Thomas Dimitroff's Super Bowl matchup against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots is far more than an executive facing his former boss and employer.
Kyle Shanahan is trying to keep the next 10 days as normal as possible.
ATLANTA - One conversation stands out in Arthur Blank's sports year to remember.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Kyle Shanahan remains focused on helping the Falcons win their first Super Bowl championship.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers' blueprint to slow down Atlanta in the NFC championship game focuses on turning the high-octane Falcons into a one-dimensional offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones missed his second day of practice Thursday with a sprained left toe.
HOUSTON - Falcons coach Dan Quinn and Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva are the finalists for the NFL's Salute to Service Award.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Micah Hyde, the Green Bay Packers' jack-of-all-trades in the secondary, is assuming another new role this season - playoff playmaker.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan knew the question was coming.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was held out of practice on Wednesday after aggravating his sprained toe in Saturday's playoff win over Seattle.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Don't fret, Atlanta Falcons fans.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Dan Quinn knows a thing or two about NFC Championship Games, which he twice described as "a battle" regardless of opponent or location.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan looked very much like an MVP, and the Atlanta Falcons are headed to the NFC championship game.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Julio Jones simply shrugged instead of screaming and shouting following a costly no-call against Richard Sherman three months ago.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Falcons coach Dan Quinn is determined to make sure he's not the story in Saturday's NFC divisional-round playoff game against Seattle, his former team.
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