Atlanta Falcons

2nd NFC South (2-2-0)

Founded: 1966

Stadium: Georgia Dome

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  • Bridgewater shines before injury

    Teddy Bridgewater made a strong first impression as a starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in their 41-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons before leaving with an ankle injury. Will he play Thursday?
  • Hall of Fame worthy?

    Devin Hester made history on Thursday night when he scored the record-setting 20th return touchdown of his career. Will that collection of special teams greatness be enough for a Canton call?
  • Hester sets return touchdown mark

    Falcons receiver Devin Hester passed Deion Sanders for most return touchdowns in NFL history during Thursday's game. Find out what the Hall of Famer had to say about his record falling.
  • Hester wasn't happy last few years with Bears

    Devin Hester broke the record for returns Thursday night with his new Atlanta Falcons team. The receiver then let some things off his chest, including not being happy his last few seasons in Chicago.
  • Devin Hester, Matt Ryan power Falcons over Bucs

    Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a touchdown, Matt Ryan tosssed three TD passes and the Atlanta Falcons dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday night.
  • Roddy White inactive for Falcons; Bucs' Martin, McCoy also out

    The Atlanta Falcons played without one of their most important offensive weapons on Thursday night. Roddy White was inactive due to a hamstring injury.
  • Injury roundup: Roddy White questionable for 'TNF'

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring) has been listed as questionable for Thursday's divisional matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Find out the other injuries we're following.
  • 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.
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
TCF Bank Stadium - Wk 4 1 2 3 4 T
Atlanta Falcons 7 7 14 0 28
Minnesota Vikings 14 10 3 14 41
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
2 Sun, Sep 14 @ Cincinnati 10-24   L
3 Thu, Sep 18 Tampa Bay 56-14   W
4 Sun, Sep 28 @ Minnesota 28-41   L
5 Sun, Oct 05 @ New York Giants 1:00 PM ET
6 Sun, Oct 12 Chicago 4:25 PM ET
7 Sun, Oct 19 @ Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Justin Blalock (G) Did Not Pract - --
Harry Douglas (WR) Did Not Pract - --
Devin Hester (WR) Limited Pract - --
Kemal Ishmael (S) Limited Pract - --
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matt Ryan 152 101 1263 10
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Steven Jackson 50 201 4 1
Antone Smith 10 119 11.9 2
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Julio Jones 29 447 15.4 3
Devin Hester 12 196 16.3 1
Roddy White 14 187 13.4 2
Harry Douglas 12 121 10.1 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
9/30 Sean Baker (DB) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
9/30 Harland Gunn (G) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
9/30 Harland Gunn (G) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
9/30 Sean Baker (DB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Carolina 2 2 0 .500
Atlanta 2 2 0 .500
New Orleans 1 3 0 .250
Tampa Bay 1 3 0 .250

Head Coach more

Mike Smith

Regular Season: 62-38

Postseason: 1-4

Experience: 6

Career record: 63-42

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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