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While the Atlanta Falcons wrapped up the NFC South title last week, they have their eyes set on a larger goal.
Hoping to inch closer to securing the conference's No. 1 seed, the visiting Falcons try for a sixth consecutive victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
While Atlanta (11-1) is usually led by an offense that ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 26.4 points, it was a superb defensive display that helped the team pull out a 23-13 win over New Orleans last Thursday. MVP candidate Matt Ryan completed 18 of 33 passes for a season-low 165 yards and touchdown, but the Falcons intercepted Drew Brees five times to lock up their second division crown in three seasons.
"We've won the division before, so it's not that big of a deal," wideout Roddy White said. "When coach said, 'Congratulations,' nobody was woo-wooing or nothing like that, which is good."
The Falcons, who sit 2 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco in the conference stand...
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. To look at the arc of the career of Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens from a certain direction, one can see a downward trend.
As a rookie in 2009, Owens started six games. Then it was three the next season, two last and just one this one in 12 games.
Yet on Thursday, when Falcons starting left cornerback Asante Samuel went out of the game on the third play...
The Atlanta Falcons aren't putting much significance on winning the NFC South for the second time in three years.
Receiver Roddy White and several teammates say Atlanta has bigger goals - like earning the top playoff seed, winning the conference and winning the franchise's first Super Bowl.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and running back Michael Turner agree that the Falcons...
The Atlanta Falcons approach this weekend’s matchup against
the Carolina Panthers with a banged up secondary, as safety William Moore and
cornerback Asante Samuel each missed practice again Thursday, while running
back Michael Turner practiced at a limited capacity for the second day in a
Samuel missed practice for the second day in a row due to a
shoulder injury. The...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer This could be Jacquizz Rodgers' week to be more than a complement to Michael Turner in the Atlanta Falcons' running game.
Rodgers has seen a steady increase in carries and has been the team's leading rusher in two of the last four games. Still, he has remained the clear backup to Turner, who has had more...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With 4:25 left in regulation and his team leading the New Orleans Saints by seven points, Falcons head coach Mike Smith elected to try a 55-yard field goal.
If Falcons kicker Matt Bryant had missed and Bryant was coming off a game in which he uncharacteristically missed two of three attempts the Saints would have had the ball at the Falcons 45-yard-line and...
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According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said that they are better than the Falcons. Panthers DE Greg Hardy says Panthers are a better team than the Falcons. No, really. He said it. — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) December 5, 2012 Well we are at the time during the regular season when players from around the NFL seem to be in denial with the...
Falcons HC Mike Smith hinted at the notion that Asante Samuel may not end up playing against the Panthers on Sunday, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“He was only able to play three plays, so we are going to definitely be very cautious and make sure he’s ready to go,” said Smith. “He wants to be out there playing, I know that, but we want to make sure he gets cleared...
The Carolina Panthers may be out of the playoff hunt, but they have plenty to motivate them against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend. The Falcons are a far superior team, but they needed a miraculous comeback to beat the Panthers in Week 4. After leading the improbable come-from-behind victory, Matt Ryan apparently was not friendly to his division rival.
Several Carolina players...
The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots have already wrapped up the AFC West and East, respectively. The Houston Texans are about to wrap up the AFC South and could take a huge step toward the AFC’s No. 1 overall seed by beating the Pats on Monday night. In fact, Houston would clinch the top seed with a victory and losses by the Ravens, Colts and Broncos.
The only AFC division...