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The NFC South Division champion Atlanta Falcons are in the postseason for first time since 2012. Their post season home record is (5-3) with one of those losses coming to the Green Bay Packers in 2010.
2016 was a tremendous season for the “Dirty Birds.” They were ranked first in NFL in total points (540) & 2nd in total offense (415.8 yards per game). Head coach won his first career playoff game last week.
The Falcons had six players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl including: LB VIC BEASLEY JR. (1st), K MATT BRYANT (1st), RB DEVONTA FREEMAN (2nd), WR JULIO JONES (4th), C ALEX MACK (4th) & QB MATT RYAN (4th)…
Ryan set the franchise record and ranked second in NFL with 4,944 passing yards. He has six consecutive 4,000+ yard seasons, which is tied for the secod longest streak in NFL history. Ryan led the league with a 117.1 rating, the fifth highest single-season rating in NFL history. In past 3 postseason games, Matt Ryan has 984 pass yards (328 per game) with 9 TDs & 3 INTs for 111.9 rating.
Running back Devonta Freeman had 1,079 rush yards this season. It was his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. In the past six home games (incl. postseason), Freeman has 10 rushing touchdowns.
Wide receive Julio Jones ranked second in the NFL with 1,409 rec. yards. It marked his fourth season with 1,000+ receiving yards. Jones has 30 receptions for 372 yards (93 per game) & 3 TDs in four career playoff games.
Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had his first career touchdown catch last week. Sanu had nine receptions for 84 yards & TD in Week 8.
Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has five receiving tououchdowns in his last seven games.
Defensive end Dwight Freeney has 10 career postseason sacks. He is fourth among active players in that stat.
Linebacker Vic Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks this season. He has six sacks and two forced fumbles in the last seven Falcon home games.
Rookie linebackers Deion Jones and Keanu Neal tallied 106 and 105 tackles respectively to lead the NFL for first year players.
Cornerback Robert Alford is tied for fifth in the NFL with 19 passes defensed this season. Secondary mate Ricardo Allen had an interception last week against Seattle in his post season debut.