Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chiefs Sail to Victory in Atlanta Montana Paces 30-10 Win by Passing for 361 Yards

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chiefs Sail to Victory in Atlanta Montana Paces 30-10 Win by Passing for 361 Yards

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Joe Montana seems to always have his way with the Atlanta Falcons.

He did again Sunday night, passing for a Georgia Dome record 361 yards and two touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs downed the Falcons 30-10.

Montana completed 28 of 39 passes, including scoring tosses of 13 and 34 yards to J.J. Birden, as Kansas City imporved its National Football League record to 3-0. Atlanta fell to 1-2.

The victory was Montana's seventh in a row in Atlanta, the other six coming when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. It also lifted his career record in starts against the Falcons to 14-5, including 12 of his last 13.

Two of his passes were intercepted, but he got plenty of help from a defense that caused six Atlanta turnovers. There were three interceptions of Jeff George, who passed for 299 yards and the Falcons' touchdown, a 25-yarder to Andre Rison in the final quarter after the Chiefs had built a 23-3 lead.

Linebacker Derrick Thomas was the ringleader of the Chiefs' defense. He had a sack, forced two fumbles and made two fumble recoveries.

The Chiefs wasted little time setting the tone when Dale Carter ended George's string of 279 passes without an interception, third best in NFL history. Carter returned it 24 yards to the Falcons' 28-yard line, setting up the game's first touchdown.

Carter stepped alongside Rison, the league's leading receiver, to make the interception on the fifth play of the game.

Carter's defense on Rison was one of the key's to Kansas City taking a 10-0 halftime lead. He simply took the Atlanta star, who had 26 catches the first two weeks, out of the game. Rison's only catch in the first half came on the last play, a 20-yard gain to Kansas City's 43, where Carter made the tackle before Rison could get out of bounds.

Rison had three catches for 72 yards.

It took Montana only four plays to score after Carter's interception, overcoming a holding infraction against Keith Cash with a 20-yard pass to Willie Davis at the Atlanta 16. …

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