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    The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Missouri Tigers 27-0, posting their third shutout of the season. This is the first time Georgia has shutout their opponents three times, since 1981. The Bulldog’s ability to stop the run has elevated this defense to historic levels. For the first time in school history, Georgia hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown through the first nine games of the season. The previous school record was eight games, in 1927. Georgia is the only team in the FBS to not allow rushing through their first nine games of the season over the last 20 years.
  • The Atlanta Falcons have released Matt Bryant, who had connected on just 9-of-14 field goal attempts this season, and have signed Younghoe Koo. Bryant had been the Falcons kicker, since 2009 and is the Falcons all-time leading scorer with 1,163 points, over 148 games. Koo attended Georgia Southern University, where he set the school’s career field goal percentage record, connecting on 31-of-35 (88.6%) of his field goal’s for the Eagles. In his final season with the Eagles (2016-17), Koo became the first kicker in school history to be named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award and became the Eagles first FBS All-American after being named to Phil Steele’s third-team. That season, he tied the school record with 19 made field goals, after connecting on 19-of-20 attempts, including 14-consecutive makes, which also tied the school record. In 2019, Koo became the kicker for the Atlanta Legends, where he was perfect on his field goals, connecting on 14-of-14 attempts. Prior to joining the Legends, Koo appeared in four games for the Los Angeles Chargers, in 2017, where he went 3-for-6 on field goals and a perfect 9-for-9 on extra points.
  • The Atlanta Falcons have traded Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a 2020 second-round pick. After seven weeks, the Falcons are tied for the third-worst record (1-6) in the NFL, with a .143 winning percentage. They now have four picks in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, which include one first-round pick, two second-round picks and one third-round pick.  Despite the hole the Falcons now have on their offense without their starting slot receiver, the Falcons will likely use these early draft picks to rebuild their struggling defense. The Falcons are one game away from becoming the first team in NFL history to fail to record a sack in five-straight games. The Falcons only have five sacks this season, which is the fewest in the NFL. The last time they got a sack was against the Indianapolis Colts. In addition to their lack of being able to pressure the quarterback, the Falcons defense also struggles to produce turnovers. They only have two interceptions, which both came against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons have placed defensive end/outside linebacker, Vic Beasley on the trade block and have been rumored to be in discussion with teams on outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. Falcons defensive ranks - 2019 31.9 points allowed per game (31st) -116.40 expected points contributed by all defense (32nd) 387.7 total yards allowed per game (27th) 274.0 passing yards allowed per game (28th) 113.7 rushing yards allowed per game (20th) 4 total takeaways (31st) 2 interceptions (t-30th) 2 fumbles recovered (t-25th) 5 sacks (32nd)
  • Austin Hooper is in a contract year and he is putting together the best year of his career. Through six games, Hooper has nearly set single-season career-highs for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Austin Hooper’s 2019 stats (NFL rank among tight ends) 42 rec (1st) 480 yards (2nd) 11.43 avg 3 touchdowns (t-2nd) 0 drops (Hooper and George Kittle are the only tight ends with 25+ receptions and zero drops) Hooper is the youngest tight end in NFL history to record 40+ receptions and 450+ receiving yards, through a team’s first six games of the season. He is just the sixth tight end to ever record those numbers within the first six games of a season. Austin Hooper’s single-season highs (difference between current stats and single-season highs) 71 rec (-29 rec) 660 yards (-180 yards) 4 touchdowns (-1 touchdown)
  • The Atlanta Falcons are off to a 1-5 record to start the 2019 season, the worst start in the Dan Quinn era. Whether the defense is playing horrible, kickers are missing kicks or the team is getting penalized left and right, this Falcons team always finds a way to lose. In week 6, the Falcons lost to the Arizona Cardinals 34-33, despite Matt Ryan having his best game of the season and one of the best games of his career. Ryan’s stats against the Cardinals (week 6) 83.33 cmp% (30-36) 356 passing yards 11.9 avg 4 passing touchdowns 144.9 passer rating 80.0 qbr For the third time in NFL history a quarterback was on the losing end of the game after throwing four+ touchdowns, zero interceptions and having a 140+ passer rating... Ryan has been apart of two/thirds of these such games. Ryan also became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose after completing at least 80% of his passes for 300+ yards, four+ touchdowns and zero interceptions.
  • The 2019 Super Bowl had the lowest ratings for the annual game in more than a decade. Although still a fairly high score, the game averaged a 44.9 rating in the 56 markets measured by Nielsen, the Los Angeles Times reported. That rating is down 5 percent from last year and the lowest since 2008. >> Read more trending news  According to Nielsen data, 98.2 million viewers tuned in to the big game. CBS, which aired the game for the first time since 2006, counted streaming platform viewers, putting the total at 100.7 million. That number is still down from the 105.4 million viewers who watch on all platforms in 2018. Deadline reported that last year’s game was seen by 103.4 million viewers. CBS sold 30-second ads for $5.25 million each on average. The network expected more than 100 million viewers, a number that has been exceeded by every Super Bowl since 2010, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout with more accurate ratings and stats.
  • The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that it has filed a grievance against the league’s national anthem policy, which was put in place in May. NFL owners approved the policy May 23. Under it, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” >> Read more trending news  At the time of the policy’s approval, the NFLPA issued a statement against it, saying the owners did not consult the union. “NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about,” the union said in a statement. “The vote by NFL club CEOs (May 23) contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League. “Our union will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.” Related: NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel In the NFLPA’s announcement Tuesday, the union said the policy infringes on players’ rights: “Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy. The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. “In advance of our filing today, we proposed to the NFL to begin confidential discussions with the NFLPA Executive Committee to find a solution to this issue instead of immediately proceeding with litigation. The NFL has agreed to proceed with those discussions and we look forward to starting them soon.”
  • Johnny Manziel is taking his football career north of the border. >> Read more trending news  The former Texas A&M star quarterback who had two disappointing seasons with the Cleveland Browns marred by off-the-field antics has signed a two-year-deal with the Canadian Football League. Manziel will play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the league announced Saturday. Manziel confirmed his decision on Twitter. 'I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds,' Manziel wrote. Manziel last played professional football in 2015. He has a 74.4 career quarterback rating in the NFL. Manziel has been working on a comeback since being released by the Browns in 2016. Known for his excessive partying off the field, Manziel says he is now sober and has been receiving treatment for bipolar disorder. 
  • Georgia receiver Javon Wims will be joining former teammate Roquan Smith with the Chicago Bears after Wims was picked in the seventh round of the NFL Draft Saturday. Three key Bulldogs were not drafted: linebacker Davin Bellamy, nose tackle John Atkins and defensive tackle Trenton Thompson. They will seek tryouts or free-agent contracts with teams. Thompson elected to leave Georgia with a season of eligibility remaining. No Georgia Tech players were drafted but defensive end Antonio Simmons agreed to a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tech defensive backs Lance and Lawrence Austin accepted invitations to attend the Falcons’ rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. Defensive end KeShun Freeman will try out for the Baltimore Ravens.  Center Freddie Burden will attend the Cleveland Browns rookie mini-camp and safety Corey Griffin has agreed to an undrafted free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers. After an historic night for the Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday, another Bulldog -- running back Nick Chubb -- heard his name called early in the second round on Friday. Chubb was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 35th overall pick - the third pick of Friday’s second round. In a first for the program, three UGA players - Roquan Smith, Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel - were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft Thursday.  Smith was the eighth overall pick by the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots drafted Wynn (No. 23) and Michel (No. 31) with their two first-round picks. Lorenzo Carter became the fifth UGA player drafted when the New York Giants made him the second pick of the third round Friday night. - Related: Breaking down the first round | Second round | Third round | Fourth round  | Fifth round | Sixth round | Seventh round The Atlanta Falcons, who selected Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley with the 26th overall pick Thursday, used their second-round pick to select Colorado defensive back Isaiah Oliver 58th overall.  The Falcons selected defensive lineman Deadrin Senat of South Florida with their third-round pick (No. 90 overall).  In the fourth round, the Falcons added running back Ito Smith of Southern Miss. Smith had 6,344 career all-purpose yards in college. The Falcons did not have a fifth-round pick. In the sixth round, they picked LSU receiver Russell Gage and Yale safety Foye Olukun. The Falcons traded their two seventh-round picks to the Rams to move up to select Gage. More on the draft: - Mark Bradley: Falcons have a roster than can win a Super Bowl - Jeff Schultz: Draft additions, self-analysis make Falcons better - Steve Hummer: Ridley’s long, hard rout to Falcons - Ito Smith could be versatile weapon for Falcons | Draft bio for Smith - Without his parents, draft day was bittersweet for Senat - Draft bio: Deadrin Senat | Draft bio: Isaiah Oliver - Vick’s epic attempt to troll Cowboys fails - What Falcons’ Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn say after first round - Watch: Calvin Ridley receives draft call from Falcons - Photos: Falcons top pick Calvin Ridley | Draft Bio: Ridley - Cleveland selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the top pick of the draft - N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb, a metro Atlanta native, was selected No. 5 overall by the Broncos. - Homegrown: Georgia natives Smith, Chubb taken in top 10 - Videos: Roquan Smith | Nick Chubb - Follow AJC updates on the NFL Draft:  AJC Falcons Page | Facebook | Twitter
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke out for the first time Friday in the wake of his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. >> Read more trending news The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, 41-33. 'It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had,” he wrote in an Instagram post. 'There are many emotions when you come up short on your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life.' >> Related: Gisele Bündchen comforts Tom Brady, children after Super Bowl loss  He went on to express his gratitude to the organization, his teammates, the Eagles and the fans. To read the whole post, click here. >> Related: Tom Brady's ex ‘Blue Bloods’ star Bridget Moynahan responds to Super Bowl loss