FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the five things we learned Monday about the Falcons (8-7), who host New Orleans (6-9) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons, who have won two in a row, will be seeking to avenge a 31-21 loss to the Saints on Oct. 15.
1. NO PLAYOFFS: The Falcons were officially eliminated from the NFC playoffs after the Minnesota Vikings thrashed the New York Giants on Sunday football. Falcons coach Dan Quinn had a message to the team about how Marvin Hagler approached losing his first title bout.
2. NO MRI FOR RYAN: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was writhing in pain through the Carolina game, was checked out by the doctors after the game, but didn’t received any follow examination or MRI on Monday. He was sacked twice and hit six times. He also was leveled by Carolina safety Kurt Coleman on a run.
3. A PEEK AT THE 2016 SCHEDULE: The Falcons’ 2016 schedule is practically set. The 2016 season in scheduled to be the last one in the Georgia Dome with the Mercedes Benz Stadium slated to open for the 2017 season. Who’s coming to town?
4. GOODMAN GETS PEEK: Falcons defensive end Malliciah Goodman played 36 snaps against the Panthers. He played in three of the first four games before being inactive for the next 10. Goodman was a fourth-round pick in 2013 from Clemson.
5. YOUTH MOVEMENT: Quinn was to see rookies Robenson Therezie and Jalen Collins play down the stretch. He needs to know if they’ll be contributors moving forward.