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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that he wanted to finish the regular season “the right way”, but may have ended it completely the wrong way.
He kept his starters in throughout their 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which saw two key players leave with injuries.
Starting cornerback Dunta Robinson left in the 1st quarter with a head injury and did not return, and veteran DE John Abraham had to be helped off the field after suffering an ankle injury in the 4th quarter.
Atlanta has home field advantage throughout the playoffs and this could surely come back to bite them if both injuries are serious enough.
In playing his starters, Smith was looking to build some momentum going into the playoffs. Now, he’s left with a loss and two key injuries. Not a good way to finish.
"You want to go out and play your best," Smith said. "To go out there and not play your best is counterintuitive to guys in that locker room and it's counterintuitive to us a...
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that starting right cornerback Dunta Robinson is in the NFL's concussion protocol but "is moving through it at a very good pace" and said he "fully" expects both Robinson and defensive end John Abraham to play in the team's playoff game on Jan. 13.
The Falcons appear to have caught a couple...
The Atlanta Falcons have secured home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs but as the 2012 NFL regular season comes to a close, it’s never too soon to look ahead. The Falcons will look to see if they can finally win a playoff game in the post-season before preparing for the start of free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft. Now that the 2012 regular season has ended, it’s time...
William Moore is missing his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury, and the Falcons' secondary also is without cornerback Christopher Owens against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chris Hope is starting for Moore. Owens also has a hamstring injury.
Wide receiver Roddy White, held out of practice this week with a knee injury, is starting. White continues his streak of not missing...
Atlanta defensive end John Abraham injured his ankle late in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.Fantasy Spin:It didn't look good but luckily the Falcons are off next week so perhaps Abraham will be back to full strength by then. If not, Lawrence Sidbury would likely start in his place.
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Where: Georgia Dome
Time: 1 p.m.
Records: Falcons (13-2, 3-2 in NFC South); Buccaneers (6-9, 2-3).
Point Spread (Danny Sheridans odds as published in USA Today): Atlanta is favored by 3 with an over of 46.
Key Offensive Matchup
Any time an opponent has the worst pass defense in the NFL, as Tampa Bay does, thats something a team should look to exploit...
The Atlanta Falcons lost a pair of starters on defense
yesterday during their 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, lineman John
Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson, reports Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
The Falcons lost starting cornerback Dunta Robinson to a head
injury in the first quarter and defensive end John Abraham to an ankle
injury in the fourth quarter. Abraham was...
The Bucs wanted to end the season with a win and snap a five-game losing streak. After beating the Falcons on Sunday 22-17, they did just that and gave some sense of optimism for 2013. The Falcons put their starters in for the entire game even though they had the number one seed locked up for the NFC playoffs. On the other sidelines, Tampa Bay played their best football in all three...
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