FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Dunta Robinson is in the NFL's mandated concussion protocol, and defensive end John Abraham is nursing a sore left ankle.
ATLANTA - The Falcons heard questions all week about the best way to approach their last regular-season game: Go for the win or protect starters for the playoffs.
ATLANTA - Falcons starters are not expecting a short day against Tampa Bay on Sunday just because they've clinched home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
CLEVELAND - Atlanta coach Larry Drew had a simple message for Jeff Teague a few days ago: Be more aggressive.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons disagree with the idea they have little to play for in Sunday's final regular-season game against Tampa Bay.
Three Atlanta Falcons have been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, the National Football League announced Wednesday. Quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, and wide receiver Julio Jones will represent the Falcons as members of the 2012 team.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith rewarded his players with three days off after they earned the NFC's top seed.
DETROIT - Matt Ryan got what he wanted, helping the Atlanta Falcons win a game they needed to earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
DETROIT - The Atlanta Falcons have proven they're good enough to dominate a division leader.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Thursday was an ugly, rainy day at Atlanta's practice facility - a perfect setting for the Falcons to be reminded they can make sure they don't play another game outdoors this season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - As the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line sees it, there's no need to antagonize Ndamukong Suh.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After Asante Samuel intercepted Eli Manning's first pass on Sunday, the cornerback approached Falcons teammate Thomas DeCoud, who leads the team in interceptions.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith has learned that little credit is given for regular-season success when it is followed by postseason flops.
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons wanted to make a statement. Boy, did they deliver one Sunday to the defending Super Bowl champions. Coming off an ugly loss and criticized for failing to impress even when they won, the Falcons turned in their most well-rounded performance of the season with the playoffs approaching. Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns passes and the defense handed New York its first regular-season shutout since 1996, routing the Giants 34-0. "We ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have signed four NFL draft picks, including defensive ends Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith tested Atlanta Falcons rookies with an overload of information in a short period of time.
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