Game Notebook: Falcons vs Browns

  • Atlanta opened the scoring when QB Matt Ryan hit WR Julio Jones for a 24-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The score was Jones' first since finding the end zone twice in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Ryan's 24-yard strike to Jones was his 18th touchdown pass of the season. He has thrown at least one touchdown in 16 straight games dating back to 2013. Ryan has put together streaks of at least 15 consecutive games with a touchdown pass four times in his career, including a career-best 22-game streak from September 2011 to October 2012.
  • Ryan has thrown seven touchdowns of 20-or-more yards this season and has completed 42 passes that have resulted in 20-plus yard gains. Additionally, Atlanta's 12 total big-play touchdowns rank among the League leaders.
  • Jones finished Sunday's game with five receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown. He has totaled 980 yards on 72 catches (13.6 yards per reception) with four touchdowns this season.
  • Trailing 13-7 in the closing minutes of the second quarter, S Kemal Ishmael picked off Browns QB Brian Hoyer at the Falcons 36-yard-line and returned it 14 yards to midfield. Seven plays later, Ryan flipped a shovel pass to RB Jacquizz Rodgers who barreled eight yards for a touchdown, giving Atlanta a 14-13 halftime lead.
  • Ishmael has intercepted a pass in each of the last three games and leads the team with a career-high four picks in 2014. A second-year player out of Central Florida, Ishmael has seen action in 14 games in his career, including six starts this season.
  • Ishmael posted his second career game with double digit tackles, logging 11 stops (seven solo) while adding one pass defensed.
  • Rodgers caught his first touchdown pass of the season and the fifth of his career. The fourth-year running back out of Oregon State has scored 10 total touchdowns (five rushing & five receiving) during his career. He is one of 10 players in Falcons history to post at least five rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns.
  • Ryan finished the game completing 27 of 43 passes (63.0 percent) for 273 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and an 86.7 passer rating. Despite the loss, Ryan posted his 53rd career multi-touchdown game.
  • The Falcons trailed 23-14 at the start of the fourth quarter after Cleveland opened the second half with 10 straight points. Ryan and the offense drove 80 yards on 14 plays, cutting the Browns lead to two at 23-21 with a one-yard touchdown run by RB Steven Jackson.
  • Jackson punched in his fifth rushing touchdown of the season and the 67th of his career. Jackson has scored 11 rushing touchdowns since joining the Falcons in 2013. His 67 career rushing touchdowns are tied with RB Marshawn Lynch for the third most among active running backs, while his 76 total touchdowns are the seventh most among all active players.
  • The Falcons defense recorded multiple interceptions for the third straight game, including late game picks by CB Desmond Trufant and S Dezmen Southward as well as a first half pick from Ishmael.
  • Facing a two-point deficit with the Browns looking at a first and goal from the six-yard line, Trufant made a leaping interception in the back of the end zone to secure his second pick of the season. He also posted his second straight game with an interception after notching his first INT of the season at Carolina in Week 11.
  • Southward grabbed his first career interception on the Browns next drive, tracking down an errant throw from Hoyer along the Falcons sideline. Seven plays later, K Matt Bryant hit a 53-yard field goal, giving Atlanta 10 points off of turnovers in Sunday's game.
  • Bryant has connected on 17 of 19 field goal attempts this season, including five kicks from beyond 50 yards. His five 50-plus yard field goals are a career high, topping the four he hit in 2012. Since joining the Falcons in 2009, Bryant has connected on 16 of 21 kicks from 50 yards or longer.
  • DE Kroy Biermann notched his second full sack of the season, dragging down Hoyer for a nine-yard loss. Biermann has 2.5 sacks this season and 19.0 in his career.
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