23-34-2-250. Atlanta, Schaub 5-14-0-39, Vick 6-8-0-49. Receiving-Minnesota, Moore 6-63, Taylor 5-62, Williamson 4-39, Wiggins 3-25, Bennett 2-31, Kleinsasser 2-13, Robinson 1-17. Atlanta, Finneran 3-31, Crumpler 3-16, White 2-12, Jenkins 1-12, Blakley 1-10, Dunn 1-7.

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