MIAMI (AP) â€” The Atlanta Falcons were stout against the run, dug in on third down and came up with a big takeaway â€” all things coach Mike Smith is looking for this season.
Atlanta gave up only a field goal while Miami starting quarterback Chad Henne was in the game and beat the Dolphins 16-6 on Friday night.
Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton led the Falcons' defensive charge with 11 tackles, two for losses. Erik Coleman intercepted a pass in the end zone, and the Dolphins (2-1) converted only one of eight third-down situations with Henne, who played one series into the third quarter.
Lawrence Sidbury had a sack, two quarterback hits and a tackle for a loss for the Falcons (2-1).