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.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Steve Smith celebrated his first touchdown of the season with an emphatic spike that sent the ball into the stands. His Carolina Panthers teammates then watched as he frantically tried to retrieve the ball from a fan.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Lawyer Milloy has enough problems of his own without trying to antagonize Steve Smith.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan won't say how far he could throw the football in an NFL game.
FLOWERY BRANCH--John Abraham only shrugged when asked what the Carolina Panthers can expect from the Atlanta Falcons' pass rush.
ATLANTA - The Kansas City Chiefs' defensive plan was obvious: Stop the run.
So this is how it's going to be for the Atlanta Falcons.
ATLANTA - Roddy White began his day with six career 100-yard receiving games.
ATLANTA - The question seemed to stump John Abraham.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Dennis Quaid is eager for a new generation to hear the story of 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons re-signed tight end Jason Rader on Wednesday, one day after the team waived former West Hall and University of Georgia standout Martrez Milner.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White says the Falcons' 10th loss was especially painful.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon took a knee to catch his breath after his lumbering 71-yard interception return for a touchdown.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons don't know if they'll be facing Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
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.
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