FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith is not giving up on the Falcons' season, just as he wouldn't give up in the closing minutes of a lopsided loss to Seattle.
FLOWERY BRANCH - A familiar face returned to the practice field for the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons' only two wins this season came when Matt Ryan had no turnovers in almost flawless performances.
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 Falcons' new offensive coordinator can't wait to get started with Matt Ryan.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Dan Quinn is looking to build a defense that plays "fast and physical" and an offense with balance as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday he has seen enough of the NFL's investigation of fake crowd noise at Atlanta's home games to acknowledge wrongdoing.
By CHARLES ODUM
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