The Atlanta Falcons were the only NFC South team to win Sunday, so that means they’re going to be the only team to get a list of statistical superlatives.
With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Falcons' media relations department, let’s take a by-the-numbers look at Atlanta’s 24-23 victory against Tampa Bay.
The 10-1 Falcons have an NFL-high seven wins by seven or fewer points. That makes Atlanta only the second team in history to have seven wins by seven or fewer points during a 10-1 or 11-0 start. The first team to do it was the 2006 Colts, who went on to win Super Bowl XLI.
The Falcons now have had double-digit wins in three consecutive seasons.
Quarterback Matt Ryan now has led six game-winning drives the season, the most in the NFL. Since his entry into the league in 2008, Ryan has led 22 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. That’s four more than any other player in that span. Ryan also has led more game-winning drives than any other quarterback in his first five seasons during the Super Bowl era.
Ryan had a season-high 81.3 completion percentage against the Bucs. Ryan was particularly efficient on shorter throws, completing 20 of 23 passes for 182 yards on throws of 10 yards or less.
Ryan finished with a 110.0 passer rating. That’s the ninth time this season Ryan has had a passer rating over 100. In his career, the Falcons are 30-1 when Ryan has a passer rating better than 100.
Backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 10 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for 30 yards. Rodgers, who also returns kickoffs, finished with 152 all-purpose yards.
Julio Jones’ 147 receiving yards set a new career high. In his 13 career road games, Jones has 76 receptions for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Atlanta defense held Josh Freeman without a touchdown pass. That ended a streak of six consecutive games in which Freeman had two or more touchdown passes.
With a victory against Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano, Atlanta coach Mike Smith is now 11-0 against first-year head coaches.
Tony Gonzalez became the eighth player and first tight end in NFL history to go over 14,000 receiving yards.