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Game Notes: Falcons vs. Texans

*Atlanta moves to 4-0 for the first time since 2012 after shutting out the Texans for the first three quarters. *

  • The Atlanta Falcons offense finished the day with 378 yards total yards. Through three quarters of play, QB Matt Ryan was 19-of-27 for 256 yards with one touchdown and a 112.6 passer rating. The Falcons offense had a stretch of seven quarters where they scored 67 unanswered points, dating back to their Week 3 win at Dallas.
  • The Falcons offense also had 135 rushing yards on the day to go along with four rushing touchdowns. The four rushing touchdowns were the most the Falcons have scored in a game since Week 5 of the 2009 season against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Ryan improved his streak of games with at least 250-passing yards to 11 games, which is the longest active streak in the League.
  • RB Devonta Freeman finished the game with 14 carries for 68 yards and three touchdowns while also adding five receptions for 81 yards.
  • Freeman became the first player with seven rushing touchdowns in the first four weeks of a season since RB LaDainian Tomlinson ran for eight scores in 2005. Freeman's seven rushing touchdowns are the most by a Falcons player through the teams' first four games of the season.
  • Freeman has six rushing touchdowns over the past two games, which is tied for the most by a Falcon in any two game stretch since 2001. Freeman is the first Falcons running back to score three-or-more rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games.
  • Freeman is also the first player since Tomlinson (2006) to have back-to-back games with three-or-more rushing touchdowns.
  • WR Leonard Hankerson caught his second touchdown with the Falcons at the end of the second quarter. He finished the game with six receptions for 103 yards, which is the second best receiving total of his career, and the first time he's had over 100-receiving yards in a Falcons uniform. 
  • Freeman scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season on a 23-yard run at the beginning of the second quarter to cap off a 10-play, 80-yard drive, which was the team's 10th 10-play drive of the season. The Falcons have scored eight touchdowns on drives lasting 10-plays or more, which leads the NFL. Atlanta finished the game with two 10-play drives, pushing its season total to 11, which is tied for second in the League.
  • Rookie RB Terron Ward scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard run in the third quarter to put the Falcons up 42-0. The college free agent running back out of Oregon State finished the game with a career and team high 72-rushing yards on 19 carries.
  • DT Jonathan Babineaux recorded his first interception of the season, and the team's first turnover of the game in the first quarter. The interception was the fourth of Babineaux's career.
  • CB Desmond Trufant recorded his first career touchdown when he recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards to the end zone. The touchdown was the Falcons first defensive touchdown of the season.
  • S William Moore forced his first fumble of the season, which was recovered by Trufant, his second of the game and the third of his career. Since 2009, Moore ranks tied for third among all safeties with 27 turnovers forced.
  • Since 2001, Trufant is the eighth Falcons player with two fumble recoveries in a game. It's the first time it's happened since Week 15 of the 2013 season when CB Robert McClain and Jonathan Babineaux each had two fumble recoveries versus Washington.
  • The Falcons defense pitched a shutout in the first half of the game for the first time since Week 8 of 2014 against the Detroit Lions. From the third quarter of last week's game against Dallas, until the fourth quarter against the Texans, the defense allowed zero points and 34 rushing yards, a stretch that spanned five quarters of play.
  • For the second time this year, the defense held a running back that ran for over 1,000 yards in 2014 to 10-or-fewer yards in the game. RB Arian Foster finished the 2014 season with 1,246 yards, and the defense held him to just 10 rushing yards on the day.  
  • LB Nate Stupar recorded his first fumble recovery of the season, which he returned 84 yards for his first touchdown of his career. It was the team's sixth touchdown of the season off of a turnover.
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