clear
Sunday May 24th, 2015 3:21AM

Falcons' Ryan, Gonzalez, Jones all named to Pro Bowl

By staff
The National Football League announced today that three Atlanta Falcons have been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, and receiver Julio Jones will represent the Falcons as members of the 2012 NFC Pro Bowl team.

Ryan has been selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. He has completed 394 of 571 pass attempts (69.0 percent) for 4,481 yards with 31 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 100.2 passer rating this season. His completions, yards, touchdowns, and passer rating are all career bests. Ryan has already broken his own single-season franchise records for completions and passing yards and his 31 touchdown passes are tied for the club record with QB Steve Bartkowski. Ryan ranks second in the NFL in completion percentage, third in completions, and fifth in passing yards, touchdowns, and passer rating. The fifth-year signal caller has led the Falcons to an NFL-best 13-2 record and the number one seed in the NFC playoffs.

Gonzalez was named to the Pro Bowl for the 13th time in his career and the third time in his four seasons with the Falcons. The future Hall of Famer has continued to shine in his 16th season, catching a team-high 88 passes for 889 yards with eight touchdowns. He ranks second in the NFC among tight ends in receptions, yards, and touchdowns this season. Gonzalez joined Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history to record 15 seasons with 50-or-more receptions and tied WR Tim Brown's NFL record with his 10th straight 70-catch season. Additionally, his 88 catches are tied for the fourth most in the conference. Gonzalez has more career receptions (1,237), receiving yards (14,227), touchdown catches (103), 100-yard games (30), Pro Bowl appearances (12) and 1,000-yard seasons (four) than any other tight end in NFL history.

Jones earned his first career Pro Bowl selection after setting career highs with 76 receptions, 1,142 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns. He joined WR Roddy White (1,309) to make the Falcons the only team in the NFL with two 1,000-yard receivers this season, and 2012 marks the first time since the 1998 season that the Falcons have had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers. Jones' 10 touchdowns rank fourth among NFC wide receivers, while his yardage and receptions rank in the top 10. Jones has hauled in three touchdown receptions of 40-or-more yards this season and his 13 receptions of 25-plus yards rank fifth in the NFL this season. His 18 career touchdowns are the most by any Falcons receiver in his first two seasons.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Top 10 sports stories of the year: 2012 one for the history books
2012 has been all things to all people in the sports world. The last 12 months have run the gamut of emotions and given fans and spectators much to awe, rue and everything in between.
2:33PM ( 2 years ago )
College Football Hall to break ground in Atlanta
Groundbreaking for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will be Jan. 28 and the museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
2:15PM ( 2 years ago )
Sports
Williams, Horford pace Hawks past Indiana
Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and the Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight, 109-100 over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
10:19PM ( 2 years ago )
Gwinnett wallops Greenville, 6-2
Five different Gladiators racked up multiple points, as Gwinnett dominated the Greenville Road Warriors 6-2 Saturday night at the BI-LO Center to move into a tie atop the South Division with Greenville.
10:05PM ( 2 years ago )
Teague leads Hawks past Cavaliers, 102-94
Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and the Atlanta Hawks scored the game's final nine points to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 on Friday night.
10:26PM ( 2 years ago )
Professional Sports
STATE CHAMPS: Buford sweeps Whitewater for AAAA title
Buford won its first state baseball title since 2011 with a sweep of Whitewater Saturday in the Class AAAA championship series...
8:25AM ( 5 hours from now )
Austin Dillon dominates for Charlotte Xfinity victory
Austin Dillon raced to his second NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season on Saturday with a victory in the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
By Pete McCole
12:15AM ( 3 hours ago )
VIDEO: Rankings mean nothing to Wolves -- they want a ring
Seniors Joey Bart, Jake Higginbotham, Connor Bennett, and Keyton Gibson aren’t worried about expectations at this point in the season. They know first hand expectations usually are worth about as much as it cost you to listen to them...
5:00PM ( 10 hours ago )
How do you measure clutch? Gainesville baseball provides the metric
In three straight postseasons, Gainesville baseball players watched in agony as -- at the crucial moment -- the other team made the play.
4:59PM ( 10 hours ago )
Team Penske scores big on Carb Day at Indianapolis
Team Penske hopes a successful Coors Light Carb Day will indicate a good Indianapolis 500 race day.
By IndyCar Media
10:00AM ( 17 hours ago )