Matt Bryant

Steven Matt Bryant (born May 29, 1975), nicknamed "Money Matt", is an American football placekicker who is a free agent. He played college football at Baylor, and was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the AFL's Iowa Barnstormers in 2000. Bryant is best known for his 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL), with whom he made a Pro Bowl. He has also been a member of the New York Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Florida Tuskers, and is the eighth most-accurate kicker in NFL history.[1]

Matt Bryant
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Bryant with the Falcons in 2013
Free agent
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born:May 29, 1975 (age 44)
Orange, Texas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Bridge City (Bridge City, Texas)
College:Baylor
Undrafted:1999
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Field goals made:388
Field goals attempted:450
Field goals %:86.2
Longest field goal:62
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Bryant was born in Orange, Texas. He played football and baseball at Bridge City High School in Bridge City, Texas and holds the record for the longest field goal.[2][3]

College career

After graduating from high school, Bryant attended Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas where he was two-time NJCAA All-American and a member of the 1994 national championship team.[4] He then signed with Oregon State University and later transferred to Baylor University, where he played in the 1997 and 1998 seasons and ranks seventh in the all-time scoring list with 105 points (21 field goals and 42 extra points).[5][6] Bryant's 21 field goals place him fifth in Bears history. He also set the school record with a 100 percent success rate when he made 42-of-42 extra points.[2] After graduating from Baylor, Bryant went undrafted and worked at a pawn shop, then as a personal trainer.[2]

College statistics

Year School Games XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG% Pts
1997 Baylor 11 23 23 100% 9 14 64.3 50
1998 Baylor 11 19 19 100% 12 15 80.0 55
Career 22 42 42 100% 21 29 72.4 105

Professional career

Iowa Barnstormers

After not being selected in the 1999 NFL Draft, Bryant signed with Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League on November 17, 1999 after the 1999 season, but he was cut on April 4, 2000 before the regular season began.[7]

New York Giants

On January 9, 2002, Bryant signed with the NFL's New York Giants, who allocated him to the NFL Europe's Berlin Thunder on March 15. On March 30, the Thunder placed Bryant on injured reserve, and the Thunder cut Bryant on May 10. The Giants then reassigned Bryant to the Frankfurt Galaxy. Bryant never played for either NFL Europe team due to a quadriceps injury.[8]

2002 season

On September 5, he made his NFL debut against the San Francisco 49ers. He converted two field goal attempts and one extra point attempt in the 16–13 loss.[9] In Week 3, against the Seattle Seahawks, Bryant was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. In the 9–6 victory, he was responsible for all of the Giants' points on three field goals.[10][11] In Week 11, against the Washington Redskins, Bryant earned another NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award by converting four field goals and an extra point in the 19–17 victory.[12][11] He had a solid first season in the NFL, converting 30-of-32 extra point attempts and 26-of-32 field goal attempts.[13] He made his playoff debut in the Giants' 39–38 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In the game, he converted five extra points and one of two field goal attempts.[14]

2003 season

In the 2003 season, Bryant appeared in the first four games before suffering a hamstring injury.[15] He returned to the team in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Overall, he appeared in 11 games and converted all 17 extra point attempts and made 11-of-14 field goal attempts.[16]

2004 season

On July 30, 2004, Bryant was cut by new coach Tom Coughlin.[17][18]

Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins

Bryant signed with the Dallas Cowboys on August 17, 2004, and was cut on September 5, 2004.[17] He later played one week with the Indianapolis Colts and then three weeks with the Miami Dolphins. On the season, he converted all 12 extra point attempts and three field goals on four attempts.[19]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2005 season

Bryant was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the 2005 season.[20] In the 2005 season, he appeared in 14 games and converted all 31 extra point attempts and 21-of-25 field goal attempts.[21] Bryant and the Buccaneers made the playoffs where they were eliminated by the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card Round by a score of 17–10.[22]

2006 season

On October 22, 2006, in Week 7, Bryant successfully converted a 62-yard field goal as time expired in Tampa Bay's 23–21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.[23][24] In addition to the 62-yarder, he converted two other field goals and two extra points and earned his third career NFC Special Teams Player of the Week nomination.[11] The game-winning field goal was the second longest in NFL history (at that time), behind the 63-yard field goals kicked by Tom Dempsey in 1970 and Jason Elam in 1998. Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers have since kicked 63-yard field goals. Matt Prater holds the NFL record with a successful 64-yard attempt, which was done in the 2013 season. Prater, then with the Denver Broncos, hit the field goal against the Tennessee Titans.[25]

On October 23, 2006, in response to his 62-yard field goal, Mayor Pam Iorio declared October 23 to be "Matt Bryant Day" in Tampa, Florida.[26] In the 2006 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Buccaneers' 4–12 season. On the season, he converted 22-of-23 extra point attempts and 17-of-22 field goal attempts.[27]

2007 season

In the 2007 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Buccaneers' 9–7 season and one playoff game. On the season, he converted all 34 extra point attempts and 28-of-33 field goal attempts.[28] In the Wild Card Round against the New York Giants, Bryant converted both extra point attempts in the 24–14 loss.[29]

2008 season

In the 2008 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Buccaneers' 9–7 season. In Week 4, against the Green Bay Packers, Bryant earned his fourth career NFC Special Teams Player of the Week nomination. In the 30–21 victory, he converted three field goal attempts and three extra point attempts.[30][11] On the season, he converted 35-of-36 extra point attempts and 32-of-38 field goal attempts.[31] For the first time in his NFL career, he finished in the top five players in total scoring (fourth place with 131 points).[32]

On September 5, 2009, the Buccaneers released Bryant and replaced him with Mike Nugent.[33]

Florida Tuskers

Prior to the start of the 2009 season, the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League signed Bryant to a contract.[34]

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Bryant 2010
Bryant in 2010

2009 season

Bryant was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on December 1, 2009, to replace veteran Jason Elam.[35] He appeared in five games of the Falcons' 9–7 season. In Week 14, against the New Orleans Saints, he had his best scoring performance of the season. In the 26–23 loss, he converted all three field goal attempts and both extra point attempts.[36] On the season, he converted all 10 extra point attempts and 7-of-10 field goal attempts.[37]

2010 season

In the 2010 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Falcons' 13–3 season and one playoff game. In Week 4, against the San Francisco 49ers, Bryant earned his fifth career NFC Special Teams Player of the Week nomination. In the 16–14 victory, he converted three field goal attempts and one extra point attempt. The last of the three field goals was a go-ahead 43-yard attempt that left only two seconds remaining.[38][11] In Week 12, against the Green Bay Packers, Bryant converted a go-ahead 47-yard field goal with only nine seconds remaining in the 20–17 victory.[39] On the season, he converted all 44 extra point attempts and 28-of-31 field goal attempts.[40] For the second time in his career, he finished in the top five players in scoring with 128 points scored.[41] In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, Bryant converted all three extra points in the 48–21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.[42]

2011 season

In the 2011 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Falcons' 10–6 season. In Week 4, against the Seattle Seahawks, he had his best scoring performance of the season. He converted all three field goal attempts and all three extra point attempts in the 30–28 victory.[43] On the season, he converted all 45 extra point attempts and 27-of-29 field goal attempts.[44]

2012 season

In the 2012 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Falcons' 13–3 season and two playoff games. In the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, he converted all four field goal attempts and all four extra point attempts in the 40–24 victory.[45] On the season, he converted all 44 extra point attempts and 33-of-38 field goal attempts.[46] He finished a then career-best third in the league in scoring with 143 points scored.[47] In the 2012 Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, Bryant kicked a game-winning 49-yard field goal to send the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game with a 30-28 victory.[48][49][50] In the NFC Championship, he converted three extra point attempts and one field goal attempt as the Falcons fell 28–24 to the San Francisco 49ers.[51]

2013 season

In the 2013 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Falcons' 4–12 season.[52] On the season, he converted all 39 extra point attempts and 24-of-27 field goal attempts.[53]

2014 season

In the 2014 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Falcons' 6–10 season.

On September 7, 2014, in the season opener, Bryant became the fourth player in NFL history to kick a 50+ yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation to force overtime in addition to converting a 50+ game-winning field goal in a 37–34 overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome.[54][55] In recognition of his performance, he was named as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career.[11][56]

On September 18, 2014, in a 56–14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football, he converted a career-high eight extra points on eight attempts.[57]

On November 9, 2014, in the other divisional game against the Buccaneers, Bryant was four-for-four on field goals, which marked the 9th time in his career that he made 4 field goals in a single game.[58] He also made two extra points which pushed him over the 600 point mark (601), making him the second player in Atlanta Falcon history to reach 600 points.[55]

On November 16, 2014, against the Carolina Panthers, Bryant was four-of-four on field goals again. This marked the 10th time in his career that he made four field goals in a single game.[59] On November 30, 2014, against the Arizona Cardinals, Bryant connected on a career-high five field goals on five attempts. Along with two extra points in the game, he had a career-high 17 points scored.[60]

On the season, he converted all 40 extra point attempts and 29-of-32 field goal attempts.[61] In recognition of his successful 2014 season, Bryant was named to Pro Football Focus's First-Team.[62]

2015 season

In the offseason, the Falcons signed Bryant to a three-year contract extension.[63][64]

In the 2015 season, Bryant appeared in 10 games of the Falcons' 8–8 season. He missed time in the season due to an injured quad.[65]

On September 14, 2015, Bryant kicked a game-winning 47-yard field goal in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. He was responsible for 14 total points scored in the 26–24 win.[66][67]

On October 11, 2015, in Week 5, Bryant only connected on two of his four field goal attempts against the Washington Redskins. His streak of 28 straight made field goals was the second-longest in team history behind his stretch of 30 consecutive field goals between 2010 and 2011.[55] In addition, his streak of consecutive field goals made inside 50 yards ended at 46 straight.[68]

On October 15, 2015, in Week 6, Bryant connected on all three of his extra point attempts against the New Orleans Saints, becoming the second player in franchise history to eclipse 700-career points joining kicker Morten Andersen (806).[55]

On December 11, 2015, Bryant was placed on injured reserve.[69] The Falcons signed Shayne Graham to finish up the season in place of Bryant.[70]

On the season, he converted all 26 extra point attempts and 14-of-18 field goal attempts.[71]

2016 season

In the 2016 season, Bryant appeared in all 16 games of the Falcons' 11–5 season and all three playoff games.

In Week 8, against the Green Bay Packers, he converted three extra point attempts and two field goal attempts in the 33–32 victory. In the game, he passed Morten Andersen for the franchise record for career points scored with his 807th point scored.[72][73]

Bryant was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October after converting 11-of-12 field goals and all 17 extra points.[74]

In Week 16, in the 33–16 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Christmas Eve, he converted four of five field goal attempts and three extra point attempts.[75] For the seventh time in his NFL career, he was named as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[11][76]

On the season, he converted 56-of-57 extra point attempts and 34-of-37 field goal attempts.[77] In all, he was responsible for a career-high and league-high 158 points scored for the Falcons in 2016. It was the first time in Bryant's career that he won the scoring title.[78][79]

In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, he converted all four extra point attempts and both field goal attempts in the 36–20 victory.[80]

In the NFC Championship, in the final NFL game at the Georgia Dome, he converted five of six extra point attempts and one field goal attempt in the 44–21 victory over the Green Bay Packers.[81]

Bryant appeared in his first career Super Bowl in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. He became the third-oldest player in NFL history to appear in a Super Bowl, behind Matt Stover and Jeff Feagles.[82] Late in the fourth quarter of the game, the Patriots trailed 28–20 and the Falcons had the ball on the New England 23-yard line. Well-within Bryant's field goal range, quarterback Matt Ryan took a 12-yard sack, and they lost 10 more yards on the next play due to a holding penalty from offensive lineman Jake Matthews. The drawbacks forced the Falcons to punt and prevented Bryant from potentially putting the Falcons up two possessions late in the fourth quarter.[83] The Falcons went on to lose 34–28 in overtime. Bryant was 4-for-4 on extra points in the Super Bowl.[84]

In recognition of his successful season, Bryant earned a Pro Bowl nomination for the first time in his career and Pro Football Focus named him to their Second-Team.[85][86]

2017 season

In Week 2, in the 34–23 victory over the Green Bay Packers, Bryant recorded a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter for the first field goal in the history of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In the game, he converted all four extra point attempts and both field goal attempts.[87] In the same game, Bryant became the first player in franchise history to convert 200 field goals.[88] In Week 14, in the 20–17 victory over the New Orleans Saints, Bryant scored his 1,000th career point.[35] In Week 17, Bryant went 5-for-5 on field goals, including a 56-yarder, in a 22-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, clinching a playoff spot for the Falcons, earning him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[89]

2018 season

On March 5, 2018, Bryant signed a three-year contract extension with the Falcons through the 2020 season.[90] In the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football, Bryant missed his first extra point attempt on the season but converted two field goals in the 18–12 loss.[91] In the next five games, he converted all 16 extra point attempts and all seven field goal attempts.[92] In the Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he suffered a hamstring injury after converting a 57-yard field goal to help seal the game.[93] He was forced to sit out the next week's game against the New York Giants.[94]

On February 6, 2019, Bryant was released by the Falcons after 10 seasons.[95][96]

Professional statistics

Year Team Games FGA FGM Lng FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Y/P
2002 NYG 16 32 26 47 81.3% 32 30 93.8% - - - -
2003 NYG 11 14 11 47 78.6% 17 17 100.0% - - - -
2004 IND/MIA 4 4 3 47 75.0% 12 12 100.0% - - - -
2005 TAM 15 25 21 50 84.0% 31 31 100.0% - - - -
2006 TAM 16 22 17 62 77.3% 23 22 95.7% - - - -
2007 TAM 16 33 28 49 84.8% 34 34 100.0% - - - -
2008 TAM 16 38 32 49 84.2% 36 35 97.2% - - - -
2009 ATL 5 10 7 51 70.0% 10 10 100.0% 1 36 36 36.0
2010 ATL 16 31 28 51 90.3% 44 44 100.0% - - - -
2011 ATL 16 29 27 51 93.1% 45 45 100.0% - - - -
2012 ATL 16 38 33 55 86.8% 44 44 100.0% - - - -
2013 ATL 16 27 24 53 88.9% 39 39 100.0% - - - -
2014 ATL 16 32 29 54 90.6% 40 40 100.0% - - - -
2015 ATL 11 18 14 47 77.8% 26 26 100.0% - - - -
2016 ATL 16 37 34 59 91.9% 57 56 98.2% 2 67 36 33.5
2017 ATL 16 39 34 57 87.1% 35 35 100.0% - - - -
2018 ATL 13 21 20 57 95.2% 35 33 94.3% - - - -
Career 235 450 388 62 86.2% 560 553 98.8% 3 103 36 34.3
  • Career statistics accurate as of Week 17 of the 2018 season

Personal life

Bryant participated in 2002 United Way Hometown Huddle by conducting a football clinic at the Highbridge Center for members of Alianza Dominicana, a local United Way agency that services families in Washington Heights. He visited the Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point to participate in the Foundation for Hospital Art’s Paintfest 2003.

Bryant drinks a chocolate milkshake on the night before each of his football games. He also is known for squeezing his size 10.5 foot into a size 9 kicking shoe for games, believing that curling his foot to strike the ball in the same way that someone makes a fist with his hand before punching increases his distance and accuracy.[97]

Matt is married to Melissa. The couple has seven children and they reside in Orange Beach, Alabama.[98] On September 24, 2008, their youngest son Tryson died in his sleep, age three months, apparently from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Despite that tragedy, a day after his son's funeral, he returned to play and kicked three field goals for the team to beat the Green Bay Packers, having kicked the game-winning field goal the week before against Chicago Bears in overtime. After the season, Matt and Melissa established the Matthew Tryson Bryant Foundation to raise awareness for SIDS. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes.[2][99]

In 2009, Bryant was inducted into the Museum of the Gulf Coast, in the museum's Sports Hall of Fame.[100]

In the 2015 offseason, Bryant gave some time to families from TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), a national non-profit that provides care for families that have lost loved ones that served in the armed forces. He gave them a tour of downtown Atlanta and treated them to dinner.[101]

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2002 New York Giants season

The 2002 New York Giants season was the franchise's 78th season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Jim Fassel. The team improved upon their previous season's 7–9 disappointment, winning ten games and returning to the playoffs for the second time in three years, ending the season on a four-game winning streak. After a midseason slump, head coach Jim Fassel stripped offensive coordinator Sean Payton of playcalling duties, and the Giants went on to a winning streak that would carry them to the playoffs. Leading 35–14 in the third quarter of the NFC wild-card came at San Francisco, Jeremy Shockey dropped a touchdown pass forcing a field goal to make the score 38–14. Fassel decided to rest starting running back Tiki Barber to save him for the next round, but the 49ers gained momentum, and the Giants did not score again, losing the game 39–38. Following the season, Payton was not retained; he won the Super Bowl seven years later as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 30th season in the National Football League the 8th playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium, and the 4th under head coach Jon Gruden. The season began with the team trying to improve on their 5–11 record in 2004 and The Bucs made a complete rebound from last season to make the playoffs since 2002 with an 11-5 record. Cadillac Williams won Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Bucs would lose in the Wild-Card playoff game at home to the 10-6 Redskins.

2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 31st season in the National Football League the 9th playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium, and the 5th under head coach Jon Gruden.

The team failed to improve on their 11–5 record in 2005, tumbled to a 4–12 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The next season in 2007, however, saw the Buccaneers taking a 9–7 record, but it also would be the last time the Bucs made the playoffs as of the 2018 season.

2007 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2007 Atlanta Falcons season was the 42nd season for the franchise in the National Football League (NFL). They finished the 2007 season with a record of 4–12 and failed to improve upon their 7–9 record in 2006 after finishing third place in the NFC South.

The season was marred with the Falcons' starting quarterback Michael Vick getting indicted on federal and state charges over his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. New head coach Bobby Petrino was initially hired to help develop Vick into a more complete quarterback and improve the Falcons' languid offense(ranked 25th in scoring) from the previous season, but with Vick's absence and longtime dependable backup quarterback Matt Schaub traded to the Houston Texans before Vick's indictment, Petrino was instead forced to rely on journeyman quarterbacks Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich and Chris Redman for the offense. Petrino's game plan didn't fit, both on the field and in the locker room, with veteran players Alge Crumpler and DeAngelo Hall voicing their displeasure.

Petrino later resigned just 13 games into the season to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. Petrino resigned the day after Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and also a day after Petrino coached the Falcons in a 34–14 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League the 10th playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium, and the 6th under head coach Jon Gruden. On December 16, 2007, they clinched the NFC South division title, and returned to the playoffs after missing it in 2006.

The Wildcard game was Jon Gruden’s final playoff appearance as head coach of the Buccaneers before being dismissed at the conclusion of the next season.

As of the 2018 season, this was the last season that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have qualified for the playoffs and winning the division, making it 11 straight years that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have missed the playoffs.

On December 16, in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Micheal Spurlock scored the first kickoff return touchdown in franchise history, snapping a streak of 32 seasons, 497 games (at 53 stadiums in 38 cities), 139 individuals, and 1,864 unsuccessful attempts. The play earned Spurlock the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League the 11th playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium, and the seventh and final under head coach Jon Gruden. Though the team finished with a winning record (9–7), they failed to defend their 2007 NFC South championship and did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2006, after finishing the year on a four-game losing streak. Just weeks after the conclusion of the regular season, head coach Jon Gruden was fired,

a move that came as a surprise both to sports writers and Gruden himself. General manager Bruce Allen was also fired.

The failure of the Buccaneers to return to the Super Bowl marked the 24th consecutive year in which the Super Bowl did not include the team in whose region the game was being played a feat that never has been achieved since the 49ers in 1984. The 2008 season marked a turning point in Tampa's history. From 2008 to present, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to make the playoffs.

2009 Florida Tuskers season

The 2009 Florida Tuskers season was the first season for the Florida Tuskers. In the UFL's Premiere Season, the Tuskers put together a league-best, undefeated 6–0 record. In the championship game however, they lost to the Las Vegas Locomotives in overtime.

The Tuskers played three home games in the six game regular season. Two games were played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and one was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Following the conclusion of the season, quarterback Brooks Bollinger was named season MVP, and head coach Jim Haslett was given the Coach of the Year award.

2009 Las Vegas Locomotives season

The 2009 Las Vegas Locomotives season was the first season for the Las Vegas Locomotives. In the United Football League's Premiere Season, the Locomotives posted a 4–2 record, finishing in second place. They defeated the Florida Tuskers in the 2009 UFL Championship Game in overtime.

2009 New York Sentinels season

The 2009 New York Sentinels season was the first and only season for the New York Sentinels. In the United Football League's Premiere Season, the Sentinels went winless by posting a 0–6 record, finishing in fourth place.

2010 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2010 Atlanta Falcons season was the 45th season for the team in the National Football League. In 2009, the team posted consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history, with a 9–7 record, but did not make the playoffs.

The Falcons improved on their 2009 record, winning 13 games. The team won their first NFC South title since 2004, a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and the top seed in the NFC. In the playoffs, the Falcons fell to the eventual Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round 21–48.

2012 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2012 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the fifth under head coach Mike Smith. Atlanta started the season 8-0, a franchise best for a start to a season. By beating the Detroit Lions during Week 16, the Falcons clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC for the second time in three years, and made it to the NFC Championship for the first time since 2004, where they lost 28-24 against the San Francisco 49ers. It was the third straight year in which they didn't lose two consecutive regular season games.

2012–13 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2012 season began on January 5, 2013. The postseason tournament concluded with the Baltimore Ravens defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34–31, on February 3, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.All teams in both conferences won at least 10 games, the first time since 2005.

Unless otherwise noted, all times listed are Eastern Standard Time (UTC-05)

2013 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2013 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Mike Smith. An expected Super Bowl contender riddled with injuries, the Falcons had a tough start to the season, finishing with a 4–12 record and failing to improve their 13–3 record from 2012. Thus missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

2016–17 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2016 NFL season began on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The postseason tournament concluded with Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5, 2017, when the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

2017–18 NFL playoffs

The 2017–18 NFL playoffs began on January 6, 2018, after the 2017 season, and concluded with Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4, 2018, when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

These playoffs were notable for several teams snapping long playoff droughts, as the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans each qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1999, 2004, 2007, and 2008, respectively.

The playoffs were also notable for the Patriots reaching a seventh consecutive AFC Championship Game, extending their own NFL record. and the Eagles snapping a 57-year championship drought and claiming their first in the Super Bowl era.

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League (AFL).

In their 53 years of existence (through 2018), the Falcons have compiled a record of 368–466–6 (358–452–6 in the regular season and 10–14 in the playoffs), winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. The Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19, and the second was eighteen years later, a 34–28 overtime defeat by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

The Falcons' current home field is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened for the 2017 season; the team's headquarters and practice facilities are located at a fifty-acre (20 ha) site in Flowery Branch, northeast of Atlanta in Hall County.

Bridge City Independent School District

Bridge City Independent School District is a public school district based in Bridge City, Texas (US). In addition to Bridge City, the district serves a portion of West Orange (west of State Highway 87). The district operates one high school, Bridge City High School.

Matt Bryant (footballer)

Matthew Bryant (born 21 September 1970) is an English-born former professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League in the 1990s.Born in Bristol, he started his career with Bristol City in 1990-91, and after a short loan spell with Walsall went on to make over 200 appearances for Bristol City, scoring 7 goals for them in all competitions.In August 1990, during his loan spell at Walsall, he had the misfortune of scoring an own goal which was the first ever league goal scored at the Bescot Stadium.Bryant moved to Gillingham for the 1996-97 season, making over 100 appearances for them before retiring due to injury.

Trinity Valley Community College

Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) is a community college based in Athens, Texas. It has four campuses serving five counties across the southeast and eastern parts of the state.

TVCC operates four campuses serving the Texas counties of Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt, Rains, and Kaufman, southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex:

The Henderson County Campus, which also serves as TVCC's headquarters, is in Athens.

The Anderson County Campus is in Palestine.

The Kaufman County Campus is in Terrell.

The TVCC Health Science Center is in Kaufman. This campus is adjacent to Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman and is dedicated specifically to healthcare courses. (General courses must be taken at one of the other campuses in the TVCC system.) It also operates a distance learning program for the University of Texas at Arlington's RN to BSN program.As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of TVCC is the following:

all of Anderson, Henderson, Kaufman and Rains counties,

the territory of the Terrell Independent School District located within Hunt County, and

Van Zandt County, excluding those portions within the Grand Saline, Lindale, and Van independent school districts.

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