The Atlanta Falcons break a franchise record for most points scored in a season, and score 40+ points for the second consecutive week, as they blow out the San Francisco 49ers 41-13.
The Falcons tally their sixth best yardage total in franchise history – 550 yards – second best yardage total of the season. The team also recorded 248 rushing yards on the day, which is a season-high and the highest total Atlanta has recorded since week 17 of 2011 (251 yards). The Falcons also averaged 8.3 yards per play.
The team also broke the franchise record for most points scored in a season on rookie TE Austin Hooper’s nine-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. The team now has 469 points on the season. The team also matched their total for most points scored in a quarter this season (21). Those 21 points in the first quarter are the most they’ve scored in the first quarter this year and it is tied for the most points scored in the first quarter in franchise history – sixth time we’ve accomplished that feat.
QB Mat Ryan went 17-of-23 for 286 yards with two touchdowns and a 144.5 passer rating. With two touchdown passes, he tied his career and franchise record for most touchdown passes in a single season (32). Also, Ryan’s 144.5 passer rating is the second highest passer rating in his career.
Ryan also extended his 200+ passing yards streak to 53 games and his streak of games with at least one passing touchdown to 16.
RB Devonta Freeman had his third three rushing touchdown game of his career. He finished the game with 20 carries for 139 yards on 7.0 yards per carry. Freeman became the ninth Falcon with two seasons of 10-or-more touchdowns.
He also is the only player in the NFL over the last two years who has three games with three rushing touchdowns. He also has six 100-yard rushing games for his career.
Freeman and Tevin Coleman finished with 221 total yards. This is the third time this season the two have combined for 200+ yards. The two have combined for 2,023 total yards and 21 touchdowns this season.
WR Aldrick Robinson recorded his first 100-yard receiving game of his career. He finished the game with four receptions for 111 yards.
WR Taylor Gabriel recorded his sixth receiving touchdown of the season – seventh total. He has now scored a touchdown in five of the last six games. Gabriel finished the game with three receptions for 60 yards.
The Falcons defense held 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to 183 yards, while sacking him two times – moving their sack streak to 13 games.
LB Deion Jones forced his first fumble of his career, which was recovered by fellow rookie safety Keanu Neal. Our 16 forced fumbles on the season are the most the defense has recorded since 2009 (17).
Neal and Jones teamed up for 18 total tackles and three passes defensed.
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. posted his 14.5 sack on the season. He now leads the league in sacks
He is two sacks away from tying John Abraham for the single-season franchise record.
DE Ra’Shede Hageman posted his first sack of the season – third of his career.