At a time when other top teams in the ACC are losing stars to free agency and in-season trades, the Falcons are doing everything they can to keep their star quarterback.
At times, the quarterback has been a constant presence in the Falcons offense.
The Falcons have scored more than 50 points in five straight games.
They’ve scored more points in six straight games than any other team in the league.
That’s an average of 21.3 points per game.
It’s also a record for any team.
And Atlanta has been so good at the quarterback position that even in the season-ending loss to Clemson, a team that led the ACC with three touchdowns, Georgia quarterback Ryan Griffin was the lone player on the field to throw more than 100 yards.
Georgia has been No. 1 in passing touchdowns (11), total offense (3,848), total yards (2,906) and yards per game (30.9).
Griffin has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the SEC, ranking No. 5 in passing yards, No. 6 in touchdowns, No, 10 in passing efficiency and No. 15 in completions per game and passing touchdowns per game, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
He has thrown three touchdown passes against Clemson, the last against the Tigers coming on Oct. 28, 2016, with just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
“It was just a very, very special moment, the way Ryan Griffin came in to complete that,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.
“He had all of his teammates around him and was able to make that final throw to win that game.”
The Falcons led by a touchdown after the Clemson game and went on to win the game 21-20.
That game came two weeks after Georgia beat Clemson in the Peach Bowl.
Georgia led by 23-0 midway through the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored a touchdown.
The Bulldogs were up 21-14 at halftime.
The two teams were playing for the National Championship.
It was a tight game, with Georgia leading 23-10 at halftime when it went to a fourth-and-1 at the Georgia 37.
A Georgia punt was tipped by Clemson quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The officials ruled a touchdown pass on third-and.
Two plays later, Hurts threw a deep pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd.
Boyd returned it for a touchdown and Georgia had a one-point lead with 3:20 left.
The Georgia defense did its part in stopping Clemson’s run game, giving up a season-high 158 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
But the Tigers scored the final two points of the fourth period on touchdowns from quarterback Jacob Coker and running back Travaris Cadet.
Georgia went on the road to face Clemson for the third time in four weeks.
Georgia lost its second game against the Yellow Jackets, 31-24, in a 35-31 loss on Nov. 5.
Georgia got a bye in the second game of the season and lost its fourth straight game on the season.
Georgia will travel to face No. 2 Clemson on Saturday.
The Panthers are No. 4 in the AP Top 25 poll, just behind Florida State, which is ranked No. 8.
Georgia is playing without senior running back Devonta Freeman (ankle), senior cornerback Teez Tabor (hip) and senior wide receiver Chris Godwin (shoulder).
The Falcons lost to Florida State in a 37-7 loss last season.
The Clemson game was Georgia’s first at home since the team won at home in 2015.
Georgia leads the ACC in scoring offense at 31.6 points per contest.
The Tigers are No