FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Robert Alford was too good for the Falcons to pass up in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night, even though Atlanta also selected a cornerback in the first round.
DULUTH - Matt Ryan isn't focusing on contract talks as he appears destined to become the NFL's next $100 million quarterback.
ATLANTA - Brian Banks said signing with the Atlanta Falcons is his second-biggest accomplishment.
ATLANTA - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that retiring center Todd McClure will have a new home in the team's Ring of Honor.
ATLANTA - Steven Jackson has wanted to hold up the Lombardi Trophy since he was 10 years old.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons found their replacement for Michael Turner on Thursday by agreeing to terms with Steven Jackson, considered the top free-agent running back, on a three-year, $12 million deal.
ATLANTA - Atlanta's mayor and Falcons owner Arthur Blank have agreed to financing terms for a new $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome and keep the team's home games in the city's downtown, the two men said Thursday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons started their youth movement Friday by ditching three key players from the most successful era in franchise history.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith walked into the room, rubbed his white hair and sat down at the podium.
ATLANTA - The Falcons are well aware of just how desperate this city is for its first Super Bowl championship.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When Todd McClure was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, they had just made it to the Super Bowl for the first time.
By CHARLES ODUM
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.