Falcons hoping for 0-0 fresh start in playoffs

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons players have been wearing 1-0 shirts in recent weeks as a reminder to focus on one game instead of their ugly record. The winner of Sunday's game between the Falcons (6-9) and Carolina (6-8-1) will clinch the NFC South and have a home playoff game. Wide receiver Julio Jones says the losing record won't matter because ''when you get to the...
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Falcons bury Saints in 30-14 drubbing

Robert McClain had a key interception in the fourth quarter. (Rogelio Solis) The New Orleans Saints’ resident trash talker Keenan Lewis said he and his team planned to give the Atlanta Falcons their funeral. But on this day, it was Atlanta taking the role of the undertaker. Osi Umenyiora trotted 86 yards for a touchdown off a fumble return as time ran out to bring out the...
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Saints Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Falcons

The defense did a decent job against the run (81 yards, 3.7 per carry) and kept the Saints and underperforming offense longer than most of us expected. I wouldn’t say this was a good performance by any means but we saw some good things. That said the unit produced no sacks and no turnovers, so when you compare that to what the Falcons did it’s pretty night and day. On to the...
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Atlanta Falcons survive Saints, set up divisional showdown

For the second time this year, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints 30-14 in a game where both teams had everything to lose . With a win and a Panthers loss, the Saints (6-8 entering the week) could have clinched the NFC South on Sunday , rendering week 17’s games useless. That’s no fun. This is the part of the season where you want to be playing for something...
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Falcons wide receivers talk trash after beating the Saints

This week Keenan Lewis the New Orleans Saints cornerback said the team was going to send the Falcons to their funeral.  While it was definitely an interesting choice of words, Lewis did not meet expectations.  According to ESPN, Roddy White and Harry Douglas were able to get the last laugh. Wide receivers Roddy White and […] The post Falcons wide receivers talk trash after beating...
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Jones' return helps Falcons eliminate Saints, 30-14

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Julio Jones needed only two offensive snaps to dispel any notion that he'd be merely a decoy for the Atlanta Falcons, too hampered by his injured hip to be truly effective. Racing down the right sideline, he made a twisting, falling grab, looking as if he'd coated his hands with glue, for a 23-yard gain while New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis tried in vain to...
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Julio Jones says he is “ok” for Week 17

Getty Images With a win over the Saints the Falcons are playing in the NFC South Championship game in Week 17 against the Panthers. Wide receiver Julio Jones returned for Week 16 leading the Falcons with seven catches and 107 yards. “I felt OK,” Jones said. “I know I needed to be out there with my teammates. I missed last week. Before the game, I went out and ran around....
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Nice Guy Devin Hester Gives Ref Shoulder Massage

Atlanta rolled over New Orleans today, 30-14. The win kept the 6-9 Falcons alive in the sad and depressing NFC South race, while eliminating the disappointing Saints. This happened despite the fact that NO’s Jalen Saunders brought the opening kickoff back 99 yards, setting up a very early 1 yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram. Before the ensuing kickoff, Devin Hester helped a hard...
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Falcons and Panthers to Play for NFC South Title in Week 17

By virtue of the Carolina Panthers win over Cleveland and the Atlanta Falcons victory over New Orleans, these two teams will match up in a winner take all game next week in Atlanta. Matt Ryan and the Falcons went into the Superdome and handed the Saints their fifth consecutive home loss, eliminating New Orleans from playoff contention. For his part, Ryan put up yet another stellar...
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VIDEO: Devin Hester Massages Way Onto Refs Good Side

Devin Hester massages his way onto a refs good side for the Falcons-Saints game.
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WATCH: Atlanta Falcons returner Devin Hester gives referee a shoulder massage

There are all kinds of ways to butter up the officials, but I don’t know if I’ve seen this one before. That’s Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and returner Devin Hester, and hopefully that ref gives him the benefit of the doubt today. You may also be interested in: WATCH: Atlanta Falcons returner Devin Hester gives referee a shoulder massage Is Matt Ryan the NFL quarterback...
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Falcons And Saints Get Into Fight After 4th Down Interception

This division rivalry got pretty heated after this nice interception on 4th down by Desmond Trufant. Nothing like throwing punches at people with helmets on to get you riled up to try and win the division. [Reddit] The post Falcons And Saints Get Into Fight After 4th Down Interception appeared first on Diehardsport.
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Falcons Troll Saints with Matt Bryant Cash Money Album Cover (Photo)

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant hit a 50-yard FG against the Saints, so in the spirit of trolling, the Falcons Twitter account made a photo of Bryant on a Cash Money album cover. Cash Money, of course, has their roots in New Orleans. Now all I want to hear is Bryant do a cover of Bling Bling, so I know it’s real. Money. The 50-yd field goal is good. #ATLvsNO
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Devin Hester Gives Referee A Massage Before Kickoff

Looks like Devin Hester was trying to relax the ref and maybe earn the Falcons a few calls with this massage. [Reddit] The post Devin Hester Gives Referee A Massage Before Kickoff appeared first on Diehardsport.
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Devin Hester makes sure to give a referee a quick shoulder rub

Devin Hester is always there to lend a hand. The Atlanta Falcons kick returner extraordinaire actually lent two hands to a referee during his game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Specifically, he gave him a massage. It never hurts to butter up a ref, right?
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Julio Jones Active For Week 16

Falcons receiver Julio Jones (hip/oblique) will play Sunday, according to Chris Mortensen.Fantasy Spin: Harry Douglas and Roddy White get a reduction in their fantasy value, particularly Douglas.
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Report: Falcons Plan To Fire Mike Smith, GM Thomas Dimitroff Safe For Now

Jason La Canfora reports that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has informed multiple parties that he plans to move on from HC Mike Smith at the end of the season. According to La Canfora, “it would take a shocking playoff run to alter that scenario.” There has been some question as to whether or not GM Thomas Dimitroff would be retained for another season given the state...
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Falcons are done with Mike Smith; Could target Peyton’s OC

Arthur Blank has informed multiple parties that he plans on moving on from head coach Mike Smith at the end of the season, according to Jason LaCanfora. Blank has also told some confidants that, for now, he expects to retain general manager Thomas Dimitroff, though it could be revisited through the hiring process. One player […] The post Falcons are done with Mike Smith; Could...
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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...
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Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

Forget the records, whichever team wins the NFC South is going to the playoffs, which makes today’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and New...
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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...
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Steelers vs Falcons Film Review: Martavis Bryant

Although he only finished the game with three catches for 31 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, I liked some of the things that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant showed during the game, including some things away from the ball. 1 12.20 2.9 gif broadcast This catch early on in the game, for example. […] Steelers vs Falcons Film Review: Martavis Bryant is...
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Report: Julio Jones Expected To Play Sunday

Atlanta Falcons star receiver Julio Jones (hip) is reportedly expected to play in Sunday’s crucial divisional showdown in the Superdome against the New Orleans Saints. “From all the information I’ve gathered, Jones definitely will play against the Saints,” according to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure. Photo Credit: Jones remains an official...
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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...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Julio Jones Doesn't Practice All Week, Game Time Decision For Week 16

Falcons receiver Julio Jones (hip) did not practice on Friday and while he's still a game-time decision fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play.Fantasy Spin:Have Harry Douglas and Roddy White ready to go.
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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