ATLANTA -- Taylor Gabriel had the first multi-touchdown performance of his career to lead the Atlanta Falcons (7-4) to a 38-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Gabriel's first touchdown catch of the day was on a screen pass from Matt Ryan, and Gabriel ran 35 yards to the end zone to give the Falcons a 17-10 lead with roughly two minutes before halftime, their first lead of the day after trailing by a touchdown early.
The three-year veteran scored on a 25-yard pass play in the fourth quarter to extend the Falcons' lead to 18. He finished the day with four catches for 74 yards.
The Falcons had fun on Twitter, making fun of the Cleveland Browns for cutting him back in September.
Ryan completed 26 passes on 34 attempts for 269 yards. He threw one interception on a ball that bounced off Julio Jones' hands and into D.J. Swearinger's. The interception led to a Cardinals field goal to end the first half.
But Arizona had trouble staying on the field after striking first on a 1-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Jermain Greshman. Palmer was able to find David Johnson for a 3-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Palmer was 25-of-45 for 289 yards. Johnson, one of the top running backs in the league, finished with 58 rushing yards and 103 receiving yards.
After converting on a 4th-and-3 on their opening drive, the Falcons got on the board on a 1-yard rush by Devonta Freeman. Freeman rushed from 5-yards out late in the game for the Falcons' final touchdown.
Freeman rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries. Tevin Coleman returned for the Falcons after battling a hamstring injury since Oct. 23 against San Diego. He had nine rushing yards on eight attempts and ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
The Falcons will hold onto a lead in the NFC South, and they could extend their lead in the division to two games if Tampa Bay loses later on Sunday. Tampa Bay plays Seattle at 4 p.m.