- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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ATLANTA -- With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and Atlanta’s media relations department, let’s take a look at some statistical superlatives from the Falcons’ 27-21 win against the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome on Monday night.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan didn’t have a spectacular night in a game that many anticipated would be a shootout with Denver’s Peyton Manning. But Ryan did outshine Manning in one key category. When it came to passing inside the numbers, Ryan completed 77.3 percent (17-of-22) of his passes, while Manning completed just 37.5 percent (6-of-16) of his attempts. Manning also threw all three of his interceptions inside the numbers. Also, Ryan was 5-of-6 for 75 yards when targeting Roddy White inside the numbers.
Although the Falcons didn’t get much out of their running game, they did well when it came to play-action passes. In those situations, Ryan was 12-of-13 for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The Falcons are now 27-6 under coach Mike Smith in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons also are 5-0 in Smith’s home openers.
The Falcons forced four turnovers. That marked the 35th time in the past 37 games that Atlanta has had at least one turnover.
Atlanta running back Michael Turner didn’t have a big night. But he scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. That was Turner’s 51st touchdown run, a franchise record, since joining the Falcons in 2008. In that same time span, only Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson has had more rushing touchdowns (54).
The Falcons intercepted Manning three times in the first quarter. The last time the Falcons had three interceptions in a game wasn’t that long ago. It came in the 2011 season finale against Tampa Bay. It also marked the first time in franchise history they’ve picked off three passes in the opening quarter. The Falcons previously had three interceptions in a quarter three times before. The first time was against Washington in the fourth quarter of a 1994 game. They also did it against Minnesota in the second quarter of a 2002 game and a 2003 game against Tampa Bay.
The Falcons had takeaways on three straight possessions for the second straight game. They also had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the season opener against Kansas City.
In Smith’s tenure, the Falcons now are 19-1 when they have had three or more takeaways in a game.
This season, the Falcons lead the league with 26 points after takeaways.
Ryan had a 101.5 passer rating. Dating back to last season Ryan has had a passer rating above 100 in three straight games. In Ryan’s career, the Falcons are 25-0 when he has a passer rating of 100 or higher.
Ryan now has 100 career touchdown passes.
Since his entry into the league in 2008, the Falcons are 26-5 when Ryan has had two or more touchdown passes. He has at least one touchdown pass in 17 straight games and in 32 of his last 33 games.
Ryan now has a franchise record 233 consecutive passes without an interception. The previous record was 197 attempts by Steve Bartkowski in 1982 and ’83.
White had 102 receiving yards. He has a franchise record 29 games with at least 100 receiving yards.