CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Matt Ryan needed a while to figure out the last time he played for a team with a losing record.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White isn't concerned that he might not be 100 percent healthy for the remainder of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The NFL trade deadline has passed.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan was chatting at his locker when a teammate walked by, making a gesture that caused the Atlanta Falcons quarterback to crack up in the middle of a sentence.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons' offense may have hit a new low point in the latest loss of a disappointing season.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft.
ATLANTA - Just 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Darius Johnson could pass for one of the equipment guys in the Atlanta Falcons locker room.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offense out of their three-game losing streak last week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, is expected to practice on Wednesday.
ATLANTA - Tight end Tony Gonzalez has talked a lot over the last three years about opponents having to "choose their poison" when facing the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez put off retirement for one more year with a single goal in mind: winning his first Super Bowl ring.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith is facing the biggest challenge of his six seasons as the Falcons' coach.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons returned from their bye week Tuesday with big holes to fill on offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' fears were confirmed on Wednesday when a second medical opinion found star wide receiver Julio Jones' foot injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith sounded dismayed while discussing his team's latest major injury.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons haven't backed up their offseason promise to be more physical and limit mistakes.
BALTIMORE - With each passing week, the Atlanta Falcons - and their offense in particular - have become progressively worse.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Finishing strong is the ultimate goal for any football player.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have improved their red zone efficiency, statistically speaking, from last year.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith says the Atlanta Falcons aren't concerned about the injuries that have reshuffled their offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Osi Umenyiora still goes online to play video games against his buddy Victor Cruz.
MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater playing with calm and poise beyond his years. Jerick McKinnon running hard between the tackles. Anthony Barr coming up with a big sack in the fourth quarter.
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