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Speedy Taylor Gabriel leads Falcons past Cardinals 38-19

ATLANTA (AP) Taylor Gabriel plays as if he's got something to prove.

No surprise there.

He's one of the smallest guys on the field and couldn't even keep a job with the winless Cleveland Browns.

Landing firmly on his feet in Atlanta, Gabriel turned a couple of short passes into long touchdowns that sparked the Falcons to a 38-19 victory Sunday over the plummeting Arizona Cardinals.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Gabriel was cut by the Browns just before the season. That motivated him even more after he was claimed off waivers by the Falcons.

''I'm shorter than all you guys here,'' he told reporters gathered around his locker, ''so I have to play with a chip on my shoulder. I have to play bigger than I am. I have to go out there and show people what I can do on a week-to-week basis.

Gabriel scored on plays of 35 and 25 yards that showed off his speed. His second score , with just under 9 minutes remaining, finished off the Cardinals, who began the season touted as a Super Bowl contender but have been one of the NFL's most disappointing teams.

''I felt like they were running in slow motion,'' Gabriel quipped.

The Falcons (7-4) began the day leading the NFC South and moved a step closer to their first playoff berth since 2012.

''We recognize the opportunity we have at hand,'' coach Dan Quinn said.

The Cardinals (4-6-1) have lost two straight and three of their past four, putting them in danger of missing the playoffs after reaching the NFC championship game last season.

Coach Bruce Arians was on the sideline after falling ill and being briefly hospitalized early in the week, but it did little to inspire his team.

''There's not much you can take positive from this game,'' Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald said.

Arizona got off to a strong start, burning the Falcons for eight plays of at least 13 yards on its first two possessions for a 10-7 lead.

The Falcons surged ahead late in the first half when Matt Ryan tossed a screen pass to Gabriel, who picked up a couple of key blocks and outran everyone else to the end zone for his first score.

Arizona cut it to 17-13 when Chris Catanzaro hit a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the half, the Cardinals taking advantage of an interception off a bobbled pass by Atlanta star Julio Jones.

The Cardinals never got any closer.

Tevin Coleman's 2-yard touchdown run capped a 13-play, 77-yard drive that extended Atlanta's lead to 24-13 late in the third quarter.

Then it was Gabriel with the clinching score. He took another quick pass in the flat, sped down the left sideline and reached the pylon with a soaring dive.

It was the kind of play that helped the Falcons counter Arizona's attacking defense, which came in ranked No. 1 in yards allowed.

''We felt his presence. We certainly felt his speed,'' Quinn said. ''When the other team wants to pressure and play aggressive, that's one of the weapons you use. Man, did he come up big for us.''

The Falcons finished with 360 yards, the most given up by the Cardinals since Week 1. No one has scored more points on Arizona this season.

KEANU'S HIT

After being fined for a vicious hit in Atlanta's previous game, rookie safety Keanu Neal could be taking another blow to his wallet.

Neal was penalized in the fourth quarter for unnecessary roughness against Fitzgerald.

It looked as though both players lowered their helmets before making contact, but it was Neal picking up the flag.

Neal was fined $24,309 for his helmet-to-helmet blow on Philadelphia receiver Jordan Matthews.

INJURY REPORT

Arizona lost backup receiver John Brown to a hamstring injury, while Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn went down with a knee injury.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was taken to the X-ray room at the Georgia Dome after the game, but it was apparently just a precautionary measure. He met with reporters at his locker and didn't mention any problems.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson played the game with a sore left knee. He was called for two pass interference penalties trying to defend Jones, both of which contributed to scores.

''I don't know what the diagnosis is right now, but I can't put too much pressure on it,'' Peterson said.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Return home to face Washington next Sunday.

Falcons: Host the Kansas City Chiefs, the only team remaining on Atlanta's schedule with a winning record.

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Key Players
C. Palmer 3 QB
289 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT
21
FPTS
T. Gabriel 18 WR
75 ReYds, 2 ReTDs, 4 RECs, 27 RuYds
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:07
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Schaub.
plays
yds
pos
19
38
Touchdown 2:07
D.Freeman left guard for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
46
yds
2:37
pos
19
37
Missed Two Point Conversion 4:44
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. C.Palmer pass to M.Floyd is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
19
31
Touchdown 4:44
C.Palmer pass short right to D.Johnson for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
75
yds
4:04
pos
19
31
Point After TD 8:48
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Schaub.
plays
yds
pos
13
31
Touchdown 8:48
M.Ryan pass short left to T.Gabriel for 25 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
60
yds
5:29
pos
13
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:56
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Schaub.
plays
yds
pos
13
24
Touchdown 2:56
T.Coleman right guard for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
77
yds
6:05
pos
13
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
C.Catanzaro 54 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
4
plays
27
yds
0:25
pos
13
17
Point After TD 2:19
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Schaub.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 2:19
M.Ryan pass short left to T.Gabriel for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
45
yds
0:51
pos
10
16
Field Goal 8:30
M.Bryant 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Schaub.
9
plays
48
yds
4:22
pos
10
10
Field Goal 12:52
C.Catanzaro 25 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
11
plays
68
yds
5:46
pos
10
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:38
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Schaub.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:38
T.Compton reported in as eligible. D.Freeman right tackle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
72
yds
6:01
pos
7
6
Point After TD 9:39
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-D.Butler.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:39
E.Boehm reported in as eligible. C.Palmer pass short right to J.Gresham for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
5:21
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 25:38 34:22
1st Downs 23 28
Rushing 3 8
Passing 17 15
Penalty 3 5
3rd Down Conv 4-11 4-9
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 332 360
Total Plays 61 67
Avg Gain 5.4 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 58 116
Rush Attempts 14 30
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 3.9
Net Yards Passing 274 244
Comp. - Att. 25-45 26-34
Yards Per Pass 6.1 7.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-15 3-25
Penalties - Yards 8-60 4-23
Touchdowns 2 5
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 4-41.5 2-58.0
Return Yards 18 36
Punts - Returns 2-12 2-6
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-23
Int. - Returns 1-6 1-7
Kicking 3/3 6/6
Extra Points 1/1 5/5
Field Goals 2/2 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 3-3 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-3 -67% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cardinals 4-6-1 760619
Falcons 7-4 71071438
274 PASS YDS 244
58 RUSH YDS 116
332 TOTAL YDS 360
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Palmer 3 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 289 2 1 80.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.9% 2931 15 11 83.3
C. Palmer 25/45 289 2 1 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Johnson 31 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 58 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
210 921 10
D. Johnson 13 58 0 16 21
C. Palmer 3 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 35 0
C. Palmer 1 0 0 0 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Johnson 31 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 103 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 613 3
D. Johnson 11 8 103 1 25 21
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 78 802 5
L. Fitzgerald 4 4 53 0 18 5
J. Gresham 84 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 35 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 212 2
J. Gresham 10 5 35 1 15 9
M. Floyd 15 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 410 3
M. Floyd 5 2 31 0 19 3
J. Nelson 14 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 273 2
J. Nelson 4 2 30 0 17 3
A. Ellington 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 58 0
A. Ellington 5 2 19 0 10 1
J. Brown 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 399 1
J. Brown 2 1 19 0 19 1
B. Golden 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 -1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 28 0
B. Golden 3 1 -1 0 -1 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Cooper 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-5 3 0.0
M. Cooper 9-0 0.0 0 0
D. Swearinger 36 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-7 3 1.0
D. Swearinger 7-0 0.0 1 0
T. Jefferson 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-11 0 2.0
T. Jefferson 5-2 1.0 0 0
C. Peters 98 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 0.0
C. Peters 4-0 0.0 0 0
P. Peterson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-4 2 0.0
P. Peterson 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Bucannon 20 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-23 0 0.0
D. Bucannon 4-1 0.0 0 0
C. Campbell 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-14 1 3.0
C. Campbell 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. Minter 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-15 0 2.5
K. Minter 2-0 0.0 0 0
F. Rucker 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
F. Rucker 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Mauro 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-4 0 0.0
J. Mauro 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-7 0 8.0
C. Jones 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Mathieu 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-1 1 1.0
T. Mathieu 2-0 1.0 0 0
Z. Gooden 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
Z. Gooden 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Golden 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 0 7.0
M. Golden 1-0 1.0 0 0
B. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
B. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Brewer 46 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Brewer 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Shipley 53 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Shipley 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Catanzaro 7 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
14/17 25/26
C. Catanzaro 2/2 54 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Butler 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
24 41.5 9
D. Butler 4 41.5 1 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Peterson 21 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 6.0 13 0
P. Peterson 1 6.0 6 0
J. Brown 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 7.0 32 0
J. Brown 1 6.0 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.5% 269 2 1 106.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.9% 3516 26 6 114.3
M. Ryan 26/34 269 2 1 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Freeman 24 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 60 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
161 729 5
D. Freeman 16 60 2 16 19
T. Gabriel 18 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 51 1
T. Gabriel 1 27 0 27 21
M. Ryan 2 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 84 0
M. Ryan 4 15 0 11 21
T. Coleman 26 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 9 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
67 243 6
T. Coleman 8 9 1 7 6
M. Sanu 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
M. Sanu 1 5 0 5 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gabriel 18 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 75 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 378 4
T. Gabriel 5 4 75 2 35 21
M. Sanu 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 8 65 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 495 3
M. Sanu 8 8 65 0 12 6
J. Hardy 16 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 130 2
J. Hardy 4 3 47 0 27 4
J. Jones 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 65 1140 5
J. Jones 7 4 35 0 15 3
L. Toilolo 80 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 145 2
L. Toilolo 1 1 18 0 18 1
D. Freeman 24 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 269 2
D. Freeman 3 2 17 0 12 19
A. Hooper 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 257 2
A. Hooper 2 2 8 0 5 0
T. Coleman 26 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 334 1
T. Coleman 2 2 4 0 2 6
P. DiMarco 42 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 46 1
P. DiMarco 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Collins 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 0.0
J. Collins 4-2 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-13 0 1.0
B. Poole 4-1 1.0 0 0
K. Neal 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-22 0 0.0
K. Neal 4-2 0.0 0 0
R. Allen 37 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-19 1 0.0
R. Allen 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-8 1 0.0
D. Campbell 4-0 0.0 1 0
D. Jones 45 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-18 2 0.0
D. Jones 3-2 0.0 0 0
L. Reynolds 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-11 0 0.0
L. Reynolds 2-1 0.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-17 0 2.0
G. Jarrett 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Upshaw 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 0.5
C. Upshaw 1-2 0.5 0 0
J. Babineaux 95 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 0.0
J. Babineaux 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Jackson 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-6 0 0.0
T. Jackson 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Weems 14 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
E. Weems 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Wheeler 41 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-8 0 0.0
P. Wheeler 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Sanu 12 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Sanu 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-6 2 0.0
R. Alford 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Garland 63 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Garland 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 1.5
B. Reed 0-1 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
24/26 36/37
M. Bryant 1/1 45 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 58.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 58.0 0
M. Wile 2 58.0 0 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
E. Weems 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 23.4 42 0
E. Weems 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
E. Weems 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 10.7 73 0
E. Weems 2 3.0 5 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARI 25 5:21 9 75 TD
3:38 ARI 25 5:46 11 68 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:30 ARI 25 2:10 4 24 Punt
4:55 ARI 29 1:45 3 -23 Punt
2:19 ARI 25 0:36 3 8 Punt
0:25 ARI 37 0:25 4 27 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:07 ARI 27 1:06 3 0 Punt
2:56 ARI 25 3:39 8 35 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:48 ARI 25 4:04 13 75 TD
2:07 ARI 25 0:46 5 12 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:39 ATL 28 6:01 11 72 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:52 ATL 25 4:22 9 48 FG
6:20 ATL 16 1:25 3 4 Punt
3:10 ARI 45 0:51 2 45 TD
1:43 ATL 31 1:18 6 34 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 25 4:53 6 -5 Punt
9:01 ATL 23 6:05 13 77 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:17 ATL 40 5:29 10 60 TD
4:44 ARI 46 2:37 6 46 TD
1:21 ARI 36 1:21 2 -2 Game