REPORT CARD: FALCONS vs.CHIEFS

Dante Hall has yet to get on track this season. The Falcons did a great job bottling him up on Sunday.

PASSING OFFENSE (A): - Trent Green hit 11 of his first 12 passes for 146 of his eventual 269 yards. His 105.3 QB rating was his second straight century-mark. His pass protection was outstanding all game. Johnnie Morton made a couple of tough grabs in his 4-48 day and Priest Holmes was effective in the screen game with 3-41.

RUSHING OFFENSE (A): - The offensive line blew Falcon defenders off the line all day, and Holmes and Derrick Blaylock took every advantage to lead KC to 271 rushing yards and the record eight TD's. The 49 rushing attempts were the most by the Chiefs since 1989 and the yardage total the highest since 1990.

PASS DEFENSE (A): - The Chiefs never let Michael Vick breathe, much less get a look downfield. The effort began after Vick scrambled for 32 yards and then ran a naked boot for eight yards to the KC 1-yard line on his first series. But Kawika Mitchell covered Vick well on a second-down boot, forcing an incompletion, and LB Shawn Barber blitzed and deflected Vick's third-down throw. Atlanta settled for a field goal. After that Vick hit only 7 of 21 passes for 119 yards. Only a 56-yard catch-and-go to Warrick Dunn in mop-up time allowed his QB rating to get as high as 13.9.

RUSH DEFENSE (A): - After Vick scrambled twice for 40 yards to the KC 1 on his first series, the Chiefs gave up nothing the best of the way. Holding Atlanta to 119 rushing yards, with Vick getting 62, was winning football.

SPECIAL TEAMS (D): - The only downer of the game. Atlanta got its only TD on Allen Rossum's 75-yard punt return to start the third quarter. He wasn't even touched. Kickoff coverage was good when Lawrence Tynes kicked deep, poor when he didn't. It was an even split in a game in which Atlanta had eight kickoff return chances. Return teams again contributed little to nothing; Dante Hall had one punt return for 11 and a kickoff long of 19.

COACHING (A): - Gunther Cunningham was the star of the game. His package for containing Vick's bootlegs and scrambles was magnificent, and his blitz package kept Vick off balance all day. He was especially good in holding Vick to a four-and-out after the Falcons recovered a Holmes fumble at the KC 31 in the first quarter. That Atlanta got only three points after first-quarter penetrations to the KC 1 and 31 is a tribute to Cunningham and the improving KC defense. Offensive coordinator Al Saunders' decision to run early and often at Atlanta's top-ranked was a challenge his line made good on.


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