ATLANTA – Since the Atlanta Falcons were the only NFC South team to get a win (a 23-17 victory against Tennessee) on Sunday, they’re the only team that will get a list of statistical superlatives Monday.
Here it is:
Since coach Mike Smith arrived in 2008, the Falcons are 11-3 against AFC opponents.
Since 2008, the Falcons are 23-6 in the Georgia Dome. Only New England and Baltimore have won more home games in that span. The Patriots and Ravens each have won 24 times.
Atlanta’s 432 yards of total offense tied for the team’s second-best output of the season. The Falcons also had 432 yards against the Colts in Week 9.
The defense held Tennessee’s Chris Johnson to just 12 yards on 13 carries. The Titans only had 41 net rushing yards. The Falcons haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 13 consecutive games, a streak that stretches back to last season. The Falcons are allowing 85.4 rushing yards per game this season.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to defy age. He caught his seventh touchdown pass of the season, which is a team high. Those seven touchdown catches are the most since Gonzalez had 10 in 2008, his final season in Kansas City. Gonzalez now has had at least seven touchdowns in seven seasons.
Early in the second half, Gonzalez became the 13th player in NFL history to pass the 13,000-yard receiving mark. He now has 13,024 career receiving yards. Gonzalez needs only 66 yards to pass Steve Largent to move into 12th place on the all-time list. Gonzalez now has 14 seasons in which he has had at least 50 receptions. The only other player in NFL history to do that is Jerry Rice.
Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown pass in eight straight games and has had at least one in 24 of his last 25 games.
Ryan finished with a 110.9 NFL passer rating. Since his arrival in 2008, the Falcons are 19-0 when Ryan’s passer rating is at least 100.
Ryan threw for 316 yards. That gives him back-to-back 300-yard games for the first time in his career. Ryan had a career-best 351 yards in last week’s loss to the Saints. Ryan has four 300-yard passing games this season. That ties Jeff George’s franchise record for a single season.
The Falcons have won seven of their last eight games in the month of November. There's a lot to be said for piling up wins in November and December.
Running back Michael Turner scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and has 47 since joining the team in 2008. Turner needs only two more rushing touchdowns to pass Gerald Riggs’ franchise record. Turner also has scored seven touchdowns in his last seven games.
With his 24th 100-yard rushing game, Turner tied Riggs’ franchise record. Turner has had five 100-yard games this season.
After missing his first field-goal attempt since last season in last week’s loss to the Saints, Matt Bryant hit all three attempts Sunday. Bryant has made 18 of 19 attempts this season.
The Falcons snapped a five-game losing streak against the Titans. Prior to Sunday, the Falcons hadn’t won against Tennessee since 1993.