1. Atlanta Falcons: 5 Cost-Effective Moves the Falcons Can Make This Offseason

    On the heels of the Atlanta Falcons ' NFC Championship Game loss to the San Francisco 49ers , the offseason may be the last thing fans are thinking about. But as slow as time may be passing right now, March will soon be upon us...

    Justin Blanchard Written by Justin Blanchard about over 1 year ago 5,483 reads 29 comments

  2. 49ers vs. Falcons: 10 Keys to the Game for Atlanta

    The time for the Atlanta Falcons to celebrate last week's 30-28 divisional round win over the Seattle Seahawks has come and gone. It's now time for the Falcons to face their next challenge: the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game...

    Justin Blanchard Written by Justin Blanchard about over 1 year ago 5,176 reads 24 comments

  3. Seahawks vs. Falcons: Instant Grades, Analysis for Atlanta

    Fourth Quarter Seattle 28 Atlanta 30 The Seahawks saw momentum shift in their direction after scoring two touchdowns on back to back drives to start the quarter, one a 1-yard run by Russell Wilson and the other a 3-yard pass to Zach Miller...

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  4. Seahawks vs. Falcons: How the Falcons Can Contain Marshawn Lynch

    On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons defense may be tasked with their biggest challenge yet this year: containing running back Marshawn Lynch...

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  5. Seahawks vs. Falcons: Mike Smith Should Be on the Hot Seat If the Falcons Lose

    Atlanta Falcons team owner Arthur Blank said head coach Mike Smith wasn't on the hot seat at the start of the season ( via NBCsports.com's Pro Football Talk )...

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  6. Atlanta Falcons: Blueprint to Super Bowl Run Lies in Past Playoff Failures

    The Atlanta Falcons may have a bye week heading into their opening playoff game on January 13, but there will be little resting taking place...

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  7. Atlanta Falcons: Grading Every Starter's 2012 Season

    Many believed the Atlanta Falcons were headed for a solid 2012 season after naming Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan coordinators in the offseason. But few predicted they would finish 13-3 and have the NFC's top seed heading into the playoffs...

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  8. Atlanta Falcons: Lack of Defensive Pro Bowlers Works in Falcons' Favor

    With the way the Atlanta Falcons have stifled opposing offenses all season long, one would think at least a few of the team's defensive players would be rewarded with Pro Bowl nods...

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  9. Atlanta Falcons: Why the Falcons Have the NFL's Best Receiving Trio

    With wideouts Roddy White and Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons unquestionably have one of the NFL 's best wide receiver tandems. Add tight end Tony Gonzalez to the mix and you have arguably the league's best starting receiving group...

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  10. Atlanta Falcons: Running Game Isn't Necessary to Super Bowl Run

    The Atlanta Falcons ' sluggish running game has been heavily scrutinized this season. It's a trend that has continued into December, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's Michael ...

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  11. Atlanta Falcons: Why Falcons Shouldn't Rest Starters vs. Buccaneers

    Here we are, once again. The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a Week 16 win which clinched them the NFC's No.1 seed. It ensures them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs...

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  12. Falcons vs. Lions: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Atlanta

    The Atlanta Falcons (13-2) defeated the Detroit Lions (4-11) 31-18 Saturday night to clinch the NFC's No. 1 seed, ensuring home-field advantage throughout the playoffs...

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  13. Atlanta Falcons: Defensive Turnaround Assures 2012 Won't Be Repeat of 2010

    The Atlanta Falcons have been headed down this path before. With an impressive 12-2 record heading into Week 16, the Falcons have dominated the 2012 regular season just like they did in 2010, when they finished 13-3...

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  14. Atlanta Falcons: Assessing John Abraham's Chances at Making the Hall of Fame

    A 13-year NFL veteran, defensive end John Abraham undoubtedly has had himself quite the decorated career—so much so that he likes his chances of making the Hall of Fame ...

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  15. Atlanta Falcons: Win over Giants Shows Falcons Have Turned the Corner

    Defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants is an impressive achievement. Even more impressive is when it's done the way the Atlanta Falcons did it...

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  16. Atlanta Falcons: How the Falcons Can Manufacture a Running Attack

    It's no secret: the Atlanta Falcons ' ground game is struggling. A team who had once consistently depended on Michael Turner's bruising-yet-explosive running style for 20, 30 ...

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  17. Atlanta Falcons: Sky Isn't Falling Despite Ugly Loss to Panthers

    Let's be clear: The Atlanta Falcons lost an ugly game last Sunday. Defenders missing tackles left and right. The defensive line giving Cam Newton all day to throw. The offense unable to convert a third down until late in the third quarter...

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  18. Falcons vs. Panthers: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Atlanta

    The Atlanta Falcons (11-3) lost 30-20 to the Carolina Panthers (4-9) at Bank of America Stadium Sunday in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated...

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  19. Atlanta Falcons: Biggest Disappointments of 2012 Season so Far

    As a team, the Atlanta Falcons are experiencing one of the best seasons in franchise history. The same can't be said for the Falcons individually, however...

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  20. Atlanta Falcons: Prime Time Success Shows They're Ready for Playoffs

    It’s a year of many firsts for the Atlanta Falcons . This season marked the first time that they got off to a perfect 8-0 start. Third-year veteran Sean Weatherspoon recorded his first career interception...

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  21. Saints vs. Falcons: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Atlanta

    The Atlanta Falcons (11-1) marched past the New Orleans Saints (5-7) 23-13 at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score suggests...

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  22. Saints vs. Falcons: Time for a Statement Game from Atlanta

    Last week, I described how proud I am of the Atlanta Falcons for being able to win in more ways than one this season...

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  23. Falcons vs. Buccaneers: Live Game Grades and Player Analysis for Atlanta

    It once again came down to the very last play of the game for the Atlanta Falcons (10-1), who were able to knock down a Josh Freeman hail mary for a tight 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5)...

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  24. Julio Jones: Why the Atlanta Falcons Would Be Wise to Sit Him This Sunday

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , still hampered by a lingering ankle injury...

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  25. Atlanta Falcons: Sloppy Win Better Than a Blowout Would've Been

    Like many other Falcons fans, I expected the Atlanta Falcons to bounce back from last week's heartbreaking 31-27 loss to the division rival New Orleans Saints by crushing the Arizona Cardinals at the Georgia Dome last Sunday...

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