2012 Atlanta Falcons season

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2012 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Mike Smith
General manager Thomas Dimitroff
Owner Arthur Blank
Home field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st NFC South
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 30–28
Lost NFC Championship (49ers) 28–24
Pro Bowlers Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez, Thomas DeCoud, William Moore
Timeline
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The 2012 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the fifth under head coach Mike Smith. By beating the Detroit Lions during Week 16, the Falcons clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC for the second time in three years, and made it to the NFC Championship for the first time since 2004, where they were defeated 28–24 by the San Francisco 49ers. It was the third straight year in which they didn't lose two consecutive regular season games.

2012 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft

The Falcons did not have a first- or fourth-round selection.[a]

Round Selection Player Position College
2 55 Peter Konz C Wisconsin
3 84 Lamar Holmes OT Southern Miss
5 157 Bradie Ewing FB Wisconsin
164 Jonathan Massaquoi DE Troy
6 192 Charles Mitchell S Mississippi State
7[b] 249[c] Travian Robertson DT South Carolina
NOTES
^[a] The team traded its first and fourth-round selections, as well as its first-, second-, and fourth-round selections in 2011 to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Cleveland's first round selection in 2011, used to select wide receiver Julio Jones.
^[b] The team traded its original seventh-round selection (#229 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Asante Samuel.
^[c] Compensatory selection.

Staff[edit]

2012 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 Atlanta Falcons final 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, 10 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Falcons' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:30 p.m. EDT Baltimore Ravens L 17–31 0–1 Georgia Dome WGCL Recap
2 August 16 8:00 p.m. EDT Cincinnati Bengals L 19–24 0–2 Georgia Dome WAGA Recap
3 August 24 7:30 p.m. EDT at Miami Dolphins W 23–6 1–2 Sun Life Stadium WGCL Recap
4 August 30 6:30 p.m. EDT at Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–24 1–3 EverBank Field WGCL Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:00 p.m. EDT at Kansas City Chiefs W 40–24 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 17 8:30 p.m. EDT Denver Broncos W 27–21 2–0 Georgia Dome ESPN[a] Recap
3 September 23 4:05 p.m. EDT at San Diego Chargers W 27–3 3–0 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
4 September 30 1:00 p.m. EDT Carolina Panthers W 30–28 4–0 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. EDT at Washington Redskins W 24–17 5–0 FedEx Field Fox Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. EDT Oakland Raiders W 23–20 6–0 Georgia Dome CBS Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 1:00 p.m. EDT at Philadelphia Eagles W 30–17 7–0 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
9 November 4 8:20 p.m. EST Dallas Cowboys W 19–13 8–0 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
10 November 11 1:00 p.m. EST at New Orleans Saints L 27–31 8–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
11 November 18 1:00 p.m. EST Arizona Cardinals W 23–19 9–1 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
12 November 25 1:00 p.m. EST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–23 10–1 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
13 November 29 8:20 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints W 23–13 11–1 Georgia Dome NFLN[b] Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. EST at Carolina Panthers L 20–30 11–2 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 16 1:00 p.m. EST New York Giants W 34–0 12–2 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
16 December 22 8:30 p.m. EST at Detroit Lions W 31–18 13–2 Ford Field ESPN[a] Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. EST Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–22 13–3 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast locally on WSB-TV.
^[b] Simulcast locally on WUPA.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record −30-28 Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 13, 2013 1:00 p.m. EST Seattle Seahawks (5) W 30–28 1–0 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
NFC Championship January 20, 2013 3:00 p.m. EST San Francisco 49ers (2) L 24–28 1–1 Georgia Dome Fox Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 10 14 6 40
Chiefs 3 14 0 7 24

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
  • ATL – Julio Jones 8-yard pass from Matt Ryan. Matt Bryant PAT good. (12 plays, 80 yards 6:09) @ 8:51 (ATL 7–0)
  • KC – Ryan Succop 39-yard field goal. (11 plays, 56 yards 4:49) @ 4:02 (ATL 7–3)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 34-yard field goal. (4 plays, 8 yards 2:05) @ 1:57 (ATL 10–3)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 30-yard field goal. (5 plays, 31 yards 2:07) @ 14:13 (ATL 37–17)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 41-yard field goal. (4 plays, 8 yards 2:04) @ 10:40 (ATL 40–17)
  • KC – Shaun Draughn 4-yard run. Ryan Succop PAT good. (11 plays, 73 yards 2:56) @ 0:05 (ATL 40–24)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Falcons started their season on the road against the Chiefs. They would get on the board first with Matt Ryan's 8-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones for a 7–0 lead. The Chiefs later got on the board with a 39-yard field goal from Ryan Succop to take the lead to 7–3. However, the Falcons pulled away as Matt Bryant would score a 34-yard field goal to move the Falcons up 10–3. In the 2nd quarter, the Chiefs managed to tie it with Matt Cassel's 22-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss to tie the game at 10–10. However, the Falcons retook the lead as Matt Ryan found Julio Jones again for a 14-yard passing touchdown to make the score 17–10. The Chiefs then tied it up with Matt Cassel's 5-yard touchdown run for a score of 17–17, but the Falcons retook the lead again with Matt Bryant kicking a 21-yard field goal for a 20–17 halftime lead. After the break, the Falcons got right back to work as they increased their lead in the third quarter with Matt Ryan's 5-yard touchdown run to move ahead 27–17 then a 7-yard pass from the QB to Tony Gonzalez for a 34–17 lead. Then they scored 2 field goals from Matt Bryant from 30 and 41 yards out for leads of 37–17 and then 40–17. The Chiefs tried to rally a comeback but were only limited to scoring 7 points off of Shaun Draughn's 4-yard touchdown run for a final score of 40–24.

With the win, the Falcons started their season 1–0.

Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Two: Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 0 14 21
Falcons 10 10 7 0 27

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
  • ATL – Michael Turner 1-yard run. Matt Bryant PAT good. (3 plays, 1 yard 0:53) @ 13:20 (ATL 7–0)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 37-yard field goal. (6 plays, 24 yards 2:04) @ 9:46 (ATL 10–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After winning over the Chiefs on the road, the Falcons returned home to face a newly formed Peyton Manning-led Broncos team. The Falcons got off to a really fast start scoring 20 unanswered points in the first half between the first 2 quarters starting with Michael Turner's 1-yard touchdown run for a 7–0 lead followed by Matt Bryant's 37-yard field goal to take a 10–0 lead. In the 2nd quarter, the team moved up 13–0 after Bryant's 42-yard field goal then Ryan's 1-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez for a 20–0 lead. The Broncos scored before halftime with Peyton Manning's 17-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to cut the lead to 20–7 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Falcons moved ahead by 20 again with Matt Ryan's 4-yard touchdown pass Roddy White for a 27–7 lead. The Broncos then tried to rally a comeback in the 4th quarter with Willis McGahee running for 2-yard touchdowns to cut the lead to 27–14 and then 27–21, but the Falcons were able to hold the Broncos off and win the game.

With the win, the Falcons improved to 2–0.

Week 3: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 6 14 0 7 27
Chargers 0 0 3 0 3

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
  • ATL – Jacquizz Rodgers 8-yard pass from Matt Ryan. 2-pt. run conversion failed. (10 drives, 80 plays 5:17) @ 9:43 (ATL 6–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SD – Nate Kaeding 41-yard field goal. (13 plays, 41 yards 3:50) @ 11:10 (ATL 20–3)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Falcons traveled to take on their 3rd-straight AFC Opponent, the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Again, the Falcons get off to a great start scoring 20 unanswered points for the 2nd straight week. The fast scoring started with Matt Ryan's 8-yard touchdown pass to Jacquizz Rodgers (with a failed 2-point conversion) for a 6–0 lead in the first quarter, followed up in the second quarter with a 7-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez for a 13–0 lead and finally a 9-yard pass to Julio Jones for a 20–0 halftime lead. The Chargers got their only points of the game as Nate Kaeding scored a field goal from 41 yards out to take a 20–3 lead. But the Falcons scored the final points in the fourth quarter after Michael Turner ran for a 7-yard touchdown to make the final score 27–3.

With the win, the Falcons improved to 3–0.

Week 4: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 7 7 28
Falcons 7 10 7 6 30

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter (TIE 7–7)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Turner rushes during the playoffs

The Falcons traveled back home to take on their division rival Panthers whom they have won 4 straight games over. However, for the first time in the 2012 season, the Falcons trailed a game in the first quarter with Cam Newton's 18-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olson for a 7–0 lead. The Falcons however, were able to move down the field with Matt Ryan's 49-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White for a tie game at 7–7. The Falcons moved into the lead in the second quarter with Matt Bryant's 41-yard field goal to make the score 10–7. However, the Panthers retook the lead as DeAngelo Williams ran a touchdown from 13 yards out to make the score 14–10. However, the Falcons then moved back into the lead before halftime with Ryan finding White on a 14-yard touchdown pass to make the score 17–14 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Falcons moved ahead by 10 with Ryan finding Michael Turner on a 60-yard touchdown pass for a 24–14 lead. The Panthers then would score 14 unanswered points with Cam Newton's 4-yard run for the last score of the 3rd quarter coming within 3 cutting the lead to 24–21. Then, in the fourth quarter Newton found Kealoha Pilares on a 38-yard pass to take a 28–24 lead. The Falcons rallied coming within a point as Matt Bryant scored a field goal from 33 yards out cutting the lead to 28–27. The Falcons' comeback drive was successful as they moved down the field setting up the game winning field goal kicked by Bryant from 40 yards out as they would surprisingly win the game 30–28.

With their 5th straight win over the Panthers, the Falcons improved to 4–0 for only the 3rd time in franchise history.

Week 5: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Five: Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 0 17 24
Redskins 0 7 3 7 17

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • WAS – Billy Cundiff 23-yard field goal. (8 plays, 34 yards 3:29) @ 5:56 (WAS 10–7)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After a tough win at home, the Falcons traveled to take on the Redskins. After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons would trail a game again for the second time all season as the Skins took the lead with Ryan Kerrigan returning an interception 28 yards for a touchdown as they moved up 7–0. Not long before halftime, Matt Ryan was able to find Tony Gonzalez on a 1-yard pass to tie the game at 7–7 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Skins retook the lead with Billy Cundiff scoring a 23-yard field goal to make the score 10–7 for the only score of the period. But then crazy fourth quarter scoring began as the Falcons retook the lead as Matt Ryan found Julio Jones on an 18-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14–10. The Skins however moved back into the lead as their 2nd-string and fellow rookie QB Kirk Cousins found Santana moss on a 77-yard pass to a 17–14 lead. Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal would tie the game at 17–17 and then Michael Turner's 13-yard touchdown run would then secure the 24–17 victory for the Falcons.

With the win, the Falcons started 5–0 for the first time in franchise history.

Week 6: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Six: Oakland Raiders at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 10 0 7 20
Falcons 0 7 6 10 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 41-yard field goal. (9 plays, 47 yards 3:29) @ 5:06 (OAK 13–10)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 20-yard field goal. (4 plays, 0 yards 1:53) @ 2:31 (TIE 13–13)
Fourth quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 55-yard field goal. (7 plays, 43 yards 0:39) @ 0:01 (ATL 23–20)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Falcons returned home to take on the last of their AFC Opponents. Coming back home they are 3–0 against the AFC West. However, for the 3rd straight week, the team would trail a game as the Raiders moved ahead 3–0 after Sebastian Janikowski's 53-yard field goal for the only score of the first quarter. The Falcons however took the lead with Matt Ryan finding Roddy White on a 4-yard pass to move up 7–3. However, the Raiders would come within a point with Janikowski kicking a 22-yard field goal to make the score 7–6 and then retook the lead with Carson Palmer's 25-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore for a 13–7 halftime lead. After the break, the Falcons were able to score 13 unanswered points as they came within 3 and then tied the game after Bryant kicked 2 field goals from 41 and 20 yards for first to cut the lead to 13–10 then tie the game at 13–13. In the fourth quarter, they took the lead after Asante Samuel returned an interception from 79 yards out for a touchdown to make the score 20–13. The Raiders however were able to make up for this mistake as Darren McFadden ran a touchdown in from 2 yards out to tie the game at 20–20. However, again the Falcons were able to complete the comeback as Bryant nailed a 55-yard field goal to make the final score 23–20

With the win, the Falcons go into their bye week with their first ever 6–0 start to a season. They also finish the season 4–0 against the AFC West and with the Texans' loss to the Packers on Sunday Night, they remain the NFL's only undefeated team.

Week 8: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Eight: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 14 10 3 3 30
Eagles 0 7 3 7 17

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • PHI – Alex Henery 33-yard field goal. (9 plays, 68 yards 3:40) @ 11:20 (ATL 24–10)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 29-yard field goal. (12 plays, 69 yards 5:10) @ 6:10 (ATL 27–10)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Julio Jones makes a catch in the playoffs

The Falcons traveled to the wake of Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. The game, played under cloudy skies, was also notable in that the weather conditions heralded the approach of Hurricane Sandy, a storm which was set to make an unprecedented landfall in nearby South Jersey.

In the first quarter, the Falcons drew first blood as Matt Ryan found Drew Davis for a 15-yard pass to make the score 7–0. The team increased their lead with Ryan finding Jason Snelling to make it 14–0. In the 2nd quarter, the Eagles would get on the board with LeSean McCoy's 2-Yard run to make it 14–7. However, the Falcons responded with Ryan's 63-yard TD pass to Julio Jones to make it 21–7. The Falcons would increase their lead before halftime with Matt Bryant's 43-yard field goal to make it 24–7.

The Eagles would try to rally in the 3rd quarter with a 33-yard field goal from Alex Henry to shorten the lead to 24–10, but the Falcons pulled away as Bryant would kick a 29-yard field goal to make it 27–10.

In the 4th quarter, Bryant increased the Falcons' lead with a 30-yard field goal to make the score 30–10. The Eagles tried to rally as Michael Vick found McCoy to make the final score 30–17.

With the win, the Falcons improved to 7–0 for the first time in franchise history. The team also moves to 2–0 against the NFC East.

Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Nine: Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 6 0 0 7 13
Falcons 0 6 0 13 19

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 23-yard field goal. (7 plays, 27 yards 3:07) @ 10:46 (DAL 3–0)
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 32-yard field goal. (7 plays, 59 yards 2:33) @ 3:42 (DAL 6–0)
Second quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 45-yard field goal. (8 plays, 46 yards 4:27) @ 14:15 (DAL 6–3)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 46-yard field goal. (7 plays, 60 yards 1:03) @ 0:00 (TIE 6–6)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 36-yard field goal. (9 plays, 62 yards 4:50) @ 7:49 (ATL 16–6)
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 32-yard field goal. (12 plays, 66 yards 5:04) @ 0:17 (ATL 19–13)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Falcons returned home to take on the Cowboys. The Cowboys drew first blood with their 23-yard field goal from Dan Bailey to take a 3–0 lead. With this field goal, the Falcons' trend then simmered to 4 out of their last 5 games trailing a team. The Cowboys then put up another Bailey field goal from 32 yards out to make the lead 6–0. The Falcons responded in the second quarter with field goals from Matt Bryant from 45 and 46 yards out to cut the lead to 3 by making the score 6–3 then tying the game at halftime at 6–6. After a scoreless third quarter, the Falcons took the lead in the fourth quarter with Michael Turner running for a 3-yard touchdown to make the score 13–6. Then they increased their lead with Bryant's 36-yard field goal for a 16–6 lead. The Boys tried to rally as Tony Romo found Kevin Ogletree on a 21-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 16–13, but the Falcons wrapped the game up with Bryant's 32-yard field goal to make the final score 19–13.

With the win, the Falcons improved to 8–0 for the first time in franchise history. Also they went 3–0 against the NFC East.[1]

Week 10: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Ten: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 7 0 10 27
Saints 7 14 7 3 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 37-yard field goal. (4 plays, 8 yards 2:07) @ 9:19 (ATL 10–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 20-yard field goal. (6 plays, 67 yards 2:42) @ 9:08 (NO 28-27)
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 31-yard field goal. (9 plays, 67 yards 3:14) @ 5:54 (NO 31-27
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Falcons traveled to New Orleans to take on their longtime rival Saints. They drew first blood as Mike Jonhson got a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to take a 7–0 lead. They then increased their lead to make the score 10–0 off of a Matt Bryant field goal from 37 yards out. The Saints got on the board as Chris Ivory ran for a 56-yard touchdown to make the score 10–7. In the 2nd quarter, the Saints took the lead as Drew Brees found Jimmy Graham for a 29-yard pass to make the score 14–10. Then the Falcons retook the lead as Tony Gonzalez caught a 6-yard pass from Matt Ryan to move ahead 17–14. The Saints moved back into the lead as Brees found Graham again on a 14-yard pass for a 21–17 halftime lead. After the break, the Saints went back to work as Brees found Marques Colston on a 7-yard pass to move ahead 28–17. The Falcons drew within 4 points with Gonzalez's 6-yard pass from Ryan to make the score 28–24 for the only score of the 3rd quarter and then Bryant kicked another field goal to make the score 20-yard field goal for a 28–27. However, the offense was then overpowered as the Saints scored their only points of the half off of Garrett Hartley's 31-yard field goal to make the final score 31–27.

With the loss, the Falcons dropped to 8–1.

Tony Gonzalez became the first tight end in NFL history to have 100 receiving touchdowns.[2]

Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Eleven: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 13 3 0 3 19
Falcons 0 16 0 7 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,630
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the close win, the Falcons improved to 9–1 giving them their 5th straight winning season.

Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Twelve: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 7 7 7 24
Buccaneers 7 3 3 10 23

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,400
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Laura Okmin
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Falcons improved to 10–1.

Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Thirteen: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 6 0 13
Falcons 7 10 0 6 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Falcons not only improved to 11–1, but also clinched the division title of the NFC South, following the Bucs' loss to the Broncos that week. Additionally, the Falcons broke Drew Brees' 54-game touchdown streak.

Week 14: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 7 13 20
Panthers 7 9 7 7 30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 15: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Fifteen: New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Falcons 14 3 10 7 34

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,741
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The 34–0 win over the Giants was the worst shutout loss to a defending Super Bowl champion team in NFL history. The next three worst were 27–0, 17–0, and 16–0, all by the Oakland Raiders in the same season.

Week 16: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 14 0 10 31
Lions 3 3 7 5 18

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,849
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (ESPN[a]): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With their victory in the Motor City on Saturday night, Atlanta improved to 13–2 and clinched the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC for the first time since 2010.

Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's record for Most Receiving Yards in a Season. Rice had 1,848 and Johnson now has 1,892 with one game left to play

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 10 9 0 22
Falcons 3 0 7 7 17

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,644
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

During the game, John Abraham suffered an ankle injury. Also, Asante Samuel appeared to have aggravated a shoulder injury and Dunta Robinson suffered a head injury.

Postseason[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. #5 Seattle Seahawks[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#5) Seattle Seahawks at (#1) Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 7 21 28
Falcons 10 10 7 3 30

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Falcons lost a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, but won on Matt Bryant's 49-yard field goal, snapping the Falcons' postseason losing streak starting in the 2004 NFC Championship Game. The Seahawks attempted a final Hail Mary pass, but Russell Wilson's pass was intercepted by Julio Jones in the end zone, sending Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game.[3] This game was ranked #2 on NFL.com's 20 Best Games of 2012 as Gamers.[4]

NFC Championship: vs. #2 San Francisco 49ers[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#2) San Francisco 49ers at (#1) Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 14 7 7 28
Falcons 10 14 0 0 24

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • ATL –

With the loss, the Falcons finished their season 14–4. The Falcons lead the 49ers 24–14 at the half, but the 49ers responded with 14 unanswered points in the second half.

Standings[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Atlanta Falcons(1) 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 419 299 L1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 357 363 W4
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 461 454 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 389 394 W1

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