(SL) — Julio Jones racked up 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons blasted the Buccaneers 34-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Wide Receiver set a records with his standout performance.
Jones became the first player to record three games of more than 250 yards in a career, surpassed Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards and Anquan Boldin for most receptions for a player through his first 90 NFL games.
Post game, quarterback Matt Ryan said, “If we could just dial up 250 yards from him every week, it would be a pretty good recipe for success. He’s so explosive. He’s an unbelievable talent and an unbelievable competitor.”Ryan himself finished 26-of-35 for 317 yards and a TD, while wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had a 51-yard touchdown pass to which Coach Quinn jokingly said he became confident with Sanu at QB after he completed the pass, especially after he wobbled the snap a little.
(SL) – After 25 years, the Georgia Dome imploded leaving behind decades of memories. The only stadium to host a Super Bowl, the Olympics and the Final Four is no longer.
The Georgia Dome was the place the Atlanta Falcons called home until last year, when they moved into a freshly built stadium right next door.
When it opened in 1992, it was the largest covered stadium in the world.
Ryan would be haunted by interceptions once again. (He’s thrown 6 in the past 3 games) And undisciplined play would be costly.
Cutler hit Jarvis Landry for a 7-yard TD after a roughing-the-quarterback penalty on Grady Jarrett killed an interception by Jones deep in Atlanta territory and set the Dolphins up nicely.
The Falcons also botched a punt. The punter tried to picked it up and run but was tackled short of the first down. The Dolphins were set to move and capitalize on a 49-yard field goal which tied the game at 17.
Cody Parkey kicked a 39-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining and just like the Dolphins led 20-17. Then…safety Reshad Jones intercepted Matt Ryan at the 6-yard line with 39 seconds left and that was all she wrote.
Jay Cutler was 19 of 32 for 151 yards while Matt Ryan finished 24 of 35 for 248 yards.
(SL) – One could say that the Falcons got going late, putting their first set of points on the board with a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. But others would say the Bills just came to play. After a scoreless first quarter, both the Falcons and the Bills turned the heat up inside Mercedes Benz Stadium in the second qtr.
After the Falcons put up 3, the Bills would make good use of their next possession on a pass from Tyrod Taylor to Jordan Matthews and take the lead 7-3. Not to be outdone, Devonta Freeman ended the first half with a short TD and it was 7-10.
Second half, there would be an absolute shift in energy and ball control. The Bills opened the scoring in the second half when Tre’davious White scooped up a Matt Ryan fumble and took it in for a touchdown (14-10). This would be the start of several fumbles and bad ball control. And did I mention that two people were noticeably absent. Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu were out. Jones with a hip injury and Sanu’s hamstring would put them both on the sideline.
The Bills made good on an interception in the third after Matt Ryan attempted to go long and Micah Hyde foiled his plan. Heading into the 4th, the Bills worked their way down to 3rd and 1 inches away from the goal line, but instead of just going for it, they try to apparently pull the Falcons offside a suffered from a delay of game; forcing them to settle for a field goal 17-10.
But all hope was not lost for Atlanta. After WR Justin Hardy dropped a beautiful pass from Ryan, he would make up for it with 7 minutes left. Ryan led his team down the field with an impressive drive and Hardy caught a 3-yard TD tying it up 17-17. It was also Hardy’s first TD catch of the season.
Tyrod Taylor, however, continued to blast through, putting the Bills in field goal position and the 56-yard kick was good. 20-17.
But we didn’t dare blink, this was a good one. The Falcons turned right around and off of a monstrous return from Andre Roberts, Atlanta found themselves at the BUF 42 yard line. The celebration would be short lived though, when Matt Ryan threw another interception. The result…. another field goal (55-yards with 3:06 left) by Buffalo and it’s 23-17 with a little less than 3 minutes to go. The Falcons drive but Matt Ryan is unable to connect with anybody and with that fourth and one stop the Bills hand the Falcons their first loss of the season.
Player of the game: Tyrod Taylor 12-20,182 yards and 1 TD
(SL) – The Atlanta Falcons set off a new era in a new stadium Saturday and Sytonnia was on the field for all of the action! Get ready for an explosive season as we bring you all of the highlights up close!
(Flowery Branch) – The Atlanta Falcons are preparing to return to the Super Bowl for just the 2nd time and it was almost 20 years ago when they made their first visit. As the big game approaches throngs of media have been camped out in Atlanta documenting the road to Super Bowl LI, Sports Wire included. We participated in one of the Falcons’ media days and got the latest from Head Coach Dan Quinn and a few of the players.
(Atlanta, GA) – There’s no denying that the Atlanta Falcons are a good football team. But depending on who you ask, they might tell you that they lack mental toughness. So many games have slipped away in the final minutes, leads blown and what usually appears to be an overall cerebral collapse.
Halfway through the season Atlanta is proving that they’ve been to the altar and had a serious come to Jesus meeting with their offense and their defense. No softies around here. Between secret weapons, depth and perseverance, Atlanta is showing sports fans that they can got toe to toe with the best of them. Take it down to the wire if you want to and see what happens.
Sunday’s game against the Packers highlighted plenty of strengths for Atlanta in the 33-32 win including intestinal fortitude. The Falcons and Packers seemed to go back and forth up until the 4th qtr when with just under 4 minutes left Aaron Rogers delivered his 4th TD Pass of the game and put Green Bay up by 6. But did the Falcons crumble? No! The past 2 games Atlanta crumbled but not today.
With a banged up Julio Jones and an injured Jacob Tamme, Matt Ryan needed some other folks to make their presence known and they did just that. in his 32nd career game-winning drive, Ryan connected with Mohamed Sanu in the back of the end zone. Post Game Coach Quinn talked about the game winning TD.
The Falcons will play Tampa Bay Thursday night in a game where redemption will certainly be on their minds. The Falcons are a game and a half ahead of the Buccs so they need to go hard and with a new fire lit, it shouldn’t be hard.
(SL) – Falcons RB Tevin Coleman in concussion protocol after slipping in shower at team’s training facility. “He fell and hit his head, and he is in the concussion protocol,” Quinn said. “That’s unfortunate.”
Coleman, a third-round draft pick from Indiana, was the team’s starting running back at the beginning of the season until he suffered a fractured rib in Week 2. Devonta Freeman then took over as the starter.