For the many that thought Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White would not display his true All-Pro form again until at least next season, the 32-year-old proved otherwise on Sunday afternoon. When the game came to a close after Matt Bryant’s 36-yard field goal in overtime, the scoreboard read 34-31 and White had racked up 10 receptions for 143 yards versus the Buffalo Bills‘ secondary.
The Falcons’ offense was all-around impressive in this contest and showed what they are actually capable of doing. Outside of the magnificent performance from White, the running game produced on a level not previously seen this season. Led by veteran running back Steven Jackson’s two-touchdown outing, the ground attack rushed for 151 yards with a trio of scores.
Quarterback Matt Ryan, despite being sacked a half-dozen times as a result of the continued struggles of his offensive line, got in on the act as well. The two-time Pro Bowler completed 28 of 47 attempts for 311 passing yards and found tight end Tony Gonzalez with an 11-yard strike in the end zone during the third quarter.
After this effort, the fan base around Atlanta has to be wondering what might have been had the offense gotten healthy and found their stride several weeks ago. However, with the schedule now three quarters complete and the record standing at 3-9, all that remains is the hope of building momentum towards next year. The Falcons will try to to continue the pursuit of that goal next weekend as they travel to take on the Green Bay Packers.