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Falcons notebook: Roddy White delighted over big day against Chiefs
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ATLANTA — Roddy White began his day with six career 100-yard receiving games.

Now Atlanta's fourth-year wideout finally has one in a victory after the Falcons beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-14 on Sunday.

"Yeah, that's sweet," White said. "You never want to go for 100 yards and then end up losing the game, but we made a good point to ourselves today. Coming in, we knew they had two rookie (cornerbacks), so we wanted to go out there and get after those guys early."

Late in the first quarter with the Falcons leading 7-0, White outran Kansas City's coverage to catch a 70-yard touchdown from Matt Ryan. He was the rookie quarterback's first read on a post pattern down the middle of the field.

"The safety must not have thought he was going to throw it," White said. "But that's exactly what he did."

Grind 'em down

Former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, Kansas City's first-year offensive coordinator, couldn't have felt too good about having possession for a stretch of the fourth quarter that lasted nearly seven minutes and resulted in no points.

Adam Jennings extended the Chiefs' drive by muffing a punt return that former Atlanta linebacker Demorrio Williams recovered at the Falcons' 41, but 15 plays after beginning at the Kansas City 7, rookie Curtis Lofton stopped Larry Johnson's left sweep on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

Atlanta safety Lawyer Milloy, playing his first game since his arrest on a DUI charge last Monday, teamed with linebacker Keith Brooking to stop rookie running back Jamaal Charles for a 2-yard gain on the previous play.

"My teammates in front of me did a good job of corralling him, and I was able to get a clean shot at him," Milloy said. "It was one of them things where we had the game in control and even if they had scored, they would've had to score two more times, but that showed the character we're building on this team to shut the door right there."

No record for Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez will have to wait at least one more week to become the all-time leader in yards receiving for a tight end.

The nine-time Pro Bowl selection had three catches for 35 yards, leaving him 50 yards from breaking Shannon Sharpe's NFL record of 10,060 yards receiving.

Gonzalez was held without a catch until finally making a grab for 12 yards with 33 seconds left in the first half. The catch helped the Chiefs move into position for Tyler Thigpen's 15-yard touchdown pass to Bowe to cut the Falcons' lead to 24-7.

Gonzalez conceded he was frustrated "maybe at certain times today."

"In the first half, hopeless was probably the best way to describe it," he said. "You always have the next play."

Though the Chiefs looked as if they might rally with in the second half, Gonzalez described the offense's inability to complete drives as "inexcusable."

"We just have to keep building to get better each week," he said. "What else can you say? It's too early for us to go out there and say the season is over. This is my 12th year, and I feel that I deserve better. I'm going to keep my head up and try to keep the guys around me to hold their heads up and get this back on track."

Medical report

Falcons receiver Laurent Robinson left the game with a left knee injury in the second quarter. There was no word Sunday on the severity of the injury.

Atlanta rookie Sam Baker, who starts at left tackle, was suffering from what the team reported to be flu-like symptoms at halftime. He didn't play in the second half and was replaced by Todd Weiner, but Baker's absence prompted concerns that he still might be affected from a concussion that forced him to leave last week's loss at Tampa Bay.

Picking and grinning

Safety Erik Coleman recorded his eighth career interception, and his first with Atlanta, in the second quarter.

It was the first of three interceptions for the Falcons' defensive backs, including one returned for a touchdown late in the game by Chris Houston.

"Our defense responded well," Coleman said. "You definitely have to take advantage of a young quarterback."

On Kansas City's next possession after Coleman's interception, Brent Grimes added his first career interception. His 25-yard return set up a Falcons touchdown for a 24-0 lead.

Houston scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard return and he nearly did the same two snaps from scrimmage later. On the second play, however, Houston dropped the ball. He was defending receiver Dwayne Bowe on both plays.

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