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2013 Atlanta Falcons season

2013 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Mike Smith
General manager Thomas Dimitroff
Owner Arthur Blank
Home field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 3rd NFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Tony Gonzalez
Timeline
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The 2013 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Mike Smith. An expected Super Bowl contender riddled with injuries, the Falcons had a tough start to the season, finishing with a 4–12 record and failing to improve their 13–3 record from 2012.

2013 draft class

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 22[a] Desmond Trufant CB Washington
2 60 Robert Alford CB Southeastern Louisiana
4 127 Malliciah Goodman DE Clemson
133[b] Levine Toilolo TE Stanford
5 153[c] Stansly Maponga DE TCU
7[c] 243[b] Kemal Ishmael S Central Florida
244[b] Zeke Motta S Notre Dame
249[b] Sean Renfree QB Duke
Notes
^[a] The Falcons traded their first- (No. 30 overall), third (No. 92 overall) and sixth- (No. 198 overall) round selections to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Rams' 2013 first-round selection (No. 22 overall) and a 2015 seventh-round selection.
^[b] Compensatory selection.
^[c] The Falcons traded their fifth- (No. 163 overall) and original seventh- (No. 236 overall) round selections to the Chicago Bears in exchange for the Bears' fifth-round selection (No. 153 overall).

Staff

2013 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster

2013 Atlanta Falcons final roster
Quarterbacks

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Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 6 Practice squad

Depth Chart

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Defense
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CB
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Offense
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Sam Baker Justin Blalock Peter Konz Garrett Reynolds Lamar Holmes
Alec Savoie Jacques McClendon Joe Hawley Phillipkeith Manley Mike Johnson
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Schedule

Preseason

The Falcons' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2013. It is common for the Falcons to play the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome for a preseason game.[3][4][5]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 8 8:00 p.m. EDT Cincinnati Bengals L 10–34 0–1 Georgia Dome ESPN/WSB Recap
2 August 15 7:30 p.m. EDT at Baltimore Ravens L 23–27 0–2 M&T Bank Stadium WGCL Recap
3 August 24 8:00 p.m. EDT at Tennessee Titans L 16–27 0–3 LP Field WGCL Recap
4 August 29 7:30 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Jaguars L 16–20 0–4 Georgia Dome WGCL Recap

Regular season

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 8 1:00 p.m. EDT at New Orleans Saints L 17–23 0–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
2 September 15 1:00 p.m. EDT St. Louis Rams W 31–24 1–1 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
3 September 22 4:05 p.m. EDT at Miami Dolphins L 23–27 1–2 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
4 September 29 8:30 p.m. EDT New England Patriots L 23–30 1–3 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
5 October 7 8:40 p.m. EDT New York Jets L 28–30 1–4 Georgia Dome ESPN[a] Recap
6 Bye
7 October 20 1:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–23 2–4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
8 October 27 4:25 p.m. EDT at Arizona Cardinals L 13–27 2–5 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 3 1:00 p.m. EST at Carolina Panthers L 10–34 2–6 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 10 1:00 p.m. EST Seattle Seahawks L 10–33 2–7 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
11 November 17 1:00 p.m. EST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 28–41 2–8 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
12 November 21 8:25 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints L 13–17 2–9 Georgia Dome NFLN[b] Recap
13 December 1 4:05 p.m. EST at Buffalo Bills W 34–31 (OT) 3–9 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Fox Recap
14 December 8 1:00 p.m. EST[6] at Green Bay Packers L 21–22 3–10 Lambeau Field Fox[6] Recap
15 December 15 1:00 p.m. EST Washington Redskins W 27–26 4–10 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
16 December 23 8:40 p.m. EST at San Francisco 49ers L 24–34 4–11 Candlestick Park ESPN[a] Recap
17 December 29 1:00 p.m. EST Carolina Panthers L 20–21 4–12 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
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Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast on WSB-TV.
^[b] Simulcast on WUPA.
 #  Indicates that the Falcons were the visiting team in the Bills Toronto Series.

Game summaries

Week 1: at New Orleans Saints

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 10 0 7017
Saints 0 13 7323

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 25/38, 304 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • NO – Drew Brees – 26/35, 357 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
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Week 2: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week Two: St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 3 71424
Falcons 14 10 0731

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: September 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,056
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
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Week 3: at Miami Dolphins

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 6 7323
Dolphins 0 10 10727

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Week 4: vs. New England Patriots

Week Four: New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 10 31730
Falcons 3 7 01323

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  • NE – Tom Brady – 20/31, 316 YDS, 2 TD
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 34/54, 421 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
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Week 5: vs. New York Jets

Week Five: New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 3 14 31030
Falcons 0 7 71428

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Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Seven: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 10 7623
Falcons 7 17 0731

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Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals

Week Eight: Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 3 3 0713
Cardinals 0 21 3327

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT/1:05 p.m. Arizona time
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,671
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Molly McGrath
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Week 9: at Carolina Panthers

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 10 0010
Panthers 7 7 31734

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 20 3733
Falcons 0 3 7010

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,309
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews
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Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Eleven: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 6 71528
Buccaneers 3 21 14341

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week Twelve: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
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Saints 7 7 3017
Falcons 7 6 0013

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

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With the loss, coupled with wins by the Cardinals, 49ers and the Panthers, the Falcons were the first team this season to be eliminated from playoff contention.[7]

Week 13: at Buffalo Bills

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Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
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Falcons 7 10 77334
Bills 14 3 77031

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Week 14: at Green Bay Packers

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 21 0021
Packers 7 3 6622

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST[6]
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  • Game attendance: 77,550
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox[6]): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
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Week 15: vs. Washington Redskins

Week Fifteen: Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
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Redskins 7 13 0626
Falcons 14 3 7327

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,069
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Molly McGrath
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Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 10 01424
49ers 3 0 102134

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 8:40 p.m. EST/5:40 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Script error: No such module "convert"., clear
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (ESPN[a]): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
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Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
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Panthers 0 14 7021
Falcons 7 3 7320

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,427
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews
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Standings

Division

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 W3
(6) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 L3

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 *Seattle Seahawks (1) West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 zCarolina Panthers (2) South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 yPhiladelphia Eagles (3) East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 yGreen Bay Packers (4) North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 wSan Francisco 49ers (5) West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 wNew Orleans Saints (6) South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

References

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