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Notes & Milestones: Falcons vs. Jaguars


Atlanta posted a season-high 41 points en route to its ninth win of the season over Jacksonville on Thursday Night Football.

  • Atlanta improved to 9-5 on the season, ensuring its fourth consecutive winning season and maintaining a grip on the fifth spot in the NFC playoff race. Since 2008, the Falcons are 4-3 in primetime games and have won each of their last two Thursday night contests.
  • Since 2008, the Falcons are 25-6 at the Georgia Dome, which is the third-highest win total in the NFL during that span. Only New England (26) and Baltimore (26) have won more games at home than Atlanta.
  • The Falcons got off to a fast start, driving 75 yards in seven plays with QB Matt Ryan hitting WR Julio Jones for a 29-yard touchdown. The Birds have posted 41 points on their first offensive possessions this season and own a 33-8 record when they score first since 2008.
  • Since 2008, Atlanta has scored 163 points on their opening drives, which is the highest point total in the League during that span.
  • Jones finished the game with five catches for 85 yards and one touchdown. He has caught a touchdown in each of the last two games and has five touchdowns this season. The rookie from Alabama has 42 receptions for 755 yards and his 18.0 yards per catch average is second among rookies with 15-or-more receptions.
  • WR Roddy White became the first receiver in franchise history to post five consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards when he caught an 18-yard pass from Ryan on Atlanta's second possession. White's record setting catch also set the Falcons up for a 33-yard field goal.
  • White became the eighth receiver in NFL history to record five consecutive seasons with at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards. He joins Tim Brown (1993-99), Cris Carter (1993-97), Marvin Harrison (1999-06), Torry Holt (2000-07), Chad Ochocinco (2003-07), Jerry Rice (1989-96) and Reggie Wayne (2005-10) as the only players to accomplish this feat.
  • Ryan threw three touchdown passes for the fifth time this season and recorded back-to-back games with three-or-more touchdowns for the first time in his career. He finished the game completing 19 of 26 passes for 224 yards with a season-high passer rating of 137.3.
  • The fourth-year signal caller has led the Falcons to a 22-0 record when he records a passer rating of 100-or-better. Ryan has posted a passer rating over 100 five times this season and his 137.3 rating Thursday night was the second best passer rating of his career. His best mark came on 11/2/08 at Oakland when he recorded a 138.4 mark.
  • Since 2008, Ryan owns a 10-3 record in the month of December. His .769 winning percentage is the fourth-highest in the NFL trailing Tom Brady (.900), Philip Rivers (.857) and Peyton Manning (.833). Additionally, his 10 wins are tied for the second most in December.
  • White added a pair of touchdown catches, hauling in a six-yard score and a 29-yard touchdown from Ryan. White leads the team with eight touchdowns this season. White has posted six-or-more touchdowns in each of the last four seasons and eight-plus in the last three.
  • The three-time Pro Bowler has 45 career receiving touchdowns, which ranks third in franchise history. Only Terance Mathis (57) and Andre Rison (56) caught more touchdowns in a Falcons uniform than White.
  • White finished the game with 10 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns, marking his fourth 100-yard game of the season and the third time he's posted more than 130 receiving yards in a game this year. White owns the franchise record with 27 100-yard games.
  • DE John Abraham had one of his best games as a Falcon, sacking Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert 3.5 times for a loss of 35.5 yards. Abraham recorded the 26th multi-sack game of his career and the Falcons own a 20-6 record when he posts two-or-more sacks.
  • Abraham now has 110.5 career sacks and passed Greg Townsend (109.5) to move into 16th on the NFL's all-time sacks list. Since joining the Falcons in 2006, he ranks fourth in franchise history with 57.5 sacks and trails Patrick Kerney by .5 sacks for a share of third, and Chuck Smith (58.5) by one sack for second place.
  • Abraham closed out the first half with a strip sack, dragging down Gabbert for a nine-yard loss and jarring the ball loose. The fumble was recovered by LB Curtis Lofton at the Jacksonville 19-yard line and set up a 31-yard field goal by K Matt Bryant.
  • The four-time Pro Bowler carried his momentum over to the second half as he sacked Gabbert for a third time on the Jaguars opening drive. Abraham also forced his second fumble of the game on the play.
  • DT Corey Peters scored his first career touchdown when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 13 yards for a score. A second-year man out of Kentucky, Peters has 31 tackles (25 solo) three sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery this season.
  • After failing to score in its third drive of the game, Atlanta punted from its own 37-yard line. Jacksonville returner Jarett Dillard muffed the punt and LB Sean Weatherspoon recovered the fumble at the Jacksonville five to set up a five-yard touchdown run by RB Michael Turner.
  • Turner finished the game with 61 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown. This season, the two-time Pro Bowler has 1,129 yards and nine touchdowns.
  • Offensively, the Falcons rolled up 373 yards and held the ball for 38:31, while converting 40 percent of their third down attempts and notching 20 first downs.
  • Defensively, the Falcons held the Jaguars to 207 total yards and sacked Gabbert five times, which tied their season high set at Chicago in the season opener. Abraham posted a season-high 3.5 sacks, DE Kroy Biermann had one sack for a 12 yard loss and DE Ray Edwards was credited with .5 sack for minus 2.5 yards.
  • S Thomas DeCoud pulled down his fourth interception of the season when he picked off Gabbert in the fourth quarter. His four picks lead the Falcons this season.
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