FLOWERY BRANCH - When Matt Bryant is on the sideline, fully aware the game might be decided by his right leg, he'll drape a towel over his head to shut out the world.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Mike Nolan's 3½-year tenure as coach for the San Francisco 49ers offered few highlights on the field.
FLOWERY BRANCH, - A slip of the tongue gave away Atlanta coach Mike Smith's focus.
ATLANTA - It's 2010 all over again for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Nearly every time Julio Jones reports to work, the second-year Atlanta receiver seeks out position coach Terry Robiskie.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez has no intention of pulling a Ray Lewis before retirement.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons know what it takes to win in the regular season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Last year's playoff disappointment hit so hard that Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith needed to change his staff from the top.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have more than home-field advantage to help their chances against Seattle in the playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White has gotten over his initial disappointment of missing out on the Pro Bowl for the first time in five years.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan refused to accept the rationale for why the Falcons were not motivated for their last regular-season game.
ATLANTA - Falcons starters are not expecting a short day against Tampa Bay on Sunday just because they've clinched home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons disagree with the idea they have little to play for in Sunday's final regular-season game against Tampa Bay.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Desmond Trufant knows the Atlanta Falcons' secondary faces a major challenge as Josh Gordon returns this week for Cleveland.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons reported to work Monday in a strange place.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Atlanta Falcons are 4-6 - and tied for first place in the lowly NFC South.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton is eager to break out of a four-game slump and the Atlanta Falcons could be exactly the opponent the fourth-year quarterback needs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - With the losses piling up for the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan felt the need to speak up.
The Atlanta Falcons ended their five-game losing streak by coming off their bye week with a tough approach up front.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons receiver Roddy White can't find much to smile about these days.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith can't seem to pull the Atlanta Falcons from their two-year rut on the road.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons returned to work on Monday, a bit more upbeat after a week off.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons haven't backed up their offseason promise to be more physical and limit mistakes.
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