Wing Tips: Falcons vs. Jets

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Coming off a 30-23 loss to New England, the Falcons will play in primetime for the second consecutive week as they host the New York Jets on ESPN's Monday Night Foootball. Take a look at some key facts about the matchup.

The 1-3 Falcons are facing the 2-2 Jets in a primetime week 4 matchup on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Here are some facts and tidbits about the matchup:

  • Monday night’s game marks the 11th meeting between the Falcons and Jets, with the Atlanta leading the all-time series 6-4, including a 10-7 win over the Jets in 2009 at Giants Stadium.
  • Head coach Mike Smith’s record against the Jets is 1-0.
  • The last 100-yard rusher against the Jets was Warrick Dunn, with a total of 155-yards on October 24, 2005. Dunn also holds the longest rush (65 yards) against the team on the same date.
  • QB Steve Bartkowski was the Falcons last 300-yard passer against the Jets on October 23, 1983. Bartkowski passed for a total of 313-yards.
  • Head coach Mike Smith coached alongside Jets head coach Rex Ryan with the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2002, winning a Super Championship in 2000.
  • Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan also coached with Ryan in Baltimore from 2001-2004. Nolan and Ryan also coached with Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman in Baltimore.
  • WR Julio Jones and Jets CB Dee Milliner won a BCS National title at the University of Alabama in 2010.
  • Falcons S Zeke Motta and Jets CB Darrin Walls were teammates at Notre Dame in the 2009 season. The Falcons originally signed Walls as a college free agent in 2011. He played in five games, totaling two tackles and one interception.
  • The last time the Falcons and Jets faced off, Atlanta intercepted QB Mark Sanchez three times, including one from S Thomas DeCoud. TE Tony Gonzalez caught three passes for 32 yards and his sixth touchdown as a Falcon in the win.
  • Atlanta’s loss to Miami in Week 3 and New England in Week 4 marked the first time the Falcons have lost back-to-back games in the same season since falling to Philadelphia and New Orleans in consecutive weeks in 2009.
  • TE Tony Gonzalez completed his 199th consecutive game with at least one reception in Atlanta’s Week 4 loss to New England. He owns the NFL’s longest such streak among active players and can join Jerry Rice as the only two players in NFL history to post a catch in 200 straight games this season. Gonzalez is the NFL’s leading active receiver and his 106 touchdown catches are the most among active players.

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