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NFL Week 17, Carolina Panthers Vs. Atlanta Falcons: Many Milestones Could Fall In The Season's Final Weekend

With one regular season game remaining, the Atlanta Falcons are on the verge of some impressive personal milestones. Let's review.

Matt Ryan

With one touchdown pass Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Ryan would move into third all-time on the Falcons single-season passing touchdown list. He's currently tied with Chris Miller with 26. Steve Bartkowski's 1980 and 1981 seasons hold the top two spots with 31 and 30 touchdowns, respectively.

Ryan needs two completions to break the Falcons team record of 336 set by Jeff George in 1995. He also needs just 19 attempts to break George's team record of 557 set the same year.

Ryan's completion percentage of 62.2 is currently the fourth-best in team team history. He trails only Steve Bartkowski who holds the top three marks.

With 231 passing yards against the Panthers, Ryan would become just the fourth Falcon to throw for 3,700 yards in a season. Bartkowski did it in 1981 and George did it twice in 1994 and 1995.

Michael Turner

Turner needs 24 rushing yards to record the seventh-best rushing season in Falcons history. Jamal Anderson's 1,846 in 1998 is the record and Turner's own 2008 season ranks third. If Turner rushes for 96 yards, he'd become only the second Falcon to notch multiple 1,400-yard seasons in Atlanta. Gerald Riggs was the first in 1984 and again in 1985.

Roddy White

White will look to set the Falcons record for receiving yards in a season with 56 more this Sunday. The current record is one he set in 2008 with 1,382. White sits at 1,327 now and, if he maintains his average, should get to 1,415 by season's end. He also trails league-leader Brandon Lloyd by 48 yards and could become the first falcon to lead the league in receiving since Alfred Jenkins did so in 1981.

Another three catches will also move White past Mathis for most receptions by a Falcon in a single-season. Mathis holds the record with 111 but White has 109 receptions and is averaging 7.3 catches per game so that record will likely fall by halftime.

Defense and Specialists


Matt Bryant needs eight points on Sunday to move into a tie for second all-time on the Falcons points scored list. Jay Feely's 138 points in 2002 is the record with Jason Elam's 2008 season second-best.

Eric Weems has a shot at setting the single-season Falcons record for yards per kick return. He's currently averaging 27.69 yards per return. The record is held by Darrick Vaughn who averaged 27.74 yards per return in 2000.

With 0.5 sacks against the Panthers, John Abraham will move into sole possession of second place on the Falcons single-season sack list. He'd trail only himself. In 2008, Abraham sacked the quarterback 16.5 times and he's done so 13 times this season.

Brent Grimes has already set the Falcons record for pass defenses in a season with 22. A pass defense, as described by the NFL is, any pass which a defender, through contact with the football, causes to be incomplete. The previous record was 19, held by Ray Buchanan.

Jonathan Babineaux already has one fumble recovery for a touchdown and needs to just one more against the Panthers to tie the Falcons single-season record of two held by Kenny Johnson in 1981.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.