FLOWERY BRANCH - Jason Elam never misses a chance to watch Tiger Woods.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' mix of rookies and holdovers were not expected to have success on offense in 2008.
FLOWERY BRANCH - There's the youthful-looking general manager, who could pass for a ballboy with his spiked hair and faint attempts at growing a mustache.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Earning a spot on the Atlanta Falcons' 53-man roster gave Brian Finneran a great sense of accomplishment.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan had just pulled off an improbable comeback when someone questioned his credentials.
ATLANTA - Jason Elam stood on the sideline with head bowed, figuring he had cost the Atlanta Falcons a win.
ATLANTA - Kyle Orton's gaudy passing day last week didn't distract the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons listed Roddy White as questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago after the receiver missed a second straight practice Friday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons linebacker Michael Boley can only hope his problems off the field don't affect his next NFL contract.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The first five games of Mike Smith's career as a head coach have proved he was serious about bringing a run-first emphasis back to the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Don't expect much emotion from Matt Ryan.
FLOWERY BRANCH – The Atlanta Falcons game against the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Georgia Dome is a sell out. The Falcons, who rank second in the NFL in rushing (180.6 yards per game) are looking to improve their home record to 3-0 this season. Atlanta won its first road contest ...
GREEN BAY, Wis. - As a rookie quarterback playing right away for a team that ranked among the league's worst last season, Matt Ryan was expected to take his licks in 2008.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - With every rock-solid read and on-target spiral, Matt Ryan takes another step toward making everybody forget Michael Vick, Bobby Petrino and everything else in the Atlanta Falcons' ugly recent past.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When Todd McClure and Atlanta's other 30-somethings first saw all those young guys lining up next to them, they were understandably concerned.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson says running the ball in the NFL requires patience and commitment.
LONDON - London is getting its first NFL day game, creating a new morning time slot for viewers in the United States.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith knows the value of a strong finish, even in a dismal season such as this one.
TORONTO - Falcons safety William Moore looked into the crowd in Toronto and began wondering whether he was back home in Atlanta.
LONDON - The NFL has announced the dates of its three regular-season games in London next year, with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10 on Nov. 9.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Terren Jones said Wednesday it will feel like another preseason game with the Falcons if he plays against the Bills on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons have sole claim to the NFC's worst record at 2-9, a dramatic decline for a team which owned the conference's best mark one year ago.
NEW YORK - The NFL has switched the Carolina Panthers' game at New Orleans against the Saints on Dec. 8 from early afternoon to an 8:30 ET kickoff on NBC's "Sunday Night Football."
ATLANTA - After four embarrassing weeks, the Atlanta Falcons were finally competitive.
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