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Falcons-Texans Postgame Breakdown

The Falcons fell to the Texans, 53-32, today at NRG Stadium. The Texans put up 37 points and 365 total yards in the second half.

Matt Ryan completed 32-of-46 passes for 330 yards, including three touchdowns and one interception for a 102.6 QB rating. This marks Ryan's fifth-consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards as he joins Kurt Warner (2000), Steve Young (1998) and Peyton Manning (2009 and 2013) as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards in each of their team's first five games of the season. The 12-year pro also had a 1-yard rushing touchdown, the ninth of his career.


On the Falcons second possession, the offense drove 66 yards finishing with a Ryan 14-yard passing touchdown to Mohamed Sanu, his first touchdown of the season, took a 7-0 lead. Today, Sanu totaled five catches for 42 yards and has registered 29 receptions for 281 yards on the year.

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman #24 rushes for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday October 6, 2019. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Atlanta Falcons)

Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith made an impact on the offense, both on the ground and in the air. Freeman registered five catches for 40 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown, and 11 rushes for 30 yards. Smith posted six receptions for 45 yards and five carries for 19 yards.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley #18 in action against Houston Texans inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney #55 and cornerback Bradley Roby #21 during the second quarter of the game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday October 6, 2019. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Atlanta Falcons)

Austin Hooper registered six receptions for 56 yards, marking his sixth-consecutive game with at least four catches. Calvin Ridley had a 29-yard receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Falcons longest play from scrimmage, and finished the game with five catches for 88 yards.

Deion Jones led the team with 11 tackles (six solo) and De'Vondre Campbell posted 10 tackles (eight solo), his second consecutive game with at least 10 tackles.

Grady Jarrett had a career-high seven tackles, including one for a loss, and forced a fumble on the second play of the game. Jarrett has two forced fumbles this season.

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The Falcons put together two drives of at least 10-plays, one resulted in a Matt Bryant 35-yard field goal and the other a nine-yard receiving touchdown by Freeman. The Falcons have 11 10-play drives this season - seven have resulted in scores - and are tied for the second-most in the NFL, trailing the Raiders (12).