Atlanta Falcons

2nd NFC South (1-1-0)

Founded: 1966

Stadium: Georgia Dome

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  • Bernard carries Bengals to 24-10 win over Falcons

    Giovani Bernard picked up a depleted offense by running for 90 yards and turning Dalton's under-duress passes into big plays on Sunday, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Roddy White: Falcons set goal at 30 points per game

    Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White believes his team has the firepower to score 30 points per contest. Just a dozen teams have accomplished that feat in the last 10 years. Can the Falcons do it?
  • Ryan passes Falcons past Saints in overtime win

    Matt Ryan set a franchise record for passing yards on a big Sunday for the Falcons in a 37-34 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints. Find out what else you need to know from the season opener.
  • A final shot of 'Hard Knocks'

    For fans, the fourth game of the preseason is a necessary evil on the path to games that count. Tuesday's season finale of "Hard Knocks" reminded us how much this game means to fringe players.
  • Mike Tice: Falcons' O-line 'won't be punked over by anybody'

    The offensive line was far from a strength of the Atlanta Falcons a year ago, but assistant Mike Tice has been encouraged by what he's seen so far. Will Matt Ryan have better protection this year?
  • Yates shines as Falcons defeat Jaguars

    T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Matt Ryan's backup for the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Falcons season preview: Defensive shortcomings

    With Tony Gonzalez gone, the stars are aligned for Atlanta's Julio Jones to have a huge year. Will a new emphasis on tougher line play help the Falcons bounce back from an embarrassing 2013?
  • Falcons tackle Mike Johnson out for season with a foot injury

    The Atlanta Falcons? offensive line suffered another major blow Sunday when the team placed offensive tackle Mike Johnson on season-ending injured reserve.
  • 'Hard Knocks' recap: 'Don't get so pressured up'

    Rookie Ra'Shede Hageman has had an easier time shedding NFL blocks than dealing with the tongue-lashings favored by NFL coaches. That and other observations from Tuesday's episode.
  • Jake Locker sharp in preseason win against Falcons

    Locker completed 12 of 17 passes for 188 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington late in the first half. Washington burned Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant on the catch.
  • Rookie blues: Sankey, Freeman buried on depth chart

    Running backs Bishop Sankey and Devonta Freeman have both struggled during the preseason. Will the rookie backs get playing time once the regular season starts?
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
Paul Brown Stadium - Wk 2 1 2 3 4 T
Atlanta Falcons 3 0 0 7 10
Cincinnati Bengals 3 7 14 0 24
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
1 Sun, Sep 07 New Orleans 37-34   W
2 Sun, Sep 14 @ Cincinnati 10-24   L
3 Thu, Sep 18 Tampa Bay 8:25 PM ET
4 Sun, Sep 28 @ Minnesota 4:25 PM ET
5 Sun, Oct 05 @ New York Giants 1:00 PM ET
6 Sun, Oct 12 Chicago 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matt Ryan 87 55 679 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Steven Jackson 23 98 4.3 0
Jacquizz Rodgers 11 57 5.2 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Julio Jones 14 204 14.6 1
Roddy White 10 114 11.4 1
Harry Douglas 10 107 10.7 0
Devin Hester 6 101 16.8 0
Transactions more
Date Transaction
9/1 Bernard Reedy (WR) Practice Squad (practice squad).
9/1 Ricardo Allen (CB) Practice Squad (practice squad).
9/1 Jerome Smith (RB) Practice Squad (practice squad).
9/1 Jacques Smith (LB) Practice Squad (practice squad).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Carolina 2 0 0 1.000
Atlanta 1 1 0 .500
New Orleans 0 2 0 .000
Tampa Bay 0 2 0 .000

Head Coach more

Mike Smith

Regular Season: 61-37

Postseason: 1-4

Experience: 6

Career record: 62-41

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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