Michael Turner breaks Falcons touchdown record on Thursday Night Football

Kevin C. Cox

Michael Turner is now the all-time leader in touchdowns for Atlanta.

The Falcons exploded out of the gates against the Saints on Thursday night, and Michael Turner was leading the way to an early 7-0 lead. After punching it in from the three yards out, he became the sole leader for the all-time touchdown record in Atlanta franchise history.

Terance Mathis previously held the mark of 57 touchdowns in his lengthy career with the Falcons. Since coming to Atlanta, Turner has put up double-digit touchdowns in all four seasons with the team. His score early on in Week 13 marked No. 58 of his tenure.

After one drive Turner has three carries for 43 yards. He busted out into the open on his first touch for a 35-yard gain. Critics are quick to downplay his effectiveness lately, but he's looking like The Burner of old.

Atlanta hasn't ran the ball well throughout the 2012 season. That doesn't appear to be the case on Thursday night.

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