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Notes & Milestones: Falcons at Seahawks


  • The Falcons scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the first time this season when QB Matt Ryan hit TE Tony Gonzalez for a one-yard score. Since 2008, Atlanta has scored 132 points on its first offensive possession which ranks third in the NFL during that time behind New England (147) and Philadelphia (138).
  • Gonzalez now has 92 career touchdown receptions and ranks ninth on the NFL's all-time touchdown receptions list. He has now caught a touchdown in each of the last three games and has four TD receptions this season.
  • In the first quarter, Atlanta held Seattle to just 45 total yards with a season-low five yards coming on the ground. The Falcons also held the Seahawks scoreless in the first frame, marking the second time this season they have kept an opponent off the board early in the opening quarter.
  • LB Curtis Lofton recorded his second career interception after LB Mike Peterson tipped a pass from Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson. The interception marked the 23rd consecutive regular season game that Atlanta has forced at least one turnover — the longest current active streak in the NFL.
  • RB Michael Turner notched his second touchdown run of the season after breaking off a 21-yard run to the end zone. Tuner would add a second touchdown run later in the second quarter, punching the ball in from one yard out. The score was his 42nd as a Falcon. Only RB Adrian Peterson has recorded more rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons.
  • Additionally, Turner has posted 10 multi-touchdown games in his career. All of which have come since he joined the Falcons in 2008.
  • His 21-yard touchdown run was his longest score since he raced 39 yards to the end zone in St. Louis on 11/21/10.
  • K Matt Bryant hit a trio of field goals, including a 47-yarder at the end of the first half. Since 2008, the Falcons have scored 71 points on 60 possessions inside the final two minutes of either half. This season, Atlanta has scored 10 points in two-minute situations through four games.
  • Following Bryant's kick, Atlanta's defense held Seattle scoreless in the final 21 seconds of the half. Since 2009, the Falcons rank second in the NFL allowing just 14 points in 40 possessions inside the final two minutes of either half.
  • Bryant also hit a 50-yard field goal on the Falcons opening drive of the second half. It was his longest field goal since making a 51-yarder against the Ravens on 11/11/10. The kick was also his longest field goal on the road during his 10-year career. His previous career-long road field goal was a 49-yarder at Pittsburgh during the 2010 season opener.
  • Bryant's third field goal of the game came early in the fourth quarter and marked his 23rd consecutive made field goal dating back to last season. It is the second-longest streak in team history and he is three field goals shy of Norm Johnson's franchise record set between 1992-92.
  • S James Sanders and S Thomas DeCoud combined to save a touchdown in the third quarter. Sanders hit TE Zach Miller just as he was about to cross the end zone, dislodging the ball and allowing DeCoud to intercept the loose ball. DeCoud has now recorded interceptions in the end zone in back-to-back games after he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman last week.
  • Rookie WR Julio Jones, who entered the game leading all rookies with 215 receiving yards, posted new career highs with 11 catches for 127 yards. Jones also posted his second-straight 100-yard receiving game.
  • Ryan finished the game completing 28 of 42 pass attempts for 291 yards and one touchdown with a quarterback rating of 94.4. The Pro Bowl signal caller has thrown at least one touchdown pass in three straight games and 21 of his last 23 games. Additionally, the Falcons are 32-9 when he finds a receiver in the end zone at least once. Ryan also improved his record on artificial turf to 27-7.
  • With a two-point win, the Falcons improved to 19-8 in games decided by eight points or less during the last four seasons. Since 2008, Atlanta has been one of the league's top teams in close games posting a .704 winning percentage in such games.
  • Defensively, the Falcons forced two turnovers and have totaled eight takeaways this season. Atlanta's offense has benefited from its ball-hawking defense by converting those turnovers into 27 points.
  • WR Roddy White had six catches for 78 yards, including a 26-yard gain down to the one-yard line to set up Ryan's touchdown pass. White also had a 16-yard reception to the goal line to set up a Turner touchdown run.
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