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2019 Schedule
4-9, 4th in NFC South
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Sherman, Jenkins join Payton Award nominees

Veteran defensive backs and team leaders Richard Sherman of the 49ers and Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles are among the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Spears: Falcons are getting beat at the line of scrimmage (1:59)
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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Matt Ryan about his relationship with Kyle Shanahan: “ Kyle and I got along great. We are like personalities in that we're both opinionated. We both have thoughts on what you want to do. But at the end of the day, there was a great mutual respect for the both of us. And I thought we worked really, really well together. He's doing a great job in San Francisco.” Ryan will face his former offensive coordinator Sunday when the 4-9 Falcons travel to San Francisco to play Shanahan's 11-2 49ers.

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WR Ridley out for season with abdominal injury

Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley posted a message on Instagram that said he is out for the season after suffering an abdominal injury during Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Desmond Trufant had regained some of his swagger this season before he suffered a season-ending broken forearm, as confirmed to ESPN by multiple sources. Trufant had a team-leading four interceptions despite missing four games with a toe injury. He wasn't perfect — as the entire defense hasn't been — but he showed signs of the player who was named to a Pro Bowl. Trufant has three years and $35.25 million left on his contract, and Falcons are already about $8 over the cap going into 2020.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Vic Beasley on combined with Takk McKinley for four sacks and four QB hits vs. Panthers: “It feels great. Me and Takk [McKinley] always talk about getting sacks and we feel like we have been working so hard but we just haven't been able to see the production. So, this feels really good because it's two guys who have been working hard all season getting that accomplished.” Beasley now with sick sacks to lead the team. Grady Jarrett with 5.5.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons safety Damontae Kazee on his two-interception day vs. the Panthers today: “I just knew I needed to step it up. These past couple of weeks I haven't been doing my job, so I had to step it up and go out there and play my heart out.” Kazee's got three picks this season, all against Carolina.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons rookie WR Olamide Zaccheaus' 93-yard TD from Matt Ryan was the third-longest in team history behind Michael Haynes' 98-yarder (1993) and Jamal Anderson's 94-yarder (2001).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game with an abdominal injury. Before exiting, Ridley had five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown on five targets. His absence gives rookie undrafted rookie Olamide Zaccheaus a chance to show something, and he has with a 93-yard touchdown reception from Matt Ryan. It was Zaccheaus first career catch and second career target.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons lead Panthers 13-10 at halftime. One of the storyline coming into Sunday's game for the Falcons was the play of the offensive and defensive lines. The o-line, with rookie right RG Chris Lindstrom back in a rotation with Matt Gono, has fared OK. Matt Ryan was sacked once when he tripped dropping back, although Gono could have held his block on the play. Some nice holes in the running game, too. Falcons have one sack, but that was LB De'Vondre Campbell. Need more pressure but have a pick.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlantas Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant suffered a forearm injury in the first half an exited the game. He is listed as questionable to return. Trufant's injury means Blidi Wreh-Wilson will be in the lineup along with Isaiah Oliver at corner, with rookie Kendall Sheffield playing the nickel.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan just 34 yards away from becoming the 10th QB in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards. Should accomplish it today vs. Carolina.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons inactives vs. Panthers: G Jamon Brown, G James Carpenter, T Ty Sambrailo, WR Brandon Powell, S Sharrod Neasman, DE John Cominsky, DT Deadrin Senat.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons punter Matt Bosher, who was listed as questionable after returning from injured reserve, is now back on injured reserve with right groin injury. Bosher played in three games this season and averaged 41.9 yards per punt (36.7 net). Falcons re-sign Ryan Allen to punt against Carolina on Sunday. Allen has played in four games with Falcons, averaging 39.4 yards per punt (35.3 net).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones (shoulder), Austin Hooper (MCL), and Chris Lindstrom (return from broken foot) all ready to play Sunday against Carolina. Dan Quinn ruled out starting left guard James Carpenter (concussion) and offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo (hamstring). Defensive lineman Allen Bailey will play despite missing time with personal matter.

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.73rd
Rushing Yards80.830th
Points For23.114th
Points Against26.4