FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons (10-5) are set to host the New Orleans Saints (7-8) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday in the last regular-season game in the history of the Georgia Dome.Here are five things to know about the Falcons, the 2016 NFC South Champions, on Friday:
1. Falcons admit Julio Jones is not 100 percent healthy. “He’s still getting back,” Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “He definitely wasn’t 100 percent (vs the Panthers). I think you could see that watching the tape. I think he knew that.”
2. Keion Carpenter died. Former Falcons safety Keion Carpenter, who played with the team from 2002 to 2005, died Thursday, according to his family. Send condolences.
3. Practice. The Falcons will practice at 11:15 a.m. today.
4. Injury report. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will give the final regular-season injury report today after practice. Only tight end Austin Hooper (knee) is expected to be declared out for Sunday.
5. Is the defense playoff-ready? The Falcons’ young defense, which has played the past six games without Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant, will face a top-flight passing quarterback for the first time in Drew Brees. How wiil they fare?
The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov chat about Julio Jones’ situation for week 17, Matt Ryan’s MVP candidacy, and why it’s beneficial for the Falcons to host the Saints on Sunday.
GAME 15: Falcons 33, Panthers 16
GAME 14: Falcons 41, 49ers 13
GAME 13: Falcons 42, Rams 14
GAME 12: Chiefs 29, Falcons 28
GAME 11: Falcons 38, Cardinals 19
GAME 10: Eagles 24, Falcons 15
GAME SEVEN: Chargers 33, Falcons 30 in OT
GAME SIX: Seahawks 26, Falcons 24
GAME FIVE: Falcons 23, Broncos 16
GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33
GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32
GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24