Posted December 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season. Just don't try to pigeonhole the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end into giving more information about his future, no matter how many light years away. ''I see what you're trying to do,'' Gonzalez said with a smile Thursday. ''Jedi mind trick.'' Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons are trying to stay on task this week. As the NFC's No. 1 seed, the Falcons want to end the regular season with a victory Sunday over Tampa Bay and then use next week's bye to get ready for a divisional round home game the weekend of Jan. 12-13. Gonzalez said he isn't letting outside distractions take away from his or the team's preparation. ''This is why we do what we do, to be in this kind of position,'' he said. ''It's important we go out and play well, finish the season strong and take it on to the playoffs. That's where we've got to be at...
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