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VIDEO: D. Led: Can Falcons’ defense expose Andy Dalton?

  • 12:06 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Playtime Percentage: Jackson chairman of RB committee

  • 9:40 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s the running back by committee snap-count breakdown:

Running back Steven Jackson played 32 of the 72 offensive snaps (44 percent), Jacquizz Rodgers played 28 snaps (39 percent), Devonta Freeman plays five snaps (seven percent) and Antone Smith played four snaps (six percent).

Here’s breakdown of how the snaps were distributed against the Saints. Wide receiver Eric Weems was the only player who didn’t see any action.

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams

NAME               OFFENSE     SPECIAL TEAMS

J Blalock          100%   72           7   23%     G

J Asamoah     100%   72          7 23%       G

J Hawley         100%   72   [More]

REPORT CARD: Ryan carries the Falcons to victory

  • 8:00 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons rallied from a double-digit deficit (13-0 and 20-7) twice and won 37-34 when Matt Ryan tossed the team on his back and carried them to victory against the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan was simply dazzling as he dodged defenders, slipped out of the side of the pocket and continued to find his receivers. He completed 31 of 43 passes (72.1 percent), while connecting with nine different receivers.

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.

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VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons top Saints in opener

  • 10:53 pm Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

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 [More]

Watch: Falcons WR Roddy White on Saints: ‘They’ve got to stop us’

  • 12:04 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Roddy White said facing hated division rival New Orleans motivates the Falcons to be sharper in practice.

Watch: Falcons WR Julio Jones says he’s ‘100 percent’ for Saints game

  • 11:55 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Julio Jones says he no longer thinks about his surgically-repaired foot while playing and he’s OK with playing the Saints first so the Falcons can “get a win out of the way.”

Q&A: Saints QB Drew Brees on his 13-4 record vs. the Falcons

  • 7:22 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talked about their offense, preparing for linebacker Paul Worrilow and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:

Here are some of the highlights:

Q: What do you attribute you and coach (Sean) Payton’s success against the Falcons to over the years?

A: At the end of the day, there are a lot of similarities between the teams. Four out of the last six years, we’ve been to the playoffs. That counts for both teams. . . . These are successful programs. Winning programs. We both play well [More]

Q&A: Saints coach Sean Payton on facing the Falcons

  • 5:53 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talked about the addition of safety Jairus Byrd, ‘Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ health and facing Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:

Here are some of the highlights:

Q: How does Jairus Byrd make your defense better?

A: PAYTON: Well, he’s a smart football player. He’s got very good ball skills. His instincts are something that help him tremendous at free safety. He’s very productive with the ball and around the ball whether if it’s fumbles and/or interceptions. It was something that [More]

COVER 9@9: Falcons need to clean up their dirty laundry

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

COVER 9@9

1. SEEING YELLOW: The Falcons must clean up their penalties heading into the regular season if they plan to rebound from last season’s 4-12 mark.

The Falcons committed 39 penalties for 370 yards in the exhibition season. That projects out to 156 penalties over a 16-game season.

Linebacker Tim Dobbins (four), cornerback Robert Alford (four) and left tackle Jake Matthews (four) tied for the team lead.

However, a total of 23 of those 39 penalties (58.9 percent) were committed by players who didn’t make the 53-man roster.

Last season the Falcons had 100 penalties for 788 yards and had 28 first downs nullified.

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Falcons’ official depth chart released for Saints game

  • 5:04 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

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OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: Here’s the official depth chart released by the Falcons for their season opener against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

OFFENSE

WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews 73 Ryan Schraeder

LG 63 Justin Blalock 62 James Stone

C 61 Joe Hawley 66 Peter Konz

RG 75 Jon Asamoah 68 Gabe Carimi

RT 76 Lamar Holmes 68 Gabe Carimi

TE 80 Levine Toilolo 86 Bear Pascoe

WR 11 Julio Jones 17 Devin Hester 15 Courtney Roby

QB 2 Matt Ryan 13 TJ Yates

12 Sean Renfree

RB 39 Steven Jackson 32 Jacquizz Rodgers [More]

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