FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Less than 15 hours after his team suffered the most lopsided defeat of his tenure, Falcons coach Mike Smith was more concerned with fixing his teams mistakes than he was about any discussion of the playoffs in two weeks.
The Falcons clinched their third playoff berth in Smiths four seasons on Sunday when Green Bay defeated Chicago, but the coach was in no mood to say whether he would prefer to get another shot at New Orleans -- a likely scenario -- after the Saints 45-16 victory on Monday.
Well, guys, Ill be quite frank with you, Im not concerned about our seeding, who were going to play, Smith said. Theres a lot of football to be played this last weekend. I think we have to focus on what we can control and thats going out and playing effective football against Tampa Bay this week and well find out after the game where were going in terms of the second season.
Were excited about the opportunity. It doesnt feel good right now after the performance we had las...