(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist The old pro was on the sideline, resigned to the fact that this would turn out like so many games of the past. In the 16 years Tony Gonzalez has played tight end in the NFL, so many seasons ended early that he couldn't expect this one to be any different.
If football is a cruel game, it had been even crueler to Gonzalez. No matter what he did, no matter how well he played, the end result always seemed to be the same.
He might be the greatest tight end in the history of the game. But he's never played in a Super Bowl, never even gotten to a conference championship game.
Incredibly, he had never been on a winning playoff team, something that was on his mind as Marshawn Lynch scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds left to put the Seattle Seahawks on the verge of a stunning 30-28 comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons.
Even worse was the thought that this game would almost surely be his last. Gonzalez isn't doing a Ray Lew...