4:15 PM ET, December 21, 2008
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN
• The Falcons clinched their first playoff spot since 2004 with Sunday's win and Tampa Bay's loss.
• Atlanta has won six of its last eight games.
• The victory improved the Falcons to 10-5 on the year, marking just the fifth time in franchise history Atlanta has achieved a double-digit win season.
-- ESPN research
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With Sunday's win over the Vikings, the combo of Mike Smith and Matt Ryan stayed even with the Ravens' John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco for the most wins by a rookie head coach and quarterback since 1966. Here's a look at the list:
|2008 Falcons||10||Mike Smith/Matt Ryan|
|2008 Ravens||10||John Harbaugh/Joe Flacco|
|1995 Panthers||7||Dom Capers/Kerry Collins|
|1979 Giants||6||Ray Perkins/Phil Simms|
The Vikings sorely missed NT Pat Williams in the middle. Williams missed the game with a fractured shoulder, ending his consecutive games streak at 101. ... Shiancoe had a career-high 136 yards receiving. ... The Falcons allowed only two sacks to a team that was third in the league coming into the game in that category.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||5.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||08:47||Michael Turner 1 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||7||0|
|TD||02:00||Visanthe Shiancoe 21 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Ryan Longwell Kick)||7||7|
|TD||14:06||Jerious Norwood 8 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick)||14||7|
|FG||00:03||Jason Elam 22 Yd||17||7|
|TD||02:38||Justin Blalock Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Jason Elam Kick)||24||7|
|FG||11:32||Ryan Longwell 29 Yd||24||10|
|TD||02:44||Visanthe Shiancoe 17 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Ryan Longwell Kick)||24||17|