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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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Edge in experience could be telling in Super Bowl

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There’s no hiding it. One edge the New England Patriots have over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s Super Bowl can’t be denied: experience. It’s a factor never to be scoffed at when the AFC and NFC champions meet for the league title. Sure, New England (16-2) has a bunch of young players – 16 with four years or less in the NFL – and the Falcons (13-5) actually have four guys who have played in a Super Bowl: Dwight Freeney,…

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After up and down season, Pats’ Stephen Gostkowski remains confident

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Being a kicker in the NFL is hard enough. Doing it for a New England Patriots franchise that has enjoyed some of the most clutch kicking performances in NFL playoff history is something entirely different. Such is the position Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is in as New England prepares for what could be a close Super Bowl matchup between its No. 1 ranked offense and Atlanta’s No. 1 defense. The Patriots have won their four Super Bowls by a total…

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Bucs win their fourth straight game, tie for lead in NFC South

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The Tampa Bay Bucs, who have spent the better part of a decade learning to lose, may have finally figured out how to win. The Bucs won their fourth straight game Sunday and pulled into a tie with Atlanta for the NFC South lead. Tampa Bay beat San Diego, 28-21, after outscoring the Chargers 21-7 in the second half. For the Bucs’ defense, it was the fourth straight impressive start. The Bucs have allowed only 53 points in those four…

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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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Are Bucs really better going into 2015?

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They entered the draft as the NFL’s worst team. They exited talking about competing for the division. That is how much better three days can allow a football team to feel about itself. The Tampa Bay Bucs, the dregs of the league last year when they finished 2-14, feel that’s how much better the off-season has left them. Outsiders will probably doubt it. A team rarely goes from two victories to contention, and a rookie quarterback is rarely promise upon…

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