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Atlanta Falcons (11-5)


Sun. 1/1 Sat. 1/14 Sun. 1/22 Sun. 2/5
vs. NO
W 38-32
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vs. Sea
W 36-20
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vs. GB
W 44-21
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vs. NE
L 28-34
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Falcons sign FBs Coleman, Vainuku; also land OG Thornton

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku to fill the void left by the loss of Patrick DiMarco in free agency.

Also Tuesday, the Falcons announced the signing of guard Hugh Thornton, who could take over for Chris Chester on the offensive line. The 34-year-old Chester has yet to re-sign and may retire.

DiMarco signed a four-year contract with Buffalo, leaving a void in the backfield. Coleman and Vainuku will compete for the starting job in training camp. Coleman, who is deaf, played in 31 games with seven starts for the Seattle Seahawks. Vainuku was signed by the Houston Texans last season after going undrafted out of college.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Atlanta 1150.688
Tampa Bay 970.563
New Orleans 790.438
Carolina 6100.375
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: M. Ryan4944
Pass TDs: M. Ryan38
Rush Yds: D. Freeman1079
Rush TDs: D. Freeman11
Rec Yds: J. Jones1409
Rec TDs: T. Gabriel6
Int: D. Jones3
Sacks: V. Beasley Jr.15.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6653 (2)
Passing Yards: 4960 (2)
Rushing Yards: 1928 (5)
Points per game: 33.8 (1)
Yards per game: 415.8 (2)
Touchdowns: 58 (1)
Field Goals: 34 (4)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5939 (25)
Passing Yards: 4495 (28)
Rushing Yards: 1672 (17)
Points per game: 25.4 (27)
Yards per game: 371.2 (25)
Touchdowns: 46 (29)
Field Goals: 23 (8)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
3/21 H. Thornton signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/21 D. Coleman signed/unrest FA
3/21 S. Vainuku signed
3/16 D. Poe signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/14 A. Roberts signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/14 K. Ishmael re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/10 B. Wreh-Wilson re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/9 M. Schaub re-signed Two-year contract (through 2018)
3/9 C. Upshaw re-signed One-year contract (through 2017)
3/9 T. Jackson cut
Injuries
Date Player Status
1/17 A. Clayborn torn biceps (IR)
1/7 A. Roberts shoulder (Questionable)
1/1 T. Gabriel foot (Out)
1/1 A. Hooper knee (Out)
1/1 A. Roberts shoulder (Questionable)
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