NFL Capsule: Falcons at Lions

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Associated Press

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 2:31 PM

ATLANTA (12-2) At DETROIT (4-10)

Saturday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE — Falcons by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 8-5-1; Detroit 5-9

SERIES RECORD — Lions lead 23-11

AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons No. 5; Lions No. 28

LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Lions 23-16, Oct. 23, 2011

LAST WEEK — Falcons beat Giants 34-0; Lions lost to Cardinals 38-10.

FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (28), PASS (5)

FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (24), PASS (17)

LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (23), PASS (1)

LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (18), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Falcons can clinch home-field advantage in playoffs with win. ... Atlanta has won two straight and four of six in series. ... Detroit has lost six straight, NFL's longest active skid, to seal 10th double-digit loss season in 12 years. ... Atlanta QB Matt Ryan had season-best 142.6 rating against Giants. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford had 37.6 rating against Cardinals, lowest since rookie year in 2009. ... Ryan surpassed own Falcons single-season records with 357 completions and 4,177 yards passing. ... Stafford, ex-Georgia star, 63 attempts from breaking NFL single-season record (691) by Drew Bledsoe. ... Falcons WR Roddy White has NFC-high 550 catches since 2007 and 1,000-plus yards receiving for sixth straight year. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson can break NFL record, set by Charley Hennigan in 1961, matched by Michael Irvin in 1995, with eighth consecutive game with 100 yards receiving. ... Johnson, former Georgia Tech star, can surpass Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 yards receiving with 182 yards in last two games. ... Falcons RB Michael Turner has scored in five straight games. ... Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure seven rushing scores in last seven games. ... Falcons DE John Abraham has four sacks in last two games against Detroit. ... Lions DE Cliff Avril and Denver's Von Miller only NFL players with at least 20 sacks and eight forced fumbles since 2011.

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