William Andrews rushed for 119 yards -- scoring on a 19-yard run -- and caught seven passes for 88 yards today as the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 34-17.
Quarterback Steve Bartkowski completed 19 of 24 passes for 213 yards, 43 coming on a touchdown pass to Alfred Jenkins. It was the 92nd straight game in which Jenkins has caught a pass.
"I'd take eight weeks off anytime, but with pay, to play like I did," Andrews said.
Bartkowski, prone to injury all career, said, "This is the best I've ever felt late in November in my eight years here. Today I felt great. It's as good offensively as we've played all year and even last year."
The Rams looked like they were going to win easily when they took a 14-0 lead in the first 11 minutes. But the Falcons scored the last three times they had the ball in the second quarter and took the lead for keeps on Mick Luckhurst's 49-yard field goal two seconds before halftime.
The Falcons picked up in the second half where they had left. With Andrews gaining most of the yards, they drove from their 25 to the Rams' 12 before Luckhurst kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 20-14 lead with 8:34 left in the third period.
The Rams closed to 20-17 on Mike Lansford's 28-yard field goal, but the Falcons retaliated with a 74-yard march ending in Andrews' 19-yard burst up the middle. That rebuilt the lead to 27-17 with 9:42 left in the game.
Rams linebacker Carl Ekern suffered ligament damage that was expected to require knee surgery.