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Falcons QB Matt Ryan pushing to win for coach Mike Smith

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan is hoping to spend another few years with Mike Smith as coach of the Atlanta Falcons. As Ryan sees it, why not? With a victory Sunday over Carolina (6-8-1), Smith will have led Atlanta (6-9) to three NFC South titles and five playoff appearances since Ryan was drafted third overall in 2008. ''Smitty's been awesome,'' Ryan told The Associated...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers-Falcons Preview

While most six-win teams have turned their attention to next year, the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons surprisingly enter Week 17 with everything on the line. These NFC South rivals are set to go toe-to-toe for the title in the NFL's weakest division, with Sunday's winner advancing to host a playoff game and the loser going home. "It doesn't matter how you get there - you just...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Hoping For Some Late Season Luck

One more game. The Atlanta Falcons took care of business on Sunday afternoon when they beat the New Orleans Saints on the road. Now, they must take care of business again, playing their final game of the regular season at home against the Carolina Panthers.Win and they are in. Lose and they are home for the new year.Sunday showed the Falcons have more grit and game than some might...
Via Football Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will an NFC South Title Save Mike Smith's Job?

For much of the last year there has been two camps among the Falcons fan base. One has been the fire Mike Smith camp and then there’s the keep Mike Smith around camp. Going into this season it seemed to be rather split between the two camps. But as the season played out and the Falcons blew leads, struggled on the road and at times just flat out didn’t look good the fire Mike...
Via Pro Football Spot
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Defense Makes a Stand for Falcons in New Orleans

It has taken seven years, but the Falcons have finally swept the Saints during Mike Smith’s coaching tenure. This has become the most satisfying win of the season for a discouraged fan base. Atlanta’s defense played like a completely different unit in forcing three turnovers and five sacks. They harassed Drew Brees all game long and didn’t allow Mark Ingram to get going. It...
Via Pro Football Spot
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons Expected To Fire Mike Smith After Season

I expect to see a line of coaches banging on Arthur Blanks door attempting to score an interview. Barring a deep playoff run, the Falcons are expected to fire head coach Mike Smith after this season, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. The Falcons (6-9) remain in the playoff race after defeating the New Orleans Saints 30-14 in a thriller on Sunday. La Canfora reports that...
Via Thacover2
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons Expected To Fire Mike Smith After Season

I expect to see a line of coaches banging on Arthur Blanks door attempting to score an interview. Barring a deep playoff run, the Falcons are expected to fire head coach Mike Smith after this season, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. The Falcons (6-9) remain in the playoff race after defeating the New Orleans Saints 30-14 in a thriller on Sunday. La Canfora reports that...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pass rush, active defense push Falcons one win from NFC South crown

The first step in Atlanta's win-or-go-home final two-game stretch of the season was a resounding success. The Falcons took apart the New Orleans Saints 30-14 on Sunday to set up a winner-takes-all NFC South showdown with the Carolina Panthers next week. A playoff trip will be rewarded to whichever team wins the Week 17 matchup between the 6-9 Falcons and the 6-8-1 Panthers. It will...
Via Fox Sports South
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta at New Orleans: The Season Hangs in the Balance

The writing is clearly on the wall for the Atlanta Falcons when they travel to New Orleans this weekend.Win and they still have a chance at the playoffs. Lose and their hopes are all but over.A loss could also spell the end for head coach Mike Smith and his staff.Maybe the greatest part of this contest will be the receiving corps for both teams as Matt Ryan and Drew Brees figure...
Via Football Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Saints by the Numbers

92- Sunday's game will be the 92nd time the Falcons and Saints have battled during an NFL season--this number includes the one and only playoff game between them in 1991. The very first meeting took place on November 20, 1967 ( Saints won 27-24). The Falcons lead the all time series 48-43.11- Head coaches, Sean Payton and Mike Smith have faced off 11 times. Mike Smith claimed victory...
Via Pro Football Spot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints: 2014 Week 16 NFL Pick

Atlanta Falcons (5-9) at New Orleans Saints (6-8) The Saints recently won 20 straight home games with Sean Payton and Drew Brees, covering in almost all of them (18-1-1 ATS), but they’ve since lost 4 straight games at home, all as favorites. On the season, they are just 2-5 ATS at home and oddly enough they are 4-3 ATS on the road. The Saints certainly aren’t the auto-bet at...
Via The Football Fan Spot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Setting the Table for the Saints

While everything seems to hinge on this weekend for the Atlanta Falcons on the road against the Saints, there is more to this game than just a battle with a division opponent. There is a history with New Orleans since both teams were placed in the same division.Now the battles are more of an offensive affair and most recently, there have been playoff berths to be won (last season...
Via Football Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Behind Enemy Lines: Atlanta Falcons Edition

In this week's edition of Behind Enemy Lines, I talked with Atlanta Falcons team journalist Allen Strk on the eve of this weekend's showdown in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. (You can find our other interview centered on the Saints' outlook of this matchup here.)Allen, welcome to our forum! Let's get started.First off, on July 23rd, Matt Ryan signed a 6yr, $113.75 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons-Saints Preview

Although their records may be lousy, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons control their playoff destinies. Hoping to represent the downtrodden NFC South in the postseason, these sub-.500 teams meet Sunday at the Superdome. After losing four of five, New Orleans (6-8) took over first place with Monday's 31-15 road win over reeling Chicago. The Saints bounced back from a 41-10...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta at New Orleans: 5 Things to Know

With everything on the line on Sunday for the game in New Orleans, the Atlanta Falcons hope having already beat the Saints once this season will be a good luck charm in helping to decide the NFC South. The team is also hoping stud wide receiver Julio Jones will be available when Atlanta faces the Saints defense.Here are five things to know about this game.BIGGER, BETTER, MORESo much...
Via Football Nation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Plenty at Stake When Falcons Travel to New Orleans

Three teams. Two games. One playoff spot.If you didn’t think the next two weeks of the NFL season were HUGE, think again.There is nothing like late season playoff drama in the NFL, especially if one team in the NFC could have a losing record and could knock out a team with a better record. But I will go on record as saying the team that wins the NFC South should have nothing to...
Via Football Nation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons coach Smith facing an uncertain future

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work. Since finishing 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl two years ago, the Falcons have been a model of dysfunction on the field. They are 9-21 over the last two years and have lost three of five entering Sunday's game at New Orleans. ''Every time we go out there, we...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers Halt Falcons Late: 3 Things We Learned

Ben Roethlisberger came up big again for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers defense came up big as well, stopping another fourth quarter comeback with the same result for Atlanta as last week – another loss and a potential nail in the coffin of the team’s playoff hopes and the possible future of head coach Mike Smith.The 27-20 loss also opened the door for the New Orleans...
Via Football Nation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Loss to Steelers shows Falcons have yet to answer playoff urgency bell

ATLANTA -- No matter what Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, this season in the NFC South has been absolutely bonkers. After the Falcons lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday, Smith was asked how he felt about the way this season has played out, and the fact that if Atlanta handles its business in its final two games it will win the division. "Nothing is odd...
Via Fox Sports South
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers Looks to Ground Falcons: 5 Things To Know

The Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals before falling in a comeback heart breaker to the Green Bay Packers. Now, the team clinging to the NFC South lead at 5-8 have another mountain to climb as the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. Can Atlanta, who can only make the post season by winning the division, give the Steelers defense a jolt like it did to the Packers last Monday night...
Via Football Nation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons still control their fate in 'crazy' NFC South

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) It's possible 5-8 never looked so good. The Atlanta Falcons have played just well enough to control their fate in the much-ridiculed NFC South, even though they can't finish the regular season with a winning record. Atlanta, which plays the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, is coming off a Monday night loss at Green Bay. Despite the loss, the Falcons still...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WR Jones, S Moore making improvement for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Star receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore are making improvement from injuries as the Atlanta Falcons prepare for a crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Falcons limited themselves to a walk-through Wednesday, looking to recover physically from a grueling Monday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike Smith said Jones and Moore...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons hoping hip injury won't sideline Jones

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday the ''intention'' is for wide receiver Julio Jones to play this week against Pittsburgh after hurting his hip in Monday night's loss at Green Bay. Jones had 11 catches for a team-record 259 yards with one touchdown in the 43-37 loss to the Packers. He watched from the sideline after leaving the game in the fourth quarter...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Packers: Saturday (Sunday) Scoop

The Green Bay Packers finally get an appearance on Monday Night Football this season as they host the Atlanta Falcons to kick off the December portion of their schedule.  The Packers are 6-0 at home and are playing some inspiring football over the past month.  With big wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, the Packers must be taken seriously and especially...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta at Green Bay: Five Things to Know

The fact this is an important game in the NFC playoff picture says soemthing about how the Atlanta Falcons continue to hold on to the NFC South lead and even with a 5-7, they look to be a prominent fixture heading downt he season's stretch.Unless the Packers have something to say about it. Playing Green Bay right now after the team appears to ahve found its stride can only spell...
Via Football Nation
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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