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--WR Harry Douglas had nine catches for 79 yards against the Saints. He has three 100-yard games on the season and leads the team in catches with 60 and receiving yards with 833 yards.

--DE Osi Umenyiora leads the Falcons in sacks with 6.5. He has posted 82.5 career sacks and ranks eighth in the NFL among active players in career sacks.

--WR Roddy White had just two catches for 24 yards. He had not more than 45 yards receiving in the seven games that he's played this season as he's battled a high ankle sprain and hamstring injury.

--LB Akeem Dent (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday, but is expected to play against Buffalo.

--TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) was limited in practice on Wednesday, but is expected to play against Buffalo.

--TE Tony Gonzalez had four catches for 43 yards against the Saints. He extended his streak of games with a reception to 206, which is the second-longest streak in NFL history. He now has exactly 13,000 receptions over his stellar 17-year career. Gonzalez broke his own NFL record, posting his 16th straight season with at least 50 receptions. Gonzalez also joined wide receiver Jerry Rice (17) as the only two players in NFL history to post 16 seasons with 50-plus catches.

--LB Sean Weatherspoon (shoulder) was limited in practice on Wednesday, but is expected to play against Buffalo.

--DE Malliciah Goodman (strained calf) has not played in the last two games. He returned to practice on Wednesday and was limited.

--FS/SS Zeke Motta (hand) was limited in practice on Wednesday, but is expected to play against Buffalo.

--WR Darius Johnson was having the game of his life against the Saints as an audience on NFL Network watched. And then he made a crucial error that assured that play, and not his highlights, was what they remembered. The wide receiver's fumble in the red zone cost the Falcons a chance at the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. The play loomed large after Atlanta's 17-13 defeat. The mistake overshadowed Johnson's six catches for 67 yards, both highs for his young career.

--RB Steven Jackson rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries against the Saints, both were season highs.

--CB Desmond Trufant (thigh) was limited in practice on Wednesday, but is expected to play against Buffalo.

--QB Matt Ryan, much to the dismay of several fans, with the Falcons trailing 14-10 late in the second quarter against the Saints, elected to slide on a third-and-10 instead of trying to barge into the end zone for a touchdown. Ryan did a nifty job of eluding pressure and got down at the 6-yard line. He appeared to have enough room to make it to the 3, where he would have had to fly over or power through a couple of defenders. "It was early in the game," Ryan said. "You've got to take the points. You've got to make the right play. I felt like that was the right play."

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