Falcons keep their playoff hopes alive

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

ATLANTA -- Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons served notice that they are still dangerous -- and not yet out of the playoff race.

Vick ran for two touchdowns and passed for one score before a late hit knocked him out of the game with bruised ribs, and the Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints 36-17.

If they could play all their games on Monday night, the Falcons might be a lock for more than just a postseason berth: Atlanta is 3-0 in the prime time slot this season.

Vick improved to 5-0 in his starts against the Saints (3-10), who have lost eight of their last nine games. Vick had scoring runs of 2 and 17 yards, and he threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to rookie Roddy White on a flea-flicker play.

Before facing the Saints, the Falcons (8-5) lost three of four games to fall behind the top six teams in the NFC.

-- AP

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