FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan says he's "a lot more mature" than in his first two NFL playoff appearances.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith wants his first two playoff losses with the Falcons to be "growing experiences" that will help his team prepare for Sunday's first-round game at the New York Giants.
ATLANTA - Michael Turner and the Falcons didn't want to settle for just making the playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith has led the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs in three of his four seasons.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After Drew Brees broke an NFL passing record that stood for nearly three decades, his teammates called on him to make a speech in the Saints' locker room.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons are closer to having a healthy secondary against Drew Brees and the Saints.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Saints will try to clinch the division title and the Falcons will try to lock down a playoff spot when the teams meet on Monday night.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan likes how the Atlanta Falcons are playing with two games left in the regular season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons were going through their offseason checklist, they knew it was vital to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Matt Ryan can't explain why he seems to own the Carolina Panthers.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Julio Jones is ready to give the Atlanta Falcons another breakout game.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Todd McClure gets more than a bit uncomfortable when asked about a campaign by his fellow linemen to get him selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta needs Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens to step up at cornerback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is enjoying a strong recovery from his disappointing slow start to the season.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are doing pretty well on offense.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
ATLANTA - A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.
HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Antone Smith, best known for his special teams play in his first five seasons with the Falcons, finally has a chance to show he deserves playing time at running back.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jake Matthews' first live NFL action gives Atlanta coach Mike Smith reason to think the No. 6 overall draft pick has potential to become an elite player.
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hope to find clarity in the competition to determine quarterback Matt Ryan's backup in Friday night's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.