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.
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.
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.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith is trying to establish business as usual during the Atlanta Falcons' bye week.
ATLANTA - With so much to protect, the Atlanta Falcons are wary about playing a Carolina team with so little to lose.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan and the Falcons are expecting better offensive production in Atlanta's important final regular-season game against Carolina.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith says the Atlanta Falcons take pride in three core principles.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Dunta Robinson has played 22 games since his last interception.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons seem to have found a perfect formula at linebacker.
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.
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 - Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews has returned to practice after missing last week's loss at Cincinnati with a sprained left ankle.
FLOWERY BRANCH - One week ago, Gabe Carimi was being groomed to be the Falcons' version of John Havlicek who could play backup roles across the offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Before the Atlanta Falcons decided to sign Devin Hester, they wanted to make sure he wasn't content just returning kickoffs and punts.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.
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.
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