ATLANTA -- The Falcons say this season won't end like the one in 2008 . . . or 2010 . . . or 2011. That's three playoff busts in three tries for the Falcons with general manager Thomas Dimitroff, coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan. That's a lot of baggage for the Falcons to carry when they open the playoffs on Jan. 12 or 13 as the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Rather than pretend the weight isn't there, the Falcons say they are ready to carry it.
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