Statistical superlatives on the Falcons

November, 26, 2012
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The Atlanta Falcons were the only NFC South team to win Sunday, so that means they’re going to be the only team to get a list of statistical superlatives.

With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Falcons' media relations department, let’s take a by-the-numbers look at Atlanta’s 24-23 victory against Tampa Bay.
  • The 10-1 Falcons have an NFL-high seven wins by seven or fewer points. That makes Atlanta only the second team in history to have seven wins by seven or fewer points during a 10-1 or 11-0 start. The first team to do it was the 2006 Colts, who went on to win Super Bowl XLI.
  • The Falcons now have had double-digit wins in three consecutive seasons.
  • Quarterback Matt Ryan now has led six game-winning drives the season, the most in the NFL. Since his entry into the league in 2008, Ryan has led 22 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. That’s four more than any other player in that span. Ryan also has led more game-winning drives than any other quarterback in his first five seasons during the Super Bowl era.
  • Ryan had a season-high 81.3 completion percentage against the Bucs. Ryan was particularly efficient on shorter throws, completing 20 of 23 passes for 182 yards on throws of 10 yards or less.
  • Ryan finished with a 110.0 passer rating. That’s the ninth time this season Ryan has had a passer rating over 100. In his career, the Falcons are 30-1 when Ryan has a passer rating better than 100.
  • Running back Michael Turner scored his 57th touchdown with the Falcons. That ties him with Terance Mathis for the franchise record.
  • Backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 10 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for 30 yards. Rodgers, who also returns kickoffs, finished with 152 all-purpose yards.
  • Julio Jones’ 147 receiving yards set a new career high. In his 13 career road games, Jones has 76 receptions for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns.
  • The Atlanta defense held Josh Freeman without a touchdown pass. That ended a streak of six consecutive games in which Freeman had two or more touchdown passes.
  • With a victory against Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano, Atlanta coach Mike Smith is now 11-0 against first-year head coaches.
  • Tony Gonzalez became the eighth player and first tight end in NFL history to go over 14,000 receiving yards.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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