Atlanta Falcons

3rd NFC South (6-10-0)

Founded: 1966

Stadium: Georgia Dome

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  • Panthers clinch NFC South

    Cam Newton and the Panthers earned a spot in the postseason with a drubbing of the Falcons. Carolina ends the regular season with a four-game win streak to earn a first-round date with Arizona.
  • Playoffs: Panthers lock up NFC South; Seahawks win NFC West

    The Carolina Panthers dominated the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome on Sunday, winning 34-3 in a decidedly one-sided affair. They clinch the NFC South. Who else firmed up their spot in the Playoff Picture?
  • Hot seat roundup: NFC South title might not save Mike Smith's job

    The coaching hot seat is warm underneath Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith. Ian Rapoport reports that some on the staff believe even winning the division might not save Smith's job.
  • 16 things to know about Week 17's injury report

    The Falcons have listed wideout Julio Jones as questionable for Sunday's winner-take-all NFC South showdown with the Panthers. Here's what else you need to know about the Week 17 injury report.
  • Galette: Saints locker room 'feels like a funeral'

    The New Orleans Saints talked about sending the Atlanta Falcons to their 2014 funeral on Sunday, but the tables were turned with Roddy White and Co. ending the Saints' season.
  • How the Falcons saved their season

    Osi Umenyiora's Atlanta Falcons are on the brink of the playoffs after a 2-6 start -- and even he had to laugh at his team's good fortune. Michael Silver examines a stunning turnaround.
  • Falcons end Saints' season

    The Saints have all but finished a nightmare season, being eliminated from the playoff race with a loss to NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons, 30-14. What lies ahead in New Orleans' future?
  • Malzahn getting NFL interest; Bowles recommend

    With several coaching jobs about to come open in the NFL, several college coaches are garnering some interest. Ian Rapoport reports Gus Malzahn is a potential candidates to move up.
  • Twenty things you need to know about Week 16's injury report

    Julio Jones was listed as questionable for the Falcons' big NFC South matchup against the Saints on Sunday. Jones didn't suit up last week. Here are other notable injuries on Friday.
  • Falcons brush aside 'funeral' talk by Saints

    Saints corner Keenan Lewis said New Orleans will give the Falcons their 2014 funeral. However, Falcons players weren't worried about getting into a back-and-forth, but rather bringing the rivalry to the field.
  • Falcons say Julio (hip) will play vs. Saints

    Some good news for the Falcons' faithful: Atlanta coach Mike Smith expects dynamic wide receiver Julio Jones back against the New Orleans Saints next week in a pivotal NFC South match.
Draft 2014 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 6 (6) Matthews, Jake OT 
Rd 2, Pick 5 (37) Hageman, Ra'Shede DT 
Rd 3, Pick 4 (68) Southward, Dezmen FS 
Rd 4, Pick 3 (103) Freeman, Devonta RB 
Rd 4, Pick 39 (139) Shembo, Prince OLB 
Rd 5, Pick 7 (147) Allen, Ricardo CB 
Rd 5, Pick 28 (168) Spruill, Marquis ILB 
Rd 7, Pick 38 (253) Smallwood, Yawin OLB 
Rd 7, Pick 40 (255) Starr, Tyler OLB 
Scoreboard more
Georgia Dome - Wk 17 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 10 14 10 0 34
Atlanta Falcons 0 3 0 0 3
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
12 Sun, Nov 23 Cleveland 24-26   L
13 Sun, Nov 30 Arizona 29-18   W
14 Mon, Dec 08 @ Green Bay 37-43   L
15 Sun, Dec 14 Pittsburgh 20-27   L
16 Sun, Dec 21 @ New Orleans 30-14   W
17 Sun, Dec 28 Carolina 3-34   L
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Steven Jackson (RB) Q - Quadricep
Julio Jones (WR) Q - Hip
Matt Bryant (K) P - Illness
Jon Asamoah (G) Q - Back
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matt Ryan 628 415 4694 28
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Steven Jackson 190 707 3.7 6
Devonta Freeman 65 248 3.8 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Julio Jones 104 1593 15.3 6
Roddy White 80 921 11.5 7
Harry Douglas 51 556 10.9 2
Devin Hester 38 504 13.3 2
Transactions more
Date Transaction
12/24 Brandan Bishop (DB) Practice Squad (practice squad).
12/24 James Anderson (LB) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
12/24 Jerome Smith (RB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
12/24 Jerome Smith (RB) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Carolina 7 8 1 .469
New Orleans 7 9 0 .438
Atlanta 6 10 0 .375
Tampa Bay 2 14 0 .125

Head Coach more

Mike Smith

Regular Season: 66-46

Postseason: 1-4

Experience: 6

Career record: 67-50

Mike Smith signed as the 14th head coach in Atlanta Falcons history on Jan. 23, 2008.

Smith guided the Falcons to the second-most wins in a season in team history, the top record in the NFC with a 13-3 mark and an NFC South Division crown in 2010. The 13 victories also secured the number one seed in the Conference for only the second time in franchise history and the Division title was just the fourth ever for the team in 45 years in the league (and first since 2004).

Smith earned the prestigious Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year and the KC 101 Club’s NFC Coach of the Year award for a remarkable second time in three seasons.

In Smith's first year, the Falcons were one of the NFL's biggest surprises, notching 11 wins after earning just four the previous year. The Falcons' 13 wins in the regular season in 2010 was the team's highest mark since its 1998 Super Bowl season.

From 2003–2007, Smith served as the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars and led a defensive unit which ranked fourth in overall defense (296.6), third in offensive points allowed (16.1) and fifth in rushing defense (99.3). The Jaguars defense also contributed to a team-record 20 interceptions and allowed an NFL-low 11 points per game on their home turf. In 2002, Smith served as the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens and before joining the NFL ranks, he spent 12 seasons at Tennessee Tech from 1987–1998.

Smith became a coach at 18, instructing linebackers while he was still in high school. He played college football at East Tennessee(1977–1981) and was named defensive MVP twice at his position. He led the team with 186 tackles as a senior, becoming the all-time single-season tackle leader. Smith then forged his way up the coaching ladder with stints at San Diego State (1982-85), Morehead State (1986) and Tennessee Tech (1987-1998) before making the jump to the NFL.

A native of Daytona Beach, Fla., Smith was born on June 13, 1959 in Chicago, Ill.

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