Wiedmer: Falcons have good reasons for pride

ATLANTA - There wasn't much for Falcons safety William Moore to complain about following Atlanta's 27-21 victory over Denver on Monday night.

Not when he intercepted Peyton Manning to open the game, then roughly sacked him midway through the fourth quarter to all but guarantee victory.

Not when the Falcons handed coach Mike Smith his first MNF victory in his fourth try. Not when Atlanta now stands 2-0 on the season heading into Sunday's tough game at San Diego.

But being a defensive back whose fierce play can be hampered by uncertain officiating, Moore did have a message for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as he attempts to end the referee strike.

"It needs to end now," he said inside the Falcons' Georgia Dome locker room in the early minutes of Tuesday morning. "They can take a pay cut out of my check if they want.