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Notes & Milestones: Falcons vs. Titans


  • Atlanta improved to 16-3 after a loss under head coach Mike Smith with Sunday's six-point win over Tennessee. The Falcons have won eight straight games following a loss dating back to 2009 and are 4-0 after losses this season.
  • Under Smith, the Birds are 11-3 against AFC opponents and improved to 23-6 at the Georgia Dome. Only the New England Patriots (24) and Baltimore Ravens (24) have posted more wins at home since 2008 than the Falcons.
  • The Falcons offense rolled up 432 yards of total offense, which ties the second-highest total produced by the club this season. Atlanta also posted 432 total yards against the Colts in Week 9.
  • Atlanta's defense held Tennessee's RB Chris Johnson to just 13 yards on 12 carries for an average of 1.1 yards per carry and held the Titans to just 41 net rushing yards. Since 2008, the Birds are 23-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 net rushing yards and have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 13 consecutive games dating back to 2010.
  • This season, the Falcons defense is allowing just 85.4 yards per game on the ground and has held each of their last two opponents to just 41 rushing yards per game. Opponents' 85.4 yards per game average is the lowest rushing average the team has allowed since Smith became the head coach in 2008. Last season, the Falcons ranked 10th in the NFL allowing 105.9 yards per game.
  • After forcing a three-and-out on the Titans first drive, Atlanta drove 44 yards in five plays to take a 7-0 lead when QB Matt Ryan hit TE Tony Gonzalez for a 17-yard touchdown. This season the Falcons have scored 34 points on their first offensive possessions. Dating back to 2008, Atlanta has been one of the League's fastest starting teams, scoring 156 points on its opening possessions.
  • Gonzalez recorded his 95th career touchdown and his team-leading seventh touchdown catch this season, which are the most TD catches he has had since 2008 when he scored 10 times in his final season in Kansas City.
  • Gonzalez ranks ninth in NFL history and has now recorded six straight seasons with at least five touchdown receptions. The 2011 season marks the seventh time that he has notched seven-or-more touchdown catches.
  • The 17-yard scoring strike was Ryan's 15th touchdown pass of the season and the 81st of his career. He has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in eight straight games and 24 of his last 25. Ryan's 81 touchdown passes are the fourth most in team history behind Steve Bartkowski (154), Chris Chandler (87), and Chris Miller (87).
  • Ryan finished the game completing 22 of 32 passes for 316 yards and one touchdown with a passer rating of 110.9. Since 2008, the Falcons are 19-0 when Ryan posts a quarterback rating above 100, including three wins this season. Ryan also posted back-to-back 300-yard games for the first time in his career after totaling a career-high 351 passing yards in last week's loss to New Orleans.
  • The fourth-year signal caller has won five straight starts against AFC opponents and owns a 12-5 record in the month of November and the Falcons have won seven of their last eight games in the month.
  • On the Titans second offensive possession, CB Dunta Robinson recorded his first interception of the season and his second as a Falcon when he picked off QB Matt Hasselbeck with a spectacular diving catch. Robinson returned the interception 14 yards into Titans territory to set up a 19-yard field goal by K Matt Bryant.
  • With 1:01 remaining in the first half, Hasselbeck drove the Titans 62 yards in seven plays to set up a 46-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas. The field goal marked the first time the Falcons have allowed a score inside two minutes since Week 13 of the 2010 season when the Tampa Bay Bucs scored a touchdown before halftime.
  • Atlanta has only allowed 17 points inside the final two minutes of either half since 2009, which is among the lowest point totals in the League in two minute situations.
  • On the opening drive of the second half, Gonzalez became just the 13th player in NFL history to eclipse the 13,000 receiving yard mark. He finished the game with five catches for 74 yards and one touchdown, giving him 13,024 career yards. The perennial Pro Bowler is just 66 yards away from passing WR Steve Largent and moving into 12th place on the NFL's all-time receiving list.
  • On the same drive, RB Michael Turner punched in a four-yard touchdown run for his eighth score of the season. Turner now has 47 rushing touchdowns since joining the Falcons in 2008. He is currently two touchdowns shy of passing RB Gerald Riggs for the franchise record and his 47 rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons are the second most in the NFL behind Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.
  • Turner finished the game with 100 yards on 21 carries, marking his 24th 100-yard game and moving him into a tie with Riggs for the franchise record. Riggs posted 24 100-yard games between 1982 and 1988. Turner has logged 100-or-more yards in five games this season and is on pace for 1,420 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
  • Turner has scored seven touchdowns in his last seven games and 11 touchdowns in his last 11 games at the Georgia Dome.
  • Since 2008, Turner has been one of the NFL's best runners in terms of breaking away for long gains. In Sunday's win, the Burner logged two runs over 20 yards with a 27-yard run and a 35-yard dash.
  • DE John Abraham recorded his fourth sack of the season when he dragged down Titans QB Jake Locker for a six-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Abraham now has 106.5 career sacks moving him ahead of Trace Armstrong (106.0) for 18th on the NFL's all-time sacks list.
  • DT Jonathan Babineaux also had a strong game posting three tackles, two passes defensed, two quarterback hits and two tackles for loss. Babineaux's presence in the middle helped the Falcons defense keep Johnson under wraps and hold the Titans to 2.9 yards per carry as a team.
  • K Matt Bryant continued his strong season hitting all three of his field goal attempts, including kicks from 19, 24 and 33 yards. This season, Bryant has hit 18 of 19 field goal attempts, including a perfect 12 for 12 from inside 40 yards.
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