Falcons at Bengals NFL Week Two Inactives

Atlanta – CB Javier Arenas, DE Cliff Matthews, OT Jake Matthews, QB Sean Renfree, WR Courtney Roby, LB Tyler Starr, C James Stone

Cincinnati - RB Rex Burkhead, DE Will Clarke, OT Tanner Hawkinson, C T.J. Johnson, WR Marvin Jones, LB Sean Porter

Ryan And Falcons Fly High In Wild 37-34 OT Win Over Saints

New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons

It was an opening day to remember for the Falcons – and even more so – QB Matt Ryan.

The Falcons QB pulled out an amazing opening day against the high-powered Saints, throwing for a franchise-record 448 yards and three scores as the Falcons beat the Saints 37-34 in overtime.

Ryan and the Falcons offense needed some help from the defense, as they recovered a fumble from Saints WR Marques Colston at the Saints 38 on the second play of OT.

Matt Bryant, who kicked a tying 51-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, won it with a booming and won the season opener with a 52-yarder after the Saints fumbled the ball away on the second play of overtime.

The day was about Ryan, who was 31-for-43 with three scores. The record setting day saw Ryan overtake Chris Chandler, who threw for 431 yards in 2001.

”He’s played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us,” coach Mike Smith said. ”But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well.”

The game was wild, as the two teams combined for 17 points in the final 2:50 of the fourth quarter.

The matchup fit right in with a divisional series in which nine of the previous 12 meetings were decided by eight points or less.

”That’s a tough game to lose,” Saint coach Sean Payton said. ”Every once in a while, you get in one of these games where the score goes back and forth. The smallest of details, especially in overtime, magnifies any little mistake.”

Brees threw for 333 yards, but was picked off in the end zone after the Saints drove to the Atlanta 14 in the third quarter. Colston had five receptions for 110 yards.

Poll: New Orleans Vs Atlanta Week One – Who Wins?

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Saints at Falcons Thursday Injury Report

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Marcus Ball (hamstring), RB Erik Lorig (ankle)
  Thursday S Marcus Ball (hamstring), RB Erik Lorig (ankle), WR Kenny Stills (quadricep)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Kenny Stills (quadricep)
 
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Corey Peters (achilles), S Dezmen Southward (concussion)
  Thursday DT Corey Peters (achilles), S Dezmen Southward (concussion)

Saints at Falcons NFL Week One Capsule

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS

SERIES

SAINTS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER   46-43
STREAKS 13 of past 16  
COACHES VS. OPP. Payton: 12-2 Smith: 3-9
LAST GAME 11/21/13: Saints 17 at Falcons 13. New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham has 5 receptions for 100 yards, including 44-yard TD. Saints QB Drew Brees throws for 278 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/13
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 108 (NO), 134 (Atl.). XM: 227 (Atl.).

2013 STATS

PASSING Brees: 446-650-5,162 (1C)-39 (1C)-12-104.7 Ryan: 439-651-4,515 (3C)-26-17-89.6
RUSHING Thomas: 147-549-3.7-2 Jackson: 157-543-3.5-6
RECEIVING J. Graham (TE): 86-1,215-14.1-16 (1L) Douglas: 85-1,067-12.6-2
OFFENSE 399.4 (3C) 343.1
TAKE/GIVE 0 -7
DEFENSE 305.7 (3C) 379.4
SACKS Jordan: 12.5 (3C) Umenyiora: 7.5
INTs Lewis: 4 Moore: 3
PUNTING Morstead: 46.9 Bosher: 46.6
KICKING TBD Bryant: 111 (39/39 PAT; 24/27 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS: Ranked 2nd in NFL in pass offense (307.4) & pass defense (194.1)…Pro Bowl QB DREW BREES was 2nd in NFL in pass yards (5,162), TDs (39), comp. (446) & comp. pct. (68.6) last year. Had 104.7 passer rating, his 4th season with 100+ rating. Has 3 consecutive 5,000-yard seasons & 4 overall, most in NFL history…NO is 8-1 (.889) when RB MARK INGRAM has 14+ att…Pro Bowl TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 86 catches for 1,215 yards & 16 TDs last year, 1st TE in NFL history with 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs in 2 different seasons. His 16 TDs are 2nd most by TE in season. Had 6 100-yard games, tied for most ever in season by TE. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 286 catches, 3,717 yards & 39 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 75 catches for 943 yards last year, his 7th season with 70+ catches & 900+ yards. WR KENNY STILLS led NFL with 20.0 avg. (32 catches for 641 yards)…Pro Bowl DE CAMERON JORDAN (12.5) & LB JUNIOR GALETTE (12) each set career-highs in sacks. LB CURTIS LOFTON led team with 125 tackles & LB DAVID HAWTHORNE was 2nd on club with 89 tackles. CB KEENAN LEWIS led team with career-best 4 INTs… FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN had 4,515 yards last year, his 3rd consecutive 4,000-yard season. Is 36-10 (.783) at home in career & 60-34 (.638) overall. Has 153 pass TDs & needs 1 to tie for franchise record…Since entering NFL in 2004, RB STEVEN JACKSON leads league with 10,681 rush yards…WR JULIO JONES is 1st in NFL history with 80+ rec. TD in each of 1st 3 seasons. Since 2007, WR RODDY WHITE ranks 4th in NFL with 626 rec. & 8,484 rec. yards. Has 6 1,000-yard seasons in past 7 years. Last year, WR HARRY DOUGLAS set career-highs with 85 catches & 1,067 rec. yards…T JAKE MATTHEWS is 4th son with HOF father (BRUCE MATTHEWS) to be drafted in 1st round (No. 6 overall)…LB PAUL WORRILOW led team with 127 tackles last year. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had team-high 17 PD in 2013 as rookie. Trufant & CB ROBERT ALFORD each had 2 INTs. S WILLIAM MOORE had team-high 3 INTs. Since 2010, Moore is only S in NFL with 3+ sacks (3.5) & 14+ INTs (14). DE OSI UMENYIORA had team-best 7.5 sacks last season.

Falcons Ink Safety Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson

The Falcons have added depth at safety by signing free agent Tyrell Johnson, the Associated Press reports.

Sunday’s move comes after safety Dwight Lowery left Friday night’s scrimmage with a concussion. Lowery missed most of the 2013 season with Jacksonville after suffering a concussion at Seattle on Sept. 22. He later was placed on injured reserve and released.

Johnson, a second-round pick by Minnesota in 2008, played four seasons with the Vikings. He played four games with Detroit in 2012.

The Falcons waived fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones to clear a roster spot for Johnson.

Safety Lowery Suffers Third Career Concussion In Practice

Dwight Lowery

Falcons coach Mike Smith confirmed Saturday that free safety Dwight Lowery, who has been working with the starters, suffered the third concussion of his NFL career during Friday night’s practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

“Dwight, as I said last night, he had an injury to his head, and he is in the concussion protocol,” Smith said. “We don’t think it’s very serious. But that’s where he is right now.”

Lowery, slated to step into the starting lineup alongside strong safety William Moore, suffered a season-ending concussion in Week 3 of last season while with the Jaguars. This is his fourth concussion since college.

“You’re concerned on the first one I think just as much as the second or third,” Smith said. “Dwight is a guy who has played a long time in this league. I think he knows his body pretty well. And, of course, he’ll go through the league-mandated protocol before he goes back out on the field.”

Lowery has 41 career starts in six previous seasons with the Jaguars and New York Jets.

“It doesn’t affect much; it’s part of the game,” Moore said of Lowery’s injury. “People go down, people get injured. All we do is come out and play with the people we’ve got. His injury, I don’t feel like, is that serious. And he’ll bounce back.”

The Top 20 Hottest Falcons Cheerleaders and Fans Of All-Time

Baltimore Ravens v Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have some of the hottest cheerleaders in the NFL, as well as some of the beautiful fans!

Today as a little gift to our loyal readers, we give you 20 of the hottest Falcons ever in this awesome exclusive photo gallery!!!

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