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When the Falcons acquired Tony Gonzalez in a trade with Kansas City, many figured that the future Hall of Fame tight end might stunt the growth of wide receiver Roddy White. White, who made his first trip to the Pro Bowl last season, did get off to a slow start in the first three games. However, that was attributed to his holdout.

He broke out with a 210-yard receiving game in the fourth game of the season at San Francisco and has not slowed down.

White is 85 yards short from having 1,000 yards receiving for the third consecutive year. He's on pace to finish with 1,126 yards.

There have been enough passes to go around for White and Gonzalez.

Teams have focused their defenses to take both away in the passing game. The Saints used two defenders to bracket Gonzalez and then rolled coverage to White.

"They just did a lot of combo coverage," White said.

With the focus on White and Gonzalez, Michael Jenkins has been getting some more action.

"Oh yeah, he's been doing a good job," White said. "He was doing his thing beating their coverages backside. Teams are going to have things like that and see what works. If we struggle against it they are going to use it."

White has now recorded 915 receiving yards, which currently ranks sixth in the NFC.

He is looking to reach a familiar milestone which he set last season after compiling the fourth highest receiving total in the NFL with 1,382 yards.

White trails Minnesota's Sidney Rice (1,075), New York Giants' Steve Smith (1,053), Dallas' Miles Austin (999), Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (991) and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson (947).

White, who is in his fifth season, is also moving up the team's all-time receiving yardage list.

With a franchise record 1,382 yards in 2008 and a 1,000-yard campaign in 2007, White has moved into fourth place on the Falcons all-time receiving yardage list.

After finishing with 104 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, he passed Jim Mitchell, who spent 11 seasons in a Falcons uniform and recorded 4,410 yards.

White, who has 4,451 career receiving yards, trails only Terance Mathis (7,349), Alfred Jenkins (6,267) and Andre Rison (5,633).

SERIES HISTORY: 10th regular-season meeting. Falcons lead the series, 5-4. The Falcons won the last meeting 27-14 in 2005, powered by a 155-yard rushing effort from Warrick Dunn. In a 1983 meeting against the Jets in New York, the Falcons faced a 21-point deficit in the third quarter. Atlanta recorded 27 unanswered points and claimed a 27-21 victory, marking a tie for the biggest comeback in franchise history. Quarterback Steve Bartkowski completed 25 of 36 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

NOTES, QUOTES

—With injuries to Michael Turner (high right ankle sprain) and Jerious Norwood (concussion, hip flexor), third-year running back Jason Snelling is getting plenty of action this season.

Through 13 games, he has already set new career highs in carries (86), rushing yards (339), receptions (23), receiving yards (227) and total touchdowns (four rushing and one receiving). Against the New York Giants in Week 11, Snelling established a career-high with 76 yards on 25 carries (3.03 avg.).

Snelling has a knack for making plays when he touches the ball. In his collegiate career at the University of Virginia, Snelling recorded 310 touches (235 rushing and 75 receiving), 115 of which went for first downs.

That's an average of one first down for every 2.7 touches. He is producing similar results this season with the Falcons.

In 109 touches (86 rushing and 23 receiving), Snelling has registered 36 first downs (24 rushing and 12 receiving) for an average of one first down per every 3.03 touches.

—Before this season, Chris Redman hadn't played in a meaningful NFL game since 2002. He made his comeback in 2007 during the Bobby Petrino and Michael Vick lost season. He finished up the season, but the team was already eliminated from the playoffs.

Redman nearly staged a major upset of the undefeated New Orleans Saints last week but the Falcons came up short, 26-23, against their bitter rivals.

Redman saw his first significant action since 2007 when he entered a Week 12 contest against Tampa Bay, filling in for an injured Matt Ryan (turf toe).

With 23 seconds remaining in the game on a fourth down play, Redman found wide receiver Roddy White in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

Redman, who's in his seventh season, finished the game and completed

23 of 41 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns for an 89.8 passer rating.

He struggled the following week against Philadelphia and had a quarterback rating of 56.1.

In his second start of the season against the Saints, Redman completed 23 of 34 passes for 303 yards. The total was the veteran quarterback's second-highest single-game passing mark.

—No one is expecting the Falcons to run the table and reach the playoffs. But no one expected them to get there last season, either. The Falcons have a path that could still lead them to the playoffs.

They need Dallas (8-5) to lose their remaining games at New Orleans, at Washington on Monday night and against Philadelphia. That would leave the Cowboys 8-8.

They need the New York Giants to finish 1-2 or 0-3. That would leave them at 8-8 or 7-9. The Giants close out with games at Washington, against Carolina and at Minnesota.

The Falcons would need to win-out to reach 9-7. San Francisco can win-out and tie the Falcons at 9-7. But the Falcons trounced the 49ers' 45-10 on Oct. 11 and hold the tiebreaker.

"Anything can happen," center Todd McClure said. "You've seen crazier stuff happen over the years."

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 — The Falcons dropped back to back home games for the first time under second year coach Mike Smith.

85 — Number of yards Roddy White needs to reach 1,000 for the third consecutive season.

40 — Chris Redman's quarterback rating in the 34-7 loss to Philadelphia was 56.1. He improved 40 points against the New Orleans Saints to finish at 96.1.

144 — Tony Gonzalez' streak of consecutive games with a reception. His streak ranks second among tight ends in league history behind Ozzie Newsome (150 games).

12-3 — The Falcons' home record in the Georgia Dome under second-year coach Mike Smith.

125 — Consecutive regular season games C Todd McClure has started, dating back to 2001.

51 — Consecutive regular season games in which DE John Abraham has competed in.

52 — Number of pass plays that the Falcons have given up that have gone for 20 yards or more.

7 - Number of rushing plays that the Falcons have given up that have gone for 20 yards or more.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The team has been here since '66 and it's very odd that they haven't put back-to-back winning seasons together. It's one thing that we'd like to do for our fans. Having back-to-back winning seasons is something that they've never had." — Falcons center Todd McClure on the team needing to win-out to have a shot at the playoffs and to end the 44-year streak of never having back-to-back winning seasons.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

The defensive line has had a rough time rushing the passer. They have registered just three sacks over the last five games. The once dominant John Abraham has only 3.5 sacks after recording a franchise record 16.5 sacks last season. Jamaal Anderson, who was taken with the eighth pick in the 2007 draft, has a half sack to give him 2.5 in 44 games. Look for Kroy Biermann (five sacks) and Lawrence Sidbury (one sack) to start getting more action down the stretch, especially if the team is officially eliminated from the playoffs. As the NFL evolves into more of a passing league, the Falcons have to find out if Biermann and Sidbury are legitimate pass rushers.

PLAYER NOTES

—WR Roddy White leads the team in receiving yards with 915 on 67 receptions (13.7 avg.). He also has a career-high eight touchdowns.

—TE Tony Gonzalez ranks second on the team in receiving yards with 788 on 75 receptions with five touchdowns.

—WR Michael Jenkins has 43 receptions for 548 yards (12.7 avg.).

—FB Ovie Mughelli has five receptions for 44 yards.

—DT Jonathan Babineaux has a career-best 5.0 quarterback sacks this year. Has also has 45 tackles (33 solo), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.

—LE Jamaal Anderson has 34 tackles, a half of a sack and two passes defensed in 12 games.

—OLB Mike Peterson ranks second on the team with 115 tackles and has added one interception, one sack, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

GAME PLAN: The Falcons unleashed a big play attack against the New Orleans Saints.

They had nine plays of 18 yards or more against the Saints. The longest play was a 50-yard touchdown pass from Chris Redman to Michael Jenkins. Four of the long gainers, came on first down, suggesting that the Falcons were out of their tendencies and caught the Saints off guard.

The Falcons' big-play assault would have been even more impressive if they didn't have to settle for three fields on their first three drives in the first half.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Jets CB Darrelle Revis vs. Falcons WR Roddy White. Revis is coming into this own this season. He makes up for his 5-11 height with his powerful jams at the line of scrimmage and his film study. He studies receivers' tendencies and is great at anticipating routes. White is just 85 yards away from his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton vs. Jets RB Thomas Jones. Lofton is having a fine second season. Jones has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth consecutive season and doesn't appear to be slowing down at age 31. The Falcons have held five teams under 100 yards rushing. New England's Fred Taylor, who rushed for 105 yards, has the highest output against them this season.

Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson vs. Falcons DE John Abraham: Abraham returns to face his former team. Last year he had a franchise record 16.5 sacks. He is struggling this season. He has only 3.5 sacks and has not recorded a full sack since the fourth game of the season. At 31, his mad speed rushes around the end are not working and at 255 pounds, his inside moves are being gobbled up. Ferguson and Abraham never played together for the Jets.

INJURY IMPACT: QB Matt Ryan (turf toe) will not likely play.

—RB Michael Turner (sprain high right ankle) re-injured his injured ankle against Tampa Bay. He will try to go at less than 100 percent after not playing the last two games.

—WR Brian Finneran (knee) was played on injured reserve.

—SS William Moore (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve.

—DT Peria Jerry (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

—CB Brian Williams (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

—LS Michael Schneck (broken ribs) was placed on injured reserve.

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When the Falcons acquired Tony Gonzalez in a trade with Kansas City, many figured that the future Hall of Fame tight end might stunt the growth of wide receiver Roddy White. White, who made his first trip to the Pro Bowl last season, did get off to a slow start in the first three games. However, that was attributed to his holdout.

He broke out with a 210-yard receiving game in the fourth game of the season at San Francisco and has not slowed down.

White is 85 yards short from having 1,000 yards receiving for the third consecutive year. He's on pace to finish with 1,126 yards.

There have been enough passes to go around for White and Gonzalez.

Teams have focused their defenses to take both away in the passing game. The Saints used two defenders to bracket Gonzalez and then rolled coverage to White.

"They just did a lot of combo coverage," White said.

With the focus on White and Gonzalez, Michael Jenkins has been getting some more action.

"Oh yeah, he's been doing a good job," White said. "He was doing his thing beating their coverages backside. Teams are going to have things like that and see what works. If we struggle against it they are going to use it."

White has now recorded 915 receiving yards, which currently ranks sixth in the NFC.

He is looking to reach a familiar milestone which he set last season after compiling the fourth highest receiving total in the NFL with 1,382 yards.

White trails Minnesota's Sidney Rice (1,075), New York Giants' Steve Smith (1,053), Dallas' Miles Austin (999), Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (991) and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson (947).

White, who is in his fifth season, is also moving up the team's all-time receiving yardage list.

With a franchise record 1,382 yards in 2008 and a 1,000-yard campaign in 2007, White has moved into fourth place on the Falcons all-time receiving yardage list.

After finishing with 104 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, he passed Jim Mitchell, who spent 11 seasons in a Falcons uniform and recorded 4,410 yards.

White, who has 4,451 career receiving yards, trails only Terance Mathis (7,349), Alfred Jenkins (6,267) and Andre Rison (5,633).

SERIES HISTORY: 10th regular-season meeting. Falcons lead the series, 5-4. The Falcons won the last meeting 27-14 in 2005, powered by a 155-yard rushing effort from Warrick Dunn. In a 1983 meeting against the Jets in New York, the Falcons faced a 21-point deficit in the third quarter. Atlanta recorded 27 unanswered points and claimed a 27-21 victory, marking a tie for the biggest comeback in franchise history. Quarterback Steve Bartkowski completed 25 of 36 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

NOTES, QUOTES

—With injuries to Michael Turner (high right ankle sprain) and Jerious Norwood (concussion, hip flexor), third-year running back Jason Snelling is getting plenty of action this season.

Through 13 games, he has already set new career highs in carries (86), rushing yards (339), receptions (23), receiving yards (227) and total touchdowns (four rushing and one receiving). Against the New York Giants in Week 11, Snelling established a career-high with 76 yards on 25 carries (3.03 avg.).

Snelling has a knack for making plays when he touches the ball. In his collegiate career at the University of Virginia, Snelling recorded 310 touches (235 rushing and 75 receiving), 115 of which went for first downs.

That's an average of one first down for every 2.7 touches. He is producing similar results this season with the Falcons.

In 109 touches (86 rushing and 23 receiving), Snelling has registered 36 first downs (24 rushing and 12 receiving) for an average of one first down per every 3.03 touches.

—Before this season, Chris Redman hadn't played in a meaningful NFL game since 2002. He made his comeback in 2007 during the Bobby Petrino and Michael Vick lost season. He finished up the season, but the team was already eliminated from the playoffs.

Redman nearly staged a major upset of the undefeated New Orleans Saints last week but the Falcons came up short, 26-23, against their bitter rivals.

Redman saw his first significant action since 2007 when he entered a Week 12 contest against Tampa Bay, filling in for an injured Matt Ryan (turf toe).

With 23 seconds remaining in the game on a fourth down play, Redman found wide receiver Roddy White in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

Redman, who's in his seventh season, finished the game and completed

23 of 41 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns for an 89.8 passer rating.

He struggled the following week against Philadelphia and had a quarterback rating of 56.1.

In his second start of the season against the Saints, Redman completed 23 of 34 passes for 303 yards. The total was the veteran quarterback's second-highest single-game passing mark.

—No one is expecting the Falcons to run the table and reach the playoffs. But no one expected them to get there last season, either. The Falcons have a path that could still lead them to the playoffs.

They need Dallas (8-5) to lose their remaining games at New Orleans, at Washington on Monday night and against Philadelphia. That would leave the Cowboys 8-8.

They need the New York Giants to finish 1-2 or 0-3. That would leave them at 8-8 or 7-9. The Giants close out with games at Washington, against Carolina and at Minnesota.

The Falcons would need to win-out to reach 9-7. San Francisco can win-out and tie the Falcons at 9-7. But the Falcons trounced the 49ers' 45-10 on Oct. 11 and hold the tiebreaker.

"Anything can happen," center Todd McClure said. "You've seen crazier stuff happen over the years."

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 — The Falcons dropped back to back home games for the first time under second year coach Mike Smith.

85 — Number of yards Roddy White needs to reach 1,000 for the third consecutive season.

40 — Chris Redman's quarterback rating in the 34-7 loss to Philadelphia was 56.1. He improved 40 points against the New Orleans Saints to finish at 96.1.

144 — Tony Gonzalez' streak of consecutive games with a reception. His streak ranks second among tight ends in league history behind Ozzie Newsome (150 games).

12-3 — The Falcons' home record in the Georgia Dome under second-year coach Mike Smith.

125 — Consecutive regular season games C Todd McClure has started, dating back to 2001.

51 — Consecutive regular season games in which DE John Abraham has competed in.

52 — Number of pass plays that the Falcons have given up that have gone for 20 yards or more.

7 - Number of rushing plays that the Falcons have given up that have gone for 20 yards or more.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The team has been here since '66 and it's very odd that they haven't put back-to-back winning seasons together. It's one thing that we'd like to do for our fans. Having back-to-back winning seasons is something that they've never had." — Falcons center Todd McClure on the team needing to win-out to have a shot at the playoffs and to end the 44-year streak of never having back-to-back winning seasons.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

The defensive line has had a rough time rushing the passer. They have registered just three sacks over the last five games. The once dominant John Abraham has only 3.5 sacks after recording a franchise record 16.5 sacks last season. Jamaal Anderson, who was taken with the eighth pick in the 2007 draft, has a half sack to give him 2.5 in 44 games. Look for Kroy Biermann (five sacks) and Lawrence Sidbury (one sack) to start getting more action down the stretch, especially if the team is officially eliminated from the playoffs. As the NFL evolves into more of a passing league, the Falcons have to find out if Biermann and Sidbury are legitimate pass rushers.

PLAYER NOTES

—WR Roddy White leads the team in receiving yards with 915 on 67 receptions (13.7 avg.). He also has a career-high eight touchdowns.

—TE Tony Gonzalez ranks second on the team in receiving yards with 788 on 75 receptions with five touchdowns.

—WR Michael Jenkins has 43 receptions for 548 yards (12.7 avg.).

—FB Ovie Mughelli has five receptions for 44 yards.

—DT Jonathan Babineaux has a career-best 5.0 quarterback sacks this year. Has also has 45 tackles (33 solo), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.

—LE Jamaal Anderson has 34 tackles, a half of a sack and two passes defensed in 12 games.

—OLB Mike Peterson ranks second on the team with 115 tackles and has added one interception, one sack, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

GAME PLAN: The Falcons unleashed a big play attack against the New Orleans Saints.

They had nine plays of 18 yards or more against the Saints. The longest play was a 50-yard touchdown pass from Chris Redman to Michael Jenkins. Four of the long gainers, came on first down, suggesting that the Falcons were out of their tendencies and caught the Saints off guard.

The Falcons' big-play assault would have been even more impressive if they didn't have to settle for three fields on their first three drives in the first half.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Jets CB Darrelle Revis vs. Falcons WR Roddy White. Revis is coming into this own this season. He makes up for his 5-11 height with his powerful jams at the line of scrimmage and his film study. He studies receivers' tendencies and is great at anticipating routes. White is just 85 yards away from his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton vs. Jets RB Thomas Jones. Lofton is having a fine second season. Jones has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth consecutive season and doesn't appear to be slowing down at age 31. The Falcons have held five teams under 100 yards rushing. New England's Fred Taylor, who rushed for 105 yards, has the highest output against them this season.

Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson vs. Falcons DE John Abraham: Abraham returns to face his former team. Last year he had a franchise record 16.5 sacks. He is struggling this season. He has only 3.5 sacks and has not recorded a full sack since the fourth game of the season. At 31, his mad speed rushes around the end are not working and at 255 pounds, his inside moves are being gobbled up. Ferguson and Abraham never played together for the Jets.

INJURY IMPACT: QB Matt Ryan (turf toe) will not likely play.

—RB Michael Turner (sprain high right ankle) re-injured his injured ankle against Tampa Bay. He will try to go at less than 100 percent after not playing the last two games.

—WR Brian Finneran (knee) was played on injured reserve.

—SS William Moore (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve.

—DT Peria Jerry (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

—CB Brian Williams (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

—LS Michael Schneck (broken ribs) was placed on injured reserve.

Who says Ryan is unlikley to play. He was back at practice today.

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Nope from what is being posted and said he was in a limited practice today. to me limited practice means pads and hopefully getting ready to play this sunday.

this was his quote

If physically able, Ryan said he’ll be ready to play.

“Mentally you just have to prepare yourself like I’ve been doing the last two weeks,” he said

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this was his quote

If physically able, Ryan said he’ll be ready to play.

“Mentally you just have to prepare yourself like I’ve been doing the last two weeks,” he said

still a good sign he was able to finally get back out there in a limited role. some players go through limited roles all week and play sunday. here is hoping.

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