This is the December 22, 2012 news archive. View today's Falcons rumors and news.
Megatron Breaks The Record And Lions Fans Aren't Sure How To Feel: Saturday Night Football, In Four GIFsdeadspin.com Dec 22, 2012Atlanta 31, Detroit 18: The above moment of celebratory uncertainty came before Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record-it came during a Falcons timeout while the Lions were down, in fact, which meant the confusion was sorUpvote Share TweetDETROIT-Any opponent coming to the Georgia Dome in the playoffs will have to deal with the Falcons and their sizzling quarterback. Matt Ryan staggered the Lions early and finished them off late for a 31-18 Falcons victory Saturday night at Ford Field. TUpvote Share TweetDETROIT -- Thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' 31-18 victory against the Detroit Lions on Saturday night at Ford Field: What it means: The Falcons improved to 13-2 and clinched the home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. I know what you’re thinking -- thUpvote Share Tweettampabay.com Dec 22, 2012Times wires Saturday, December 22, 2012 DETROIT - Matt Ryan got what he wanted, helping the Falcons clinch homefield for the NFC playoffs. Calvin Johnson had to settle for a record-breaking night in another Lions loss.Ryan matched a career high with fouUpvote Share TweetDETROIT -- I think I’ve just witnessed the most efficient half ever by an NFL quarterback. Matt Ryan was one throw away from being flawless. He completed 15 of 16 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons cruised to a 21-6 halftimUpvote Share TweetThe Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons honored the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School with decals on their helmets Saturday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Saturday Night Football Open Thread: Drunk Off Eggnog Editiondeadspin.com Dec 22, 2012There's football tonight! No, no-not Tivo'd Las Vegas Bowl, though that was a good game-NFL football, where they wear pads and get paid. Watch it with us, talk trash about the family members you see once every year on Christmas (*cough*), count the maUpvote Share Tweet
Atlanta Falcons at Lions: Falcons safety William Moore to miss third straight gameajc.com Dec 22, 2012DETROIT—Falcons safety William Moore (hamstring) will miss his third consecutive game. Chris Hope is starting in his place. The rest of Atlanta’s inactives: Dominque Davis, Tim Toone, Phillipkeith Manley, Harland Gunn, Chase Coffman and Cliff MatthewsUpvote Share Tweet
Blank Says Falcons Ready For ‘Second Season’falconsgab.com Dec 22, 2012It sounds already like Falcons owner Arthur Blank is proclaiming that his football team needs to get ready for the postseason — starting with their game vs the Lions. In this interview with 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Falcons owner Arthur Blank sounded verUpvote Share Tweet
Live from Ford FieldDETROIT -- I’m here in the press box high above Ford Field. There are only a handful of Atlanta Falcons out on the field loosening up. Two other buses were waiting for more players and coaches when I left the team hotel. I’ll be back with inactives (aUpvote Share Tweet
Waiting for Saturday nightDETROIT -- I’m counting down the hours to Saturday night’s game and so are the Atlanta Falcons. By pure coincidence, I’m staying at the same hotel as the Falcons. I was just downstairs and had a brief chat with quarterback Matt Ryan as he headed toUpvote Share Tweet
Lions Cut Falcons LeadDec 22Tune to ESPN for live action.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel picks off Matthew StaffordDec 22Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's pass intended for wide receiver Calvin Johnson is intercepted by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel at the Lions 42 yard line.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan 1-yard touchdown passDec 22Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan finds tight end Michael Palmer for a 1-yard touchdown, Ryan's fourth passing score of the game.
Falcons Lead Lions After 1st QuarterDec 22Tune to ESPN for live action.