Falcons commit to renewed run game with Gurley - for 1 half

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley (21) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half Sunday’s game in Atlanta.

Todd Gurley is once again scoring home touchdowns in Georgia.

The Tarboro High grad and former University of Georgia running back scored the first touchdown of the season for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as the NFL played its first slate of games this past weekend.

The Falcons lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 38-25, in a season opener that had Atlanta playing from behind with 4:43 left in the first quarter. The deficit wasn’t conducive to the running game as the Falcons tried to claw back through the air.

Still, Gurley, who was signed by Atlanta in April after the star running back was cut from the Los Angeles Rams, managed a second-quarter touchdown run and finished with 56 yards on 14 carries.

With 11:25 to play in the second quarter, Gurley dove over the top of the line to score the Falcons’ first touchdown of the season. He got the handoff from 1-yard out on third-and-goal, and his score made it 14-10 Seattle.

The former Tarboro standout was drafted and signed by the St. Louis Rams in 2015, and went on to become one of the better running backs in the game. Gurley was a two-time, first-team All Pro and a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Rams over five seasons.

Gurley led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,093) and rushing touchdowns (13) in 2017, then led the league in rushing scores a year later with 17. His production waned in his final season with the Rams, rushing for a career-low 857 yards, though he still scored 12 touchdowns.

Up next for Gurley and the Falcons is a road game at Dallas on Sunday.