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With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Atlanta Falcons' media relations department, let’s take a look at some statistical superlatives from Atlanta’s 34-0 victory against the New York Giants on Sunday.

  • Quarterback Matt Ryan had no problem handling the Giants’ blitz. When New York sent five or more pass rushers, Ryan completed six of seven passes and averaged 15.1 yards per attempt.

  • Ryan broke two of his own franchise records. He now has a team-best 4,202 passing yards on the season, breaking the record (4,177 yards he set last year). Ryan also has 369 completions on the season. He set the previous record with 357 in 2010.

  • Ryan completed 23 of 28 passes (82.1 percent) for 270 yards with three touchdowns and a 142.6 passer rating. Ryan’s completion percentage was the second-best total of his career. He completed 85.7 percent of his passes in a 2010 game against Green Bay.

  • Ryan now has posted a passer rating of 100 or better 32 times in his career. The Falcons are 31-1 in those games.

  • Not counting kneel-downs, the Falcons rushed 35 times for 133 yards. Seventy-four of those yards came after contact.

  • The shutout was Atlanta’s first since Nov. 2, 2009 at Oakland and its first in the Georgia Dome since Oct. 20, 2002 against Carolina.

  • The Falcons handed Eli Manning the first regular-season shutout of his career. It also was the first time the Giants have been shut out in the regular season since 1996.

  • Since coach Mike Smith’s arrival in 2008, the Falcons are 20-3 following a loss. The Falcons have won 10 straight games coming off a loss.

  • Cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted Manning in the first quarter. It was Samuel’s 48th career interception, which ranks No. 4 among active players.

  • Michael Turner moved into second place on the team’s all-time rushing list. Turner has 6,022 yards since joining the Falcons in 2008. Gerald Riggs is the franchise leader with 6,630 yards.

  • Julio Jones topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark. Jones and Roddy White became the first pair of Atlanta receivers to reach 1,000 yards in the same season since Terance Mathis and Tony Martin did it in 1998. Jones and White have combined for 148 receptions, 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

  • The Falcons have not allowed a passing touchdown in their last three home games.

  • Safety Thomas DeCoud recorded his sixth interception of the season. He and William Moore are the NFL’s only safety tandem in which both players have at least four interceptions.

Here's one more I'll add after doing some research..

Falcons have not beaten Giants at home since 1978.. .

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Here's a few more I don't think are in the list:

The Falcons (4-0 against NFC East and 4-0 against AFC West) are the 1st team to sweep 2 other divisions since the Titans went 4-0 against the NFC North and the AFC North in 2008.

* The Falcons have now swept the NFC East. The Steelers will attempt to do the same thing next against the Cowboys. [+]

The Giants 34-point loss today at the hands of the Falcons was the worst shutout loss by a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history. [+]

This is the 6th-worst shutout loss for the Giants, including playoffs, and the worst since a 35-0 loss to the Cowboys in 1995 [+]

Eli Manning was 8-of-16 for 128 yards and two interceptions on throws deeper than 5 yards downfield, his second-lowest number of completions in a game this season on those throws.

Manning hadn't thrown multiple interceptions without a touchdown more than 5 yards downfield since Week 15 of last year, and Manning's +7 TD-Int differential on those throws was tied for fourth best in the league this season.

The Falcons rushed for 133 yards on 35 rushes (excluding kneeldowns), including 74 yards after contact. Sunday marked Atlanta's second-highest yards after contact total in a game this season, and the 51 yards after contact it gained in the second half alone would have ranked as fourth most. Atlanta's success on the ground was a big reason why the Falcons had the ball for 23:32 of the second half.

The Giants pressured Matt Ryan at about their season average, sending extra rushers on 7-of-29 dropbacks (24.1 percent compared with 23.5 percent season average). It didn't matter what the Giants did, as they had no success slowing Ryan using either method. [+]

The Falcons (4-0 against NFC East and 4-0 against AFC West) are the 1st team to sweep 2 other divisions since the Titans went 4-0 against the NFC North and the AFC North in 2008.

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