ATLANTA — It is not every day a football team caps a 90-plus yard drive with a touchdown because it is not every day a football team can take the ball from the shadow of its goal line the length of the field. That, however, was not the case for the (3-1) Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Atlanta capped not one, or two, but three drives of 90 or more yards with touchdowns. For Waxahachie native, Aldrick Robinson it was the third that was the most memorable.
Robinson lined up on the outside and to the left of the now-NFC Player of the Month Matt Ryan (28-for-37, 503 yards) with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter. A 35-yard touchdown strike followed Robinson's quick jab step and sprint down the sideline for his sixth career touchdown reception and first of the season.
“The speed is the difference, you know, the shots down the field. I thought [Taylor] Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson both came through with some big opportunities," said Atlanta Head Coach Dan Quinn to the media on Monday. "We’ve got some fast guys who line up outside and the matchups are difficult where Mohamed Sanu and Julio have such size where Taylor, Hardy, and Robinson are slot and quick. They can play outside at x where we can haul and take shots like we did to Aldrick yesterday. The ability for the ball to go to different spots is a big factor right now. I know Matt feels comfortable putting the ball in different spots to different people and that’s been the case so far this year. We’re glad to see that speed out there that’s for sure.”
Robinson finished with two catches on three targets for 48 yards. It was his third-straight game to record a catch.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith