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2016 Atlanta Falcons season
Head Coach Dan Quinn
General Manager Thomas Dimitroff
Home Field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 11–5
Place 1st NFC South
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 36–20
Won NFC Championship (Packers) 44–21
Lost Super Bowl LI (vs. Patriots) 28–34 (OT)
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The 2016 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Dan Quinn. It also marked the team's 25th and final season playing their home games at the Georgia Dome, as the Falcons moved into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017. The Falcons won the NFC South for the first time since 2012 and improved on their 8–8 record from 2015, going 11–5 and earning the second seed in the NFC playoffs. Quarterback Matt Ryan was named the 2016 NFL MVP. The Falcons scored 540 points, the most in the NFL for 2016.

The Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks 36–20 in the Divisional Round to advance to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2012. In the NFC Championship game, they defeated the Green Bay Packers, 44–21, to advance to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history; they had competed in Super Bowl XXXIII 18 years earlier. In Super Bowl LI, the Falcons faced the New England Patriots, and built a 28–3 lead midway through the third quarter, before surrendering 25 consecutive points, forcing overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history where they went on to lose 28-34.

Free agentsEdit

Position Player Tag 2016 Team Notes
S Ricardo Allen Atlanta Falcons
DE Kroy Biermann UFA Buffalo Bills
G Chris Chester UFA Atlanta Falcons
DE Adrian Clayborn Atlanta Falcons
S Charles Godfrey Atlanta Falcons
PK Shayne Graham UFA None Retired
C Gino Gradkowski Carolina Panthers
T Bryce Harris UFA Atlanta Falcons
T Jake Long Minnesota Vikings
TE Tony Moeaki UFA Chicago Bears
T Ryan Schraeder Atlanta Falcons
LB Nathan Stupar New Orleans Saints
TE D.J. Tialavea Atlanta Falcons
LB Philip Wheeler UFA Atlanta Falcons
LB Paul Worrilow Atlanta Falcons

DraftEdit

2016 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Keanu Neal *  SS Florida
2 50 Deion Jones *  OLB LSU
3 81 Austin Hooper *  TE Stanford
4 115 De'Vondre Campbell  OLB Minnesota
6 195 Wes Schweitzer  G San Jose State
7 238 Devin Fuller  WR UCLA
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Falcons did not select a player in the fifth round:
    • The team forfeited their fifth-round selection as the punishment for piping artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. If the Falcons receive multiple fifth-round selections, the team will forfeit its first fifth-round selection;
    • The Falcons traded their sixth-round selection (No. 193) to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for guard Andy Levitre and a future undisclosed selection. They subsequently acquired Pick No. 195 from the New York Jets.

StaffEdit

2016 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Coaching Support Staff

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2016 Atlanta Falcons roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

File:Atlanta Falcons training camp scrimmage, July 2016 4.jpg

The Falcons preseason opponents and schedule were announced on April 7, 2016, the opponents being the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 Washington Redskins W 23–17 1–0 Georgia Dome Recap
2 August 18 at Cleveland Browns W 24–13 2–0 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Miami Dolphins L 6–17 2–1 Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida) Recap
4 September 1 Jacksonville Jaguars W 17–15 3–1 Georgia Dome Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–31 0–1 Georgia Dome Recap
2 September 18 at Oakland Raiders W 35–28 1–1 Oakland Alameda Coliseum Recap
3 September 26 at New Orleans Saints W 45–32 2–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 October 2 Carolina Panthers W 48–33 3–1 Georgia Dome Recap
5 October 9 at Denver Broncos W 23–16 4–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
6 October 16 at Seattle Seahawks L 24–26 4–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
7 October 23 San Diego Chargers L 30–33 (OT) 4–3 Georgia Dome Recap
8 October 30 Green Bay Packers W 33–32 5–3 Georgia Dome Recap
9 November 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 43–28 6–3 Raymond James Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Philadelphia Eagles L 15–24 6–4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
11 Bye
12 November 27 Arizona Cardinals W 38–19 7–4 Georgia Dome Recap
13 December 4 Kansas City Chiefs L 28–29 7–5 Georgia Dome Recap
14 December 11 at Los Angeles Rams W 42–14 8–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
15 December 18 San Francisco 49ers W 41–13 9–5 Georgia Dome Recap
16 December 24 at Carolina Panthers W 33–16 10–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 January 1 New Orleans Saints W 38–32 11–5 Georgia Dome Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week One: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 14 14 0

31

Falcons 10 3 8 3

24

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • TB – Roberto Aguayo 43-yard field goal, 9:57. Buccaneers 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 37 yards, 3:02.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 34-yard field goal, 7:13. Tied 3–3. Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, 2:44.
  • ATL – Mohamed Sanu 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:16. Falcons 10–3. Drive: 4 plays, 18 yards, 2:20.

Second quarter

  • TB – Brandon Myers 4-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 10:31. Tied 10–10. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:46.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 34-yard field goal, 1:50. Falcons 13–10. Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 3:14.
  • TB – Charles Sims 23-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 0:24. Buccaneers 17–13. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 1:31.

Third quarter

  • TB – Austin Seferian-Jenkins 30-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 13:02. Buccaneers 24–13. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 2:06.
  • TB – Mike Evans 45-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Robert Aguayo kick), 5:21. Buccaneers 31–13. Drive: 7 plays, 92 yards, 3:16.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 25-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Ryan–Mohamed Sanu pass), 1:42. Buccaneers 31–21. Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards, 3:37.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 29-yard field goal, 4:59. Buccaneers 31–24. Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards, 4:54.

Top passers

  • TB – Jameis Winston – 23/32, 281 yards, 4 TD, INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 27/39, 334 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • TB – Mike Evans – 5 receptions, 99 yards, TD
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman – 5 receptions, 95 yards

Week 2: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Two: Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 13 8 14

35

Raiders 0 7 7 14

28

at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 21-yard field goal, 11:58. Falcons 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 88 yards, 4:55.
  • OAK – Latavius Murray 1-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 7:51. Raiders 7–3. Drive: 7 plays, 91 yards, 4:07.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 21-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 4:46. Falcons 10–7. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:05.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 20-yard field goal, 0:38. Falcons 13–7. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 0:55.

Third quarter

  • OAK – Clive Walford 31-yard pass from Derek Carr (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 11:17. Raiders 14–13. Drive: 8 plays, 81 yards, 3:43.
  • ATL – Jacob Tamme 14-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Ryan run), 3:42. Falcons 21–14. Drive: 5 plays, 85 yards, 1:54.

Fourth quarter

  • OAK – Michael Crabtree 2-yard pass from Derek Carr (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 12:00. Tied 21–21. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 6:42.
  • ATL – Justin Hardy 13-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 9:29. Falcons 28–21. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:31.
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 13-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 4:35. Falcons 35–21. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:37.
  • OAK – Andre Holmes 6-yard pass from Derek Carr (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 2:12. Falcons 35–28. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:23.

Top passers

  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 26/34, 396 yards, 3 TD, INT
  • OAK – Derek Carr – 34/45, 299 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 3: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 21 10 7

45

Saints 7 10 8 7

32

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 13-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 14:53. Falcons 14–7. Drive: 11 plays, 74, yards, 5:08.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 9:55. Tied 14–14. Drive: 12 plays, 75, yards, 4:58.
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 2-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 5:31. Falcons 21–14. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:24.
  • ATL – Justin Hardy 4-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:28. Falcons 28–14. Drive: 8 plays, 94, yards, 1:23.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 57-yard field goal, 0:00. Falcons 28–17. Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards, 0:28.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 6-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 12:03. Falcons 35–17. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:57.
  • NO – John Kuhn 3-yard run (Mark Ingram Jr. run), 7:38. Falcons 35–25. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:25.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 21-yard field goal, 2:58. Falcons 38–25. Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 4:40.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Deion Jones 90-yard interception return (Matt Bryant kick), 13:37. Falcons 45–25. Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 4:21.
  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 10:00. Falcons 45–32. Drive: 7 plays, 75, yards, 3:37.

Top passers

  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 20/30, 240 yards, 2 TD
  • NO – Drew Brees – 36/54, 376 yards, 3 TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 5 receptions, 55 yards, TD
  • NO – Coby Fleener – 7 receptions, 109 yards, TD

Week 4: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 0 23

33

Falcons 14 3 14 17

48

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Jacob Tamme 4-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 7:14. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 4:19.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 13-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 0:17. Falcons 14–0. Drive: 6 plays, 98 yards, 3:33.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Kurt Coleman 8-yard interception return (Graham Gano kick), 11:31. Falcons 14–7.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 28-yard field goal, 5:56. Falcons 17–7. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:35.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 54-yard field goal, 3:07. Falcons 17–10. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:49.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Austin Hooper 42-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 9:13. Falcons 24–10. Drive: 10 plays, 99 yards, 5:47.
  • ATL – Aldrick Robinson 35-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 4:57. Falcons 31–10. Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 3:19.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 53-yard field goal, 13:19. Falcons 34–10. Drive: 10 plays, 36 yards, 5:17.
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 6-yard pass from Cam Newton (Cam Newton run), 11:42. Falcons 34–18. Drive: 5 plays, 63 yards, 1:37.
  • CAR – Greg Olsen 14-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Derek Anderson–Greg Olsen pass), 3:58. Falcons 34–26. Drive: 9 plays, 94 yards, 5:23.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 75-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 3:45. Falcons 41–26. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:13.
  • CAR – Corey Brown 16-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Graham Gano kick), 1:53. Falcons 41–33. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 1:52.
  • ATL – Robert Alford 30-yard interception return (Matt Bryant kick), 1:14. Falcons 48–33.

Top passers

  • CAR – Derek Anderson – 17/23, 172 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 28/37, 503 yards, 4 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • CAR – Cam Newton – 5 rushes, 30 yards
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 13 rushes, 57 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • CAR – Fozzy Whittaker – 9 receptions, 86 yards
  • ATL – Julio Jones – 12 receptions, 300 yards, TD

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones made Falcons team history as Ryan exploded to 503 passing yards and Jones caught twelve passes for 300 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first quarterback-receiver duo to break 500 passing yards and 300 receiving yards in club history and the first such tandem in the NFL's Super Bowl era.[1] Cam Newton was knocked out of the game with a concussion incurred on a two-point conversion run.

Week 5: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Five: Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 3 7 3

23

Broncos 0 3 0 13

16

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 1-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 11:18. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:42.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 46-yard field goal, 4:23. Falcons 10–0. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 4:23.

Second quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 35-yard field goal, 11:39. Falcons 10–3. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 3:54.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 33-yard field goal, 1:48. Falcons 13–3. Drive: 17 plays, 77 yards, 7:00.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 31-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 7:53. Falcons 20–3. Drive: 3 plays, 42 yards, 2:01.

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 46-yard field goal, 11:01. Falcons 20–6. Drive: 8 plays, 22 yards, 3:59.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 25-yard field goal, 8:20. Falcons 23–6. Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards, 2:41.
  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas 3-yard pass from Paxton Lynch (Brandon McManus kick), 2:38. Falcons 23–13. Drive: 16 plays, 78 yards, 5:42.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 45-yard field goal, 0:14. Falcons 23–16. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 1:42.

Top passers

  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 15/28, 267 yards, TD
  • DEN – Paxton Lynch – 23/35, 223 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 23 rushes, 88 yards, TD
  • DEN – C. J. Anderson – 11 rushes, 41 yards

Top receivers

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman – 4 receptions, 132 yards, TD
  • DEN – Emmanuel Sanders – 7 receptions, 80 yards

Week 6: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Six: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 3 21 0

24

Seahawks 7 10 0 9

26

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 33-yard field goal, 8:38. Seahawks 7–3. Drive: 12 plays, 52 yards, 4:37.
  • SEA – Alex Collins 2-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 4:32. Seahawks 14–3. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:06.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 42-yard field goal, 0:42. Seahawks 17–3. Drive: 5 plays, 22 yards, 1:16.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Julio Jones 36-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 11:01. Seahawks 17–10. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:59.
  • ATL – Mohamed Sanu 10-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 6:11. Tied 17–17. Drive: 8 plays, 79 yards, 3:23.
  • ATL – Levine Toilolo 46-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:17. Falcons 24–17. Drive: 6 plays, 97 yards, 3:27.

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Christine Michael 1-yard run (kick blocked), 4:43. Falcons 24–23. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 3:51.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 44-yard field goal, 1:57. Seahawks 26–24. Drive: 7 plays, 24 yards, 1:51.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 7: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Seven: San Diego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 10 3 10

33

Falcons 6 21 0 3

30

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • SD – Melvin Gordon 2-yard run (Josh Lambo kick), 10:55. Chargers 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:05.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 42-yard field goal, 6:26. Chargers 7–3. Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 4:29.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 27-yard field goal, 2:34. Chargers 7–6. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 0:56.

Second quarter

  • SD – Josh Lambo 40-yard field goal, 13:29. Chargers 10–6. Drive: 10 plays, 61 yards, 4:05.
  • ATL – Jacob Tamme 17-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 9:06. Falcons 13–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:23.
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 30-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 6:07. Falcons 20–10. Drive: 4 plays, 50 yards, 1:49.
  • ATL – Adrian Clayborn 5-yard fumble return (Matt Bryant kick), 4:31. Falcons 27–10.
  • SD – Melvin Gordon 3-yard run (Josh Lambo kick), 1:02. Falcons 27–17. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:29.

Third quarter

  • SD – Josh Lambo 37-yard field goal, 4:50. Falcons 27–20. Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 3:15.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 31-yard field goal, 13:23. Falcons 30–20. Drive: 13 plays, 62 yards, 6:27.
  • SD – Melvin Gordon 5-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Josh Lambo kick), 5:59. Falcons 30–27. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 7:24.
  • SD – Josh Lambo 33-yard field goal, 0:18. Tied 30–30. Drive: 12 plays, 50 yards, 3:14.

Overtime

  • SD – Josh Lambo 42-yard field goal, 9:01. Chargers 33–30. Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, 3:11.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Falcons wore their black throwback uniforms for this game. With the game tied at 30–30, a missed 58-yarder by Matt Bryant forced the game into overtime. The Falcons received the ball first in overtime but turned the ball over on downs after failing to convert a fourth down. Josh Lambo kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime to seal a 33–30 victory for the Chargers.

Week 8: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Eight: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 17 0 8

32

Falcons 10 9 7 7

33

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • GB – Geronimo Allison 14-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 11:58. Packers 14–10. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 7:35.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 40-yard field goal, 8:55. Packers 14–13. Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards, 3:01.
  • GB – Trevor Davis 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 4:31. Packers 21–13. Drive: 4 plays, 15 yards, 1:24.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan, 0:32. Packers 21–19. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:55.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 29-yard field goal, 0:04. Packers 24–19. Drive: 4 plays, 64 yards, 0:27.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 1-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 3:35. Falcons 26–24. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:31.

Fourth quarter

  • GB – Jeff Janis 7-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Aaron Rodgers run), 4:04. Packers 32–26. Drive: 13 plays, 86 yards, 8:33.
  • ATL – Mohamed Sanu 11-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:36. Falcons 33–32. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 3:27.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 9: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 10 13 10

43

Buccaneers 7 7 0 14

28

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 41-yard field goal, 13:42. Falcons 13–7. Drive: 8 plays, 38 yards, 3:02.
  • TB – Mike Evans 24-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 8:43. Buccaneers 14–13. Drive: 2 plays, 24 yards, 0:23.
  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 9-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 4:01. Falcons 20–14. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 4:39.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Patrick DeMarco 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan (pass failed), 8:59. Falcons 26–14. Drive: 11 plays, 86 yards, 6:06.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 3-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 3:07. Falcons 33–14. Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, 4:52.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Austin Hooper 2-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 10:00. Falcons 40–14. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 4:43.
  • TB – Adam Humphries 7-yard pass from Jameis Winston (run failed), 6:53. Falcons 40–20. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 3:09.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 50-yard field goal, 3:47. Falcons 43–20. Drive: 6 plays, 12 yards, 3:05.
  • TB – Cameron Brate 2-yard pass from Mike Glennon (Mike Glennon–Brandon Myers pass), 1:01. "Falcons 43–28. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 2:43.

Top passers

  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 25/34, 344 yards, 4 TD
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 23/37, 261 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ATL – Julio Jones – 8 receptions, 111 yards, TD
  • TB – Mike Evans – 11 receptions, 150 yards, 2 TD

Despite Mike Evans finishing the game with 11 receptions for 150 yards and two scores, the Falcons still managed to beat Tampa Bay on the road, 43–28 in order to go to 6–3.

Week 10: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Ten: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 6 3 6

15

Eagles 7 0 3 14

24

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 38-yard field goal, 9:36. Eagles 7–3. Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 3:04.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 43-yard field goal, 2:59. Eagles 7–6. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 4:36.

Third quarter

  • PHI – Caleb Sturgis 29-yard field goal, 8:16. Eagles 10–6. Drive: 14 plays, 70 yards, 6:44.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 46-yard field goal, 4:46. Eagles 10–9. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 3:30.

Fourth quarter

  • PHI – Caleb Sturgis 25-yard field goal, 13:50. Eagles 13–9. Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 5:56.
  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 76-yard pass from Matt Ryan (kick failed, hit left upright), 13:15. Falcons 15–13. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:35.
  • PHI – Ryan Mathews 5-yard run (Ryan Mathews run), 6:49. Eagles 21–15. Drive: 8 plays, 76 yards, 3:36.
  • PHI – Caleb Sturgis 48-yard field goal, 1:57. Eagles 24–15. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 0:22.

Top passers

  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 18/31, 267 yards, TD, INT
  • PHI – Carson Wentz – 25/36, 231 yards

Top rushers

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 12 rushes, 49 yards
  • PHI – Ryan Mathews: 18 rushes, 108 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

Week 12: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Twelve: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 6 0 6

19

Falcons 7 10 7 14

38

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,233
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 25-yard field goal, 12:52. Cardinals 10–7. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 5:46.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 45-yard field goal, 8:30. Tied 10–10. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 4:22.
  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 35-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 2:19. Falcons 17–10. Drive: 2 plays, 45 yards, 0:51.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 54-yard field goal, 0:00. Falcons 17–13. Drive: 4 plays, 27 yards, 0:25.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 2-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 2:56. Falcons 24–13. Drive: 13 plays, 77 yards, 6:05.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 25-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 8:48. Falcons 31–13. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 5:29.
  • ARI – David Johnson 3-yard pass from Carson Palmer (pass failed), 4:44. Falcons 31–19. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 4:04.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 5-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 2:07. Falcons 38–19. Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 2:37.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ARI – David Johnson – 8 receptions, 103 yards, TD
  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel – 4 receptions, 75 yards, 2 TD

Week 13: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Thirteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 6 14 7 2

29

Falcons 10 6 0 12

28

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 1-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 10:02. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 4:58.
  • KC – Spencer Ware 3-yard run (kick blocked), 8:00. Falcons 7–6. Drive: 4 plays, 72 yards, 2:02.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 22-yard field goal, 5:11. Falcons 10–6. Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, 2:49.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 22-yard field goal, 13:25. Falcons 13–6. Drive: 11 plays, 53 yards, 4:26.
  • KC – Spencer Ware 3-yard pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos kick), 7:05. Tied 13–13. Drive: 11 plays, 92 yards, 6:20.
  • KC – Eric Berry 37-yard interception return (Cairo Santos kick), 0:37. Chiefs 20–13.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 59-yard field goal, 0:00. Chiefs 20–16. Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 0:37.

Third quarter

  • KC – Albert Wilson 55-yard run (Cairo Santos kick), 12:52. Chiefs 27–16. Drive: 4 plays, 64 yards, 2:08.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 1-yard run (pass failed), 11:57. Chiefs 27–22. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:12.
  • ATL – Aldrick Robinson 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan, 4:32. Falcons 28–27. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:53.
  • KC – Eric Berry defensive two-point conversion, 4:32. Chiefs 29–28.

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The Falcons trailed 27–16 going into the fourth quarter, and took the lead through a 1-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman, followed by a 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Aldrick Robinson. Having failed on the two-point conversion following Freeman's touchdown, they tried for two points again after Robinson's catch with the aim of securing a three-point lead going into the last four minutes of the game; however, Chiefs safety Eric Berry intercepted Ryan's attempted pass and returned it all the way to the Atlanta end zone for a defensive two-point conversion that gave Kansas City a 29–28 lead that they were able to defend for the remainder of the game.

Week 14: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 14 21 0

42

Rams 0 0 0 14

14

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 82,495
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, David Diehl and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 6-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 14:53. Falcons 14–0. Drive: 9 plays, 88 yards, 3:05.
  • ATL – Deion Jones 33-yard interception return (Matt Bryant kick), 8:54. Falcons 21–0.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 64-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 13:18. Falcons 28–0. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:42.
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 6-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 3:56. Falcons 35–0. Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards, 4:29.
  • ATL – Vic Beasley 21-yard fumble return (Matt Bryant kick), 2:50. Falcons 42–0.

Fourth quarter

  • LA – Todd Gurley 3-yard run (Greg Zuerlein kick), 14:57. Falcons 42–7. Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 2:53.
  • LA – Jared Goff 2-yard run (Greg Zuerlein kick), 2:44. Falcons 42–14. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 4:59.

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Week 15: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Fifteen: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 13 0 0

13

Falcons 21 7 10 3

41

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 5-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 10:31. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 2:57.
  • ATL – Taylor Gabriel 9-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 7:40. Falcons 14–0. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 1:58.
  • ATL – Austin Hooper 9-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:40. Falcons 21–0. Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 5:51.

Second quarter

  • SF – Garrett Celek 16-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 12:45. Falcons 21–7. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:55.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 9-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 4:28. Falcons 28–7. Drive: 6 plays, 94 yards, 3:32.
  • SF – Rod Streater 5-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (kick failed, wide left), 0:13. Falcons 28–13. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 4:15.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 50-yard field goal, 6:29. Falcons 31–13. Drive: 6 plays, 25 yards, 2:50.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 34-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 1:42. Falcons 38–13. Drive: 4 plays, 77 yards, 2:16.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 41-yard field goal, 1:09. Falcons 41–13. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 5:06.

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Week 16: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 13 7 3 10

33

Panthers 0 3 10 3

16

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,549
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Joshua Perkins 26-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 10:57. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:03.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 51-yard field goal, 6:09. Falcons 10–0. Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 2:18.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 48-yard field goal, 0:35. Falcons 13–0. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 4:03.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 31-yard field goal, 10:17. Falcons 13–3. Drive: 6 plays, 31 yards, 1:32.
  • ATL – D. J. Tialavea 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 5:34. Falcons 20–3. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:43.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 40-yard field goal, 9:23. Falcons 20–6. Drive: 13 plays, 53 yards, 5:37.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 29-yard field goal, 3:34. Falcons 23–6. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 5:49.
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 26-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 0:00. Falcons 23–13. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 3:34.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 55-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 13:19. Falcons 30–13. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:41.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 31-yard field goal, 9:43. Falcons 30–16. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 3:36.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 50-yard field goal, 1:55. Falcons 33–16. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:45.

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  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 27/33, 277 yards, 2 TD
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 18/43, 198 yards, TD, 2 INT

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Week 17: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Seventeen: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 3 0 19

32

Falcons 14 21 3 0

38

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,835
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 7-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 11:55. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 2:11.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 19-yard field goal, 3:53. Falcons 7–3. Drive: 15 plays, 74 yards, 8:02.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 75-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 3:42. Falcons 14–3. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:11.
  • NO – Tim Hightower 2-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 0:52. Falcons 14–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:50.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Julio Jones 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 14:17. Falcons 21–10. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:35.
  • ATL – Mohamed Sanu 10-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 6:51. Falcons 28–10. Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:41.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 40-yard field goal, 3:40. Falcons 28–13. Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 3:11.
  • ATL – Justin Hardy 7-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:32. Falcons 35–13. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:08.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 22-yard field goal, 5:17. Falcons 38–13. Drive: 14 plays, 95 yards, 5:06.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Michael Thomas 14-yard pass from Drew Brees (run failed), 12:41. Falcons 38–19. Drive: 7 plays, 89 yards, 2:11.
  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 1-yard run (pass failed), 2:47. Falcons 38–25. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:18.
  • NO – Travaris Cadet 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 0:39. Falcons 38–32. Drive: 13 plays, 57 yards, 2:08.

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  • NO – Drew Brees – 29/50, 350 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 27/36, 331 yards, 4 TD

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This was the Falcons' final regular season game at the Georgia Dome.

PostseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 14, 2017 Seattle Seahawks (3) W 36–20 1–0 Georgia Dome Recap
NFC Championship January 22, 2017 Green Bay Packers (4) W 44–21 2–0 Georgia Dome Recap
Super Bowl LI February 5, 2017 vs. New England Patriots (A1) L 28–34 (OT) 2–1 NRG Stadium Recap

Game summariesEdit

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#3) Seattle SeahawksEdit

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#3) Seattle Seahawks at (#2) Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 3 3 7

20

Falcons 0 19 7 10

36

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Julio Jones 7-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 14:14. Tied 7–7. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 7:12.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 33-yard field goal, 11:20. Seahawks 10–7. Drive: 6 plays, 40 yards, 2:54.
  • ATL – Russell Wilson sacked in endzone by Ben Garland for a safety, 9:22. Seahawks 10–9.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 35-yard field goal, 6:06. Falcons 12–10. Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 3:16.
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 14-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:53. Falcons 19–10. Drive: 9 plays, 99 yards, 2:55.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 1-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 9:12. Falcons 26–10. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 5:48.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 26-yard field goal, 3:03. Falcons 26–13. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 6:09.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 31-yard field goal, 14:57. Falcons 29–13. Drive: 7 plays, 62 yards, 3:06.
  • ATL – Mohamed Sanu 3-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 3:40. Falcons 36–13. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 4:36.
  • SEA – Doug Baldwin 31-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 3:21. Falcons 36–20. Drive: 1 plays, 31 yards, 0:19.

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After coming off a first round bye, the Falcons hosted the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Falcons trailed midway through the first quarter when the Seahawks went up 7–0 from a 7-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham. In the second quarter, Atlanta tied the game 7–7 on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones. On the next Seattle drive, the Seahawks took a 10–7 lead with a 33-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka.[2][3]

The next Falcons drive ended in a three and out. On the ensuing punt, Seattle's Devin Hester returned the punt 80-yards to Atlanta's 7-yard line. However, that punt return was called back on a penalty, forcing Seattle to start at its own 7-yard line. After Thomas Rawls was tackled for a 3-yard loss, Wilson attempted to drop back to pass. However, while doing so, Wilson tripped over Rees Odhiambo's foot and was tackled in the end zone, leading to a safety for Atlanta. Receiving the ball following the safety, Atlanta took its first lead of the game on a 35-yard field goal from Matt Bryant. After forcing Seattle to Punt, the Falcons took a 19–10 lead going into halftime on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Coleman.[2][3]

Atlanta remained ahead for the rest of the game, eventually beating Seattle 36–20. With the win, the Falcons improved their record to 12–5. Matt Ryan threw for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns and improved his playoff record to 2–4, with both of his playoff wins (up to that point) coming against the Seahawks.[3] This was speculated to be the last NFL game ever in the Georgia Dome, but when the fourth-seeded Green Bay Packers upset the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys in the other Divisional Playoff the next day, Atlanta was named the host of the NFC Championship Game, the last ever game in the Dome.

NFC Championship Game: vs. (#4) Green Bay PackersEdit

NFC Championship Game: (#4) Green Bay Packers at (#2) Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 15 6

21

Falcons 10 14 13 7

44

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: January 22, 2017
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 71,127
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • ATL – Mohamed Sanu 2-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 8:24. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 6:36.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 28-yard field goal, 0:14. Falcons 10–0. Drive: 12 plays, 59 yards, 5:21.
Second quarter
  • ATL – Matt Ryan 14-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 7:24. Falcons 17–0. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:35.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:03. Falcons 24–0. Drive: 9 plays, 68 yards, 1:47.
Third quarter
  • ATL – Julio Jones 73-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 13:51. Falcons 31–0. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:51.
  • GB – Davante Adams 2-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 9:19. Falcons 31–7. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:32.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 4-yard pass from Matt Ryan (kick failed, wide right), 4:11. Falcons 37–7. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 5:08.
  • GB – Jordy Nelson 3-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Aaron Ripkowski run), 0:38. Falcons 37–15. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:33.
Fourth quarter
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 3-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 12:07. Falcons 44–15. Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, 3:31.
  • GB – Jared Cook 1-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (run failed), 6:43. Falcons 44–21. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 5:24.
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This was the Falcons' final game ever in the Georgia Dome after 25 seasons, as the team moved into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017. The Falcons never trailed in the game, scoring 31 unanswered points until Rodgers threw a touchdown pass halfway through the third quarter to give Green Bay its first points. The Falcons won 44–21 to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since their 1998 season, as well as the second time in franchise history. Matt Ryan had a big game, throwing 4 touchdown passes and running for another score. His 392 yards were the second-most ever thrown in a Championship Game, only behind his 396 yards in the 2012 NFC Championship Games versus the San Francisco 49ers. Julio Jones was another huge part of the Falcons win, with 9 catches, 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. One of the scores came on a 73-yard tackle-breaking catch. The Falcons' defense held fellow MVP-candidate Rodgers and his offense in check most of the game, forcing several hurries and drops. They also forced 2 turnovers, one of them coming on a 3rd and 21 pass by Rodgers, that Ricardo Allen intercepted.

Super Bowl LI: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 6 19

34

Falcons 0 21 7 0

28

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: February 5, 2017
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 70,807
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • None.
Second quarter
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 5-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 12:15. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, 1:53.
  • ATL – Austin Hooper 19-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 8:48. Falcons 14–0. Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 1:49.
  • ATL – Robert Alford 82-yard interception return (Matt Bryant kick), 2:21. Falcons 21–0.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 41-yard field goal, 0:02. Falcons 21–3. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 2:19.
Third quarter
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 6-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 8:31. Falcons 28–3. Drive: 8 plays, 85 yards, 4:14.
  • NE – James White 5-yard pass from Tom Brady (kick failed, wide right), 2:06. Falcons 28–9. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 6:25.
Fourth quarter
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 33-yard field goal, 9:44. Falcons 28–12. Drive: 12 plays, 72 yards, 5:07.
  • NE – Danny Amendola 6-yard pass from Tom Brady (James White run), 5:56. Falcons 28–20. Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards, 2:28.
  • NE – James White 1-yard run (Tom Brady-Danny Amendola pass), 0:57. Tied 28–28. Drive: 10 plays, 91 yards, 2:33.
Overtime
  • NE – James White 2-yard run, 11:02. Patriots 34–28. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:58.
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady – 43/62, 466 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 17/23, 284 yards, 2 TD
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The Falcons led the game 28-3 into the third quarter before the Patriots scored 25 unanswered points to tie at 28 all, and create the first Super Bowl game to go into overtime. The Patriots won the coin-toss and won the game via a James White touchdown. This ended the Falcons' season record at 13-6.[4]

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2016 NFC South standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2016 NFC standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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