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ATLANTA - Less than a year ago, the Atlanta Falcons needed less than a week to name Bobby Petrino to replace Jim Mora as the team's coach.

December 26, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


QB Redman still supports Petrino

FLOWERY BRANCH - Quarterback Chris Redman might be the only Atlanta Falcons player who supports Bobby Petrino.

A day after many of his teammates called the former coach "a coward" for his abrupt resignation, Redman stood by the man who helped him return to the NFL.

December 24, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Vick asked judge for second chance

RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick declared "I am not the bad person or beast I've been made out to be" and asked for leniency in a letter to the federal judge who sentenced him to 23 months in prison for a dogfighting conspiracy.

Vick made his handwritten plea from jail as he awaited Monday's sentencing by Judge Henry E. Hudson. His five-page letter and several others from Vick supporters, including baseball great Hank Aaron and former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, were released by the U.S. District Court in Richmond on Thursday.

December 24, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons owner, GM to discuss Petrino's departure

Atlanta owner Arthur Blank and general manager Rich McKay will to hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss the abrupt departure of coach Bobby Petrino, who has accepted the head coaching job at Arkansas.

December 23, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Lewis gets Vick's plight

BEREA, Ohio - Jamal Lewis once lost his freedom, stripped of life's simplest pleasures by a stupid, youthful mistake. The misstep landed Cleveland's running back in prison and nearly cost him his NFL career.

December 23, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Bitter Falcons sound off on Petrino

FLOWERY BRANCH - Coward. Quitter. Hypocrite. And those were some of the nicer things the Atlanta Falcons had to say about their former coach Wednesday.

Bobby Petrino left behind a bitter team and a boss who felt betrayed, skipping town to return to the college ranks with not so much as a face-to-face meeting with his players.

December 23, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Thomas takes over as interim head coach

FLOWERY BRANCH - Emmitt Thomas waited a long time to serve as head coach of an NFL team.

He never could have imagined his opportunity would come this way.

December 23, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Blank says he felt 'betrayed' by Petrino

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons owner and CEO Arthur Blank was clearly upset at the team's South Hall headquarters Wednesday, as he addressed the untimely departure of former head coach Bobby Petrino.

Blank, who was flanked by Falcons President and General Manager Rich McKay, were probed during a press conference about the 24-hour whirlwind of events that saw Petrino resign as Falcons coach and then accept the coaching vacancy at Arkansas late Tuesday night.

December 23, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Flown the coop: Petrino quits as Falcons' coach, heads to Hogs

Bobby Petrino was hired Tuesday as the football coach at Arkansas, capping a whirlwind day in which he stunningly resigned from the Atlanta Falcons after just 13 games.

Petrino was hired to succeed Houston Nutt, who stepped down at Arkansas two weeks ago and became the head coach at Mississippi.

December 22, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Saints 34, Falcons 14: Monday night rout

ATLANTA - The Falcons awoke to news of their disgraced quarterback being sentenced to nearly two years in prison for dogfighting.

December 22, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Vick's NFL future in doubt

ATLANTA - Michael Vick knows where he'll be spending most of the next two years, locked away in a federal prison, doing his time for dogfighting.

December 22, 2007 | | Atlanta Falcons


Michael Vick sentenced to 23 months in prison

RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for running a "cruel and inhumane" dogfighting ring and lying about it.

December 21, 2007 | By Larry O'Dell The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Vick sentencing to be held Monday

RICHMOND - How much, if any, will Michael Vick's role as financier of a brutal dogfighting ring hurt him? What about his use of drugs while awaiting sentencing?

December 20, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Saints come marching in

ATLANTA - The New Orleans Saints already rallied once this season. They'll have to do it again to get back to the playoffs.

Coming off a devastating loss to division rival Tampa Bay, the Saints find themselves in a most precarious position, probably needing to win their last four games to send their season into January for the second year in a row.

December 20, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Public tours of Vicks former property attracting the curious

SURRY, Va. - Sherry Walker descended the polished hardwood stairs and joined husband Ben in what used to be Michael Vick's den.

"The bathroom - oh my God! - has a fireplace. It's beautiful," the Goochland County woman said, describing what she had seen upstairs during her tour of the 4,600-square-foot white brick house that was headquarters for Vick's dogfighting operation.

December 20, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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Falcons QB hopes to end run of bad games against Arizona

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan cringed on Wednesday when remembering his most recent games against Arizona's defense.

November 26, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Late field goal leads Browns past Falcons, 26-24

ATLANTA - More time-management issues. A blown lead in the fourth quarter. Another loss outside the NFC South.

November 23, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons back at home; Gordon returns for Browns

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are thrilled to be playing at home. Josh Gordon is excited to be playing anywhere.

November 22, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Trufant, Falcons face daunting test against Browns WR Gordon

Cornerback Desmond Trufant knows the Atlanta Falcons' secondary faces a major challenge as Josh Gordon returns this week for Cleveland.

November 20, 2014 | By George Henry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons climb to first place despite losing record

The Atlanta Falcons reported to work Monday in a strange place.

November 17, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons withstand late comeback, beat Panthers 19-17

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Matt Ryan is as surprised as anyone that the Atlanta Falcons are tied for first in the NFC South with a 4-6 record.

November 16, 2014 | By Steve Reed Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons looking to build momentum in Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton is eager to break out of a four-game slump and the Atlanta Falcons could be exactly the opponent the fourth-year quarterback needs.

November 15, 2014 | | Atlanta Falcons


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