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, Ga. - Fullback Ovie Mughelli says the Atlanta Falcons want to graduate from the regular season at the top of the NFC's class.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Maybe it's time to stop calling Matt Ryan one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons plan to enjoy January in the Georgia Dome.
ST. LOUIS - Former Missouri linebacker Aaron O'Neal never made it to the NFL. Yet his college teammate William Moore is making sure that O'Neal's legacy is not forgotten.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are at their best when playing takeaway.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez lets his mind drift at times. He sees himself standing on the field at the end of the Super Bowl, the confetti dropping all around, a championship finally his.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - No NFL team has a better record than Mike Smith's Falcons, and perhaps none has made fewer headlines.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are sitting atop the NFC standings at 7-2 and they've won three straight games.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons began a major overhaul Tuesday after a dismal season, signing three linemen at the start of free agency, re-signing defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, and cutting former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud.
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