Superlatives on the Falcons

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.