The Falcons (4-9) snapped a two-game slide following a 40-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers (5-8) on Sunday.
Atlanta got the start they wanted and dominated the Panthers on both sides of the ball. The Falcons were explosive on offense, recording 450 yards of total offense with 159 yards on the ground. Atlanta's defense came more than prepared for Carolina's offense generating three turnovers and sacked quarterback Kyle Allen five times in the game.
Here are the main takeaways from the Falcons-Panthers game:
Matt Ryan becomes 10th player in NFL history to pass for 50,000 yards
Heading into Sunday's game, quarterback Matt Ryan was only 34 yards shy of becoming the 10th quarterback in league history to throw for 50,000 yards. In the first quarter of the game, Ryan achieved the milestone on a 14-yard pass completion to Russell Gage.
Ryan joins the list of active quarterbacks who've thrown for 50,000 yards in their careers along with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers.
For more coverage on Matt Ryan making history against the Panthers, click here.
Olamide Zaccheaus sets record, proves doubters wrong
Against the Panthers, rookie receiver Olamide Zaccheaus caught his first pass for his career on a 93-yard touchdown, which was Ryan's longest touchdown for his career. The play was also the third-longest passing play in the franchise history. Zaccheaus continues to prove his doubters wrong, being undrafted and was rated as an undersized receiver.
For more on Zaccheaus setting history and his big play, click here.
Younghoe Koo's perfect day highlighted by 'crazy' fumble recovery
Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo has continue to showcase his strong play after completing all four of his field goal attempts and extra point opportunities including a 50-yard field goal for his career-high. In the third quarter, Koo also recovered a fumble on kickoff. After the game Koo spoke on his fumble recovery saying, "I don't know, I just kind of blacked out. I was just excited, I couldn't believe it. It was the right place at the right time. I went down there and covered the kick really well, and it just happened that way – it was crazy."
For more on Younghoe Koo's big day, click here.
Falcons' pass rushers went hunting in dominant win over Panthers
Atlanta's defensive front had a big day against the Panthers, generating pressure on Kyle Allen throughout the contest. Defensive ends Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley sacked Allen twice in the game, with linebacker De'Vondre Campbell coming away with a sack as well. In the final-four stretch of games, the Falcons have placed emphasizes on the line of scrimmage and rushing the quarterback.
For more on the Falcons' pass rush and their success against Carolina, click here.
Report: Desmond Trufant's season over after breaking forearm
In the first half of the game, cornerback Desmond Trufant exited the game after suffering an injury to his arm. Trufant was first evaluated on the sideline and then left to the locker room prior to halftime. Trufant did not return, which led to Blidi Wreh-Wilson taking most of the reps for the remainder of the game. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Trufant will miss the remainder of the 2019 season and will have surgery to repair his forearm next week.
For more coverage on Trufant's season-ending injury, click here.
Tabeek: Falcons roll, but Roddy gives us the feels one more time
On Sunday, Falcons former receiver Roddy White was inducted into the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor for his exceptional career with the organization. Roddy White owned a few records with the organization, while modeling what it meant to be a professional athlete. White joins William Andrews, Steve Bartkowski, Tommy Nobis, Jessie Tuggle, Mike Kenn, Claude Humphrey, Deion Sanders, Gerald Riggs and Warrick Dunn for the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor.
To read Matt Tabeek's column on Roddy White being honored during Sunday's game, click here.
Other notable performances:
- Quarterback Matt Ryan played huge, ending with 313 yards on 20 out of 34 completions.
- Cornerback Damontae Kazee played well against Carolina, finishing with two tackles, forced a fumble and caught two interceptions. Kazee picked up his third interception of the season.
- Kicker Younghoe Koo was perfect on his field goal attempts including a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Koo also recovered a fumble on kickoff in the third quarter.
- Defensive end Vic Beasley was solid amongst the Falcons' pass rush, recording two sacks in the game.
- Defensive end Takk McKinley brought the pressure on defense, ending the game with five tackles and two sacks recorded.
- Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun was the leader in tackles on defense, reeling in 10 total.
- Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell was the second leader amongst the defense in tackles with seven total and a sack recorded.
- Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus led the receiving corps in yards, reeling in his first catch of his career for 93 yards.
- Running back Devonta Freeman had a decent outing, ending with 17 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown scored.
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