1:00 PM ET, January 2, 2011
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Falcons win 1st South title since '04, earn home-field with NFC's No. 1 seed
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons, No. 1 in the NFC, embraced home-field advantage in the playoffs.The Carolina Panthers, No. 1 in the NFL draft, said goodbye to their coach.
• The Falcons clinched their fourth division title in franchise history and first since 2004.
• Matt Ryan tied Dan Marino for the most wins (33) by a starting QB in his first three seasons since 1970.
• The Panthers finished 0-8 on the road in a season for the first time in franchise history.
• Eric Weems became the first Falcons player with a punt return TD and kick return TD in the same season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
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The Falcons only other division titles came in 1980, 1998 and 2004. They also were the NFC's top seed in 1980. ... Ryan's 33rd win matched Dan Marino's mark for most wins by a quarterback in his first three seasons since 1970. ... White passed Terance Mathis' team record of 111 catches in the 1994 season with 115. White also topped his team record for yards receiving in a season with 1,389. ... There was no immediate update on injuries to Falcons CB Brian Williams (knee) and LB Sean Weatherspoon. ... Ryan has at least one touchdown pass in 15 straight games. ... Gonzalez is tied for 10th with Don Maynard with 88 career touchdown catches.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||5.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-2||3-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||10:11||Tony Gonzalez 6 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 4:56
|TD||4:40||Eric Weems 55 Yard Punt Return (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 55 yds, 0:00
|TD||0:56||Roddy White 14 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 40 yds, 0:53
|FG||12:34||John Kasay 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yds, 2:30
|FG||9:50||Matt Bryant 47 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 16 yds, 2:44
|TD||2:03||Michael Turner 3 Yard Run (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yds, 5:57
|TD||0:27||Jeff King 2 Yard Pass From Jimmy Clausen (John Kasay Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 2:58
Atlanta's Eric Weems just returned a punt 55 yards for a TD. He becomes the first Falcons player with a punt return TD and kick return TD in the same season.
ESPN Stats & Information