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Atlanta Falcons (8-5)


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vs. TB
W 34-20
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vs. Min
L 9-14
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vs. NO
W 20-17
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@ NO
10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�

Defense gets Falcons in thick of playoff race

(TSX / STATS) -- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan misfiring, the team needed a defensive stop to stay in the NFC playoff race and pick up some ground on the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

Ryan, the reigning most valuable player, tossed three interceptions - on consecutive possessions - and finished with a passer rating of 55.2. But the Falcons were able to overcome his porous play when linebacker Deion Jones made an interception in the end zone to thwart a late Saints scoring threat.

With the game on the line, Jones leaped high to haul down a pass from Saints quarterback Drew Brees to preserve a hard-fought 20-17 victory.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
New Orleans 940.692
Carolina 940.692
Atlanta 850.615
Tampa Bay 490.308
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: M. Ryan3278
Pass TDs: M. Ryan17
Rush Yds: D. Freeman680
Rush TDs: D. Freeman6
Rec Yds: J. Jones1161
Rec TDs: M. Sanu5
Int: D. Jones2
Sacks: A. Clayborn9.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 4725 (9)
Passing Yards: 3329 (14)
Rushing Yards: 1519 (11)
Points per game: 22.6 (16)
Yards per game: 363.5 (9)
Touchdowns: 29 (17)
Field Goals: 26 (9)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 4158 (7)
Passing Yards: 3007 (7)
Rushing Yards: 1408 (12)
Points per game: 20.1 (9)
Yards per game: 319.8 (7)
Touchdowns: 25 (5)
Field Goals: 24 (20)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/5 J. Boykins pract. squad del
12/5 T. Magee pract. squad add
12/4 L. McFadden signed
12/4 T. Magee cut
11/21 J. Collins suspension lifted
11/21 J. Collins cut
11/16 J. Boykins pract. squad add
11/15 T. Magee acquired from waiver
11/14 G. Grayson pract. squad add
11/14 M. Meyer pract. squad del
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/7 A. Levitre triceps (Out)
12/7 E. Saubert back (Out)
12/3 D. Trufant concussion (Out)
12/3 S. Weatherspoon illness (Questionable)
11/26 D. Freeman concussion (Out)
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