This game was obviously huge to Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington. This was his first chance to put his stamp on the team, playing on Monday night. Harrington responded as he completed 13-of-21 passes for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Harrington could have had more, but Roddy White dropped a touchdown pass in the third quarter. Don't overlook the performance of Carson Palmer, who also had two touchdown passes.
Receiver Chad Johnson didn't want to play up his rivalry with DeAngelo Hall because it was a preseason game, but "Ocho Cinco" had five receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
The quarterbacks were on fire on Monday night, throwing five touchdown passes without an interception until Nic Clemons had an interception off a deflection with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. ... Noriaki Kinoshita had his first reception of the preseason. Kinoshita wants to be the first NFL player to hail from Japan. ... Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who had outpatient surgery on Wednesday to repair torn tendons in his left ankle, watched from the press box. It was the first time Lewis coached a game from the press box since 1996, when he was Baltimore's defensive coordinator.