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The following are excerpts from Falcons coach Mike Smith’s Monday press conference following the 17-10 loss to the Texans. Good afternoon. Obviously we didn’t make enough plays in the ball game yesterday to get the outcome that we wanted. We did some very uncharacteristic things on offense and defense that put us in a situation that we could not overcome. With that I will open it up to questions. Q. Before we look back, can we look forward? Down the stretch with four games left, three of them are against division opponents. Do you look at that as a blessing or a curse? A. I think that division opponents have more weight than any of the other games that we play because the first thing that you have to do is win your division. To win your division, you have to win your division games. The first thing is when you get into the end of the season there will be a lot of different scenarios that could possibly arise, after head-to-head, division record is one of the top tiebreakers. …

Corey Peters named Falcons’ NFL man of the year

Corey Peters in action here earlier this season against the Detroit Lions. AP Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters was selected as the team’s nominee for the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award on Monday during a banquet at the Commerce Club. “This award means a great deal to me,” said Peters. “There were plenty of my teammates that were so deserving of this award...

Falcons list DT Babineaux as questionable vs. Jags

The Atlanta Falcons listed defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux as limited after the defensive tackle practiced Wednesday with an injured right ankle. Atlanta (8-5) hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) on Thursday night. Babineaux, who did not practice Tuesday, has started all 57 of his games since Mike Smith was hired as Falcons head coach in 2008. The seven-year veteran has 19...

Video: Matt Ryan’s press conference

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Falcons squander another chance to take control

After squandering another chance to take control of their playoff fate, the Atlanta Falcons are beginning to realize this is the way it's going to be. In all likelihood, the postseason race will come down to the final week. The Falcons (7-5) are right in the thick of the wild-card race, tied with Detroit and Chicago, but their hopes of repeating as NFC South champions are beginning...

Jared Allen Told Ray Edwards, "I'm Going To Punch You Square In Your Wiener, Dude" Before Punching Him Square In The Wiener

Maybe you've seen the video circulating these week that shows Minnesota's Jared Allen punching Atlanta's Ray Edwards directly in the crotch during the Falcons' 24-14 win in Week 12. If not, here it is, and here's Allen's frank explanation of the incident from today's episode of PFT Live: <a href="http://deadspin...

Texans WR Andre Johnson injures hamstring

Houston star receiver Andre Johnson has injured his left hamstring in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson pulled up at the end of a route and fell to the turf untouched. He hopped off the field and went to the bench. He sat with his head in his hands as trainers checked him out. He got up after a few minutes and walked gingerly to the locker room. The team says...

Falcons stymied in 17-10 loss

Atlanta suffered a 17-10 loss to Houston that could eventually do great damage to their playoff hopes. Fantasy Spin: Matt Ryan had 267 yards, a TD and 2 interceptions. Michael Turner managed only 44 yards on 14 attempts. Tony Gonzalez had 7 catches for 100 yards while Roddy White had 4 catches for 51 yards and a TD.

Falcons' Grimes out Sunday; Moore may return

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Carolina while he recovers from minor knee surgery.

Falcons vs Texans – Three Key Matchups

When the Falcons meet the Texans, there will be a few key matchups that decide the fate of the game. Let’s take a look at three:-Falcons WR Roddy White vs Texans CB Johnathon Joseph – Roddy has been very hot of late catching 17 balls in the last two games, but his week he faces a bit of a stiffer challenge. The Texans acquired CB Johnathon Joseph in free agency for big money...

Texans LB Cushing hurts right knee (AP)

Houston linebacker Brian Cushing has been injured after slipping while trying to make a tackle in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. Cushing appeared to injure his right knee when he slipped chasing Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez after a catch. He entered the game leading the team with 76 tackles, including seven for losses.

Falcons at Texans Week 13 Inactives

Atlanta: QB John Parker Wilson, T Kirk Chambers, C Brett Romberg, DE Cliff Mathews, LB Stephen Nicholas, CB Kelvin Hayden, CB Brent Grimes Houston: QB Kellen Clemens, FB Lawrence Vickers, TE Garrett Graham, T Andrew Gardner, G Thomas Austin, DE Tim Bulman, CB Brandon Harris

Mularkey calls coaching report ‘irrelevant’; his focus is on the Panthers

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey interviewed for the Cleveland and Denver head coaching jobs last season. Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. With Jack Del Rio dismissed in Jacksonville, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on Monday Night Football that Mularkey and former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman were on the short list to replace Del Rio...
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