DENVER -- Here are 5 things to mull over before today's 4:05 p.m. kickoff between the surprising Atlanta Falcons (3-1) and the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos (4-0) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.
1. THE X-FACTOR: Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who is coming off his 12-catch,
2. Lynch to start at QB for Broncos : Second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian injured his left shoulder last week. Rookie Paxton Lynch came on to play in relief last week against Tampa Bay. The Falcons spent most of the week preparing for both quarterbacks, but Lynch will start. Here's the scouting book on Lynch.
3. RADIO AND TELEVISION: Fox will have the game with Chris Meyers, John Lynch and Pam Oliver announcing. Wes Durham, Dave Archer and John Michaels will call the game for 92.9 The Game with the Countdown to Kickoff show being handled by Ryan Cameron and Mike Conti starting at 2 p.m.
4. NFL OFFICIAL CREW: McAulay Crew -- R: Terry McAulay (77). FJ: Rick Patterson (15). U: Undrey Wash (96). SJ: Jonah Monroe (120). HL: Jerry Bergman (91) BJ: Rich Martinez (39) LJ: Tom Stephan (68). RO: Earnie Frantz. McAulay has been an NFL official since 1998 and he's worked three Super Bowls.
5. SERIES RECORD: This will be the 14th regular-season meeting. The Broncos lead the series 8-5. The Falcons won the last meeting, 27-21, on Sept. 17, 2012. The Falcons also won the last meeting in Denver, 41-28, on Oct. 31, 2004. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 34-19, in Atlanta’s only Super Bowl appearance, Super Bowl XXXIII, on Jan. 31, 1999.
The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov talk about the Falcons two-week trip out west, the impact of losing LB Sean Weatherspoon and how to attack Denver’s vaunted defense on Sunday.
GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33
GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32
GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24