5 things we learned about the Falcons on Tuesday



FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s what we learned on Tuesday about the Falcons (6-2), who play at San Francisco (2-6) at 4 p.m. Sunday at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme knocks Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner to the ground on his way into the endzone for a touchdown to cut the Buccaneers lead to 20-10 during the third quarter in a football game on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons fall 23-20 to the Buccaneers in over time. (Photo by  Curtis Compton)

Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme knocks Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner to the ground on his way into the endzone for a touchdown to cut the Buccaneers lead to 20-10 during the third quarter in a football game on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons fall 23-20 to the Buccaneers in over time. (Photo by
Curtis Compton)

  1. Backup Derby: The Falcons will get face another backup quarterback this year since the 49ers have benched Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who has a 5-22 record as a starter. The Falcons have also faced Dallas’ Brandon Weeden and Tennessee’s Zach Mettenberger. They also played former Houston signal caller Ryan Mallett, who’s now out of the league, and Washington’s Kirk Cousins, who was a backup until this season.
  2. Killer instinct: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wants the offense to attack more with they cross the 50-yard line and when they reach the redzone. He called it having “Killler’s instinct” on his weekly radio show.
  3. Leaving early: The Falcons will leave a day on Friday early for their West Coast game.
  4. Practice squad: The Falcons signed wide receiver C.J. Goodwin to the practice squad. To make room for Goodwin, who played at California (Pa.) University, the Falcons released LaRon Byrd. Goodwin has spent time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.
  5. Tamme takes blame: Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme believes he could have broken up Matt Ryan’s interception late in the second quarter and took the blame for his mistake.

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Here’s a look back at the game stories, news and notes from the Falcons’ 23-20 overtime loss to Tampa Bay,  win over the Titans (10-7), the loss to the Saints (31-21) and their victories over the Redskins (25-19 in OT), Texans (48-21), Cowboys (39-28), Giants (24-20) and Eagles (26-24).

TAMPA BAY GAME COVERAGE — Bucs 23, Falcons 20 in OT

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 23-20 loss to the Bucs

How the Falcons lost to the Bucs in OT

10 comments from Dan Quinn after the loss to the Bucs

Adams disagreed with overtime pass interference call

Matt Ryan’s miscues help to gift the Bucs’ 20 points

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons were saying after the 23-20 loss to the Bucs

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston bests his role model: ‘Mr. Ryan’

Falcons defense holds up, but forces no turnovers

Falcons rallied behind wide receiver Julio Jones

Bucs rookie linebacker Alexander dedicates win to deceased brother

TENNESSEE GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 10, Titans 7

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 10-7 victory over the Titans

BRADLEY: Falcons do enough to survive

10 comments from Dan Quinn after the Falcons’ 10-7 victory over the Titans

NEW ORLEANS GAME COVERAGE — Saints 31, Falcons 21

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 31-21 loss to the Saints

Saints hand Falcons their first loss — Quarter by Quarter

Matt Ryan: ‘It was a tough night’

5 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ loss

What the Falcons had to say after their 31-21 loss to the Saints

Why didn’t the Falcons feed Freeman? — Mike Check

Falcons flash some of their ugly past — Jeff Schultz column

Falcons-Saints by the numbers

Tweetcap: Falcons flop in New Orleans

WASHINGTON GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 25, Redskins 19 in OT

Falcons pull out 25-19 victory over Redskins in OT — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 25-19 win over the Redskins

Alford’s 59-yard interception return saves the day

What the Falcons had to say after the 25-19 win

Ryan, offense struggle with turnovers

Mark Bradley column: The Frenetic Falcons: Five-and-oh-my!

Roddy White hears support from the crowd

15 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ victory

Roddy White: ‘I’ll be a Falcons for life’

Tweetcap: Falcons beat Redskins in OT

TEXANS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 48, Texans 21

How the Falcons hammered the Texans — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 48-21 win over the Texans

Devonta Freeman stars again for the Falcons

What the Falcons had to say after pummeling the Texans

9 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ victory

Jeff Schult’z column: Devonta Freeman, 7 TDs — who didn’t see that coming

Schraeder, Matthews keep Watt in check

Hankerson turns in a 100-yard receiving day (second of his career)

Houston’s J.J. Watt tips hat to the Falcons

Former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle honored during Texans game

COWBOYS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 39, Cowboys 28

Falcons 39, Cowboys 28 — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 39-28 win over the Cowboys

Mark Bradley’s short takes: Julio, Freeman and the defense

Devonta Freeman is catalyst for Falcons run game

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons had to say after beating Dallas

Julio Jones does it again: 12 catches, 164 yards and two touchdowns

Mark Bradley column: A dominant half shows what he Falcons could be

Offensive line cracked the run-game code

Ryan directed second-half fireworks show

Beasley help lead resurgence on defense

Where’s Falcons wide receiver Roddy White?

GIANTS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 24, Giants 20

Falcons 24, Giants 20 — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from Falcons’ 24-20 win over the Giants

Mark Bradley column — Don’t stop believin’: Dan Quinn’s men are 2-0

A record day for Julio Jones: 13 receptions

Kroy Biermann: ‘We’re a ball-attacking team’

EAGLES GAME COVERAGE — FALCONS 26, EAGLES 24

5 things we learned from Falcons’ upset win over Eagles

Matt Ryan leads Falcons to 26-24 win over the Eagles

Jeff Schultz column: An impressive debut by Quinn’s new Falcons

Mark Bradley column: A new year: The Falcons dig deep and hang on

Julio Jones moves into fifth on Falcons’ all-time receiving list

Tevin Coleman powers new rushing attack

Ricardo Allen seals victory in first start at free safety

4 questions with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones after the game

Falcons rookies Beasley, Jarrett make impact

Falcons’ revamped offensive line shows positive signs

Falcons quotes after their victory over the Eagles

Falcons-Eagles: By The Numbers

 


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