Stat corner: A look at the Falcons’ pass-protection numbers

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan slides ahead of 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan slides ahead of 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Credit: Ezra Shaw

Credit: Ezra Shaw

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons are running the ball better, and that should help to slow the opposition’s pass rush when they do elect to pass.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the most-hit quarterback in the league with 71.

Ryan has been sacked 26 times and hurried 34 times. His overall pressure number is 131, while he’s been blitzed 141 times. Ryan’s been under pressure on 27.1% of his drop backs.

The Falcons didn’t allow a sack against the Panthers in their last outing. It marked only the second time this season, they didn’t allow a sack in a game.

“Each game is going to present something new for you,” Falcons offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford said. “It’s going to highlight the things that you know that hey, we got to make sure that we correct this. Or like, look, this happened last week as well. We got to improve on this.”

Ledford has been pleased with how hard the offensive linemen have been working.

“The work that they continuously want to try to just get better because that’s the thing that obviously protecting the quarterback, that’s something that we want to make sure that we take a lot of pride in,” Ledford said. “So, to the guys credit the way they come out and really tried to focus on that area.”

The 49ers have 33 sacks, which ranks ninth in the NFL.

“They want to make their corrections,” Ledford said. “It’s never at ‘all man.’ Like it’s never a woe is me type of attitude or demeanor with those guys. It’s the eagerness of wanting to get back on the field to try to make those corrections.”

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Eagles 32, Falcons 6

Buccaneers 48, Falcons 25

Falcons 17, Giants 14

Washington 34, Falcons 30

Falcons 27, Jets 20

Bye Week

Falcons 30, Dolphins 28

Panthers 19, Falcons 13

Falcons 27, Saints 25

Cowboys 43, Falcons 3

Patriots 25, Falcons 0

Falcons 21, Jaguars 14

Next four games

Tampa Bay at Falcons, 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5

Falcons at Carolina, 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12

Falcons at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19

Detroit Lions at Falcons, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26

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