By the numbers: 11 key stats from the Falcons' Week 4 win

The Atlanta Falcons struggled to move the ball through the air during Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Cleveland Browns, but their running game couldn’t be stopped in the fourth quarter.

After accumulating just 30 rushing yards at halftime, the Falcons added 172 more yards on the ground in the second half.

Let’s examine 11 key stats from Atlanta’s second win of the season.

1: Penalty committed by the Falcons The Falcons committed just one penalty in Week 4, their lowest total of the season. In Atlanta’s two wins, the team has just three combined penalties. However, the Falcons have 13 combined penalties in their two losses this season.

5.8: Average yards per carry for Atlanta Atlanta ran the ball 35 times on Sunday, racking up 202 total rushing yards. That averages out to 5.8 yards per carry for the team. It’s also the exact same number the Falcons averaged per rushing attempt in their Week 3 win over the Seahawks.

7: QB hits by Falcons defense The Falcons have had a tough time getting sacks since Week 1, and they finished with just one sack during Sunday’s win. On the bright side, the team racked up seven QB hits on Jacoby Brissett. The Browns quarterback threw his only interception of the game following a big sack from Grady Jarrett in the fourth quarter.

14: Consecutive running plays by Atlanta The Falcons ran the ball 14 times in a row in the second half. Head coach Arthur Smith was pleased to see his team dominate up front. “When the line’s running like that, that’s what you call being in the flow,” said Smith after the game.

29.75: Total sacks Atlanta is on pace to allow Atlanta has allowed just seven sacks after four games and gave up just one on Sunday afternoon. The improved play from the offensive line combined with the success of the running game is helping the team allow just 1.75 sacks per game. 

29.75: Total sacks Atlanta is on pace to allow This puts Atlanta on pace to allow just 29.75 sacks this season, an improvement from the 40 allowed by the team in 2021.

42: Combined receiving yards by Kyle Pitts, Drake London Pitts had just one catch for 25 yards on Sunday afternoon. It was his third underwhelming yardage total in four weeks. As for London, he had a career-low 17 receiving yards on just two catches. 

42: Combined receiving yards by Kyle Pitts, Drake London The two former first-round picks combined for 42 receiving yards in Week 4, but it’s tough to put up big numbers when the QB completes just seven passes.

36: Marcus Mariota's completion percentage Mariota had a quiet day, completing 7-of-19 passes (36 percent) for 139 yards and one interception. However, this was partially due to the team’s commitment to the run. The Falcons ran the ball 35 times, while passing it just 19 times. 

36: Marcus Mariota's completion percentage At 2-2, Mariota’s job probably isn’t in jeopardy, but he must cut down on the fumbles and start throwing the ball with more consistency.

50: Atlanta's red-zone conversion percentage It wasn’t the best day for Arthur Smith’s offense in the red zone (2-of-4), but the Falcons’ two red-zone conversions helped put them in position to win. Younghoe Koo converted all three of his field goal attempts Sunday.

104: All-purpose yards gained by Tyler Allgeier Falcons rookie RB Tyler Allgeier finally had the breakout game fans have been waiting for. Not only did he lead the team with 84 rushing yards on 10 attempts, Allgeier finished with over 100 all-purpose yards by adding a 20-yard reception. The fifth-round pick out of BYU is looking like a solid No. 2 RB to Cordarrelle Patterson.

164: Rushing yards gained by someone other than Patterson The Falcons’ monster day on the ground was highlighted by the fact that Patterson only had 38 of the team’s 202 rushing yards. Allgeier had 84 yards, Caleb Huntley added 56 yards, and Avery Williams chipped in 21 yards. The depth of this group is finally starting to pay off.

403: Total yards gained by Browns offense The Falcons defense overcame a big day from the Browns by getting stops in key moments. Cleveland more than doubled Atlanta’s first-half yardage — 245-120 — but still lost by three points. Jacoby Brissett threw for 234 passing yards, while the Browns added 177 rushing yards (403 total). 

403: Total yards gained by Browns offense If the idea is to bend but not break, then the defense is doing exactly what it’s supposed to. Dee Alford’s fourth-quarter interception helped the Falcons secure their second straight win. Sunday.


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