Originally created 11/27/98

Falcons notebook



ATLANTA -- The Falcons extended their home winning streak to eight games, the longest in franchise history, with last Sunday's home win over Chicago.

They're 5-0 at home this year, with victories over Philadelphia, Carolina, New Orleans, San Francisco and Chicago.

"We're making it a tougher place for people to come in here and win," coach Dan Reeves said.

Last Sunday's announced attendance was 60,804, marking the second time in the last four games the Falcons have drawn at least 60,000. Last year, the Falcons did not have a crowd that topped 60,000.

Falcons officials said they sold 28,000 tickets last week, and they are predicting a sellout for the Dec. 27 home finale against Miami.

GENEROSITY:

Several Falcons gave up their day off Tuesday to help feed a turkey dinner to Georgia's less fortunate. Stone Mountain native Terance Mathis donated 1,000 turkeys through his Terance Loves Children Foundation. Chuck Smith returned to his hometown of Athens to provide 30 turkeys in one of his charitable projects. Randy Fuller funded his annual Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Dinner in his hometown of Columbus and Hinesville, Ga.

More than a dozen other players and several of their wives served turkey meals at a downtown Atlanta church. Among those committed to participate were Darren Anderson, Keith Brooking, John Burrough, Devin Bush, Bob Christian, Henri Crockett, Jammi German, Ruffin Hamilton, Byron Hanspard, Ronnie Harris, Brian Kozlowski O.J. Santiago, Craig Sauer and Adam Schreiber.

ETC.:

Although the game wasn't decided until the final minute, the Falcons held the Bears to only 210 yards last Sunday. That set a new season low, surpassing the 223 yards New England was held to in a 41-10 Atlanta victory earlier this month. ... Place-kicker Morten Andersen accounted for eight points with field goals of 50 and 44 yards and two PATs against the Bears. Andersen's 44-yard field goal came with 1:58 remaining in the game after Cornelius Bennett recovered a fumble by quarterback Steve Stenstrom after a hit by Smith. ... Receivers Tony Martin and Mathis each had productive days. Martin had six catches for 100 yards, making his second 100-yard game as a Falcon and 18th of his career. Mathis caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Mathis leads the team with 46 catches for 765 yards.