Atlanta Falcons

1st NFC South (4-7-0)

Founded: 1966

Stadium: Georgia Dome

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  • Falcons coach explains shaky clock management

    Mike Smith attempted to explain why he called a timeout with 55 seconds left in the game instead of letting the clock drain in the Atlanta Falcons' last-second loss to the Cleveland Browns.
  • Browns beat Falcons in Josh Gordon's return

    After being suspended for Cleveland's first 10 games, Josh Gordon had no trouble remembering how to play the game.
  • 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.
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 12 1 2 3 4 T
Cleveland Browns 7 6 10 3 26
Atlanta Falcons 7 7 0 10 24
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
10 Sun, Nov 09 @ Tampa Bay 27-17   W
11 Sun, Nov 16 @ Carolina 19-17   W
12 Sun, Nov 23 Cleveland 24-26   L
13 Sun, Nov 30 Arizona 4:05 PM ET
14 Mon, Dec 08 @ Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
15 Sun, Dec 14 Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Harry Douglas (WR) Did Not Pract - --
Robert Alford (CB) Did Not Pract - --
Paul Soliai (DT) Did Not Pract - --
Jonathan Scott (T) Limited Pract - --
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matt Ryan 424 276 3066 19
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Steven Jackson 141 501 3.6 5
Devonta Freeman 40 154 3.9 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Julio Jones 72 980 13.6 4
Roddy White 56 662 11.8 5
Devin Hester 26 352 13.5 1
Harry Douglas 21 223 10.6 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
11/25 Ryan Spadola (WR) Terminated (by Club) from Practice Squad (terminated (by club) from practice squad).
11/25 Freddie Martino (WR) Practice Squad (practice squad).
11/21 Freddie Martino (WR) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
11/20 James Anderson (LB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 4 7 0 .364
New Orleans 4 7 0 .364
Carolina 3 7 1 .318
Tampa Bay 2 9 0 .182

Head Coach more

Mike Smith

Regular Season: 64-43

Postseason: 1-4

Experience: 6

Career record: 65-47

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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