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Notes & Milestones: Falcons vs. Panthers


  • Atlanta improved to 3-3 on the season with its 31-17 win at the Georgia Dome. The win marked the 15th time QB Matt Ryan has led the Falcons on a game winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. The Falcons are now 22-3 at home with Ryan under center.
  • Since Mike Smith became the Falcons head coach in 2008, Atlanta owns a 12-8 record against the NFC South and Smith is now 15-3 following a loss. The Falcons have also produced an NFC-best 22 wins at home during that time span.
  • Falcons RB Michael Turner scored his fifth touchdown of the season when he punched in a one-yard run in the first quarter. It was his 44th rushing score as a Falcon and marked the third straight game that he has recorded at least one touchdown run. He's scored at least one touchdown in four of Atlanta's six games this season.
  • Turner sealed the victory for Atlanta with a two-yard touchdown run with 1:56 remaining in the game, marking the second time this season he's run for a pair of touchdowns in a game. He also scored twice in a win at Seattle (10/2).
  • The Burner finished the game with a season-high 139 rushing yards. He has now run for 100-or-more yards in three games this season and has posted 22 games of 100-plus yards since joining the Falcons in 2008. His 22 100-yard games are tied with William Andrews for the second-most in franchise history behind Gerald Riggs, who logged 25 such games during his career.
  • Turner has found a great deal of success against Carolina, posting five 100-yard games with 11 touchdowns in seven meetings.
  • Trailing, 17-14 in the fourth quarter, K Matt Bryant hit a 24-yard field goal to tie the game with 14:12 to play. Bryant has now made 24 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to 2010, which is the second longest streak in franchise history, behind Norm Johnson who hit 26 consecutive field goals between 1992 and 1993.
  • Since 2008, Turner ranks third in the NFL with 111 runs of 10-or-more yards. In Sunday's win, he rolled off four big runs, including a 24-yard scamper that set up Bryant's 24-yard field goal. This season, Turner has 11 big runs, including a season-long 61-yard run against Philadelphia in Week 2.
  • After the Falcons defense forced a three and out, Ryan led Atlanta on a 10-play, 60-yard drive, calling his own number on the final play for a one-yard quarterback sneak to take a 24-17 lead.
  • Ryan's 1-yard touchdown run was the third rushing touchdown of his career and his first since 10/11/09 at San Francisco.
  • Ryan finished the game completing 14 of 22 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown with a passer rating of 101.1, marking the first time this season he has eclipsed the century mark in quarterback rating this season. Since 2008, Atlanta is 17-0 when he posts a passer rating of 100 or better. Additionally, he has won all four of his home starts against the Panthers.
  • In the first half, Ryan hit FB Ovie Mughelli for a one-yard touchdown, marking Ryan's eighth scoring strike of the season and the 74th of his career. The Pro Bowl signal caller has now thrown at least one touchdown in 23 of his last 25 games, including each of the last five games this season.
  • It was Mughelli's second receiving touchdown of the season and the fifth of his career. He caught the game-winning touchdown against the Eagles in the Falcons home opener on 9/18. The last time Mughelli caught two touchdowns in a season was in 2006 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Carolina had an opportunity to take the lead going into halftime with a first and goal from the Falcons 10-yard line, but QB Cam Newton's pass intended for WR Steve Smith was tipped by S William Moore and intercepted in the endzone by CB Brent Grimes. The pick was Grimes' first of the season and the 13th of his career.
  • In 2010, Grimes tied Moore for the team lead with five interceptions. Dating back to 2009, Grimes' 12 interceptions are the most among all undrafted players. His 12 picks are also tied for the fourth most in the NFL with Tampa Bay's Aqib Talib. Only Philadelphia's Asante Samuel (17), Green Bay's Charles Woodson (14) and Baltimore's Ed Reed (13) have more INTs during that time.
  • Atlanta has forced at least one turnover in 25 consecutive regular season games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. The Falcons forced three turnovers in Sunday's win as DT Corey Peters notched his first career interception and S Thomas DeCoud ended the game with an interception in the endzone on the game's final play. The Falcons have had three games with two or more interceptions this season.
  • DeCoud has recorded three interceptions this season, all of which have come in the Falcons endzone saving touchdowns. He has notched an interception in three of the last four games and his three picks tie his career-high set in 2009 when he finished the season with three interceptions.
  • DeCoud also paced the Falcons defense with eight tackles (seven solo) and returned his interception a career-long 49 yards before being dragged down at the Atlanta 45 by T Jordan Gross.
  • LB Stephen Nicholas posted his first sack of the season when he dragged down Panthers QB Cam Newton for a three-yard loss in the second quarter. It was his sixth career sack and his first since 11/22/09 at the New York Giants.
  • DE Ray Edwards also sacked Newton for an eight yard loss, marking his second consecutive game with a sack. The six-year veteran out of Purdue has 31.5 career sacks, including two with the Falcons.
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