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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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At 41, Atlanta’s Matt Bryant finally makes it to Super Bowl

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When Matt Bryant trots on the field to attempt a field goal, often with the game on the line, he wants his mind to be filled with nothing but positive vibes. Sometimes, he’ll imagine he’s sitting on the floor, playing with his seven children. “When you’re with your kids, there are no negative thoughts,” Bryant said with a wistful look. “It kind of takes the edge off the moment.” That might come in handy Sunday, when he’ll be kicking in…

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s bumper sticker phrases

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Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has used a bunch of phrases this season to pull his Falcons closer together. Many could fit on a bumper sticker, and each has a purpose. “The real reason behind it is to make sure our messaging stays the same,” Quinn said Tuesday. “So, when one person is talking to another, it’s not where it’s in different things. ‘Yeah, that’s just like this or just like that.’ e’d rather it be in terms taht when oen…

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Defense wins championships? Not necessarily in the NFL

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We’ve all heard the adage: defense wins championships. In the NFL, that doesn’t necessarily apply. Of course, it still helps – a lot, actually – to have a stout group on that side of the line. But, as the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers have proven this season, a team can get to the cusp of the Super Bowl while ranking near the bottom of the league in the two most prominent defensive categories: points and total yards.…

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Panthers’ bid for perfect season ends with loss to Falcons

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For the first time this season, there was no big comeback for Carolina. No clutch play at a key moment. No costly mistake by its opponent in the last few minutes. The perfect start is over for Cam Newton and the Panthers. After Julio Jones‘ spectacular 70-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter gave Atlanta the lead, the Panthers came up empty in two possessions in the final three minutes as the Falcons held on for a 20-13 victory on…

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Falcons, Jaguars seeking win for different reasons

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Conversations about Atlanta’s Dan Quinn and Jacksonville’s Gus Bradley were a lot different a couple of months ago. The Falcons started the season 5-0, and the first-year coach looked like he would get the team back to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The Jaguars lost five of their first six games, couldn’t get out of their own way and were surrounded by speculation about Bradley’s future. The talk has changed dramatically since. Now, the good friends and former Seattle…

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