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Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Matt Bryant’s 52 yard field goal 1:43 into overtime clinched the Atlanta Falcons 37-34 victory over their division rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Saints had the ball first in overtime, but receiver Marques Colston fumbled the ball, allowing the Falcons the chance to win on a field goal.

Before overtime, it was the Matt Ryan show: the Falcons quarterback threw for a franchise-record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

“He’s played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well.”

Julio Jones was on the receiving end of many of Ryan’s passes. After missing most of last season with a broken foot, Jones returned to the field catching seven balls for 116 yards.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 42 passes for 333 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) – New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) – Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) – Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) – Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) – Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) – OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) – Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) – Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) – St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) – Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) – New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) – OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) – Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) – Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) – Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) – San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) – Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) – 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) – Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) – New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) – Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) – Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) – San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) – Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)

New York Mets 5 (55-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) – San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)

Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)

Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)

New York Yankees 10 (61-54) – Cleveland Indians 6 (57-59) 

Kansas City Royals 4 (61-53) – San Francisco Giants 2 (62-54)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (64-52) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (66-51)

Atlanta Braves 7 (59-56) – Washington Nationals 6 (62-52)

Houston Astros 4 (48-68) – Texas Rangers 3 (45-70)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (50-66) – Colorado Rockies 3 (45-70)

Oakland Athletics 6 (71-44) – Minnesota Twins 5 (51-63)

Seattle Mariners 4 (61-54) – Chicago White Sox 1 (55-62)

Boston Red Sox 4 (51-64) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (67-48)

NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) – Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)

Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (1-0) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 (0-1)

Buffalo Bills 20 (1-0) – Carolina Panthers 18 (0-1)

Minnesota Vikings 10 (1-0) – Oakland Raiders 6 (0-1)

New Orleans Saints 26 (1-0) – St. Louis Rams 24 (0-1) 

Chicago Bears 34 (1-0) – Philadelphia Eagles 28 (0-1)

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Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension

Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the longest tenured members of the Atlanta Falcons is sticking around even longer as the team has agreed on a four-year extension with wide receiver Roddy White.

White’s new deal is worth up to $30 million, which includes $18 million over the next two seasons.

“I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,” White told ESPN.com. “Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract. When we got it done, I was happy, because I don’t want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I’m going to be here for the next four years.”

The 32-year-old White has been with the Falcons since he was drafted 27th overall by the team during the 2005 Draft. From 2007-2012, White averaged nearly 1,200 receiving yards. Since entering the NFL, his 685 receptions rank eighth among active players, while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth.

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Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Atlanta Falcons are dealing with the loss of a defensive starter before training camp has even started as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The team had been holding out Weatherspoon from organized team activities as he recovered from a knee injury. He apparently was running with the medical staff when he suffered the injury.

“We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said in a statement. “Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he’s entering the final year of his contract with the team, leaving his future in Atlanta up in the air.

The 26-year-old Weatherspoon has played just 16 games in one season in his four NFL seasons.

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Panthers Sign S Thomas Decoud to Two-Year Deal

Panthers Sign S Thomas Decoud to Two-Year Deal

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) — The Carolina Panthers signed safety Thomas DeCoud to a two-year contract on Thursday. DeCoud, 29, played his previous six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, making the Pro Bowl in 2012.
“Thomas provides a vete…

Falcons Sign Lowery and Wilson

Falcons Sign Lowery and Wilson

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Falcons signed safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson on Tuesday. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Lowery was originally selected by the New York Jets out of San Jose State in the fourth ro…

Falcons Sign Returner Devin Hester

Falcons Sign Returner Devin Hester

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After eight years with the Chicago Bears, returner Devin Hester has agreed on a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
Even at age 32, Hester remains one of the best return threats in the entire NFL and cou…

Brent Grimes Agrees To Four-Year Contract With Miami Dolphins

Brent Grimes Agrees To Four-Year Contract With Miami Dolphins

NFL Shield(MIAMI) — The Miami Dolphins agreed to a four-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes on Monday.  The deal is worth $32 million, which includes $16 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.
“I am thrille…

Falcons Have Faith in 2014

Falcons Have Faith in 2014

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — After finishing 4-12 this past season, the Atlanta Falcons are hoping for better results in 2014. Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank addressed the state of the team on Monday and said he believes the team c…

Panthers Hold Off Falcons, 21-20, Clinch NFC South

Panthers Hold Off Falcons, 21-20, Clinch NFC South

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Panthers (12-4) defense delivered on the road and the team clinched the NFC South title with a 21-20 win over the Falcons (4-12) on Sunday.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton tossed two touchdown passes and gave…

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/23/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/23/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: San Francisco 49ers 34 (11-4) – Atlanta Falcons 24 (4-11)
NBA: Indiana Pacers 103 (22-5) – Brooklyn Nets 86 (9-18) 
Charlotte Bobcats 111 (14-15) – Milwaukee Bucks 110 (6-22) – Overtime
Detroit Pistons 115 (14…

Niners End Their Stay at Candlestick Park With a Win

Niners End Their Stay at Candlestick Park With a Win

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — NaVorro Bowman made sure the San Francisco 49ers’ final regular-season game at Candlestick Park was a win.
Bowman’s pick-six with 1:10 remaining sealed the 49ers’ 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons Mo…

Tony Gonzalez Looking Forward to Final Monday Night Game

Tony Gonzalez Looking Forward to Final Monday Night Game

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just two games remain in Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez’ NFL career.
Gonzalez and the Falcons will play the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night in the last game ever at Candlestick Park.
The 17-year veteran, deci…

Packers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive, Defeat Falcons 22-21

Packers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive, Defeat Falcons 22-21

Elsa/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) — Don’t tell the Packers they’re out of the playoff hunt. After trailing in the first half, Green Bay rallied to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21 on Sunday.
With the win, the Packers still remain in the mix for the …

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) –  In a battle that featured two teams heading in opposite directions this season, the New Orleans Saints came out on top.
Drew Brees tossed a pair of first half touchdowns as the Saints edged the Atlanta Falc…

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/13

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NFL:  New Orleans Saints 17 (9-2) – Atlanta Falcons 13 (2-9)
NBA:  Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (8-3) – Los Angeles Clippers 91 (8-5)
Denver Nuggets 97 (5-6) – Chicago Bulls 87 (6-4)
Top 25 College Football…

Wilson Not Looking Past Falcons Record

Wilson Not Looking Past Falcons Record

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seattle Seahawks will look to improve to 9-1 on Sunday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons (2-6).
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson comes into the game having thrown for 1,845 yards and 15 touc…

Falcons’ Tight End Tony Gonzalez Does Not Want to Be Traded

Falcons’ Tight End Tony Gonzalez Does Not Want to Be Traded

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.) — With the Atlanta Falcons in the middle of a disappointing season, trade rumors are heating up involving tight end Tony Gonzalez. Despite the rumors, Gonzalez has no desire to be traded.
“…I love my gu…

NFL Returning to London in 2014

NFL Returning to London in 2014

NFL Shield(LONDON) — The National Football League will return to London for the 2014 season with three games.The league announced on Thursday that the Cowboys will go up against the Jaguars, the Lions will tangle with the Falcons and the Dolphins will…

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