Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/22/12
Breathe easy, football fans. You will not be forced to watch the Atlanta Falcons take part in this season's edition of HBO's Hard Knocks series. The Falcons have decided to decline the invitation to partake in this year's version of the show, according to ESPN.com. Atlanta reportedly wants its focus to be solely on the football field this season, which is understable considering the Falcons got bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Super Bowl champion Giants last season. But as welcomed as the denial might be for enthusiastic Falcons fans who care more about their team's...

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