VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons top Saints in opener

Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards, but Matt Bryant’s field goal on the final play of regulation lifted the Falcons over the Saints. The AJC’s D, Orlando Ledbetter reports.

Here are some other highlights from the victory:

–The Falcons amassed 568 total net yards in the win, the highest single-game yardage total in franchise history. Atlanta topped the previous mark of 563 yards set against the Rams in 1980.

–Matt Ryan became the Falcons all-time leader in touchdown passes (156) while also setting the franchise record for total passing yards in a single game with 448. Ryan topped QB Chris Chandler’s single-game record of 431 yards set against the Buffalo Bills in 2001.

–Ryan finished the game completing 31 of 43 passes (72.1 percent) for 448 yards with three touchdowns and a 128.8 passer rating. He has led the Falcons to a 35-2 record when he posts a passer rating of 100-or-higher.

–Roddy White’s 3-yard touchdown reception tied wide receiver Andre Rison for the second most receiving touchdowns in team history with his 56th career score. He now sits one touchdown shy of wide receiver Terance Mathis’ club record of 57. Additionally, White and Rison are tied for the third most overall touchdowns in Falcons history behind running back Michael Turner (61) and Mathis (57).

–Antone Smith’s touchdown catch was the longest receiving touchdown by a Falcons running back since Turner posted a 60-yard catch-and-run touchdown against Carolina on Sept. 30, 2012.

–Wide receiver Julio Jones has seven catches for 116 yards.

–Wide receiver Devin Hester had five catches for 99 yards, the second-highest single game yardage total of his career.


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