Posted December 27, 2011 on AP on Fox
Coach Mike Smith has led the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs in three of his four seasons. Right now, he couldn't care less. Smith spent Tuesday trying to find answers for major breakdowns following the Falcons' blowout loss the night before in New Orleans. A 45-16 defeat left him determined to fix these problems before the postseason begins in two weeks. The Falcons (9-6) host Tampa Bay (4-11) in the regular-season finale on Sunday and will learn later that day where they will travel to open the playoffs. But Smith has more immediate concerns after watching his team lose badly to the Saints. ''We did not match their physicality,'' Smith said, ''and I don't think we played real smart either.'' Atlanta's offense, which had scored a combined 72 points in the previous two games, was inconsistent: - Before the score was lopsided, the Falcons had to settle for field goals on three red zone possessions and went three-and-out both times the defense picked off Saints quarterback Dre...
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