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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    ATL 40 @ KC 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 17

    DEN 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    CAR 28 @ ATL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    ATL 24 @ WAS 17

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    OAK @ ATL

  • Week 7 - Oct 21


  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    ATL @ PHI

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DAL @ ATL

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    ATL @ NO

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    ATL @ TB

  • Week 13 - Nov 29

    NO @ ATL

    1,325 receptions

    15,127 rec yards

    111 TDs

    14 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    ATL 12 @ CHI 30

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    PHI 31 @ ATL 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    ATL 13 @ TB 16

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    ATL 30 @ SEA 28

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    GB 25 @ ATL 14

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    CAR 17 @ ATL 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    ATL 23 @ DET 16

  • Week 8 - Oct 30


  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    ATL 31 @ IND 7

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    NO 26 @ ATL 23

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    TEN 17 @ ATL 23

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    MIN 14 @ ATL 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    ATL 10 @ HOU 17

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    ATL 31 @ CAR 23

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    ATL 16 @ NO 45

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    ATL 9 @ PIT 15

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    ARI 7 @ ATL 41

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    ATL 27 @ NO 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    SF 14 @ ATL 16

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    ATL 20 @ CLE 10

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    ATL 17 @ PHI 31

    3 receptions

    19 rec yards

    2 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    CIN 32 @ ATL 39

  • Week 8 - Oct 31


  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    TB 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    BAL 21 @ ATL 26

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    ATL 34 @ STL 17

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    GB 17 @ ATL 20

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    ATL 28 @ TB 24

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    ATL 31 @ CAR 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    ATL 34 @ SEA 18

  • Week 16 - Dec 27

    NO 17 @ ATL 14

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    CAR 10 @ ATL 31

  • Week 1 - Sep 13

    MIA 7 @ ATL 19

  • Week 2 - Sep 20

    CAR 20 @ ATL 28

    7 receptions

    71 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 3 - Sep 27

    ATL 10 @ NE 26

  • Week 4 - Oct 04


  • Week 5 - Oct 11

    ATL 45 @ SF 10

  • Week 6 - Oct 18

    CHI 14 @ ATL 21

  • Week 7 - Oct 25

    ATL 21 @ DAL 37

  • Week 8 - Nov 02

    ATL 27 @ NO 35

  • Week 9 - Nov 08

    WAS 17 @ ATL 31

  • Week 10 - Nov 15

    ATL 19 @ CAR 28

  • Week 11 - Nov 22

    ATL 31 @ NYG 34

  • Week 12 - Nov 29

    TB 17 @ ATL 20

  • Week 13 - Dec 06

    PHI 34 @ ATL 7

  • Week 14 - Dec 13

    NO 26 @ ATL 23

  • Week 15 - Dec 20

    ATL 10 @ NYJ 7

  • Week 16 - Dec 27

    BUF 3 @ ATL 31

  • Week 17 - Jan 03

    ATL 20 @ TB 10


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Tony Gonzalez

Atlanta Falcons

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                          RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           0         0       0         80       116      875      7        129.5       8.1

2010 Stats           0         0       0         70       109      656      6        101.6       6.4

2009 Stats            0         0       0         83       135      867      6        122.7       7.7  

2008 Stats            0         0       0         96       155    1058     10        165.8      10.4

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Gonzo finished 4th in fantasy points for TEs last year. Old man my ass!

(+) Tony always has over 100 targets

(+) Julio and Roddy are a TEs dream come true. LBs are gonna get worked by Tony again his year

(+) Doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. When the Chiefs got rid of him, they thought he was done

(+) Gonzo is a surefire Hall-of-Famer who no doubt wants to end his career on a high note

(+) Still a prime-time red zone target for Matt Ryan

(+/–) More of a slow and steady receiver, never going to explode in any week

(–) #88 will get over-drafted this season based on last years' stats

(–) Has Father Time caught up to him? He simply does not have any sort of breakaway speed anymore

(–) Didn't score a TD in his final seven games last season (including playoffs)

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2009 Review

The drop-off in numbers across the board from his ’08 season in Kansas City to his ’09 season with the Falcons would normally tell you that the 34-year old Tony Gonzalez must finally be in decline… but don’t be fooled.  Yeah, his yards/catch were the lowest in his career at 10.4, and he didn’t record a 10-catch or 100-yard game for the first time since 2005, but there were plenty of reasons to like what he did this past year.  First, the targets he received were still exceedingly high (135) and tops in the league for tight ends, which shows he can still get open at will.  Second, he was coming into a brand new, run-based offense and adjusted very well over the course of the season.  He was still a world-beater in the red-zone for the Falcons, and with the injuries the rest of the team sustained over the course of the season, he was just as steady as he ever was and kept his new team in check throughout.  Oh, and he once again finished in the top-5 for TE fantasy points.  ‘Nuff said.

~  Ranked fifth in the league with 122.7 TE fantasy points (basic scoring system)

~  Tied for 28th in the league with 6 receiving touchdowns

~  Ranked seventh among tight ends in the league with 867 receiving yards (32nd overall)

~  Ranked eighth among tight ends in the league with 54.2 receiving yards per game (42nd overall)

~  Ranked third among tight ends in the league with 83 receptions (tied for 12th overall)

~  Ranked first among tight ends in the league with 135 targets (Tied for 12th overall)

~  Tied for 23rd among tight ends in the league with 4 receptions of 20+ yards (tied for 112th overall)

~  Ranked third among tight ends in the league with 54 catches for first downs (tied for 17th overall)

~  Ranked 14th among tight ends in the league with 211 yards after the catch (YAC) (tied for 89th overall)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

With Michael Turner back healthy and ready to go, the Falcons offense will likely ease back into more of a 50/50 split between passes and rushes than the slightly pass-heavy attack they featured last year.  At first glance, you might think that would affect Gonzo in a negative way, but you’d be wrong.  Tony G has always been a matchup nightmare for defenses, and now that their workhorse Turner is back, teams will have to bunch the box in order to stop him.  That means major nightmares for anyone hoping to cover Gonzo, especially now that he is completely comfortable in the Atlanta system.  Expect the ageless Gonzalez to put up numbers similar to his career averages in 2010, which would again land the Tony G amongst the top-5 fantasy tight ends in the league.

~ Matt Ryan is back healthy and since he was loving Gonzo last year, nothing should change there

~ Michael Turner being back healthy as well means more open space in the defense for Gonzo to find

~ With a full year in Atlanta under his belt, he is now completely comfortable in the offensive scheme

~ This might be his final year playing professional football, so he’ll no doubt want to leave it all out on the field one last time

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Plainly put, Tony G is the best TE ever:


Gonzo's got a sense of humor, too:


Interesting story:

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Shortly after the 2006 season concluded, Gonzo signed a five-year, $35 million contract that included $17.75 million guaranteed.  The remaining years on the deal are broken down below:

2010 - $4.5 million

2011 - $5.75 million

2012 - Free Agent

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Strength of Schedule

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Tony G has missed a total of 2 out of 208 games in his 13-year, Hall-of-Fame career

We owe Tony many thanks!

Gonzalez was emphatic that he would remain retired after 17 years in the league, the last five with the Falcons.

“At this point, I am totally at peace with my decision,” Gonzalez said. “I’m looking forward to it, seeing the next chapter in life. I’m excited about it.”

Pyro's take: The first basketball turned TE, ushered in a new Golden Era of Tight Ends. Tony changed a position like few before him have, Lawrence Taylor comes to mind, but his contributions to the changing guard of the NFL are huge. Always a class act that put up numbers consistently at the tight end position that hadn't been seen before.

When you look at his career season stat logs, you aren't blown away - but he produced every season. He had 4 1,000 yard season for Chiefs, and surpirsingly none while playing for the Falcons. But, #88 had 800 yards receiving or more 13 times in his 17 NFL season, which no other tight end even comes close to that type of continued type of production.

Anyway, I'm sure he'll be on TV next season, and giving his Hall of Fame speech 5 Augusts from now... thanks Tony, you are an inspiration to many and a Legend of the game.

01/27/14, 01:21 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: www.ajc.com

Gonzo has three games left to make memories

After saying last season would be his final year, Gonzalez changed his mind in the offseason and came back for a 17th season and continues to post stats that find their way into the record books. This season, he has 65 catches for 678 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. His three-catch game last week against the Packers extends his consecutive games with a catch streak to 208, the second longest in NFL history.

While everyone in Falcons nation would love to see Gonzalez return for another season, he’s made it clear that’s very unlikely. As he winds down this season and plays in his final three games, he will continue to remember every minute he can from his days as a Falcon and an NFL player.

“I’m really just taking every experience with the fellas on the team, sitting in the meeting rooms trying to enjoy them as much as I can,” he said. “As much as I hate them, I’m trying to enjoy them. That’s what you’ve got to do, I think. It’s the NFL, Not For Long, and I’ve been able to play 17 years so nobody ever needs to feel sorry for me. I’ve gotten everything I’ve wanted out of this league, but it’s that time of the year for me and I’m going to enjoy it.”

Pyro's take: Gonzo has a chance to make some nice memories in this game, as the Redskins rank 30th against tight ends on the season. The reemergence of Roddy White and the improved play of Harry Douglas should free Gonzalez up in this game.

The future Hall-of-Fame tight end has caught a touchdown in each of his last two games, although he has only topped 100-yards once this season back in week 4. Since the Falcons are out it I expect Ryan to make this game a Gonzo game. Get him in your lineup.

12/14/13, 06:34 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blogs.atlantafalcons.com

Tony G saying he is happy in Atlanta...yeah right

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said he’s not asked for a trade and doesn’t play to “jump ship” as the team has gotten off to a 1-4 start.

“This is what I signed up for,” said Gonzalez on Thursday. “I don’t have any regrets. I’m still as happy as I can be to be a Falcon. I saw the trade rumors out there.

“I didn’t ask for a trade. That wasn’t me. I signed up and this is the team that I came back to play with these guys on this team. I’m enjoying myself, win, lose or draw. Obviously, I’d rather win. That makes it a lot more fun.

“There is no way that I would think about jumping ship because I love playing for this team and I love playing for this city. Like I said, we still have a chance. If I start thinking like that, that means I don’t think we have chance. We’re not there yet. Not, even close.”

Pyro's take: Tony G is saying all the right things while he is still in Atlanta. If the Falcons drop another game it would be in the best interest of the organization to shop Gonzalez around to see if they can get a windfall for the future Hall-of-Famer.

The fact is that Gonzo came back to win a Super Bowl, and no matter what he says, it is not going to happen for him if he stays in Atlanta. The NFL did a smart thing by moving the trade deadline back to week 8, but trades (like that of Trent Richardson this season) of big time players are a rarity. The difference here is that this is likely the last season, maybe one more, for Gonzalez and there are definitely teams out there that could use his services to make a Super Bowl run.

10/17/13, 06:26 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Ryan and Gonzo active, Turner is not

The Falcons declared running back Michael Turner inactive for their Week 17 game against the Buccaneers. QB Matt Ryan and TE Tony Gonzalez are active and will make their normal starts.

Pyro's take: This wasn't too tough of a call to make. If you had Turner on your fantasy team, you likely aren't in your league Super Bowl right now anyway. Those of you who are still playing, make sure you get Gonzo and maybe even Ryan in your lineup against a weak-ass Bucs pass D.

01/03/10, 11:45 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pewterreport.com

Gonzo beginning to feel at home

When asked if it will be different walking out onto the field in a Falcons uniform, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez had this to say: "I think I have gotten over that and I feel that I am Falcon now. I feel pretty comfortable here now and I’m looking forward to going out there with my teammates."

Pyro's take: Besides being bland, we didn't think he'd have any trouble fitting in. Gonzo might not get the same amount of targets this year that he did in Kansas City, but his production shouldn't slip to the point of taking him out of the top 3 tight ends. His red-zone abilities are exactly what the Falcons needed.

09/09/09, 03:00 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com

Ryan and Gonzo starting to get comfortable with each other

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 7-of-8 for 81 yards against the St. Louis Rams on Friday night. His preseason performance included a 14-yard TD strike to newly acquired All-Pro TE Tony Gonzalez, who ended up with three catches for 32 yards himself. The TD was the first Ryan-to-Gonzo hookup of the season.

Pyro's take: If Ryan comes along as quickly in his second season as he did in his rookie campaign, we could be looking at the start of a possible Hall of Fame type career. Having an all-universe TE like Gonzo around helps Ryan not just for this year, but it will help him to understand the game even further down the line as well. Keep Ryan pegged as a top-tier backup fantasy QB and Gonzo as the #3 TE in 2009 as this should be a fun team to watch throughout the year.

08/22/09, 06:00 AM CDT by

Gonzo tells ESPN's Mort that he is still adjusting

Gonzo is playing on a team new team, new city, new scheme, and his responsibilities appear to also be evolving as he is blocking more "at the point of attack", something that he is willing to do but not necessarily used to.

Pyro's take: Gonzo is still a top three TE in all formats. He won't put up numbers like he did in KC last season, but won't have to to warrant a 4th-5th round or so pick on.

08/19/09, 06:15 PM CDT by
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Tony Gonzalez very impressed with Falcons passing game

Newly acquired future Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez is raving about the Atlanta Falcons passing attack, saying it's the best receiving corps he's ever been a part of. "It's a 'poison offense' — pick your poison; there's no more double-teaming. If you double-team someone, you're going to get killed by somebody else."

Pyro's take: After Roddy White and Michael Jenkins, the Falcons are pretty thin as far as receivers go with Harry Douglas out for the year. But Gonzalez has been a part of some lackluster teams in KC and we like this passing attack to shine with Gonzo in the mix.

08/12/09, 11:00 AM CDT by
Source: www.sportingnews.com