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Falcons focusing on showdown with Packers

ATLANTA - A winter storm that closed schools, government buildings and many businesses in the Atlanta area couldn't stop the Atlanta Falcons from their first chance to prepare for the Green Bay Packers.

January 10, 2011 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Turner not concerned with fumbles

FLOWERY BRANCH - Having showered and dressed after practice, Michael Turner is heading for a weekend off Friday when Roddy White nails his Atlanta Falcons teammate with a cupcake to the side of the face.

January 07, 2011 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons starved for playoff success

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons hope their home-field advantage in the playoffs will make up for a shortage of players who have won in the postseason.

January 06, 2011 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons savor top seed

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith is trying to establish business as usual during the Atlanta Falcons' bye week.

January 03, 2011 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


A lot on the line

ATLANTA - With so much to protect, the Atlanta Falcons are wary about playing a Carolina team with so little to lose.

December 31, 2010 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan still believes in Falcons' offense

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan and the Falcons are expecting better offensive production in Atlanta's important final regular-season game against Carolina.

December 30, 2010 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons playing the blame game

FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith says the Atlanta Falcons take pride in three core principles.

December 28, 2010 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Getting back on track

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Dunta Robinson has played 22 games since his last interception.

December 25, 2010 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Getting a handle on it

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons seem to have found a perfect formula at linebacker.

December 21, 2010 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons keep close eye on loose balls

FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith knows that most of the bounces are going Atlanta's way this season.

December 20, 2010 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Still something 'Dirty' about the Birds

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.

December 17, 2010 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


It's Roddy's world, the rest are just along for a ride

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.

December 16, 2010 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons owner relishes comeback from rough 2007

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.

December 14, 2010 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Turner back as 'Mr. Dependable'

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Turner has resumed his role as Atlanta's Mr. Dependable.

December 08, 2010 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Weems key in Falcons' last two fourth quarter victories

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Eric Weems doesn't have much time to make an impression. A few seconds here, a play or two there.

December 06, 2010 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


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Youth leads Falcon defense

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.

August 20, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Peters back in practice

FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.

August 19, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


With Baker out for season, Falcons shift offensive line

FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.

August 18, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Watt and Clowney await Falcons

HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.

August 15, 2014 | By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons, Texans practice together

HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.

August 13, 2014 | By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Soliai, Jackson beefing up D-line

FLOWERY BRANCH - The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.

August 12, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Smith a pleasant surprise at RB

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.

August 11, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons rookie OL Matthews impresses Smith

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.

August 09, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan comes out sharp, Falcons win

ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.

August 08, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' backup QBs in spotlight vs. Dolphins

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.

August 07, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons host Titans

FLOWERY BRANCH - A visit from the Tennessee Titans on Monday didn't change the tone of the Atlanta Falcons' fight-filled training camp.

August 04, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Backup RBs prepping quickly

FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson's latest hamstring injury is giving Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith a chance to fill the void at running back for the Atlanta Falcons.

August 02, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Matt Ryan teaching, adjusting to new faces on offense

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is expanding his leadership role to include teaching young players and other newcomers in his seventh training camp with the Falcons.

July 29, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Trufant, Alford step into Atlanta defense leadership roles

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly.

July 28, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Better protect Matt

FLOWERY BRANCH - Through the first two days of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons look just fine along the offensive line.

July 26, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


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