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Notes & Milestones: Falcons vs. Packers


The Falcons drop to 2-3 on the season after a 25-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons will host the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.

  • The Falcons scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the second straight game after QB Matt Ryan hit WR Roddy White for a five-yard touchdown. The score capped an 80 yard, 13-play drive. Since 2008, the Falcons are 28-7 when scoring first and have posted 139 points on their first offensive possessions, including touchdowns on their opening drives in each of the last two games.
  • Since 2008, the Falcons rank among the League leaders with an 82 percent scoring efficiency on drives lasting 10-or-more plays. This season, Atlanta has posted 13 drives of 10-or-more plays with scores on 10 of those drives including five touchdowns.
  • The touchdown was Ryan's seventh of the season and his 73rd career scoring strike. With Ryan under center, Atlanta is 32-10 when he throws at least one touchdown pass.
  • White has now caught two touchdown passes this season, both coming at the Georgia Dome. The three-time Pro Bowler now has 39 career touchdowns and his 6,430 receiving yards rank second in team history.
  • Atlanta's defense improved its NFL-best streak of consecutive regular season games with a turnover to 24, when CB Brent Grimes forced Packers RB Ryan Grant to fumble on Green Bay's first possession. DT Vance Walker recovered the loose ball for his first career fumble recovery.
  • This season, the Falcons have forced at least one turnover in all five games.
  • Atlanta has scored 34 points on nine takeaways this season, including seven points in Sunday night's contest.
  • On the ensuing Falcons drive, Atlanta put together a 10-play, 60-yard drive capped by RB Michael Turner's fourth touchdown run of the season. With the one-yard score, Turner now has 43 touchdowns since joining the Falcons in 2008.
  • Since 2008, Turner's 43 rushing touchdowns rank second in the NFL behind Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, who has totaled 46 touchdowns during that time.
  • LB Sean Weatherspoon notched his second-career sack when he dragged down Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for an 11-yard loss with Green Bay at the Atlanta four-yard line. On the next play, DE Lawrence Sidbury sacked Rodgers for a one-yard loss on third down forcing the Packers to settle for a field goal.
  • Atlanta's defense sacked Rodgers four times as DT Corey Peters logged his second career sack and DE Ray Edwards recorded his first sack as a Falcon. The last time Atlanta notched four sacks in a game was in the season opener at Chicago.
  • Weatherspoon paced the defense with his fourth 10-plus tackle game of the season. The second-year pro out of Missouri logged a team-high 11 tackles with six solo takedowns.
  • Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton also posted his fourth game of the year with 10-or-more tackles, notching 10 tackles with four solo stops.
  • Despite gaudy passing numbers, Atlanta held Rodgers and the Packers without a touchdown in the first half and the Falcons defense registered five passes defensed, led by Grimes and CB Kelvin Hayden who each came up with two pass breakups.
  • With a 23-yard catch in the fourth quarter, Tony Gonzalez moved past WR Art Monk into 14th place on the NFL's all-time receiving list with 12,748 yards. Gonzalez finished the game with six catches for 60 yards giving him 1,096 career receptions and moving him past WR Tim Brown for fifth on the NFL's all-time receptions list. He currently sits five catches shy of tying WR Cris Carter (1,101 rec.) for third in League annals.
  • The loss is just the third at home for Ryan, who owns a 21-3 record at the Georgia Dome. Under Smith, the Falcons are now 22-4 at home and 3-3 in primetime contests.
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