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Sunday loomed as a big test for the Atlanta Falcons defense, which appeared vulnerable to the running attack of the upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Behind running back Doug Martin, the Bucs have the kind of top-10 rushing attack that the Falcons might have to face at some point in the postseason, which now seems all but a certainty, and a loss would have tightened the NFC South race to within shouting distance.
Yet in their latest skin-of-their-teeth victory, the Falcons prevailed 24-23 on the road over their division rivals, getting the kind of performance they needed from their defense, which was bolstered, significantly, by the return of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, and overcame turnovers and a couple of uncharacteristic missed field goals.
The win improved Atlanta to an NFC-best 10-1, giving them a four-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay (6-5) with five games remaining. The Falcons also own at worst a 1-game lead over San Francisco for the conferences best mark and a two-ga...
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Atlanta receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon are active for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after being limited in practice because of ankle injuries.
Jones has been bothered by a sore right ankle for the past two weeks. Weatherspoon returns for the first time since spraining his right ankle four weeks ago at Philadelphia.
Quarterback Dominique Davis, receiver...
The 2012 Atlanta Falcons are currently leading the NFC with a conference best 10-1 record. They have a high powered offense led by Matt Ryan and Roddy White and a defense that adopts a bend-but-don’t-break philosophy at times. They are well on their way to securing a first round bye and clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs.
Sound familiar? It should, as this was the same...
Leading the NFC with a 10-1 record isn't nearly enough to satisfy Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.
His team is playing too many close games and still making too many mistakes for Smith to say that Atlanta is one of the NFL's few elite teams.
He will only say that if the Falcons keep winning, they will put themselves in position to earn a top playoff seed.
With just three...
TAMPA, Fla. -- Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give the Atlanta Falcons a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Ryan teamed with Julio Jones on an 80-yard TD in the third quarter, but the NFC South leaders found themselves trailing 23-17 after the Bucs marched for a touchdown, then forced a...
The Atlanta Falcons expect wide receiver Julio Jones to start today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a key NFC South divisional matchup on Sunday, although he may be limited. It is being reported that Jones is likely to be active, although the number of snaps he plays is a giant question mark.
One report said that Jones may play as needed. If Atlanta can build a lead or keep things...
The Atlanta Falcons have listed wide receiver Julio Jones as
questionable for today’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he continues
to deal with a lingering ankle sprain. The amount of playing time he receives
and the role he plays in the contest may depend on the pace of the matchup,
reports Jeff Darlington of NFL Network.
NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reported...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give the Atlanta Falcons a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Ryan teamed with Julio Jones on an 80-yard TD in the third quarter, but the NFC South leaders found themselves trailing 23-17 after the Bucs marched for a touchdown, then forced...
The Falcons (10-1) are one step closer to the playoffs and the NFC South title after winning yet another close game. This one was against the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) on Sunday. The Falcons again struggled on offense running the ball in this match-up. Michael Turner yet again was held to under 20 yards on more than 10 carries. This makes three straight game for Turner...
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has a sore right ankle, started Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The ankle has been an issue for two weeks but Jones played through it during last week's win over the Arizona Cardinals. Jones has 47 catches for 736 yards with five touchdowns this year. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon returned after missing four games because...
The Falcons extended their NFL-best record to 10-1 with a win in Tampa Bay on Sunday. But while the standings may tell you Atlanta is the team to beat in the NFC, some glaring flaws could keep them from realizing their championship dreams.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ passing attack rebounded from the five-interception performance of a week ago, airing it out for 353 yards on the...
If week 11 in the NFL had one name assigned to it, it would be Houdini. The smoke and mirrors used by Houston, Dallas, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta to magically pull victories out of strait jackets is nothing short of miraculous. The top suicide picks all managed to inch out wins in dramatically late fashion: Matt Ryan throws five interceptions yet the Falcons fly passed the Cardinals...