Falcons 41, Broncos 28
-- Michael Vick looked like Michael Vick again and the Atlanta Falcons shook off their recent collapse with a surprisingly easy 41-28 win Sunday over the Denver Broncos.
Denver didn't come close despite a career passing day by Jake Plummer.
Vick threw two touchdown passes to Peerless Price and accounted for 367 yards of offense to help the Falcons (6-2) set aside their 56-10 embarrassment at Kansas City last week.
Plummer threw for a Denver record 499 yards -- a career high and the best mark in the league this year -- but also had three interceptions, as the Broncos (5-3) added this upset to last Monday's 23-10 loss at Cincinnati.
They were completely bamboozled by Vick, who got things going early with a 44-yard run down the middle of the field and kept Denver off balance throughout.
After playing a terrible game last week, just like the rest of his team, Vick finished with season highs of 115 yards rushing and 252 passing.
His two touchdown passes to Price were beautiful. One dropped perfectly over the receiver's shoulder on a post pattern for a 17-14 lead in the second quarter, the other Price snatched out of cornerback Kelly Herndon's hands in the corner of the end zone to make it 34-14 in the fourth period.
Price also threw a 25-yard pass to Dez White on a gadget play, although the Falcons hardly needed tricks to keep the Broncos crossed up.
Atlanta gained 467 yards against a defense allowing less than 240 a game. The Falcons scored on six of their first nine possessions, a stat that would have been better if not for a missed field goal and a lost fumble in Denver territory.
Just as noteworthy was the revival of the Atlanta defense. Despite giving up lots of yards during Denver's late comeback attempt -- the Broncos set a club record with 566 -- this hardly looked like the same unit that was humiliated last week, allowing 271 yards rushing and an NFL-record eight touchdowns on the ground.
Atlanta held Reuben Droughns to 49 yards, the first time he's failed to gain 100 since he became Denver's featured runner four games ago.
Defensive lineman Patrick Kearney and Keith Brooking had early pickoffs, and Kevin Mathis capped things with a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2 minutes 20 seconds left.
The Broncos committed nine penalties for 70 yards, including a defensive holding call that wiped out Al Wilson's third-quarter sack of Vick on one of the few times the Broncos touched him in the backfield. Five plays later, Warrick Dunn scored for a 27-14 lead.