2019 ScheduleAll times ET

2019 Schedule
4-9, 4th in NFC South
Ryan, Zaccheaus link up for 93-yard TD (0:34)
1h
Ryan joins elite company, throws 2 TDs in Falcons' win (0:55)
51m

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.

Freeman takes it home for 13-yard TD (0:19)
2h
Ryan passes 50,000 career passing yards (0:20)
2h

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.

Ryan, Ridley connect for 15-yard TD (0:21)
3h

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.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

These are Ricardo Allen's cleats supporting Equal Justice Initiative out of Montgomery, Ala., providing legal rep to those illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in prisons. Allen, a leader of the team's social justice committee, inspired by many factors, including when Central Park "Exonerated" 5 visited Falcons practice. The five minorities - now adults - as teens were wrongly charged with rape, beating of white female jogger, spent 6-13 years in prison, cleared & awarded $45 mil.

Ninkovich: Matt Ryan will get it done vs. Panthers (0:52)
3d

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Plan all along was to have Falcons first-round pick Chris Lindstrom return to practice after Thanksgiving game. Well, the right guard is on the practice field with a helmet for first time since breaking his right foot and being placed on IR after season opener at Minnesota. We will see how much practice action Lindstrom gets. Tight end Austin Hooper back at practice after missing last three games with sprained MCL. No sign of Julio Jones (shoulder) just yet.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn asked if he'd considering pulling Julio, Matt Ryan over the next 4-game block so they won't get killed. “I recognize fair question, but no. Part of playing and competing is going for it in the biggest way. So we'll always take that approach. Now for a player that is injured like Julio (shoulder), but not just him, for any of the players, to make sure, we're always gonna make the best decisions for them.'' Ryan's ankle recovered but he's taking a beating last 2 games (15 sacks taken)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons offensive guard Jamon Brown was candid about seeing quarterback Matt Ryan sacked nine times — tied for a career-high — and hit 13 times in Thursday night's 26-18 loss to the Saints. “Special teams and defense, those two units they played their butts off. Offensively, we have to be better. From an offensive line standpoint, we know that we have to do better. We've got to protect Matt no matter what a defense throws at us. That's our job, to protect him. And we didn't do that tonight.''

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.22nd
Rushing Yards74.330th
Points For21.718th
Points Against26.9