FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons' short-yardage woes in their first loss of the season stirred memories of similar struggles the last time they lost - in the playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Todd McClure can tell this is becoming a special season for the Atlanta Falcons, just from all the extra time he's spending on the phone.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons could be closer to full strength on defense the next time they take the field.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson never questioned Atlanta's offseason trade for Asante Samuel.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, one of the leaders of the Atlanta Falcons' defense, will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right ankle injury.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't like to discuss his accomplishments for more than a couple of minutes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The more Atlanta keeps winning, the more coach Mike Smith keeps tinkering with ways to help the Falcons improve.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons, the NFL's last unbeaten team, were rested and closer to full strength on Monday in their return from their bye week.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Then there was one.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons gather in the meeting room at the beginning of each week, they can always count on coach Mike Smith jotting one thing on the board.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons players used their off day Tuesday to go back to school.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are in uncharted territory.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Standing in front of his locker, wearing an Atlanta Braves cap, Matt Ryan was back in full ice mode.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are an imperfect 4-0.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan still won't criticize his NFL colleagues for leaving him off a list of the league network's top 100 players this summer.
ATLANTA - Since an embarrassing downfall at Southern Cal, Steve Sarkisian has certainly caught plenty of breaks in his professional life.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - After only one game as Alabama's offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian is heading to the NFL.
ATLANTA - Michael Vick never led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Kyle Shanahan is trying to keep the next 10 days as normal as possible.
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