Falcons Blow 17-Point Lead; Fall in Overtime to Chargers 33-30

at Georgia Dome on October 23, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Josh Lambo said kicking his game-winning field goal — his fourth of the game — was no more difficult than an extra point.

The hard work, according to the kicker, was handled by Denzel Perryman and San Diego’s defense.

Lambo’s 42-yard field goal in overtime gave San Diego its first road victory of the year, as the Chargers rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 33-30 on Sunday.

Perryman, the linebacker still obviously affected by a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Chargers’ Oct. 9 loss to Oakland, delivered two key plays late in the game. His interception of Matt Ryan’s pass for Julio Jones set up Lambo’s tying 33-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.

Perryman’s fourth-and-1 stop on running back Devonta Freeman gave San Diego the ball at Atlanta’s 43 for the Chargers’ winning drive.

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Chargers vs Falcons NFL Week Seven Inactives


  • CB Brandon Flowers, S Jahleel Addae, TE Asante Cleveland, C Max Tuerk, T Tyreek Burwell, DE Darius Philon, OLB Jerry Attaochu


  • WR Keshawn Martin, QB Christian Ponder, DT Glenn Dorsey, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Marcus Cromartie, OT John Theus, TE Je’Ron Hamm.

Chargers vs Falcons NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   Past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 21-13 vs. Denver L 26-24 at Seattle
LAST GAME 9/23/12: Falcons 27 at Chargers 3. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passes for 275 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons S Thomas DeCoud records 3 PD & 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/04: Falcons 21, Chargers 20. Atlanta QB Michael Vick passes for 218 yards & has 3 TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing). Falcons TE Alge Crumpler has 4 receptions for 54 yards & TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field Reporter). Westwood One: Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 93 (SD), 134 (Atl). XM: 232 (SD), 228 (Atl).


PASSING Philip Rivers: 135-201-1647-12-3-105.9 Matt Ryan: 143-210-2075 (1L)-15 (2L)-3-117.9 (1L)
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 116-393-3.4-6 (T2L) Devonta Freeman: 90-450-5.0-2
RECEIVING Travis Benjamin: 31-411-13.3-2 Julio Jones: 31-656 (1L)-21.2-4
OFFENSE 355.2 441.5 (1L)
DEFENSE 363.2 379.5
SACKS Jatavis Brown (R), Melvin Ingram: 3 Vic Beasley: 4.5
INTs Casey Hayward: 3 (T2L) Robert Alford: 2
PUNTING Drew Kaser (R): 41.0 Matt Bosher: 46.2
KICKING Josh Lambo: 57 (18/19 PAT; 13/14 FG) Matt Bryant: 57 (3L) (21/21 PAT; 12/12 FG)


CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has 43,094 career pass yards & passed HOFer DAN FOUTS (43,040) for most in team history. Since 2008, has 36,406 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL. …RB MELVIN GORDON ties for 2nd in NFL with 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.). Rushed for 94 yards last week, incl. career-long 48-yard run…Rookie TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had career-high 6 catches & 83 yards (1 TD) last week. WR-PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 15 career TDs (12 rec., 3 PR) & 9 have been 40+ yards. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS has 15 catches for 347 yards (86.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 on road. TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 106 rec. TDs. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 5 rec. TDs…Rookie LB JATAVIS BROWN had career-high 15 tackles & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4. LB MELVIN INGRAM has 9.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 11. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA has 2 sacks in 1st 2 career games. CB CASEY HAYWARD has 3 INTs in past 5…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN passed for 335 yards & 3 TDs in Week 6. Has 100+ rating in 7 of past 8. Averaging 369.3 yards per game & has 9 TDs for 120.5 rating in past 4 at home…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5…WR JULIO JONES had 139 rec. yards & TD last week. Averaging 173.3 yards per game & has 3 TDs in past 4 at home. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch in Week 6…DE DWIGHT FREENEY has sack in 3 of past 4. LB VIC BEASLEY has 4.5 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC. CB ROBERT ALFORD has 2 INTs & 8 PD in past 4 at home. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had sack & FF in Week 6. S KEMAL ISHMAEL aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 10+ tackles & PD. Rookie S KEANU NEAL had 11 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF.

Falcons Flop Late in Seattle; Fall to Seahawks 26-24

Atlanta Falcons v Seattle Seahawks

Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining capped the 20th career fourth quarter or overtime comeback for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks pulled out a wild 26-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

After watching Matt Ryan blitz the Seahawks for 21 third-quarter points, it was Wilson’s turn in the fourth quarter. He led a 70-yarddrive that was capped by Christine Michael’s 1-yard run with 4:47 left, but a blocked extra point by Ra’Shede Hageman still had Seattle trailing 24-23.

Seattle then got a needed big play from its defense. Ryan’s pass slipped through Julio Jones‘ hands, was tipped in the air by Richard Sherman and eventually landed in the arms of Earl Thomas, giving Seattle possession at midfield with 3:48 remaining. It was the first time in the game that Jones was targeted and didn’t make the catch.

Seattle stalled at the Atlanta 26. This time Hauschka was perfect after missing a 29-yard attempt earlier in the fourth quarter, the result of a bad snap.

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Falcons vs Seahawks NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Dan Quinn: 0-0 Pete Carroll: 1-3
LAST WEEK W 23-16 at Denver Bye (Wk. 4: W 27-17 at New York Jets)
LAST GAME 11/10/13: Seattle 33 at Atlanta 10. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passes for 287 yards & 2 TDs for 134.6 rating. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 145 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/2/11: Falcons 30, Seahawks 28. Atlanta RB Michael Turner rushes for 70 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Julio Jones has 11 receptions for 127 yards.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 93 (Atl), 81 (Sea). XM: 228 (Atl), 225 (Sea).


PASSING Matt Ryan: 116-168-1740 (1L)-12 (2L)-2-121.6 (1L) Russell Wilson: 87-133-1064-5-1-99.3
RUSHING Devonta Freeman: 78-410-5.3-2 Christine Michael: 63-290-4.6-2
RECEIVING Julio Jones: 24-517 (3L)-21.5-3 Doug Baldwin: 24-330-13.8-2
OFFENSE 457.4 (1L) 357.5
DEFENSE 388.8 264.0 (1L)
SACKS Vic Beasley: 4.5 Michael Bennett, Frank Clark: 3
INTs Robert Alford: 2 Richard Sherman: 2
PUNTING Matt Bosher: 47.4 Jon Ryan: 43.4
KICKING Matt Bryant: 51 (T1L) (18/18 PAT; 11/11 FG) Steven Hauschka: 31 (7/8 PAT; 8/8 FG)


FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN leads NFL with 1,740 pass yards & is 2nd with 12 TD passes. Averaging 340 pass yards per game in past 7. Has 100+ rating in 6 of past 7…RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 163 scrimmage yards (132 rec., 31 rush) & TD catch last week. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4. RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for 88 yards & TD in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Averaging 121.8 scrimmage yards per game in past 4…WR JULIO JONES had 11 catches for 127 yards in his only game vs. Sea. (10/2/11). Ranks 2nd in NFC with 517 rec. yards. TE JACOB TAMME had TD catch in only meeting (9/21/14 with Den)…DE DWIGHT FREENEY aims for 4th in row with sack. Has sack in 3 of 4 career meetings. LB VIC BEASLEY had career-high 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs last week. LB PAUL WORRILOW had 19 tackles in last meeting. S RICARDO ALLEN had INT in Week 5…SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 287 yards & 2 TDs for 134.6 rating in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating…RB CHRISTINE MICHAEL had 90 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 32 rec.) & TD catch in last game. RB C.J. SPILLER rushed for 149 yards & TD in 12/01/13 meeting (with Buf.). WR DOUG BALDWIN aims for 6th in row at home with TD catch. Has 8 TDs in past 5 at home. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 75 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Rookie WR TANNER MC EVOY had 1st career TD catch in last game. TE JIMMY GRAHAM aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Has 8 TDs in 10 career games vs. Atl…DE CLIFF AVRIL had sack & FF in last game. DE MICHAEL BENNETT has sack in 3 of past 4. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for 14th in row with 6+ tackles. LB BOBBY WAGNER had 10 tackles & sack in Week 4. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 2 INTs in last game. Since 2010, leads NFL with 28 INTs. S EARL THOMAS had INT in Week 4.

Falcons Fly High in Mile High; Top Broncos 23-16 to Move to 4-1

Atlanta Falcons v Denver Broncos

Matt Ryan and the Falcons didn’t need another 300-yard performance from Julio Jones to decipher Denver’s dazzling defense and wreck Paxton Lynch’s first NFL start with a 23-16 win over Broncos on Sunday.

Using a steady dose of I-formation runs and short passes that put Denver’s linebackers in coverage, the Falcons (4-1) handed the Super Bowl champs their first loss since Dec. 20 at Pittsburgh and left the Minnesota Vikings (5-0) as the NFL’s last unbeaten team.

The Broncos (4-1) were on their heels having to respect the play-action because Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were so effective running the ball, combining for 119 yards and a 4.4-yard average.

A week after setting a franchise record with 503 yards passing in a runaway win over Super Bowl 50’s other participant, the Carolina Panthers, Ryan threw for 267 yards Sunday and only two of those (covering 29 yards) went to Jones.

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Falcons LB Deion Jones Ruled Out for Sunday’s Game Against Broncos

 Deion Jones

Falcons starting middle linebacker Deion Jones, who injured his right ankle on the play that led to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton sustaining a concussion last week, has been ruled out for the game Sunday at Denver, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Jones, named the NFC’s Defensive Rookie of the Month for September, did not practice all week along with fellow inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and Paul Worrilow, who were also ruled out by Falcons coach Dan Quinn.

LaRoy Reynolds, a fifth-year player who began his career in Jacksonville, will start in place of Jones. Reynolds has four career starts and had one start in 13 games with the Chicago Bears last season.

“He had a good week of preparation,” Quinn said of Reynolds. “We’ve got great confidence in him.”

With Campbell also sidelined and Sean Weatherspoon placed on injured reserve this week with a torn Achilles, Philip Wheeler will start at weak-side linebacker alongside Reynolds. The Falcons also signed veteran A.J. Hawk for depth this week, and Hawk is expected to be active. Hawk is capable of playing either the middle or weak-side position.

Falcons Release LB O’Brien Schofield to Make Room for A.J. Hawk

O’Brien Schofield

The Falcons made their roster move today to make room for newly inked LB A.J. Hawk, as the team has released linebacker O’Brien Schofield.

Schofield appeared in 16 games for the Falcons last season and made 10 starts for the team. However, he wasn’t re-signed by Atlanta until two weeks into this season. Schofield played just 14 defensive snaps and 34 special teams snaps over the last two games for the Falcons before being released on Tuesday.

However, the Falcons had a more pressing need for a replacement for Sean Witherspoon, who was lost for the season to a torn Achilles tendon.

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