The Falcons' rotation at outside linebacker did not produce much pressure on the quarterback. Inside linebackers Foye Oluokun and Deion Jones did most of the heavy lifting.
Matt Ryan and Feleipe Franks are the only quarterbacks under contract for the Falcons in 2022.
The Atlanta Falcons are set with Arthur Smith after a seven-plus win season. Other teams will make big decisions during the offseason.
Marcus Jones is a talented cornerback who can also be a kick returner. The Falcons need to revamp their secondary.
The Falcons broke down their team by position.
The Falcons are going through an offseason. General manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith have a lot of decisions to make.
The Falcons were consistent and unbeatable against good teams in Arthur Smith's first season as head coach.
The Atlanta Falcons have the NFL's weakest pass rush. General manager Terry Fontenot is facing limited salary cap space and a roster bereft in other key areas.
The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver room is empty.
The Atlanta Falcons and star wideout Calvin Ridley are rumoured to be in the market for a new No. 1 pass catcher.
The Atlanta Falcons are headed into an off-season full of questions. Calvin Ridley's future is the biggest story currently.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic releases a two-round mock draft for the Falcons.
Pitts and the Falcons had a locker clean-out day.
The Atlanta Falcons need to upgrade at right tackle if they're going to become playoff contenders again.
The Falcons have a minus-146 point differential. Seven of their 10 losses were to playoff teams.
The Atlanta Falcons haven't said anything definitive about the future of wide receiver Calvin Ridley. NFL analysts continue to speculate about a potential trade involving the former first-round pick.
The market for Calvin Ridley is expected to be "robust" if the Falcons put him on the trading block.
Foye Oluokun is a free agent. He was drafted by the Falcons in the sixth round in 2010.
Matt Ryan has been the face of the Falcons for more than a decade. He has led Atlanta to the Super Bowl and numerous other postseason appearances.
Matt Ryan needs a new offensive line in order to improve his protection. The Falcons' offense ranked 26th in points and 29th on the ground last season.
Dean Pees will join the Atlanta Falcons in NFL Free Agency.
The Falcons' roster is comprised of many one-year deals. The defensive side of the ball could experience an unprecedented percentage of snaps leaving in free agency.
Since he first touched a football at age 7, his dream was to make it to the NFL. He will continue his professional football career with the Atlanta Falcons.
Calvin Ridley didn't play for the Atlanta Falcons after Week 7.
Kyle Hamilton is a safety who would be a good addition to the Falcons' secondary.
Mike Garafalo believes a trade is in the works for the Atlanta Falcons and Calvin Ridley. Ridley walked away from the team for personal reasons on Halloween.
The best way for the Falcons to approach watching the Bucs is to simply try to learn from them.
Calvin Ridley is considering retiring from football. The Atlanta Falcons are rumoured to be looking to trade him.
The Atlanta Falcons finished the season with a 7-10 record. The Falcons were in the playoff race late in season because of the addition of an extra team in each conference.
When college recruiters visited Channelview High School to meet Jalen Hurts for the first time, his father and coach, Averion, would bring the Fighting Falcons offensive line.
The Atlanta Falcons are entering the upcoming offseason with plenty of uncertainty.
Mock drafts have Atlanta going local and making a steal with the 8th pick.
The Atlanta Falcons season is over. They have the 8th overall pick in the draft.
Falcons sign ex-Texans LB to add depth to pass rush.
The Atlanta Falcons signed former Houston Texans outside linebacker Duke Ejiofor.
The Atlanta Falcons finished 7-10 on the season and missed the playoffs for the fourth-consecutive year. Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson were the team's best players.
The Atlanta Falcons are believers in the best player available draft philosophy.
Arthur Smith won seven games in his first season in charge of the Falcons. Mike Davis' team won just seven.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot has to be prepared to move on without Calvin Ridley next season.
The Falcons have a lack of pass rush.
The Falcons have the No. 8 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28.
Arthur Smith was named head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He will be working with an offense similar to Tennessee's.
The Falcons have the No. 8 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28-30.
The 2022 Falcons free agents are just a few of the storylines.
The Atlanta Falcons finished with a 7-10 record. They lost 30-20 to the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints beat the Falcons 30-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 9.
The 2022 offseason is under way for the Falcons. They have a limited number of players under contract and a lot of cap space.
Foyesade Oluokun (Atalanta Falcons) is the most valuable player of the NFL season.
The Atlanta Falcons have the eighth-overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Some fans want to pick a linebacker.
The Falcons have already announced their futures signings.
Foye Oluokun is the heart of the Atlanta Falcons defense.
The Atlanta Falcons lost 30-20 to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons season is over. Many players will not be returning to the team for next season.
The Falcons haven't had a winning season or made the playoffs since the 2017 season.
The New Orleans Saints are mathematically still in the NFL playoff hunt. They need to beat the Atlanta Falcons to reach the postseason for a fifth straight year.
The Saints beat the Falcons 30-20 in Atlanta to get the final wild-card berth in the NFC.
The Falcons lost to the New Orleans Saints 30-20 in the 2022 postseason.
The Saints are in the top 5 in NFL's power rankings. They play the Atlanta Falcons in a must-win game.
The New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons to close out the regular season.
Taysom Hill has a suspected concussion and has left the game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons are in the playoff hunt through Christmas. Their new management team is not any closer to winning a championship than last year.
The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons played a preseason game at the Georgia Dome on August 11, 2006.
Emmanuel Sanders did not have a catch in last week's game against the Falcons. Sanders has 20 yards on two grabs over his last three games.
The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons have played each other 106 times.
The Atlanta Falcons play the New Orleans Saints in Week 18. The Saints need to win to have a chance of making it to the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints will play the Atlanta Falcons in the regular-season finale.
Ingram has had a rushing touchdown in two of six games against the Falcons. The Falcons have the NFL's 26th-ranked defense against running the ball.
Matt Ryan's taunting penalty against the Buffalo Bills cost the Atlanta Falcons.
Knox did not have a catch in last week's game versus the Falcons. Knox has caught 49 yards on six receptions with one touchdown in his last three games.
The NOLA Saints need to beat the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams to advance to the playoffs.
The Saints need to beat the Falcons to keep their playoff hopes alive. Atlanta has the chance to spoil New Orleans' chances.
The New Orleans Saints need to beat the Atlanta Falcons and beat Los Angeles Rams to qualify for the playoffs.
Taysom Hill topped his passing yards prop last week. The Saints face Atlanta in Week 18.
The New Orleans Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints will play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Cordarrelle Patterson wants to play for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Jamaal Williams has a Japanese anime obsession. He wore a headband with a ninja headpiece and an anime-themed T-shirt during the game against Atlanta.
The Falcons didn't finish the season the way they wanted, but they may have found a new head coach.
Ingram has had a rushing touchdown in two games against the Falcons. The Falcons are 26th in the NFL in terms of defending against running games.
The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons will meet in Week 18 of the NFL season.
The Bills are on to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons after defeating the Falcons 29-15 at Highmark Stadium.
Calvin Ridley is a target for the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons lost to the Bills last Sunday and are out of the playoffs. The Saints are looking to play spoiler in the final week of regular season.
Ingram has had a rushing touchdown in two of six career games against the Falcons. The Falcons have the 26th-ranked run defense in the NFL.
The Falcons are out of the playoffs, but they were in the conversation all through December and the first couple days of January.
The Buffalo Bills clinched their playoff berth last week with the win over the Atlanta Falcons. They play the New York Jets at Highmark Stadium on Sunday.
The Falcons beat the Bills on Sunday. Matt Ryan scored the winning touchdown on a scramble on second and goal.
Sanders has two catches on four targets in his last three games. He did not have a catch in last week's game against the Falcons.
Knox didn't have a catch in last week's game versus the Falcons. Knox has six catches on 10 targets in his last three games for 49 yards and one touchdown.
The Atlanta Falcons can secure a safety similar to Ed Reed in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft.
The New Orleans Saints play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Saints could become the second team from the NFC South to make the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints are playing the Atlanta Falcons in Week 18. The Saints have a good chance at a playoff spot.
The Falcons can finish second in the NFC South with a win over the Saints.
The New Orleans Saints play against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 18. They need to win and hope the San Francisco 49ers lose to make it to the playoffs.
The Atlanta Falcons lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 17. They have one more game remaining against the Saints.
The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons will play each other in the NFL's Week 18.
The New Orleans Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons in their first-ever game. The Saints need to win and hope for the 49ers to lose to make the playoffs.
Saints and Falcons are playing in the season finale.
The Buffalo Bills beat the Atlanta Falcons 29-15 on Sunday. The Bills are still top of the AFC East.
The Buffalo Bills clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The Falcons lost to Buffalo. They have the 10th pick in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.
The betting lines for the final week of the NFL season are out. The most important games for New Orleans Saints are against the Atlanta Falcons and against Los Angeles Rams.
Josh Allen and Devin Singletary ran for a combined 81 yards and two touchdowns in the Buffalo Bills' 29-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons lost the game by two touchowns.
New Orleans controls their playoff destiny going into the regular-season finale against their rivals in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Falcons are out of the playoffs. Now the focus is on the Saints and the 2022 NFL Draft.
Buffalo Bills are in the playoffs after beating the Atlanta Falcons. Baltimore Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Buffalo Bills play the Atlanta Falcons in Orchard Park today. The game will be the first time the Falcons have played in the area since September 2005.
The Atlanta Falcons have a halftime lead over the Buffalo Bills. The Philadelphia Eagles lost early.
The Buffalo Bills are playing the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park today. It's the first time the two teams have met in the stadium since 2005.
The Falcons are going to hope for a big upset on the road against the Buffalo Bills.
The Atlanta Falcons are outmatched by the Buffalo Bills.
Dan Reeves, who led the Atlanta Falcons to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance, passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 77.
The Atlanta Falcons are ranked 25th in the NFL at 18.5 points per game.
Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons are playing each other in the regular championship game at Highmark Stadium.
Buffalo Bills are looking to clinch a playoff spot in Week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons are playing the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL.
The Bills can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Atlanta on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons will play the Buffalo Bills in an inter-conference matchup in Week 17.
Brando shares his picks for the Bills vs. Falcons and a parlay lock of the week.
Dan Quinn has redeemed himself after a poor finish to his tenure for the Atlanta Falcons by turning around a historically bad Cowboys defense.
Buffalo Bills host Atlanta Falcons in the NFL on Sunday. The experts are picking Buffalo to win.
Jared Goff has thrown for 431 passing yards over his last three games. Goff did not record a pass attempt in last week's game versus the Falcons.
Going into 2015, the Atlanta Falcons had run up the worst record in the history of Monday Night Football while the Cincinnati Bengals were second-worst. Since then, however, the teams’ fortunes have swapped: Atlanta is on a 5-1 SU (3-3 ATS) record, while Cincinnati has stumbled to 1-5 SU (2-3-1 ATS). Through 2021, the Falcons are 15-28 SU (.349) while the Bengals are 12-25 SU (.324)…
The Atlanta Falcons are looking for players who can increase the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The team's defense finished last in the NFL with only 17 sacks and last with a sack per pass attempt ratio of 3.12%. The Steelers (55), Vikings (51), Rams (50), Bears (49), and 49ers and Dolphins (48) were the top six teams with the most sacks. There were 18 other teams that had at least 34 sacks, including the Steelers, Vikings, Bears and the 49er. Today's series analyzes the 2021 season under first-year coach Arthur Smith.
The Atlanta Falcons have the eighth pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Head coach Arthur Smith and general manager Terry Fontenot are headed into their second draft with the Falcons. Dane Brugler is a draft expert. He shares his opinion on the draft and the players they should pick. He also discusses the offensive line and quarterback. The Athletic has a special collection of draft questions.
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The Falcons traded Julio Jones to the Titans for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2023. The team's cap constraints meant that they couldn't carry both Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Atlanta Falcons' season is over. This weekend is the Divisional Round for the NFC and AFC. The winner of all four games will move on to next weekend's conference championships.
The Atlanta Falcons have the NFL's weakest pass rush. General manager Terry Fontenot is facing limited salary cap space. He needs to find a bargain in this year's free-agent market.
Calvin Ridley's future with the Falcons is uncertain. Mike Garafolo and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN believe the Patriots, Saints and Dolphins are potential landing spots for the former All-Pro. Benjamin Albright of the Broncos also thinks the team will work out a deal with New England. The Patriots traded Mohammad Sanu to the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round pick two years ago. Bill Belichick probably regrets that trade. He would like to sign Ridley to play with Mac Jones.
Falcons have a price range for Calvin Ridley. The Patriots had him on their list of possible draft picks at No. 23 in 2018, but they chose Isaiah Wynn. Ridley caught 90 passes for 1,374 yards in 2020, with nine touchdowns. He was productive right out of the gate for the Falcons with 10 touchdowns as a rookie out from Alabama. The Patriots took a step forward in 2021 after overhauling the skill positions in free agency and the draft. They identified legitimate building blocks with Kendrick Bourne and Hunter Henry. Jakobi Meyers set new career highs with 83 catches and 866 yards and caught his first career touchdown.
The Atlanta Falcons are going to make some big decisions this off-season. Calvin Ridley is the biggest story currently on the team. The team needs to build an offensive line and find a running back. A.J. Terrell and Grady Jarrett are the only defensive players on their team that can win on either side of the ball.
Founded in 1966, the Atlanta Falcons have only relatively recently become a consistently competitive team, and the Atlanta fan base waited a good four decades until the team finally enjoyed its golden age. And before their success in the 21st century, the Falcons peak lasted essentially one season, namely a fluky 1998 in which an easy schedule got them to 14-2 and a classic Minnesota Vikings choke job let them through to the Super Bowl.
The Falcons’ formation for the 1966 season was the second-to-last in professional football’s expansion into the somehow inexplicably empty southern U.S. The Falcons were part of this new NFL south gang, which included the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. Like all of their mates in expansion, the Falcons enjoyed steady attendance for years; and much like the Saints, decent gate did not translate into on-field results so often.
In 1978, Atlanta finally cracked the playoffs; these Falcons, coached by Leeman Bennett and quarterbacked by Steve Bartkowski, would make the postseason twice more in the next four years, but could not manage a single playoff win in the three trips. Following the ’91 season, the Falcons finally scored their first playoff win, but were stopped in the divisional round by the eventual champion, Washington. Likewise, in ’95 did the 9-7 Falcons drop the wild-card game to the Green Bay Packers.
But all the pieces came together for one magical season in 1998. A favorable schedule based on the fourth-place finish of ’97 made for a season-ending nine-game winning streak and a 14-2 regular-season record. Thanks to a characteristic self-immolation by the Vikings, the Falcons triumphed in overtime in the NFC championship game and were into their first Super Bowl. Unfortunately, John Elway.
In 2002, Michael Vick became the Falcons starting quarterback. Though utterly outstanding and clearly the team’s most exciting player ever, Vick’s heroics were limited to single games and the Falcons could not get past the Philadelphia Eagles following the ’04 season in that incarnation of the team’s best shot.
Since perpetually-underrated Boston College grad Matt Ryan took the helm in Atlanta, the team has remained competitive. Following 2012, these Falcons got to the NFC championship again and got their second shot at a Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LI. In what was certainly not any sort of portent of doom for this franchise going forward, Atlanta amassed a 28-3 lead over *those* New England Patriots midway through the third quarter and … ah, you know the rest.