2013 Atlanta Falcons season

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2013 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Mike Smith
General manager Thomas Dimitroff
Owner Arthur Blank
Home field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 3rd NFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Tony Gonzalez
Timeline
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The 2013 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Mike Smith. An expected Super Bowl contender riddled with injuries, the Falcons had a tough start to the season, finishing with a 4–12 record and failing to improve their 13–3 record from 2012.

2013 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 22[a] Desmond Trufant CB Washington
2 60 Robert Alford CB Southeastern Louisiana
4 127 Malliciah Goodman DE Clemson
133[b] Levine Toilolo TE Stanford
5 153[c] Stansly Maponga DE TCU
7[c] 243[b] Kemal Ishmael S Central Florida
244[b] Zeke Motta S Notre Dame
249[b] Sean Renfree QB Duke
Notes
^[a] The Falcons traded their first- (No. 30 overall), third (No. 92 overall) and sixth- (No. 198 overall) round selections to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Rams' 2013 first-round selection (No. 22 overall) and a 2015 seventh-round selection.
^[b] Compensatory selection.
^[c] The Falcons traded their fifth- (No. 163 overall) and original seventh- (No. 236 overall) round selections to the Chicago Bears in exchange for the Bears' fifth-round selection (No. 153 overall).

Staff[edit]

2013 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2013 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, 11 Inactive, 6 Practice squad

Depth Chart[edit]

Defense
[1]




CB
Asante Samuel
Robert Alford
Peyton Thompson


CB
Desmond Trufant
Robert McClain
Dominique Franks
Offense
[2]
WR
Julio Jones
Harry Douglas
Kevin Cone
LT LG C RG RT
Sam Baker Justin Blalock Peter Konz Garrett Reynolds Lamar Holmes
Alec Savoie Jacques McClendon Joe Hawley Phillipkeith Manley Mike Johnson
Ryan Schraeder Theo Goins Matt Smith Harland Gunn Terren Jones
TE
Tony Gonzalez
Chase Coffman
Levine Toilolo
WR
Roddy White
Drew Davis
Tim Toone
QB
Matt Ryan
Dominique Davis
Sean Renfree
Key Reserves
TE Adam Nissley




RB
Steven Jackson
Jacquizz Rodgers
Jason Snelling
FB
Bradie Ewing
Patrick DiMarco
DeVonte Campbell
Special Teams
PK Matt Bryant
PK Jeremy Shelley
P Matt Bosher
P Sean Sellwood
KR Jacquizz Rodgers
PR Dominique Franks
LS Josh Harris
H Matt Bosher


Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Falcons' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2013. It is common for the Falcons to play the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome for a preseason game.[3][4][5]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 8 8:00 p.m. EDT Cincinnati Bengals L 10–34 0–1 Georgia Dome ESPN/WSB Recap
2 August 15 7:30 p.m. EDT at Baltimore Ravens L 23–27 0–2 M&T Bank Stadium WGCL Recap
3 August 24 8:00 p.m. EDT at Tennessee Titans L 16–27 0–3 LP Field WGCL Recap
4 August 29 7:30 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Jaguars L 16–20 0–4 Georgia Dome WGCL Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 8 1:00 p.m. EDT at New Orleans Saints L 17–23 0–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
2 September 15 1:00 p.m. EDT St. Louis Rams W 31–24 1–1 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
3 September 22 4:05 p.m. EDT at Miami Dolphins L 23–27 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
4 September 29 8:30 p.m. EDT New England Patriots L 23–30 1–3 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
5 October 7 8:40 p.m. EDT New York Jets L 28–30 1–4 Georgia Dome ESPN[a] Recap
6 Bye
7 October 20 1:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–23 2–4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
8 October 27 4:25 p.m. EDT at Arizona Cardinals L 13–27 2–5 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 3 1:00 p.m. EST at Carolina Panthers L 10–34 2–6 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 10 1:00 p.m. EST Seattle Seahawks L 10–33 2–7 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
11 November 17 1:00 p.m. EST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 28–41 2–8 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
12 November 21 8:25 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints L 13–17 2–9 Georgia Dome NFLN[b] Recap
13 December 1 4:05 p.m. EST at Buffalo Bills W 34–31 (OT) 3–9 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Fox Recap
14 December 8 1:00 p.m. EST[6] at Green Bay Packers L 21–22 3–10 Lambeau Field Fox[6] Recap
15 December 15 1:00 p.m. EST Washington Redskins W 27–26 4–10 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
16 December 23 8:40 p.m. EST at San Francisco 49ers L 24–34 4–11 Candlestick Park ESPN[a] Recap
17 December 29 1:00 p.m. EST Carolina Panthers L 20–21 4–12 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast on WSB-TV.
^[b] Simulcast on WUPA.
 #  Indicates that the Falcons were the visiting team in the Bills Toronto Series.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 0 7 0 17
Saints 0 13 7 3 23

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 25/38, 304 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • NO – Drew Brees – 26/35, 357 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 2: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Two: St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 7 14 24
Falcons 14 10 0 7 31

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: September 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,056
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 6 7 3 23
Dolphins 0 10 10 7 27

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

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

Week 4: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Four: New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 10 3 17 30
Falcons 3 7 0 13 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady – 20/31, 316 YDS, 2 TD
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 34/54, 421 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 5: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Five: New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 14 3 10 30
Falcons 0 7 7 14 28

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

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

Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Seven: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 10 7 6 23
Falcons 7 17 0 7 31

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

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

Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Eight: Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 3 0 7 13
Cardinals 0 21 3 3 27

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT/1:05 p.m. Arizona time
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,671
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Molly McGrath
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 0 0 10
Panthers 7 7 3 17 34

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 20 3 7 33
Falcons 0 3 7 0 10

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,309
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • ATL –

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Eleven: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 6 7 15 28
Buccaneers 3 21 14 3 41

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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

Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Twelve: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 3 0 17
Falcons 7 6 0 0 13

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • ATL –

With the loss, coupled with wins by the Cardinals, 49ers and the Panthers, the Falcons were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 13: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Bills Toronto Series
Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Falcons 7 10 7 7 3 34
Bills 14 3 7 7 0 31

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Week 14: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 21 0 0 21
Packers 7 3 6 6 22

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST[6]
  • Game weather: 9 °F (−13 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 77,550
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox[6]): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • GB –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • GB –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • GB –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • GB –

Week 15: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Fifteen: Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 13 0 6 26
Falcons 14 3 7 3 27

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,069
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Molly McGrath
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • ATL –

Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 0 14 24
49ers 3 0 10 21 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 8:40 p.m. EST/5:40 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (ESPN[a]): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • SF –

Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 14 7 0 21
Falcons 7 3 7 3 20

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,427
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –

With the loss, the Falcons finished their season 4-12 being swept by the Panthers for the first time since 1997.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 W3
(6) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 L3

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 *Seattle Seahawks (1) West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 zCarolina Panthers (2) South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 yPhiladelphia Eagles (3) East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 yGreen Bay Packers (4) North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 wSan Francisco 49ers (5) West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 wNew Orleans Saints (6) South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .200 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

References[edit]

External links[edit]