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FLOWERY BRANCH — When the going gets tough, like it is right now for the 5-4 Falcons, the team internally looks to its veterans for leadership.
In part, that’s why coach Mike Smith has a key veteran within each position group and empowers his “Over 30” club. The group is working overtime this week to help the team rebound from a difficult 26-23 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) is brought down by New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson (96) and others during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
“What separates good teams and not-so-good teams is how you respond to the adversity,” said quarterback Matt Ryan on Wednesday.
They are trying to put a failed fourth-down attempt in their rearview mirror and make sure they are ready for the Tennessee Titans (5-4) at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
“The message will be, ‘you’re flustered
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(Source: usatoday.net)The New Orleans Saints emerged victorious in overtime against their bitter rival in the Atlanta Falcons, who just so happen to be their stiffest competition for the hotly contested NFC South crown, or moreover where the stiffest competition. … [visit site to read more]New Orleans Saints great defensive play dwarfed by Mike Smith’s decision - Who Dat Dish...
Depending on your rooting interests, the biggest story line coming out of last weekend was Mike Smith’s 4th down call in OT. To recap, the Falcons were facing 4th and about a foot from their own 29 yard line in OT. The Falcons brought out the punt team, but then called time, reconsidered, and brought out the offense to go for it on 4th.
Obviously, the play failed, otherwise I...
Mike Smith is going to go down as the best coach in Falcons history by the time he's done coaching.Just another Falcons vs Saints classic. That seems to be what has become the norm when these two teams meet. Overtime games, back and forth scoring, lots of momentum swings, lead changes, and and someone getting a win by only a few points. It’s exactly what you want any great...
Mike Smith is moving on from the Falcons' failed fourth-and-1 gamble against the Saints in overtime on Sunday. It cost Atlanta dearly, but the coach is comfortable with his decision -- even if you're not.
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith plans to be cautious with rookie wide receiver Julio Jones.
Jones exited Sunday's game against the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints after aggravating his right hamstring. Jones had missed two games earlier in the season with an injury to his left hamstring.
"We have to make sure we make the right decision for putting a player back out...
PFT is checking in on each team during their bye week. The last four teams are up this week, starting with the Saints. Great Position The Saints have been an uneven team, but the end result through ten weeks is a 7-3 record and terrific position in the NFC South. Mike Smith’s fourth down call…
The Atlanta Falcons' chance to take the NFC South lead last week essentially ended when coach Mike Smith's gamble didn't pan out.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has to like his team's chances in the AFC South with the division leader facing a major injury.
The Falcons try to avoid losing two straight for the first time this season Sunday when they host a resurgent...
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) signals his offensive line against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Indianapolis November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Brent Smith (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
What are some of the big questions heading into this week in the NFL?
1. Can Matt Leinart save the Texans’ season?
You almost have...