Superlatives on the Falcons
September, 10, 2012
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Let’s take a look at some statistical superlatives from the Atlanta Falcons 40-24 victory against Kansas City on Sunday, courtesy of the Falcons.
- The Falcons scored on their first eight possessions and had 376 yards of total offense. Atlanta had four drives of 70-plus yards and three of those resulted in touchdowns.
- The victory was the 300th in franchise history.
- Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 16 consecutive regular-season games. He’s thrown at least one touchdown pass in 31 of his last 32 games.
- Ryan and Julio Jones connected on two touchdown passes. But the second one was significant because it was a screen pass. As most of you know, the Falcons threw fewer screens than any team in the league last year and new coordinator Dirk Koetter has pledged to change that.
- Jones now has put together consecutive regular-season games in which he’s had two touchdown receptions. Jones also had two touchdown catches in last season’s finale against Tampa Bay.
- Jones, a second-year pro, now has six 100-yard games. He had six catches for 108 yards against the Chiefs.
- Ryan had three touchdown passes. The Falcons are 25-5 in games in which Ryan has thrown two or more touchdowns.
- Dating back to last season, Ryan has attempted 197 straight passes without an interception. That ties the franchise record set by Steve Bartkowski in 1982 and ’83.
- Ryan had a 136.4 quarterback rating, the fifth-best total of his career. The Falcons are 24-0 when Ryan has had a passer rating over 100.
- Jacquizz Rodgers set up a field goal with a 77-yard kickoff return. It was the first kickoff return of Rodgers’ career.
- The Falcons forced three turnovers. All came in the second half and on consecutive possessions by the Chiefs.
- Defensive end John Abraham recorded a sack to give him 59.5 since joining the Falcons in 2006. Abraham moved into sole possession second place on the franchise’s sack list. He had been tied for second with Chuck Smith (58.5 sacks). Abraham now has 113 career sacks, which ties him for 15th in NFL history and he has more sacks than any other active player.