NFC South: Norm Johnson

Superlatives on the Falcons

October, 24, 2011
Let’s take a look at some statistical highlights from Atlanta’s 23-16 victory against Detroit.
  • Tight end Tony Gonzalez moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time list for receptions. Gonzalez now has 1,104 catches. Only Jerry Rice (1,549) has more.
  • Gonzalez also moved into 13th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list. Gonzalez now has 12,843 yards.
  • Since coach Mike Smith took over in 2008, the Falcons now are 20-8 in games decided by eight or fewer points.
  • Under Smith, the Falcons now are 28-1 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter.
  • Quarterback Matt Ryan now has two rushing touchdowns this season. He had only two rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons.
  • Ryan is now 26-6 in games played in domes. That’s an NFL best for quarterbacks since 2008.
  • Ryan has thrown for at least one touchdown in 23 of his past 25 games.
  • Michael Turner rushed for 122 yards and posted the 23rd 100-yard game in his Falcons’ career. Falcons moved past William Andrews, who had 22 100-yard games, into second place in team history. Gerald Riggs holds the record with 24.
  • Kicker Matt Bryant set a team record by converting his 27th consecutive field-goal attempt, dating back to 2010. The previous record (26) was held by Norm Johnson.
  • The Falcons have forced on turnover in 26 straight games. That’s the longest active streak in the NFL.
  • Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton had 10 tackles. That’s his fifth double-digit-tackle game of the season and the 24th of his career.
  • The Falcons have not allowed an individual running back to rush for 100 yards in a game in 10 consecutive contests, dating back to last season.

Falcons' win by the numbers

October, 17, 2011
Let’s take a statistical look back at Atlanta’s 31-17 victory against Carolina with some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Falcons’ media relations department.

  • Atlanta’s Michael Turner usually is thought of as a between-the-tackles runner, but the numbers are showing that’s a myth. Against Carolina, Turner ran outside the tackles 13 times for 105 yards (8.1 yards per carry). Between the tackles, Turner ran 14 times for 34 yards (2.4 yards per carry). This is not a new trend. Turner entered the day averaging 5.6 yards per carry outside the tackles, while averaging 4.1 yards per rush between the tackles.
  • The Falcons scored 30 or more points for the third time this season. They’re 3-0 in those games.
  • Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez now is No. 4 in all-time receptions, but he could move up to No. 2 very quickly. Gonzalez has 1,099 catches. Cris Carter is No. 3 with 1,101 and Marvin Harrison is No. 2 with 1,102. Jerry Rice is the leader with 1,549 catches.
  • For the 15th time in his career, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. The Falcons are now 22-3 in home games in which Ryan has played.
  • Atlanta coach Mike Smith is now 15-3 in games after a loss.
  • Kicker Matt Bryant has made 24 consecutive field goals, dating to last season. That’s the second-longest streak in franchise history. The record is held by Norm Johnson, who made 26 straight in 1992 and ’93.
  • Ryan finished with a 101.1 NFL passer rating Sunday. That was the first time this season he’s topped the 100 mark. For his career, the Falcons are 17-0 when Ryan has a passer rating of 100 or better.
  • The Falcons came up with three turnovers Sunday. They now have forced at least one turnover in 25 straight regular-season games. That’s the longest active streak in the league.
  • Defensive end Ray Edwards, who was Atlanta’s top free-agent signing, got off to a slow start, but is coming on now. Edwards recorded one sack Sunday, marking the second straight game in which he’s had a sack.