5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday 


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(1) PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 13: Head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles shakes hands with head coach Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons after the game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-15. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

(2) PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 13: Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons breaks up a pass intended for Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-15. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

(3) Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(4) PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 13: Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles interferes with Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-15. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Monday:

1. Still in first place. The Falcons remain in first place in the NFC South with a 6-4 record and have a game and a half lead over Tampa Bay (4-5) and New Orleans (4-5).

2. Neal expected to be fined. Rookie Keanu Neal’s hit on Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews will likely draw a fine from the league office because he led with his helmet.

3. Buzz about under-reported injuries. There was a lot of chatter in the press box about the injuries to cornerback Desmond Trufant and tight end Jacob Tamme being more serious than the team is reporting and that both players will require surgeries if they indeed have a pectoral tear and A/C joint shoulder separation. The team has simply called them vague “shoulder” injuries.

4. Jones’ bye week plan. All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones plans to stay around metro Atlanta for the bye week and rest his body.

5. Blown fourth quarter leads. The Falcons have now blown three fourth-quarter leads this season. The Falcons led the Seahawks, Chargers and the Eagles in the fourth quarter before going down to defeat.

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GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33

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GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32

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GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28

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