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How did the Falcons do compared to last season in key stats?

Here''s a look at how the Falcons ranked in the NFL in several key statistical categories.

Now that the regular season is over, it’s time to see where the Falcons ended the year in some very key statistical categories. We will also see how the numbers compare to the 2014 season.

In total offense, the Falcons were 7th in the NFL with 374.1 yards per game. They were 8th last season with 378.2 yards per game.

In points per game, the Falcons scored 21.2 per game, which was 21st in the NFL. Last season the Falcons averaged 23.8 points per game, 12th best in the league. Of course, this year’s scoring numbers were skewed a bit. The Falcons averaged 32.4 points per game as they started the season 5-0. Then as the team went 1-7 in the next eight games the Falcons scored only 14.6 points per game. Then in the last three games of the season Atlanta scored 20 points per contest.

The passing offense numbers were impressive again, as Atlanta was 6th in the NFL with 273.7 yards per game. That was a bit down from last year, as Atlanta was 5th with 284.6 passing yards per game.

Atlanta’s rushing offense was 19th best in the NFL with 100.4 yards per game. That’s right at seven yards more per game than last season, as the Falcons were 24th in the NFL with 93.6 rushing yards per game. That’s steady progress for a team that was last in the NFL in rushing (77.9 yards per game) in 2013.

The offensive line allowed 32 sacks, which tied it with two other teams for the 8th best mark in the NFL. Atlanta allowed 89 quarterback hits, 15th best in the league.

Matt Ryan finished 5th in the NFL in yards passing with 4591. Julio Jones squeaked out Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown for the lead in receiving yards with 1871. Running back Devonta Freeman finished with 1056 yards, 7th best in the NFL. Freeman tied with three other running backs for most touchdowns at that position with 11.

In total defense, Atlanta was 16th in the NFL by allowing 347.6 yards per game. That’s a drastic improvement from a year ago when the Falcons were dead last in this stat. They allowed 398.2 yards per game in 2014.

The pass defense improved dramatically from 2014, when the Falcons were last in the NFL as they allowed 279.9 yards in the air. This season the Falcons were 18th. They gave up 242.6 passing yards a game.

Vic Beasley led the Falcons in sacks with four, but that was far down from the league leaders. The Falcons only had 19 as a team, which was dead last in the NFL.

The rushing defense was 14th best in the NFL this season, as it allowed 105 yards a game. In 2014 the Falcons allowed 118.4 rushing yards per game, 21st best in the NFL.

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