FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith hopes defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has a full complement of healthy players after the Atlanta Falcons endured so many injuries last year.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have an advantage over most teams that have the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft. The Falcons already have their franchise quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Just two days into Atlanta's offseason workout program, Falcons coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
ALPHARETTA - Deanna Kathumbi-Jackson feels better about letting her young sons play tackle football.
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.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired Scott Pioli as assistant general manager on Wednesday, reuniting him with GM Thomas Dimitroff.
ATLANTA - Falcons owner Arthur Blank fully supports coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff and believes they'll lead his team back to the playoffs in 2014.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is having a harder time saying goodbye to the NFL than he imagined.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are finishing the season with 11 players on injured reserve, including two additions this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
ATLANTA - When he first looked at Atlanta's 2013 schedule, Tony Gonzalez was thrilled to see a late December rematch with the San Francisco 49ers.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The ugliest low points of a miserable season for Matt Ryan and the Falcons have come on the road.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith hopes his defense is finally starting to understand how to create takeaways.
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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