Atlanta Falcons

1st NFC South (4-6-0)

Founded: 1966

Stadium: Georgia Dome

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  • Falcons not buying Browns easing Gordon into lineup

    The Browns seem to want everyone to think of Josh Gordon as a role player in this new offense. Falcons coach Mike Smith believes that likely won't happen considering he's one of the most talented receivers in the NFL.
  • Ryan: Falcons still 'relevant' despite 'quirky' year

    Matt Ryan says says that the Falcons, currently in first place in the NFC South, aren't getting ahead of themselves as the postseason inches closer. What's the forecast for this divisional race down the stretch?
  • Falcons soar into playoff hunt

    Matt Bryant went 4 for 4 on field goals, including a late-fourth quarter kick Sunday that lifted the Falcons to a 19-17 win over the Panthers. Atlanta is now tied with the Saints atop the NFC South.
  • Can Falcons turn 3-6 into playoff berth in ugly NFC South?

    Playing in the NFC South could have its advantages for the Falcons, who are fresh off a win over Tampa and could just make the playoffs -- despite possessing a 3-6 record.
  • Falcons snap 5-game skid

    Julio Jones crossed the century mark Sunday, amassing 119 receiving yards off eight grabs as the Atlanta Falcons got back in the win column, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17.
  • Godfrey joins Falcons one week after release from Panthers

    Charles Godfrey signed with the Falcons on Tuesday. Atlanta's move completed a de facto swap of safeties with the Carolina Panthers, who signed Thomas DeCoud to replace him.
  • Arthur Blank on Falcons: 'There's no way you lose that game'

    Falcons owner Arthur Blank expressed his frustrations after watching his team blow a 21-0 lead in London. Could Blank's unhappiness spell the end for head coach Mike Smith in Atlanta?
  • Lions' wild rally stuns Falcons

    The Atlanta Falcons had a 21-0 lead at halftime in London's Wembley Stadium. Then, the Lions stunned with 22 unanswered points -- capped by Matt Prater's last-second field goal -- to steal the win.
  • Julio Jones: Falcons' offensive struggles 'starts with me'

    Julio Jones didn't mince words when asked about his team's offensive struggles, placing the responsibility for turning it around on his own shoulders. "It starts with me," the wideout said Wednesday.
  • Julio Jones on drops: 'I'm supposed to catch everything'

    Julio Jones and Roddy White caught a bad case of the drops last week in the Atlanta Falcons' loss. The receivers know they can't have a repeat performance on the road in Baltimore.
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
Bank of America Stadium - Wk 11 1 2 3 4 T
Atlanta Falcons 0 6 10 3 19
Carolina Panthers 0 3 0 14 17
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
9 Bye
10 Sun, Nov 09 @ Tampa Bay 27-17   W
11 Sun, Nov 16 @ Carolina 19-17   W
12 Sun, Nov 23 Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
13 Sun, Nov 30 Arizona 4:05 PM ET
14 Mon, Dec 08 @ Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Julio Jones (WR) P - Illness
Harry Douglas (WR) P - Foot
Steven Jackson (RB) P - Illness
Jonathan Babineaux (DE) P - Knee
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matt Ryan 381 249 2793 17
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Steven Jackson 128 467 3.6 4
Devonta Freeman 35 147 4.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Julio Jones 67 912 13.6 3
Roddy White 47 566 12 5
Devin Hester 22 302 13.7 1
Antone Smith 13 222 17.1 3
Transactions more
Date Transaction
11/21 Freddie Martino (WR) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
11/20 James Anderson (LB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
11/18 Ricky Heimuli (DT) Practice Squad (practice squad).
11/18 James Anderson (LB) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 4 6 0 .400
New Orleans 4 6 0 .400
Carolina 3 7 1 .318
Tampa Bay 2 8 0 .200

Head Coach more

Mike Smith

Regular Season: 64-42

Postseason: 1-4

Experience: 6

Career record: 65-46

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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