Found December 20, 2012 on Fox Sports:
PLAYERS: Tony Gonzalez
TEAMS: Atlanta Falcons
Thursday was an ugly, rainy day at Atlanta's practice facility - a perfect setting for the Falcons to be reminded they can make sure they don't play another game outdoors this season. That's added motivation to avoid a letdown in Saturday night's game at Detroit's Ford Field. The Falcons can secure home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs by beating the Lions. They play their final regular-season game against Tampa Bay next week in the Georgia Dome. The Super Bowl in New Orleans also will be played in a dome. The Falcons have painful memories of their last road game, a Dec. 9 loss at Carolina that followed a home win over the Saints. Tight end Tony Gonzalez says players must respond better to last week's impressive win over the Giants.

Julio Jones says it like it is: "It's really not about them, it's about us"

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DeCoud sets pace for Falcons with 6 interceptions

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Atlanta seeks to keep Detroit's Suh away from Ryan

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The Future Fall of the Falcons

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Falcons-Lions Preview

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