Game Notebook: Falcons vs Steelers

  • WR Roddy White caught a four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to become the Falcons all-time leader in touchdowns. White has scored 62 touchdowns in his career, breaking a tie with RB Michael Turner, who totaled 61 touchdowns from 2008-2012.
  • White finished the game with seven receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown.  He has scored a touchdown in four of his last five games, including TD catches in each of the last two games. White leads the team with seven touchdowns this season, and 2014 marks the sixth time in his career that White has posted at least seven touchdowns.
  • QB Matt Ryan threw for 310 yards on 26 of 37 passing with two touchdowns and a 102.3 quarterback rating. He has thrown for 300-or-more yards five times this season, including each of the last three games. In his career, the Falcons are 37-5 when he posts a passer rating of 100-or-higher.
  • Ryan eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth straight season with 310 yards against the Steelers. He is one of four quarterbacks to post 4,000 yards in each of the last three seasons (2011-13), joining Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Matthew Stafford. Through Week 15, Ryan is the only quarterback to accomplish that feat in four straight seasons.
  • Ryan has thrown at least one TD in 19 straight games and has thrown two-or-more touchdowns in each of the last four games. He has posted seven multi-touchdown games this season and 56 games with two-or-more TDs in his career.
  • The Falcons outgained the Steelers 407-398 in the loss. Atlanta has compiled 400-plus yards of total offense six times this season, including each of the last three games.
  • WR Harry Douglas stepped up in a big way for a Falcons offense that was without star wide receiver Julio Jones. Douglas caught 10 passes for 131 yards for his second straight 100-yard game at home. Douglas logged his sixth career 100-yard game and posted his second game with 10-or-more catches.
  • RB Steven Jackson surpassed RB John Riggins (11,352) for 16th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 22 yards on the Falcons opening possession. He finished the game with 46 yards on 11 carries while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Jackson is the NFL's leading active rusher with 11,379 career rushing yards.
  • WR Devin Hester caught his second touchdown catch of the season, hauling in a 17-yard pass from Ryan in the back corner of the end zone. The score was Hester's 16th career receiving touchdown and the 37th TD of his career. The All-Pro return man owns the NFL record with 20 return touchdowns and has also added one rushing touchdown.
  • Hester and Texans RB Alfred Blue are the only players to score touchdowns via rush, reception, and return this season. Hester's four touchdowns in 2014 are his most since 2011 when he posted three return touchdowns and one receiving score.
  • Hester finished the game 173 combined yards, including 85 yards on five catches, 81 yards on three kickoff returns, and one seven-yard punt return. Hester ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,693 combined yards and needs just 28 yards on kickoffs to eclipse 1,000 yards on returns. Hester would be the first Falcon to post 1,000 kickoff return yards since 2011 when WR Eric Weems tallied 1,100 yards.
  • Atlanta's defense was led by LB Paul Worrilow, who recorded 11 tackles (five solo). Worrilow has posted double digit tackles seven times this season and 14 times during his career.
  • DT Paul Soliai and LB Prince Shembo combined for a 10-yard sack of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter. The quarterback takedown was the first of Shembo's career, while Soliai has notched five career sacks.
  • K Matt Bryant connected on both of his field goal attempts, hitting kicks of 22 and 28 yards. He has made 36 straight field goals from inside 50 yards dating back to 2013.
  • Bryant scored eight points in the loss, giving him 652 points since joining the Falcons in 2009, which is the second-highest total in franchise history behind Morten Andersen (806).
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