Found January 20, 2013 on
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ATLANTA -- Mike Smith knew it could happen again.
A week ago, his Atlanta Falcons blew a 20-point lead but won through a miracle comeback in the final minute.
Again on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, the Falcons built a big lead -- 17 points at one point. Smith said his message at that juncture was to "never let up, never give up."
"That's how you have got to play this game," he said. "In the National Football League, you have to play for four quarters."
The Falcons learned that lesson painfully on Sunday in a 28-24 loss to San Francisco at the Georgia Dome as second half turnovers, one an example of bad luck the other of dumb luck, proved their undoing.
The Falcons, playing in their first conference championship game since 2005 and hoping to go to their first Super Bowl since 1999, still have many bright young stars -- wide receiver Julio Jones with a break-out performance on Sunday and quarterback Matt Ryan among them -- but one has to w...
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Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White said the Falcons are looking to take advantage of how aggressive the 49ers play on defense.
The San Francisco 49ers are feeling good about themselves, and Vernon Davis just let everyone else know it. Coming so close in 2011, the 49ers feel they are a team of destiny and the Atlanta Falcons are merely a road block in the way. While the perception of the 49ers is that of a hard nosed group, Atlanta isn’t given much of a shot, especially from the 49ers tight end.
Just after the Atlanta Falcons lost to the 49ers 28-24, ending hopes for the team to make their second appearance in the Super Bowl, it started.From boisterous opposition fans’ “told you so” and “we dominated again!” written comments on blogs, to the more tame complaints of “Same Old Falcons” articles written by some Atlanta sports columnists.The bragging - and complaining...
The Atlanta Falcons came up 10 yards short of the Super Bowl.
Now, they head into an offseason filled with difficult questions.
Coach Mike Smith isn't ready to address those issues just yet, saying Monday that the pain from a 28-24 loss to San Francisco in the NFC championship game is still too fresh in everyone's mind.
But it's clear the Falcons will have several...
A fan was stabbed in front of the Georgia Dome after getting into a fight following the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, multiple outlets are reporting.
WSB-TV says witnesses told them a Falcons fan and 49ers fan got into an argument after the game. The Falcons fan reportedly punched the 49ers fan, who responded by pulling a knife. It’s unclear who was stabbed, but reports say...
Atlanta Falcons fans are not very happy. One person has reportedly been stabbed since the team blew a 17-0 lead, and now we have this guy who pistol-whipped his TV. Yes, pistol-whipped. I like the body slam after already shattering the screen with the gun. Show that TV who’s boss! Don’t worry, Atlanta fans, you still have the Hawks. H/T Twitter
The Falcons say running back Michael Turner is questionable to return after suffering an ankle injury. Turner had run for 30 yards on 8 carries prior to the injury.
Jacquizz Rodgers will likely finish the game as the Falcons every-down running back. Expect Matt Ryan to continue to target Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.
For me the playoffs have come down to rooting against the Atlanta Falcons and being satisfied with whatever other possible combination of results happen. In fact, I've been given the opportunity to attend the Super Bowl thanks to a close friend and I told him that I could only accept going if the Atlanta Falcons aren't in it. True story. If I had never been to one before...
Niners All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman was quick to reply when asked this week to name the biggest threat San Francisco’s rugged defense faces this week against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. “Their wide receivers,” Bowman said. The 49ers will have their hands full with Atlanta’s elite receivers, not to mention a rather renowned TE that can cause some problems, too.
Jay Glazer from Fox Sports reports that the Falcons are prepared to offer quarterback Matt Ryan a "mega contract" this offseason.Fantasy Spin:We could be looking at something close to the five-year, $95 million payday Peyton Manning received when he signed with the Broncos last offseason. If anybody is worth that kind of money it's Ryan, who led the Falcons to an NFL...