5 things every Falcons fan needs to know Tuesday



FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s everything you need to know Tuesday about the Falcons (6-3), who host the Indianapolis Colts (4-5)  at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  1. PRACTICE: The Falcons will not practice today. They’ll return to practice on Wednesday.
  2. HASSELBECK TO START: With Andrew Luck out with a lacerated kidney, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck is set to start for the Colts. He’s 2-0 this season and completed 30 of 47 passes for 282 yards in a 16-13 victory over Jacksonville on Oct. 4. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 213 yards in 27-20 win over Houston On Oct. 8. He has a passer rating of 95 this season.
  3. ROBERT MATHIS HOMECOMING: Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis, the Atlanta native who starred at McNair High and Alabama A&M, returns home for perhaps the last time. His fine career is winding down after missing last season because of injury, he has four sacks. Over his career he has 115 sacks.
  4. PRACTICE SQUAD: The Falcons signed cornerback T.J. Heath to the practice squad on Monday. Heath, 6-0, 190 pounds, was originally signed by Jacksonville Jaguars as a college free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft out of Jacksonville State. He has spent time as a member of the practice squad for the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins. He replaced Akeem King, who was activated to the roster after the team released safety Dezmen Southward.
  5. NEW STADIUM UPDATE: The Falcons have announced that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Preview Center opened to the general public Monday, November 16.   Previously, only season ticket holders were given priority to secure seats.  Now, in this next phase of development, all fans have an opportunity to visit the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Preview Center and learn about available seating, along with the building’s exciting new fan experience amenities and unique structural features. Season ticket members are guaranteed a three year price lock on Falcons season tickets for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.  Fans interested in securing seats for the 2017 season are offered 17 different price points beginning at just $60 per seat per game, which includes ticket and personal seat license financing.  Located at 3284 Northside Parkway, NW, in the first floor of the Medici Building in Atlanta, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Preview Center is conveniently located for fans across the metro area.  Visits to the preview center are by appointment only, with evening and Saturday hours to offer flexibility and convenience.  In person or virtual phone appointments may be made by visiting mercedesbenzstadium.com, by calling 678-686-4400 or by email at MBS@falcons.nfl.com.



Here’s how the Falcons achieved their 6-3 start

Here’s a look back at the game stories, news and notes from the Falcons’17-16 loss to San Francisco, the 23-20 overtime loss to Tampa Bay,  win over the Titans (10-7), 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).

SAN FRANCISCO GAME COVERAGE — 49ERS 17, Falcons 16

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 17-16 loss to the 49ers

How the 49ers beat the Falcons, 17-16

JEFF SCHULTZ: Latest Falcons’ embarrassment is on Dan Quinn

Gabbert, 49ers make Falcons defense look weak

Weems provides brief spark with big returns

PHOTOS — Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

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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