2022 Atlanta Falcons season
|2022 Atlanta Falcons season|
|General manager||Terry Fontenot|
|Head coach||Arthur Smith|
|Home field||Mercedes-Benz Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC South|
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. 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||38||Arnold Ebiketie||DE||Penn State|
|58||Troy Andersen||LB||Montana State|
|82||DeAngelo Malone||LB||Western Kentucky|
- 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.
- 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).
|Jared Bernhardt||WR||Ferris State|||
|Timmy Horne||DT||Kansas State|
|Tyshaun James||WR||Central Connecticut|
|Bryce Rodgers||DT||UC Davis|
|Derrick Tangelo||Penn State|
|Seth Vernon||P||Portland State|
|Tyler Vrabel||OT||Boston College|
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→ Coaching staff
|Offensive linemen |
|Reserve lists |
The Falcons' preseason opponents and schedule were announced in the spring.
|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|
|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|
|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|
- 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.
Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints
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
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 4: vs. Cleveland Browns
at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Week 5: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||2||0||.500||1–0||2–1||82||68||L2|
|New Orleans Saints||1||3||0||.250||1–2||1–3||76||96||L3|
|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|
|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|
|14||New Orleans Saints||South||1||3||0||.250||1–2||1–3||.500||.500||L3|
|w — Clinched wild card|
|x — Clinched playoff berth|
|y — Clinched division|
|z — Clinched first-round bye and home-field advantage|
- ^ "Falcons trade Matt Ryan to Indianapolis Colts". www.atlantafalcons.com. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
- ^ "Falcons sign quarterback Marcus Mariota to two-year deal". Sportsnet. March 21, 2022. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
- ^ "Atlanta Falcons trade Julio Jones to Tennessee Titans". ESPN.com. June 6, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- ^ "Falcons announce 13 undrafted free agent signings". atlantafalcons.com. Atlanta Falcons. May 2, 2022.
- Official website