Defensive coordinators across the league will go gray prematurely trying to find a way to defense Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Rams DC Larry Marmie may have a few extra ones after Sunday. Vick passed for 179 yards and rushed for 109 more to lead Atlanta to a 34-17 win over the Rams at the Georgia Dome. The Rams found themselves in a 14-0 hole in the first half after rushing touchdowns from Vick and Warrick Dunn. The Rams responded with a 13-play, 77-yard drive of their own to cut the lead to 14-7—Marshall Faulk scored from one yard out. But Faulk’s day pretty much ended there; he finished with just 20 yards on the ground. Trailing 17-7 at the half, St. Louis was able to tie the score with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Torry Holt and a 46-yard field goal from Jeff Wilkins. Turnovers cost the Rams dearly in the fourth quarter and erased the momentum they built in the third. With the Rams trailing 24-17, Marc Bulger fumbled at St. Louis’ one-yard line and Brady Smith grabbed it in mid-air to score. On the ensuing drive, Bulger threw an interception that led to an Atlanta field goal to make it 34-17.
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