Another time, the replacements had to huddle just to make sure they knew where to place the ball after a defensive holding penalty on Denver’s Champ Bailey, drawing boos from the crowd as the game dragged on for nearly 3½ hours.
The Falcons snapped a six-game losing streak on Mondays, including 0-3 under coach Mike Smith. Their last Monday win came over New Orleans on Dec. 12, 2005.
“It was a big game,” White said. “We wanted to come out here and win one of these games and prove to everybody that we’re a good football team.”
NOTES: Manning’s career record in Monday night games dropped to 11-4. … Atlanta had another tough game running the ball. Turner totaled only 42 yards on 17 carries — and 15 of those came on his final run. … Samuel was able to get back on the field, but CB Chris Owens went out with a head injury and didn’t return. That further depleted the depth in the secondary, which lost Brent Grimes to a season-ending injury in Week 1. … Thomas, who played at nearby Georgia Tech, finished with eight catches for 78 yards.