Atlanta Falcons

3rd NFC South (5-9-0)

Founded: 1966

Stadium: Georgia Dome

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  • 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.
  • Steelers balanced in win over Falcons

    Falcons wideout Roddy White set the franchise record for touchdown catches but his and Harry Douglas' effort wasn't enough to overcome the Steelers. Pittsburgh needed a win to keep pace in the AFC North.
  • Julio Jones ruled out for Falcons vs. Steelers

    Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones was ruled out Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Atlanta. The Falcons are trying their best to keep pace for the NFC South division title.
  • Julio Jones' playing status in doubt for Week 15

    The Falcons don't know if they'll have Julio Jones at their service when they face the Steelers in a pivotal Week 15 matchup. Jones injured his hip in Monday's loss to the Packers.
  • Julio hurts hip in career game

    Julio Jones? great night ended abruptly when the star wide receiver suffered a hip injury that forced him to miss the rest of the action. Just how good is the Falcons' top wideout?
  • Pack fends off Falcons' big rally

    The Falcons scored 30 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough to climb out of a hole against one of the NFL's best. Are Aaron Rodgers and the Packers headed for homefield? Here's what you need to know from "MNF."
  • Julio Jones soars vs. Cardinals; Falcons keep pace in NFC South

    The Atlanta Falcons kept pace atop the NFC South with an impressive 29-18 win over the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals. Julio Jones looked like his explosive self, racking up 189 yards and a touchdown.
  • 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.
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 15 1 2 3 4 T
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 14 0 7 27
Atlanta Falcons 0 7 6 7 20
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 1:00 PM ET
17 Sun, Dec 28 Carolina 1:00 PM ET
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Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matt Ryan 541 356 4112 27
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Steven Jackson 186 698 3.8 6
Devonta Freeman 54 199 3.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Julio Jones 93 1428 15.4 6
Roddy White 66 762 11.5 7
Harry Douglas 42 481 11.5 2
Devin Hester 32 447 14 2
Transactions more
Date Transaction
12/16 Ricardo Allen (CB) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
12/16 Ricardo Allen (CB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
12/15 Robert Alford (CB) Reserve/Injured (reserve/injured).
11/28 Cameron Bradfield (T) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
New Orleans 6 8 0 .429
Carolina 5 8 1 .393
Atlanta 5 9 0 .357
Tampa Bay 2 12 0 .143

Head Coach more

Mike Smith

Regular Season: 65-45

Postseason: 1-4

Experience: 6

Career record: 66-49

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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