Monday, October 8, 2012
Superlatives on the Falcons
By Pat Yasinskas
With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and Atlanta’s media-relations team, let’s take a run through the statistical highlights of the Falcons’ 24-17 victory against the Washington Redskins.
- Washington did a good job keeping Atlanta’s passing game in check inside the numbers. But Matt Ryan was able to carve up the edges of the field. On throws outside the numbers, Ryan was 19 of 25 (76 percent) for 184 yards and both of his touchdowns.
- Tight end Tony Gonzalez had a huge day, catching 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Gonzalez was targeted 14 times, the most he’s been targeted since joining the Falcons. Gonzalez’s touchdown was his 24th catch on an end-zone target since the start of the 2008 season -- the most by any tight end during that span.
- Gonzalez’s 13 receptions were the second-highest total of his career. He had 14 catches while playing for Kansas City on Christmas Day 2004.
- Coach Mike Smith now has a 48-21 record. With a win next week, he’ll tie Dan Reeves for most victories in franchise history. Reeves was 49-59-1.
- Gonzalez tied Don Hutson for eighth place on the NFL’s all-time touchdown receptions list. Tim Brown and Steve Largent, who each had 100 touchdown catches, are the next players ahead of Gonzalez.
- Ryan led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter Sunday. He also did that the previous week against Carolina. In his five-year career, Ryan now has 18 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.
- Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 20 straight games. He also has thrown two or more touchdowns in each of his last six games.
- The Atlanta defense held the Redskins to 12 first downs and allowed Washington to convert on one of nine third-down attempts.
- Matt Bryant now has made a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, the longest road field goal of his career. Bryant also has made 23 straight field goals. He set the franchise record with 30 straight between 2010 and '11.
- Roddy White had four catches for 68 yards. He now has 561 career receptions. He needs 13 more to pass Terance Mathis as the franchise’s all-time leader.