2022 Atlanta Falcons season

57th season in franchise history
2022 Atlanta Falcons season
OwnerArthur Blank
General managerTerry Fontenot
Head coachArthur Smith
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Stadium
Results
Record2–2
Division place2nd NFC South
Uniform
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The 2022 season is the Atlanta Falcons' 57th in the National Football League (NFL), their sixth playing their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and their second under head coach Arthur Smith.

For the first time since 2007, long-time quarterback Matt Ryan will not be on the roster as he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts on March 21, 2022.[1] The team signed former Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota as their new quarterback on the same day. Mariota was reunited with Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, whom served as the tight ends coach and offensive coordinator during Mariota's tenure with the Titans (2015–2019).[2]

Draft

2022 Atlanta Falcons Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 8 Drake London WR USC
2 38 Arnold Ebiketie DE Penn State
58 Troy Andersen LB Montana State
3 74 Desmond Ridder QB Cincinnati
82 DeAngelo Malone LB Western Kentucky
5 151 Tyler Allgeier RB BYU
6 190 Justin Shaffer G Georgia
213 John FitzPatrick TE Georgia

Notes

  • The Falcons acquired an additional second-round selection (No. 58 overall), along with a 2023 fourth-round selection, in a trade that sent their 2023 sixth-round selection and wide receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans.[3]
  • The Falcons acquired an additional third-round selection (no. 82 overall), in a trade that sent quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts.
  • The Falcons traded a second-round (No. 43rd overall) and fourth-round (No. 146th overall) selection to the New York Giants in exchange for the Giants' second-round selection (No. 38th overall).
2022 Atlanta Falcons undrafted free agents
Name Position College Ref.
Jared Bernhardt WR Ferris State [4]
Stanley Berryhill Arizona
Kuony Deng OLB California
Matt Hankins CB Iowa
Brad Hawkins S Michigan
Timmy Horne DT Kansas State
Tyshaun James WR Central Connecticut
Nate Landman LB Colorado
Bryce Rodgers DT UC Davis
Derrick Tangelo Penn State
Seth Vernon P Portland State
Tyler Vrabel OT Boston College
Leroy Watson TE UTSA

Staff

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Front office
  • Owner/chairman – Arthur Blank
  • President/CEO – Rich McKay
  • General manager – Terry Fontenot
  • Vice president of player personnel – Kyle Smith
  • Director of pro personnel – vacant
  • Director of coaching operations – Brian Griffin
  • Director of college scouting – Anthony Robinson
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Duwane Jones
  • Senior director of football administration – Chris Olsen
  • Senior personnel executive – Ryan Pace, Ruston Webster, Phil Emery
Head coaches
  • Head coach – Arthur Smith
Offensive coaches
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Dean Pees
  • Defensive line – Gary Emanuel
  • Linebackers – Frank Bush
  • Outside linebackers – Ted Monachino
  • Secondary – Jon Hoke
  • Assistant defensive backs – Nick Perry
  • Defensive assistant – Lanier Goethie
  • Defensive assistant – Matt Pees
Special teams coaches
Support staff
  • Director of coaching operations – Brian Griffin
  • Assistant director of coaching operations – Sarah Hogan
  • Football analyst – Sal Conti
  • Football analyst – Shawn Flaherty
  • Football analyst – Patrick Kramer
  • Diversity coaching intern – Steven King
Strength and conditioning
  • Head strength and conditioning – Dr. Thomas Stallworth
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Roderick Moore Jr
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Bobby Thomas

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Rookies in italics

Roster updated October 4, 2022

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53 active, 10 inactive, 16 practice squad (+1 exempt)

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Preseason

The Falcons' preseason opponents and schedule were announced in the spring.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 12 at Detroit Lions W 27–23 1–0 Ford Field Recap
2 August 22 at New York Jets L 16–24 1–1 Metlife Stadium Recap
3 August 27 Jacksonville Jaguars W 28–12 2–1 Mercedes Benz Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Time (ET) Opponent Result Record Venue TV Recap
1 September 11 1:00 p.m. New Orleans Saints L 26–27 0–1 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 18 4:05 p.m. at Los Angeles Rams L 27–31 0–2 SoFi Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 25 4:25 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks W 27–23 1–2 Lumen Field Fox Recap
4 October 2 1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns W 23–20 2–2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 9 1:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium Fox
6 October 16 1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers Mercedes-Benz Stadium Fox
7 October 23 1:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals Paycor Stadium Fox
8 October 30 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers Mercedes-Benz Stadium Fox
9 November 6 1:00 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers Mercedes-Benz Stadium Fox
10 November 10 8:15 p.m. at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Prime Video
11 November 20 1:00 p.m. Chicago Bears Mercedes-Benz Stadium Fox
12 November 27 1:00 p.m. at Washington Commanders FedExField Fox
13 December 4 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers Mercedes-Benz Stadium CBS
14 Bye
15 December 17/18 TBD at New Orleans Saints Caesars Superdome TBD
16 December 24 1:00 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Fox
17 January 1 1:00 p.m. Arizona Cardinals Mercedes-Benz Stadium Fox
18 January 7/8 TBD Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mercedes-Benz Stadium TBD

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times from Weeks 6–14 and 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling; Week 10 is exempt, as it occurs on a Thursday.
  • As the result of Saturday flexible scheduling during Week 15, the date, time and network for that week's game at the New Orleans Saints will be finalized at a later date—by no later than four weeks prior to game day.
  • The date, time and network for Week 18 will be determined at the end of Week 17.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 1: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 0 31727
Falcons 3 13 7326

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 54-yard field goal, 10:40. Falcons 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 4:20.
  • NO – Taysom Hill 11-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 5:44. Saints 7–3. Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards, 2:02.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Cordarrelle Patterson 5-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 12:12. Falcons 10–7. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 5:30.
  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 50-yard field goal, 1:06. Falcons 13–7. Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 2:41.
  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 40-yard field goal, 0:00. Falcons 16–7. Drive: 4 plays, 39 yards, 0:23.

Third quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 49-yard field goal, 9:15. Falcons 16–10. Drive: 11 plays, 44 yards, 5:45.
  • ATL – Marcus Mariota 2-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 6:49. Falcons 23–10. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:26.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 27-yard field goal, 12:41. Falcons 26–10. Drive: 9 plays, 41 yards, 4:00.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 3-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Jameis Winston–Chris Olave pass), 11:12. Falcons 26–18. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:29.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 9-yard pass from Jameis Winston (run failed), 3:38. Falcons 26–24. Drive: 8 plays, 86 yards, 3:27.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 51-yard field goal, 0:19. Saints 27–26. Drive: 5 plays, 47 yards, 0:29.

Top passers

  • NO – Jameis Winston – 23/34, 269 yards, 2 TD
  • ATL – Marcus Mariota – 20/33, 215 yards

Top rushers

  • NO – Taysom Hill – 4 rushes, 81 yards, TD
  • ATL – Cordarrelle Patterson – 22 rushes, 120 yards, TD

Top receivers

Despite holding a 16-point lead with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Falcons were unable to hold on, as the Saints scored 17 points in a row to go ahead 27–26. The Falcons attempted a 63-yard game-winning field goal on the final play, but it was blocked by Saints' defensive tackle Payton Turner. With the loss, they start off 0-1 again.

Week 2: at Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 3 71727
Rams 7 14 7331

at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • LAR – Darrell Henderson 8-yard run (Matt Gay kick), 9:30. Rams 14–0. Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 4:41.
  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 26-yard field goal, 2:44. Rams 14–3. Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 6:46.
  • LAR – Cooper Kupp 3-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Gay kick), 0:14. Rams 21–3. Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, 0:14.

Third quarter

  • LAR – Cooper Kupp 10-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Gay kick), 9:22. Rams 28–3. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:38.
  • ATL – Drake London 4-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (Younghoe Koo kick), 3:20. Rams 28–10. Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 3:03.

Fourth quarter

  • LAR – Matt Gay 20-yard field goal, 12:13. Rams 31–10. Drive: 13 plays, 78 yards, 6:07.
  • ATL – Olamide Zaccheaus 11-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (Younghoe Koo kick), 8:14. Rams 31–17. Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 3:59.
  • ATL – Lorenzo Carter 26-yard return of blocked punt (Marcus Mariota–Drake London pass), 4:57. Rams 31–25.
  • ATL – Brandon Powell OB in end zone, forced by DeAundre Alford, for a Safety, 0:06. Rams 31–27.

Top passers

  • ATL – Marcus Mariota – 17/26, 196 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • LAR – Matthew Stafford – 27/36, 272 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • ATL – Cordarrelle Patterson – 10 rushes, 41 yards
  • LAT – Darrell Henderson – 10 rushes, 47 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • ATL – Drake London – 8 receptions, 86 yards, TD
  • LAR – Cooper Kupp – 11 receptions, 108 yards, 2 TD

Hoping to avoid a 0-2 start, the Falcons traveled to Inglewood to play against the Los Angeles Rams. The Falcons lost their second straight game to the defending Super Bowl champions.

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 3: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 10 7 10027
Seahawks 10 10 3023

at Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 67 °F (19 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,773
  • Referee: Tra Blake
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Robert Smith and Jen Hale
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • SEA – Jason Myers 32-yard field goal, 10:19. Seahwaks 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 4:41.
  • ATL – Marcus Mariota 1-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 7:10. Falcons 7–3. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:09.
  • SEA – Will Dissly 18-yard pass from Geno Smith (Jason Myers kick), 4:12. Seahawks 10–7. Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 2:58.
  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 41-yard field goal, 0:07. Tied 10–10. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:05.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Cordarrelle Patterson 17-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 8:12. Falcons 17–10. Drive: 9 plays, 89 yards, 5:31.
  • SEA – DK Metcalf 18-yard pass from Geno Smith (Jason Myers kick), 3:58. Tied 17–17. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:14.
  • SEA – Jason Myers 31-yard field goal, 0:05. Seahwaks 20–17. Drive: 12 plays, 67 yards, 2:58.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 54-yard field goal, 10:00. Tied 20–20. Drive: 9 plays, 39 yards, 5:00.
  • SEA – Jason Myers 25-yard field goal, 3:11. Seahwaks 23–20. Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 6:49.
  • ATL – Drake London 14-yard pass from Marcus Mariota (Younghoe Koo kick), 0:35. Falcons 27–23. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:36.

Fourth quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 4: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 4: Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Browns 0 10 3720
Falcons 10 0 01323

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 72 °F (22 °C) (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 69,435
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon and Tiki Barber
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 30-yard field goal, 3:26. Falcons 3–0. Drive: 14 plays, 84 yards, 6:43.
  • ATL – Cordarrelle Patterson 13-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 1:20. Falcons 10–0. Drive: 3 plays, 31 yards, 1:32.

Second quarter

  • CLE – Jacoby Brissett 4-yard run (Cade York kick), 7:35. Falcons 10–7. Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 8:45.
  • CLE – Cade York 29-yard field goal, 0:07. Tied 10–10. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 6:24.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Cade York 45-yard field goal, 3:06. Browns 13–10. Drive: 7 plays, 16 yards, 3:51.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Caleb Huntley 5-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 12:51. Falcons 17–13. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:15.
  • CLE – Nick Chubb 28-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 9:51. Browns 20–17. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:00.
  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 21-yard field goal, 7:19. Tied 20–20. Drive: 7 plays, 73 yards, 2:32.
  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 45-yard field goal, 2:28. Falcons 23–20. Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards, 1:07.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • CLE – Nick Chubb – 19 rushes, 118 yards, TD
  • ATL – Tyler Allgeier – 10 rushes, 84 yards

Top receivers

Week 5: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 5: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 0 000
Buccaneers 0 0 000

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Standings

Division

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W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 2 0 .500 1–0 2–1 82 68 L2
Atlanta Falcons 2 2 0 .500 0–1 1–2 103 101 W2
Carolina Panthers 1 3 0 .250 1–0 1–2 78 85 L1
New Orleans Saints 1 3 0 .250 1–2 1–3 76 96 L3

Conference

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# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Philadelphia Eagles East 4 0 0 1.000 1–0 3–0 .438 .438 W4
2 Minnesota Vikings North 3 1 0 .750 2–0 3–1 .563 .417 W2
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 2 0 .500 1–0 2–1 .625 .500 L2
4 San Francisco 49ers West 2 2 0 .500 2–0 2–1 .500 .500 W1
Wild cards
5 Dallas Cowboys East 3 1 0 .750 2–0 2–1 .500 .500 W3
6 New York Giants East 3 1 0 .750 0–1 2–1 .500 .417 W1
7 Green Bay Packers North 3 1 0 .750 1–1 2–1 .500 .417 W3
In the hunt
8 Los Angeles Rams West 2 2 0 .500 1–1 2–1 .563 .500 L1
9 Arizona Cardinals West 2 2 0 .500 0–1 1–1 .438 .250 W1
10 Atlanta Falcons South 2 2 0 .500 0–1 1–2 .438 .500 W2
11 Seattle Seahawks West 2 2 0 .500 0–1 1–2 .438 .375 W1
12 Chicago Bears North 2 2 0 .500 0–1 1–2 .531 .313 L1
13 Carolina Panthers South 1 3 0 .250 1–0 1–2 .500 .250 L1
14 New Orleans Saints South 1 3 0 .250 1–2 1–3 .500 .500 L3
15 Detroit Lions North 1 3 0 .250 0–1 1–3 .625 .250 L2
16 Washington Commanders East 1 3 0 .250 0–2 0–3 .625 .500 L3
Tiebreakers[a]
  1. ^ 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 and home-field advantage

References

  1. ^ "Falcons trade Matt Ryan to Indianapolis Colts". www.atlantafalcons.com. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Falcons sign quarterback Marcus Mariota to two-year deal". Sportsnet. March 21, 2022. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "Atlanta Falcons trade Julio Jones to Tennessee Titans". ESPN.com. June 6, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  4. ^ "Falcons announce 13 undrafted free agent signings". atlantafalcons.com. Atlanta Falcons. May 2, 2022.

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