While many story lines played out during Sunday’s last-second 27-23 road loss the Dolphins, here are a few of the noteworthy numbers behind the narrative.
0 - Sacks surrendered by Falcons against the team who entered the game tied for the most sacks in the NFL. The first quarter injury to Cameron Wake (who did not return) didn’t help the Dolphins, but the Falcons’ offensive line nonetheless was much improved protecting Matt Ryan. Lamar Holmes started at left tackle for the injured Sam Baker, while Jeremy Trueblood started his first game in a Falcons uniform at right tackle.
2 - Number of 100+ yard receiving games for Julio Jones in the first three games of the 2013 season. Jones followed up his 11-catch, 182-yard performance against the Rams with an 9-catch, 115-yard game in Miami. Through three games, Jones has caught 27 passes for 373 yards.
3 - First down catches by TE Tony Gonzalez on Atlanta’s game-opening scoring drive. The future Hall-of-Famer totaled four catches for 20 yards on the first possession to help set up Jason Snelling’s 7-yard touchdown catch.
4 - Games the Falcons have won in the 12 times (including Sunday’s 27-23 loss) these two franchises have met in the regular season.
4.8 - Rushing yards per carry for both Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling in the game. The Falcons as a team averaged just 2.3 yards per carry last week against the Rams.
5 - Sacks by Falcons defense. Atlanta had totaled just two sacks combined in the first two games of the season and entered Sunday’s contest near the bottom of the NFL in that category.
16 - Penalties by the Falcons in the first three games of the 2013 season. After seeing just two yellow flags in the season opener in New Orleans, Atlanta has been hit with seven penalties in back-to-back games.
23 - Minutes the Falcons possessed the ball in the first half, compared to just seven minutes for Miami. Atlanta led 13-10 at halftime. The Falcons finished the game with a 37-minute to 23-minute edge in time of possession.
30 - Rushing attempts for the Falcons in their first two games of the season (14 vs. New Orleans & 16 vs. St. Louis).
30 - Rushing attempts for the Falcons against the Dolphins. Dirk Koetter’s offense was much more balanced against Miami after skewing heavily toward the pass in the first two games.
38 - Seconds the Dolphins led in the game. Unfortunately, they were the final 38 seconds of the game.
40 - Red zone efficiency for the Falcons in the game (2 of 5). Conversely, the Dolphins scored on all three of their red zone visits.
86 - Rushing yards for Jacquizz Rodgers, a career high for the third-year pro.
89 - Degrees (F) at kickoff, making it (believe it or not) the hottest temperature registered among the 12 regular season games played between the two clubs. The previous high temperature was 83 degrees on October 11, 1992 at what was then Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.
111 - Yards from scrimmage for running back Jason Snelling (11 for 53 rushing, 4 for 58 receiving). Snelling also scored on a 7-yard touchdown catch on the game’s opening drive.
146 - Rushing yards against the Dolphins. In the first two games, Atlanta rushed for a combined 124 yards (88 vs. New Orleans and 36 vs. St. Louis).
582 - Nautical miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though the flight may have felt longer than that.
1,440 - Number of minutes until the Falcons forget about this week’s outcome and psychologically turn the page to Sunday night’s prime-time game against the 3-0 Patriots. This mindset is dubbed by Coach Smith “The 24 Hour Rule.”