Falcons vs Saints NFL Week 16 Capsule

FALCONS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 47-43
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 4-9 Payton: 12-3
LAST WEEK L 27-20 vs. Steelers W 31-15 at Bears
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Saints 34 at Falcons 37 (OT). Atlanta K Matt Bryant kicks game-winning 52-yard field goal in overtime. Falcons QB Matt Ryan passes for 448 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Saints 23, Falcons 17. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 357 yards & 2 TDs. Saints WR Marques Colston catches 5 passes for 68 yards & TD.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 108 (NO). XM: 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 356-541-4112 (2C)-27-12-96.0 Brees: 402-574-4358 (1C)-31 (2C)-12-101.4 (3C)
RUSHING
  1. Jackson: 186-698-3.8-6
Ingram: 199-869-4.4-7
RECEIVING
  1. Jones: 93 (1C)-1428 (1C)-15.4-6
  2. Graham (TE): 73-782-10.7-9
OFFENSE 382.9 422.6 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 -7
DEFENSE 409.9 390.1
SACKS Biermann: 3.5 Galette: 9
INTs Ishmael: 4 (T2C) 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Bosher: 45.5 Morstead: 45.8
KICKING Bryant: 112 (37/37 PAT; 25/28 FG)
  1. Graham: 98 (41/42 PAT; 19/22 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: In Week 1 win vs. NO, QB MATT RYAN completed 31 of 43 (72.1 pct.) for 448 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 128.8 rating. Named NFC Off. Player of Week. Has 4,112 pass yards, 4th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Has 4 of 5 4,000-yard seasons in team history…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 100+ yards or TD in 5 of past 7. RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had TD in Week 1…WR JULIO JONES had 7 catches for 116 yards in last meeting. In his past 2, has 21 catches for 448 yards (224 per game) & 2 TDs. WR RODDY WHITE had TD catch in last game vs. NO. WR-PR DEVIN HESTER has 64-yard PR-TD & 55-yard rec. TD in career vs. NO. WR HARRY DOUGLAS aims for 4th in row with 100+ yards or TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT leads team with 14 PD. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 127 tackles. In past 2 vs. NO, has 24 tackles. CB ROBERT MC CLAIN had INT in last meeting. S KEMAL ISHMAEL leads team with 4 INTs…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has won 7 of 8 starts at home vs. Atl. with 103.8 rating. Last week, completed 29 of 36 (80.6 pct.) for 375 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.8 rating. Has 4,358 yards, his NFL-record 9th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 43,091 yards & 314 TDs…RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 2 TDs in Week 1. Has 869 rush yards and needs 131 for 1st career 1,000-yard season. RB PIERRE THOMAS had 5 catches for 83 yards last week. RB KHIRY ROBINSON had rush TD in last meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. Atl. at home. Has 16 TDs in past 16 at home. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 343 catches, 4,289 yards & 45 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON aims for 4th in row at home vs. Atl. with TD. Had 5 catches for 110 yards in Week 1. TE JOSH HILL had 2 TDs last week. WR KENNY STILLS is 2nd on team with 781 rec. yards (Graham, 782)…LB JUNIOR GALETTE has 15 sacks in past 18, incl. 2 sacks & FF last week. Has 13 sacks in past 15 at home. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 11 sacks in past 14 at home. S PIERRE WARREN had 2 INTs last week.

Falcons Blow Off Saints Trash Talk About Sunday’s Game

Roddy White and his Falcons teammates collectively brushed off trash talk by Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis in advance of Sunday’s NFC South clash at the Superdome, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

In the process of saying his team can’t allow Matt Ryan to throw for 500 yards in the game, Lewis went on to tell the media, “We’re definitely gonna give them their funeral.”

The 6-8 Saints, who lead the division, can eliminate the 5-9 Falcons from playoff contention with a win.

White was asked if Lewis’ trash talk bothered him.

“Nope,” White said. “May we rest in peace until Sunday.”

Receiver Harry Douglas’ familiarity with Lewis goes back to their college days, when Douglas’ Louisville Cardinals defeated Lewis’ Oregon State Beavers 63-27 in 2005.

“It is what it is because you play the game on the field,” Douglas said. “I’ve never seen anybody play the game talking. All we’ve got to do is play the type of football we have to play, and the rest will take care of itself.

“Lewis is a great player. He’s a competitor. But it boils down to New Orleans vs. Atlanta. We don’t like them, and they don’t like us. You leave it all out there on Sunday. That’s when I’m going to play the game: on Sunday. I can’t play the game on Wednesday.”

Ryan offered his take on the subject.

“It doesn’t matter,” the quarterback said. “At the end of the day, what matters is what you do between 1-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. And if you’re worrying about any other stuff that’s going on at this point, you’re wasting your time. Let’s focus on what’s important.”

Falcons at Saints Wednesday Injury Report

ATLANTA FALCONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jon Asamoah (back), WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Julio Jones (hip), S William Moore (foot), WR Roddy White (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Josh Wilson (hand)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
(New Orleans conducted a walk-through on Wednesday. The Wednesday practice report is an estimation.)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Terron Armstead (neck), DE Akiem Hicks (ankle), S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring)

Falcons Fall to 5-9, Lose to Steelers at Home 27-20

The Falcons inability to beat a team outside the NFC South reared its ugly head again Sunday, as it was more like a Steelers home game as Pittsburgh beat Atlanta 27-20.

The Falcons (5-9) slipped out of first place in the abysmal NFC South and ensured themselves a second straight losing season. But Atlanta can still make the playoffs by winning its final two games against division rivals New Orleans and Carolina.

Matt Ryan kept the Falcons in the game with a TD pass to Roddy White that cut the Steelers lead to 27-20 early in the fourth quarter.

They got the ball back, but gave it up after they were unable to get a first down, and the Steelers ran the clock out after a gutsy third-down call in which they ran a play action that got them the clinching first down.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards, and Pittsburgh CB William Gay scored off an interception return for the Steelers (9-5), who remained a half-game behind Cincinnati in the AFC North with their second straight win.

For the Falcons, if they are going to find a way to the postseason, they are going to need to do something they seem to have a decent job doing, beating teams in their division.

“We can’t worry about anything other than this week,” Ryan said. “We know what’s in front of us. We know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to win.”

Pittsburgh led 13-0 after Gay picked off Ryan’s pass over the middle on the first play of the second quarter, returning it for a 52-yard TD. The Steelers extended the lead to 27-13 with Le’Veon Bell’s second touchdown, a 13-yard run in the opening minute of the fourth period.

The Falcons made a game of it, pulling within a touchdown on Ryan’s 4-yard pass to White.

But the Steelers wrapped up the victory by running the final 4:34 off the clock. They converted twice on third down, the clincher coming when Roethlisberger found Miller all alone for a 25-yard completion on third-and-1 from the Atlanta 39.

The Falcons didn’t have Julio Jones, but Harry Douglas had 10 catches for a season-high 131 yards.

Steelers vs Falcons NFL Week 15 Inactives

Steelers: OLB James Harrison, CB Ike Taylor, OT Marcus Gilbert, RB Dri Archer, QB Landry Jones, WR Justin Brown, DE Clifton Geathers.

Falcons: WR Julio Jones, S William Moore, QB Sean Renfree, CB Robert Alford, LB Tyler Starr, T Jon Scott, LB James Anderson.

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Steelers vs Falcons NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-5) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (5-8)

SERIES

STEELERS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 12-2-1
STREAKS 10 of past 12
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 1-0 Smith: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 42-21 at Bengals L 43-37 at Packers
LAST GAME 9/12/10: Falcons 9 at Steelers 15 (OT). Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall rushes for game-winning 50-yard TD in OT. Steelers WR Hines Ward adds 6 receptions for 108 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/22/06: Falcons 41, Steelers 38 (OT). Atlanta TE Alge Crumpler catches 6 passes for 117 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons K Morten Andersen converts game-winning 32-yard FG in OT.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter).Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 132 (Pit.), 93 (Atl.). XM: 225 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 339-510-4055 (2L)-29-8-103.0 (2C) Ryan: 330-504-3802 (2C)-25-11-95.5
RUSHING Bell: 242-1231 (1C)-5.1-5
  1. Jackson: 175-652-3.7-6
RECEIVING
  1. Brown: 105 (1L)-1375 (1C)-13.1-11 (3L)
  2. Jones: 93 (1C)-1428 (1L)-15.4-6
OFFENSE 427.0 (2L) 381.0
TAKE/GIVE -2 +5
DEFENSE 352.5 410.8
SACKS Heyward: 5 Biermann: 3.5
INTs Gay: 2 Ishmael: 4 (T2C)
PUNTING Wing: 43.9 Bosher: 45.4
KICKING Suisham: 106 (37/37 PAT; 23/26 FG) Bryant: 104 (35/35 PAT; 23/26 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS: In past 7, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 2,462 pass yards (351/game) with 21 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 110.4 rating. In only meeting, passed for 238 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 147.3 rating. Has 248 TD passes & needs 2 to be 1st in club history with 250…RB LE’VEON BELL leads AFC & is 2nd in NFL with 1,924 scrim. yards (1,231 rush, 693 rec.). Posted 235 scrim. yards (185 rush, 50 rec.) vs. Cin. & is 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 200+ scrim. yards in 3 consec. games (WALTER PAYTON, 1977)…WR ANTONIO BROWN leads NFL in catches (105) & is 2nd in rec. yards (1,375). 1st player in club history with 2 100-catch seasons (110 in 2013). Has 5+ catches & 50+ yards in 29 consec. games, longest streak in NFL history. Rookie WR MARTAVIS BRYANT (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall) is 1 of 4 NFL players with 7 TD rec. in 1st 7 career games…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 104 tackles. LB ARTHUR MOATS had career-high 2 sacks last week. S TROY POLAMALU aims for 3rd in row with INT vs. Falcons…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN is 39-12 (.765) at Georgia Dome with 84 TDs, 32 INTs & 98 rating. Has 736 yards (368 per game), 6 TDs & 111.3 rating in past 2…RB STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 103 yards in last game vs. Pit. (12/24/11 with StL). Has 100+ yards or TD in 5 of past 6…WR JULIO JONES had 11 catches for team-record 259 yards with TD last week. In past 2, has 21 catches for 448 yards (224 per game) & 2 TDs. Reached 4,000 rec. yards (4,165) in 47th game, tied for 2nd fastest in NFL history. WR RODDY WHITE had 13 catches for 111 yards in last meeting. Has TD in 3 of past 4. WR HARRY DOUGLAS aims for 3rd in row with 100+ yards or TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT leads team with 14 PD. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 116 tackles. DE OSI UMENYIORA aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit. with sack. Has 4 sacks in past 7 vs. AFC. DE KROY BIERMANN had sack in last meeting. S KEMAL ISHMAEL leads team with 4 INTs & has INT in 3 of past 5.

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