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Falcons’ flop a new low for Atlanta’s sad sporting history

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Well, Atlanta, there’s nothing left to say. The city once known as “Loserville” was cruising toward its first Super Bowl championship, leading Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots by 25 points. TWENTY-FIVE! Back in Atlanta, the city was all ready to bust loose in a celebration like no other, seemingly assured of finally putting to rest its history of sports flops. Then, it happened. The greatest flop of them all. This one will take a long, long time…

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Patriots motivated by hope of humiliating Commissioner Roger Goodell

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Several storylines surround Sunday’s Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots are going for their fifth Lombardi Trophy while an Atlanta victory will give them their first. After the commercials, the halftime and, of course, the game, even more intrigue possibly awaits viewers still sober enough to care. Just the mere ritual of handing off the trophy could be yet another contest. If the Falcons prevail, Commissioner Roger Goodell and owner Arthur Blank…

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Julio Jones: ‘I’m capable of anything’

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Julio Jones is still hearing about that stiff-arm he threw in the NFC championship game.In his eyes, it was no big deal. “Just spur of the moment,” the Atlanta Falcons All-Pro receiver said. “I will not be denied. That’s just the way I play.” “(@juliojones_11) is a beast. He’s just an absolute stud.” https://t.co/Si4fXW9ACi — NFL (@NFL) January 25, 2017 Jones finished nine catches for 180 yards and two scores in the Falcons’ 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers,…

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Buccaneers may have rediscovered running game with Jacquizz Rodgers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have found a complementary running back for Doug Martin once their No. 1 back returns from a hamstring injury. Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a career-best 101 rushing yards on 30 carries — 32 yards and 17 carries more than he had in the Buccaneers’ previous three games combined — as Tampa Bay defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night. The Bucs (2-3), who came into the game ranked 28th in the league in rushing,…

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Jaguars fall to Falcons in Jacksonville home finale

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“One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” ~ C.S. Lewis Before finishing the season with two road tilts, the Jacksonville Jaguars needed a win in their home finale, before taking one of those roads out into the wilderness for the rest of the season. A 6-8 record and a tie for second place in the division was on the line. For optimal effect, the Jags needed the Texans to win in Indy. The Texans did…

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Trap game for Jacksonville Jaguars?

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Is Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons a trap game for the Jacksonville Jaguars? (And how bizarre is that concept to contemplate?) Consider the following: Matt Ryan, Falcons quarterback, is having the worst year of his career, and the last few weeks have been the kind of death spiral that fuels trade rumors. Ryan and the Falcons got shut out in Carolina last Sunday, in a 38-0 laugher that wasn’t as close as the score. Ryan is a dome quarterback,…

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