FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith knows that most of the bounces are going Atlanta's way this season.
ATLANTA - They were known as the "Dirty Birds," a colorful cast of characters who came closer than any other team to bringing a Super Bowl championship to Atlanta. Now they're rooting on a new group of Falcons to win that last game of the season. "I still say 'we.' I can't help myself," said Jamal Anderson, the star running back of the only Falcons team to reach the biggest ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Having finished up a light workout, Roddy White decides it's time to have some fun. He breaks out a little remote-controlled helicopter - an early Christmas gift from one of his teammates - and begins flying it around the Atlanta Falcons' locker room.
ATLANTA - In the room leading to his office, Arthur Blank has proudly displayed a football commemorating the first back-to-back winning seasons in the history of the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Turner has resumed his role as Atlanta's Mr. Dependable.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Eric Weems doesn't have much time to make an impression. A few seconds here, a play or two there.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Fullback Ovie Mughelli says the Atlanta Falcons want to graduate from the regular season at the top of the NFC's class.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Maybe it's time to stop calling Matt Ryan one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons plan to enjoy January in the Georgia Dome.
ST. LOUIS - Former Missouri linebacker Aaron O'Neal never made it to the NFL. Yet his college teammate William Moore is making sure that O'Neal's legacy is not forgotten.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are at their best when playing takeaway.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez lets his mind drift at times. He sees himself standing on the field at the end of the Super Bowl, the confetti dropping all around, a championship finally his.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - No NFL team has a better record than Mike Smith's Falcons, and perhaps none has made fewer headlines.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are sitting atop the NFC standings at 7-2 and they've won three straight games.
ATLANTA - AFC vs. NFC. First place vs. first place. Talented offense vs. bruising defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons don't know if they'll be facing Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. They do know they'll have to try to stop rookie running back Eddie Lacy, and that's a major concern for the NFL's 30th-ranked run defense. Atlanta has struggled against the run all season. The Falcons allow 135.4 yards rushing per game and have given up five runs of 40 yards or longer - ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson said Wednesday running the ball in the NFL requires patience and commitment. Patience can be a difficult trait for a team like the Atlanta Falcons (3-9), who are tied for the NFC's worst record as they prepare for Sunday's game at Green Bay. That's why Jackson applauded the team's commitment to the run in last weeks' 34-31 overtime win over the Bills. Jackson ran for ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith knows the value of a strong finish, even in a dismal season such as this one.
TORONTO - Falcons safety William Moore looked into the crowd in Toronto and began wondering whether he was back home in Atlanta.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta's Roddy White has had success like only a handful of wide receivers in NFL history. So missing three games this season and entering December with just 20 receptions has left the four-time Pro Bowler, "yelling and screaming at myself, trying to get my body to act right." Last season White ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Terren Jones said Wednesday it will feel like another preseason game with the Falcons if he plays against the Bills on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons have sole claim to the NFC's worst record at 2-9, a dramatic decline for a team which owned the conference's best mark one year ago. Coach Mike Smith said Monday he has no interest in completing a first-to-worst run for the Falcons, even if it brings the top pick in the NFL draft as a reward. Atlanta was 13-3 last season. "I can assure you this: We're ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for answers to fix the Atlanta Falcons. That's been nearly impossible to accomplish during a five-game losing streak. With a 2-9 record that's worst in the NFC, Smith can only hope a few days off will give his players a fresh perspective when they return to ...
ATLANTA - Talk about role reversal.
FLOWERY BRANCH, - The music was blaring in the Atlanta Falcons locker room Tuesday, which made it seem like old times. Hardly. The Falcons (2-8) are mired in a four-game losing streak and all but assured of their first losing season since 2007 heading into Thursday's prime-time game against the first-place New Orleans Saints. For players such as quarterback Matt Ryan, these are the strangest of times. "It's certainly not ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Nothing is going right for the Atlanta Falcons, and coach Mike Smith said he is fully to blame.
TAMPA, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he thinks his team has the right coach and general manager to turn around a disappointing season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson was looking forward to showing what he could do on a winning team, to really making his mark on the national stage.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith is not giving up on the Falcons' season, just as he wouldn't give up in the closing minutes of a lopsided loss to Seattle. Smith was criticized for exposing quarterback Matt Ryan and others to injuries by leaving them on the field late in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Seahawks. The coach said he wouldn't abandon the idea of trying to win. Similarly, Smith said Monday he ...
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