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Ryan has record-setting day as Falcons beat Saints 37-34 in OT

Matt Ryan turned in a record-breaking performance against the Saints. (Jason Getz)

Matt Ryan turned in a record-breaking performance against the Saints. (Jason Getz)

Matt Ryan couldn’t be stopped.

The quarterback piled up 448 yards through the air – breaking the previous single-game franchise record for yards set by Chris Chandler at 431 in 2001  – and led the Atlanta Falcons to a 37-34 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South matchup. Ryan’s three scores passed set him atop the Falcons’ mark for career touchdown passes, passing Steve Bartkowski’s 154.

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 3 Recap

Jake Matthews was told immediately he'd be the left tackle following Sam Bakers injury. (John Bazemore)

Jake Matthews was told immediately he’d be the left tackle following Sam Baker’s season-ending injury. (John Bazemore)

Another episode of Hard Knocks means we’re that much closer to the regular season.

The first few minutes of the third episode of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was a first in the show’s history as we’re taken inside the operating room to witness rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill’s ACL surgery.

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 1 Recap

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Last night’s premiere of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was a doozy. After just one episode, I’m now convinced bringing the cameras to training camp was a good decision.

The show on its own is brilliant as it’s always nice to get a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team’s training camp. Of course, Hard Knocks’ brilliance was amplified by the fact it’s featuring the Falcons.

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Falcons Agree to Terms with Matthews, Hageman

Jake Matthews will step in and immediately improve Matt Ryan's protection. (Thomas Campbell)

Jake Matthews will immediately improve Matt Ryan’s protection. (Thomas Campbell)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with its top two draft picks: offensive tackle Jake Matthews (sixth overall) and defensive tackle/end Ra’Shede Hageman (37th overall).

Atlanta also signed five other draft picks on Sunday: cornerback Ricardo Allen (147th overall) and linebackers Prince Shembo (139th overall), Marquis Spruill (168th overall), Yawin Smallwood (253rd overall), and Tyler Starr (255th overall).

Only safety Dezmond Southward (68th overall) and running back Devonta Freeman (103rd overall) remain unsigned.

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Review of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 NFL Draft

Getting "bigger and tougher" was the offseason's mantra. (John Bazemore)

Getting “bigger and tougher” was the offseason’s mantra. (John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons had Super Bowl aspirations going into last season but fell well short with a 4-12 record.

The primary issues? Injuries, and toughness at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense

Quarterback Matt Ryan was hit a league-high – and career-high – 203 times last season. He was sacked 44 times – again, a career-high, and tied for third in the league.

The Falcons’ front office made it clear what the plans were for both the offseason and the draft: Protect the $100 million quarterback, and get tougher on both sides of the ball.

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