The Falcons Blow a Big Lead and a Bigger Chance

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The Falcons Blow a Big Lead and a Bigger Chance
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They gave it the ol’ college try. Alas, this is professional football, where the bottom line matters more than the purity of effort. The Atlanta Falcons led by 17 points at home on a day when winning would have put them in the Super Bowl, and they lost. There’s your bottom line. “It was definitely our game to win,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. Then: “It was our game to win, and we didn’t win.”

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