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PRO FOOTBALL : Lomax Gets Time, Shoots Down the Falcons, 34-21

November 30, 1987| From Times Wire Services

ATLANTA — Neil Lomax had the big numbers, but he just pointed to the big guys.

Lomax passed for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 34-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, then gave the credit to his offensive line.

"The offensive line is a direct correlation on me," Lomax said. "They gave me all day to throw and if I get the time, I'm going to find somebody. That's my job.

"When they play well, I play well. Right now I'm doing well."

Lomax completed 7 of 9 passes for 169 yards in the first period and was 16 of 25 for 279 in the opening half. He was 25 for 42 with 1 interception in the game.

It was the second consecutive road victory for the Cardinals (5-6), who beat Philadelphia, 31-19, last week to break an 0-8-1 road drought.

"It's a win on the road and that's very important," St. Louis Coach Gene Stallings said. "When you don't play that well and still win you're obviously doing something right."

Earl Ferrell scored twice on one-yard runs and the St. Louis defense set up two touchdowns and a field goal with turnovers in handing the Falcons (2-9) their sixth loss in a row.

Gerald Riggs had 60 yards in 15 carries and a one-yard touchdown run for Atlanta before leaving the game with a shoulder injury early in the second quarter.

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