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1-2, 4th in NFC South

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Most fantasy points in a game by a rookie wide receiver (since 1950): 60.7 Jerry Butler, '79 W4 52.4 Harlon Hill, '54 W6 44.5 Jimmy Orr, '58 W12 43.6 Eddie Kennison, '96 W16 43.0 Joey Galloway, '95 W11 42.3 Odell Beckham Jr., '14 W15 41.7 Anquan Boldin, '03 W1 41.5 Jerry Rice, '85 W14 40.5 Calvin Ridley, '18 W3 40.0 Sammy White, '76 W9

Ryan disappointed after OT loss (1:03)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's Saints-Falcons game was the first since at least 1950 in which both starting quarterbacks scored at least 40 fantasy points.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Checked with Elias -- the NFC South's 223 combined points through the first three intradivisional games is the highest combined point total for ANY division's first three intradivisional games since the 1970 merger. The previous record was 213 by the NFC South in 2016.

Ridley hauls in 75-yard TD (0:36)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons fall to 1-2 and are 1-1 in NFC South after 43-37 overtime loss to rival Saints. Breakout game for rookie WR Calvin Ridley (three TDs) and career-high 5 TD passes for Matt Ryan going to waste. To top it off, Falcons have another major injury concern with starting free safety Ricardo Allen being carted off late with what was called a calf injury. Falcons have to figure out how to address their defensive woes quickly with Deion Jones (foot) not back until at least Dallas game and Keanu Neal (ACL) done for season.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

For all you Calvin Ridley fans following at home, the record (1950 forward) for PPR fantasy points in a game by a rookie wide receiver is 60.7 by Jerry Butler in 1979 Week 4.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons rookie first round draft pick Calvin Ridley has three touchdown receptions today. Julio Jones has three touchdowns all of last season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons trail the Saints 16-14 at halftime despite a dynamic showing by Falcons rookie WR Calvin Ridley, who has five catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns on six targets with 39 yards after the catch and another nine yards rushing. Matt Ryan is 11 of 17 for 186 yards with the two scores to Ridley as Ridley has a decisive edge on Saints corner P.J.Williams. Falcons need to get more out of Tevin Coleman and running game with 11 rushes for just 22 yards.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons TE Austin Hooper paid for 24-year-old Louisiana native Kyron Greenup to attend today's Falcons-Saints game as the honorary captain. Greenup, 24, is bound to a wheelchair after a drive-by shooting caused a brain injury. "It means everything to me," Greenup told ESPN. "This is a blessing. I'm going to enjoy the moment for life. I'm from Louisiana, but I'm officially a Falcons for life."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons inactives vs. Saints: RB Devonta Freeman, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Keith Tandy, G Zac Keri, T Matt Gono, DE Derrick Shelby, DE Takk McKinley

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley Jr. understands the importance of trying to push Drew Brees off the spot Sunday despite not having Takk McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin) in the lineup to help rush. In the last seven Falcons-Saints matchups, the Falcons are 4-0 when they sack Drew Brees at least twice, including 5 sacks in the Falcons' 30-14 win back in 2014. ``Get into his face because if you allow a QB like Drew Brees to step up in the pocket, he'll just pick you apart all day,'' Beasley said. ``I think we've done good according to the teams that we've played, but now it's more emphasized because of the QB we're playing this week.'' The Falcons have four sacks, with nickel back Brian Poole and McKinley having two each. Beasley's still looking for his first and has no QB hits. The Falcons have 10 QB hits. We'll see what type of interior push the Falcons get, whether it be from the defensive tackles, blitzing, or stunts. ``Without a doubt, getting pressure in [Brees'] face is key,'' said nose tackle Grady Jarrett, who leads the team with 4 QB hits. ``Kind of keep pressuring those A and B gaps. That's kind of the blueprint when you're facing the Saints. The shorter the QB, a lineman in his face, it's harder for him to see downfield.''

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Falcons' Kazee fined for hit to helmet of Newton

Atlanta's Damontae Kazee plans to appeal a fine of $10,026 by the NFL for a hit to the helmet of Panthers QB Cam Newton as he slid to the ground, a source told ESPN.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons S Damontae Kazee fined $10,026 for hit on Cam Newton, source tells ESPN. Kazee will appeal.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Julio Jones (calf) officially set to play vs. Saints Sunday based on final injury report. Falcons rule out DE Takk McKinley (groin), RB Devonta Freeman (knee), DE Derrick Shelby (groin) and LB Corey Nelson (calf). CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle), WR Russell Gage (knee), and G Ben Garland (calf) ready to go.

Young likes energy Ryan brought last week (0:39)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian on Julio Jones (calf tightness) missing practice for second consecutive day: ``I've been down this road with him now before. Julio is a pro's pro. And even though he's not on the field at practice with us today, the guy works at it. He's in meetings. He's attentive. He's asking questions. So if he's physically ready to play, which obviously remains to be seen, I have no doubt in my mind he'll be mentally prepared to play.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) wasn't on the field for the open portion of practice Thursday. He was held out of Wednesday's practice. Jones expressed no concern about the tightness in his calf coming off the last game and called it a precautionary measure that is day to day. It would be a concern, of course, if Jones is unable to practice on Friday leading into Sunday's matchup with the Saints. Asked if he's worried about the injury affecting his explosiveness, Jones responded, ``No. I'm never worried.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones expresses no concern about his calf injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Sunday will mark the 20th head-to-head meeting between the Saints' Drew Brees and Falcons' Matt Ryan as starting quarterbacks. Their 19 meetings are the most in the Super Bowl era between starting quarterbacks, with Jim Kelly-Dan Marino (18) and John Elway-Dave Krieg (18) coming in 2nd. Brees leads the series 11-8.

Team Stats

Passing Yards285.311th
Rushing Yards97.321st
Points For26.79th
Points Against28.325th

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