|2013 Atlanta Falcons season|
|Head coach||Mike Smith|
|General manager||Thomas Dimitroff|
|Home field||Georgia Dome|
|Division place||3rd NFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||TE Tony Gonzalez|
The 2013 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Mike Smith. The Falcons entered the season as one of the Super Bowl favorites; However, due to multiple key injuries to the team, the Falcons failed to improve on their 13-3 season from 2012, after a 23-30 loss to the New England Patriots in week 4 and failed to match their 13-3 record from last year as a result of a 28-30 week 5 loss against the New York Jets. They were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention for the first time since 2009 and secured the Falcons' first losing season since 2007, after a 13-17 week 12 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
|2||60||Robert Alford||CB||Southeastern Louisiana|
|7[c]||243[b]||Kemal Ishmael||S||Central Florida|
|244[b]||Zeke Motta||S||Notre Dame|
|1||August 8||Cincinnati Bengals||L 10-34||0-1||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|2||August 15||at Baltimore Ravens||L 23-27||0-2||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 24||at Tennessee Titans||L 16-27||0-3||LP Field||Recap|
|4||August 29||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 16-20||0-4||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|1||September 8||at New Orleans Saints||L 17-23||0-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|2||September 15||St. Louis Rams||W 31-24||1-1||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|3||September 22||at Miami Dolphins||L 23-27||1-2||Sun Life Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 29||New England Patriots||L 23-30||1-3||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|5||October 7||New York Jets||L 28-30||1-4||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|7||October 20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 31-23||2-4||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|8||October 27||at Arizona Cardinals||L 13-27||2-5||University of Phoenix Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 3||at Carolina Panthers||L 10-34||2-6||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 10||Seattle Seahawks||L 10-33||2-7||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|11||November 17||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 28-41||2-8||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 21||New Orleans Saints||L 13-17||2-9||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|13||December 1||at Buffalo Bills||W 34-31 (OT)||3-9||Rogers Centre (Toronto)||Recap|
|14||December 8||at Green Bay Packers||L 21-22||3-10||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|15||December 15||Washington Redskins||W 27-26||4-10||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|16||December 23||at San Francisco 49ers||L 24-34||4-11||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|17||December 29||Carolina Panthers||L 20-21||4-12||Georgia Dome||Recap|
The Falcons would travel to New Orleans to open their season. The Falcons would carry a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Saints would score a touchdown with 6:22 remaining. The Falcons would try to rally, but the comeback fell short, as the Saints would add a field goal to win 23-17. With the loss, the Falcons started their season 0-1 for the second time in 3 seasons.
The Falcons would return to Atlanta for their home opener against the Rams. The Falcons would have a big first half, cruising to a 24-3 lead at halftime. St. Louis would try to come back, and outscored Atlanta 21-7 in the second half, but it was not enough as the Falcons held on for the win. With the win, the Falcons evened their record at 1-1.
The Falcons would lead the entire game until the Dolphins went down to score the game-winning touchdown with 38 seconds remaining. The Falcons would try to go down to the end zone to pull out the win, but they would not, and the Falcons would lose 27-23 to the Miami Dolphins. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 1-2.
The Falcons would go back home for a Sunday Night Football game against the New England Patriots. The Falcons would put up a good fight, but they would lose a close shootout against the undefeated Patriots. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 1-3.
The Falcons would go down the field to score with 1:54 remaining on a Matt Bryant field goal. However, the Jets would go down and kick a field goal as time expired to give the Jets the win. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 1-4 for the first time since 2007.
The Falcons would stay home for a divisional game against winless Tampa Bay. The Falcons would never trail during the game, and they would win this game 31-23. The Falcons cruised to a 24-10 lead at halftime, and held off a second half Tampa Bay rally for the victory.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-4 while sending Tampa Bay to 0-7.
The Falcons would travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The Falcons would struggle all game, committing 4 turnovers (all interceptions by Matt Ryan) as they lost 27-13. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 2-5.
The Falcons would go to Carolina for a showdown with the Panthers. The Falcons would once again struggle as they would commit 4 turnovers for the second straight week as they lost 34-10 to Carolina. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 2-6.
In a rematch of last seasons divisional game, the Falcons went down easily this time to Seattle, losing 33-10. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 2-7.
The Falcons traveled to Tampa Bay for game 2 against the Bucs. The Falcons would suffer a mountain of embarrassment, as they lost 41-28 to the one-win Buccaneers. It was the most points the Buccaneers had scored in a single game all season, and the most points the Falcons had surrendered in a single game all season.
With the loss, the Falcons fell to 2-8.
In this game, the Falcons would travel to Toronto for their game against the Bills, as it was the Bills Toronto game for the 2013 season. The Bills would lead 31-24 during the 4th quarter, but the Falcons would go down and score the game-tying touchdown with 1:28 remaining in regulation. In overtime, the Falcons would win on a Matt Bryant field goal to give the Falcons the win. With the win, the Falcons would end their 5-game losing streak and improve to 3-9.
The Falcons would travel to Green Bay for a game against the Packers. The Falcons had a lot of chances to try and get the lead in the fourth quarter, but the Packers would ultimately hold a 22-21 lead for the final 12:01 as the Falcons failed to score in the fourth quarter. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 3-10.
The Falcons would go home for a battle against 3-10 Washington. The Falcons would win the game 27-26. The Redskins would go down to score with 18 seconds remaining, but mainly since they were 3-10, they tried to go for 2 and give them the lead and ultimately the win. However, the attempt was no good and the Falcons held on. With the win, the Falcons improved to 4-10.
The Falcons would travel to San Francisco for a Monday Night game against the 49ers. The Falcons had a shot at getting the lead in the 4th quarter, but NaVorro Bowman would return an interception 89 yards for a touchdown to put the game away. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 4-11. The loss also allowed the 49ers to clinch a playoff berth.
With the loss, the Falcons finished their season 4-12 being swept by the Panthers for the first time since 1997.
|(6)New Orleans Saints||11||5||0||.688||5-1||9-3||414||304||W1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||12||0||.250||1-5||2-10||288||389||L3|
|4||Green Bay Packers||North||8||7||1||.531||3-2-1||6-5-1||.453||.371||W1|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||West||12||4||0||.750||5-1||9-3||.494||.414||W6|
|6||New Orleans Saints||South||11||5||0||.688||5-1||9-3||.516||.455||W1|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|10[b][c]||New York Giants||East||7||9||0||.438||3-3||6-6||.520||.366||W2|
|12||St. Louis Rams||West||7||9||0||.438||1-5||4-8||.551||.446||L1|
|15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||4||12||0||.250||1-5||2-10||.574||.391||L3|