Let’s take a look back at the statistical superlatives from Atlanta’s 19-13 victory against Dallas on Sunday night, with some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Falcons media relations department.
The Falcons became the 15th team to start 8-0 since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. They also are the 31st team in the NFL’s 93-year history to start a season with wins in the first eight games. However, the Falcons are only the third team in history with at least five of those wins coming by a one-possession margin.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan now is 30-4 (.882) in career home games. That’s the best home winning percentage by a starting quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger.
Ryan was 4-of-7 for 100 yards on throws of 15 yards or more downfield. Six of those attempts were targeted for Roddy White, who caught three of them for 62 yards.
Ryan completed 24 of 34 pass attempts (70.6 percent) for 342 yards and a 102.8 passer rating. The Falcons are now 29-0 in games in which Ryan has a passer rating of 100 or better.
Ryan recorded the 13th 300-yard game of his career. That’s a new franchise record as he moved one ahead of the previous record held by Steve Bartkowski.
Despite the productive night, Ryan had his streak of games with at least one touchdown pass snapped at 22.
Michael Turner rushed for 102 yards. He now has a team-record 27 100-yard games.
White and Julio Jones each had more than 100 receiving yards. That’s the third game over the past two seasons in which both have topped the 100-yard mark. It also marked the 31st 100-yard game of White’s career and he now has 577 career receptions, which moved him past Terance Mathis’ previous team record of 573 career receptions.
In his last four games, White has 29 catches for 461 yards (an average of 115 yards per game).
Tight end Tony Gonzalez had four catches for 36 yards. He joined Jerry Rice to become one of only two players in NFL history to record 15 seasons with 50 or more receptions. Gonzalez is the only player in NFL history to have 50 or more catches in 15 consecutive seasons.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux had his best game of the season. Babineaux was in on seven tackles (five solo), with one sack, one tackle for a loss and one passed defensed. Babineaux and fellow defensive tackle Corey Peters were largely responsible for holding Dallas to 65 rushing yards. That marked the second straight game in which Atlanta’s defense has held its opponent to less than 100 yards rushing.