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.
DETROIT - The Atlanta Falcons have proven they're good enough to dominate a division leader.
FLOWERY BRANCH - As the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line sees it, there's no need to antagonize Ndamukong Suh.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After Asante Samuel intercepted Eli Manning's first pass on Sunday, the cornerback approached Falcons teammate Thomas DeCoud, who leads the team in interceptions.
FLOWERY BRANCH, - Falcons coach Mike Smith has learned that little credit is given for regular-season success when it is followed by postseason flops.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Turner used to be Mr. Reliable for the Atlanta Falcons.
By PAUL NEWBERRY
ATLANTA - After about two years of discussions, the Atlanta Falcons are a step closer to getting a new downtown stadium.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The high-scoring offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers appear poised to provide a memorable send-off for the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - As with any rematch, there are certainly things that both teams learned about each other the first time around.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Dan Quinn got a shot at being a head coach because of his work molding one of the league's best defenses.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan is back in the playoffs after a four-year wait.
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