FLOWERY BRANCH -- Here’s everything you need to know Tuesday about the Falcons (6-3), who host the Indianapolis Colts (4-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
PRACTICE: The Falcons will not practice today. They’ll return to practice on Wednesday.
HASSELBECK TO START: With Andrew Luck out with a lacerated kidney, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck is set to start for the Colts. He’s 2-0 this season and completed 30 of 47 passes for 282 yards in a 16-13 victory over Jacksonville on Oct. 4. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 213 yards in 27-20 win over Houston On Oct. 8. He has a passer rating of 95 this season.
ROBERT MATHIS HOMECOMING: Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis, the Atlanta native who starred at McNair High and Alabama A&M, returns home for perhaps the last time. His fine career is winding down after missing last season because of injury, he has four sacks. Over his career he has 115 sacks.
PRACTICE SQUAD: The Falcons signed cornerback T.J. Heath to the practice squad on Monday. Heath, 6-0, 190 pounds, was originally signed by Jacksonville Jaguars as a college free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft out of Jacksonville State. He has spent time as a member of the practice squad for the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins. He replaced Akeem King, who was activated to the roster after the team released safety Dezmen Southward.
NEW STADIUM UPDATE: The Falcons have announced that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Preview Center opened to the general public Monday, November 16. Previously, only season ticket holders were given priority to secure seats. Now, in this next phase of development, all fans have an opportunity to visit the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Preview Center and learn about available seating, along with the building’s exciting new fan experience amenities and unique structural features. Season ticket members are guaranteed a three year price lock on Falcons season tickets for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. Fans interested in securing seats for the 2017 season are offered 17 different price points beginning at just $60 per seat per game, which includes ticket and personal seat license financing. Located at 3284 Northside Parkway, NW, in the first floor of the Medici Building in Atlanta, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Preview Center is conveniently located for fans across the metro area. Visits to the preview center are by appointment only, with evening and Saturday hours to offer flexibility and convenience. In person or virtual phone appointments may be made by visiting mercedesbenzstadium.com, by calling 678-686-4400 or by email at MBS@falcons.nfl.com.
Here's how the Falcons achieved their 6-3 start
Here's a look back at the game stories, news and notes from the Falcons'17-16 loss to San Francisco, the 23-20 overtime loss to Tampa Bay, win over the Titans (10-7), loss to the Saints (31-21) and their victories over the Redskins (25-19 in OT), Texans (48-21), Cowboys (39-28), Giants (24-20) and Eagles (26-24).
SAN FRANCISCO GAME COVERAGE -- 49ERS 17, Falcons 16
5 things we learned from the Falcons' 17-16 loss to the 49ers
How the 49ers beat the Falcons, 17-16
JEFF SCHULTZ: Latest Falcons' embarrassment is on Dan Quinn
Gabbert, 49ers make Falcons defense look weak
Weems provides brief spark with big returns
PHOTOS -- Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
TAMPA BAY GAME COVERAGE -- Bucs 23, Falcons 20 in OT
5 things we learned in the Falcons' 23-20 loss to the Bucs
How the Falcons lost to the Bucs in OT
10 comments from Dan Quinn after the loss to the Bucs
Adams disagreed with overtime pass interference call
Matt Ryan's miscues help to gift the Bucs' 20 points
QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons were saying after the 23-20 loss to the Bucs
Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston bests his role model: 'Mr. Ryan'
Falcons defense holds up, but forces no turnovers
Falcons rallied behind wide receiver Julio Jones
Bucs rookie linebacker Alexander dedicates win to deceased brother
TENNESSEE GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 10, Titans 7
5 things we learned from the Falcons' 10-7 victory over the Titans
BRADLEY: Falcons do enough to survive
10 comments from Dan Quinn after the Falcons' 10-7 victory over the Titans
NEW ORLEANS GAME COVERAGE -- Saints 31, Falcons 21
5 things we learned in the Falcons' 31-21 loss to the Saints
Saints hand Falcons their first loss -- Quarter by Quarter
Matt Ryan: 'It was a tough night'
5 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons' loss
What the Falcons had to say after their 31-21 loss to the Saints
Why didn't the Falcons feed Freeman? -- Mike Check
Falcons flash some of their ugly past -- Jeff Schultz column
Falcons-Saints by the numbers
Tweetcap: Falcons flop in New Orleans
WASHINGTON GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 25, Redskins 19 in OT
Falcons pull out 25-19 victory over Redskins in OT -- Quarter by Quarter
5 things we learned in the Falcons' 25-19 win over the Redskins
Alford's 59-yard interception return saves the day
What the Falcons had to say after the 25-19 win
Ryan, offense struggle with turnovers
Mark Bradley column: The Frenetic Falcons: Five-and-oh-my!
Roddy White hears support from the crowd
15 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons' victory
Roddy White: 'I'll be a Falcons for life'
Tweetcap: Falcons beat Redskins in OT
TEXANS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 48, Texans 21
How the Falcons hammered the Texans -- Quarter by Quarter
5 things we learned from the Falcons' 48-21 win over the Texans
Devonta Freeman stars again for the Falcons
What the Falcons had to say after pummeling the Texans
9 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons' victory
Jeff Schult'z column: Devonta Freeman, 7 TDs -- who didn't see that coming
Schraeder, Matthews keep Watt in check
Hankerson turns in a 100-yard receiving day (second of his career)
Houston's J.J. Watt tips hat to the Falcons
Former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle honored during Texans game
COWBOYS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 39, Cowboys 28
Falcons 39, Cowboys 28 -- Quarter by Quarter
5 things we learned from the Falcons' 39-28 win over the Cowboys
Mark Bradley's short takes: Julio, Freeman and the defense
Devonta Freeman is catalyst for Falcons run game
QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons had to say after beating Dallas
Julio Jones does it again: 12 catches, 164 yards and two touchdowns
Mark Bradley column: A dominant half shows what he Falcons could be
Offensive line cracked the run-game code
Ryan directed second-half fireworks show
Beasley help lead resurgence on defense
Where's Falcons wide receiver Roddy White?
GIANTS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 24, Giants 20
Falcons 24, Giants 20 -- Quarter by Quarter
5 things we learned from Falcons' 24-20 win over the Giants
Mark Bradley column -- Don't stop believin': Dan Quinn's men are 2-0
A record day for Julio Jones: 13 receptions
Kroy Biermann: 'We're a ball-attacking team'
EAGLES GAME COVERAGE -- FALCONS 26, EAGLES 24
5 things we learned from Falcons' upset win over Eagles
Matt Ryan leads Falcons to 26-24 win over the Eagles
Jeff Schultz column: An impressive debut by Quinn's new Falcons
Mark Bradley column: A new year: The Falcons dig deep and hang on
Julio Jones moves into fifth on Falcons' all-time receiving list
Tevin Coleman powers new rushing attack
Ricardo Allen seals victory in first start at free safety
4 questions with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones after the game
Falcons rookies Beasley, Jarrett make impact
Falcons' revamped offensive line shows positive signs
Falcons quotes after their victory over the Eagles
Falcons-Eagles: By The Numbers