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Falcons' Smith is NFL coach of the year

NEW YORK - Mike Smith and Tony Sparano performed so brilliantly as rookie head coaches it was almost impossible to separate them.

Atlanta's Smith edged Miami's Sparano by one vote Sunday for The Associated Press 2008 NFL Coach of the Year award.

January 04, 2009 | By Barry Wilner AP Football Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons playing for division title

ATLANTA - With an unexpected prize already in hand, the Atlanta Falcons have even more within grasp when they meet the St. Louis Rams today.

January 04, 2009 | BY CHARLES ODUM The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Warner, defense lead Arizona past Atlanta

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Arizona Cardinals have consecutive home playoff victories - 61 years apart.

January 04, 2009 | By Bob Baum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan proves to be a rookie after all

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Atlanta's Matt Ryan opened the regular season by throwing for a touchdown on his first pass.

January 04, 2009 | By Andrew Bagnato The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons are 'right back we're they belong'

FLOWERY BRANCH - Keith Brooking will be in the Georgia Dome several hours before the Falcons' 1 p.m. kickoff with St. Louis, so the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker won't see all the fans flocking to his team's regular season finale.

January 03, 2009 | BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons, Cardinals battle in matchup of surprising playoff teams

GLENDALE, Ariz. - One staged a remarkable one-season turnaround with a smooth, efficient rookie at the controls. The other emerged from a legacy of losing behind the ageless arm of a gunslinging veteran.

January 02, 2009 | BY BOB BAUM The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons have had a season's worth of turning points

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith believes it's too early for the Atlanta Falcons to reflect on defying expectations and making the playoffs.

January 02, 2009 | BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Success based on 'sum of all the parts'

FLOWERY BRANCH - Anyone who wants Thomas Dimitroff to respond to suggestions he's an NFL version of cartoon "Boy Genius" Jimmy Neutron can forget it.

January 02, 2009 | BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' run game could derail Arizona in the playoffs

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Atlanta Falcons can run away with a wild card victory over Arizona on Saturday, if regular-season history means anything.

January 01, 2009 | By Bob Baum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons notebook: Milloy not planning on missing another game

ATLANTA - Lawyer Milloy hasn't missed consecutive games since Week 6 of 2004.

January 01, 2009 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Van Note: 'Everyone deserves credit' for Falcons' success

Falcons' fans everywhere are excited about and shocked by the remarkable turnaround that the team has experienced this season. After dragging through a 4-12 season last year, on in which Atlanta's franchise quarterback was imprisoned on federal dogfighting charges and its coach left for the University of Arkansas with three games to go on the schedule, Atlanta was poised to spend the next few years mired in mediocrity. But the franchise bounced back and finished the 2--8 regular season 11-5 and received a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs where it will take on the Arizona Cardinals at ...

January 01, 2009 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Developer pitches new Atlanta Falcons stadium

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have had "preliminary discussions" with a developer that wants to build a $1 billion retractable roof stadium at the sprawling site of a closed General Motors plant in suburban Atlanta, the team's president said Wednesday.

January 01, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons playoff tickets available for season ticket holders

Season ticket renewals for the Atlanta Falcons' playoff games are currently on sale. The deadline to renew season tickets is 5 p.m. Monday. Atlanta (10-5) secured a playoff spot in the NFC with its win at Minnesota last Sunday. The Falcons play host to St. Louis at 1 p.m. on Sunday to finish the regular season.

January 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Turner named Offensive Player of the Week

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season on Wednesday. Turner rushed for 208 yards on 25 carries and a season-long 70-yard run in the Falcons 31-27 win against the St. Louis Rams last Sunday. Turner also earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors during Week 1 and Week 3 earlier this season. He completed the regular season with a career-high 1,699 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 376 carries.

December 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons owner has reason to celebrate

FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons owner Arthur Blank couldn't wait for the 2007 season to end.Michael Vick, the quarterback he signed to an NFL record contract, behaved and lied his way to federal prison.

December 31, 2008 | By George Henry The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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Falcons lose starting center Konz for remainder of season

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury, dealing their battered offensive line another devastating blow.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


No road remedy for Falcons in 29-7 loss to Ravens

BALTIMORE - With each passing week, the Atlanta Falcons - and their offense in particular - have become progressively worse.

October 19, 2014 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan, Falcons face tough Baltimore road test

BALTIMORE - Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, the two best quarterbacks to come out of the 2008 draft, see more of each other on the dinner circuit than on the football field.

October 18, 2014 | By David Ginsburg Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta's top receivers unhappy with own performances

Nobody expected Julio Jones and Roddy White to be a weak link in the Atlanta Falcons' offense.

October 16, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons mired in slump because of weak finishes

Finishing strong is the ultimate goal for any football player.

October 15, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons in big trouble after 3rd straight loss

The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes.

October 13, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Home not so sweet: Falcons lose third straight, 27-13 to Bears

ATLANTA - If there was ever a must-win game in October, this was it for the Atlanta Falcons.

October 12, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta taking on Hester's old team

ATLANTA - Devin Hester danced around the question, knowing that everyone wonders what he thinks - really thinks - about former teammate Jay Cutler.

October 12, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Antone Smith earns bigger role with 4 TDs

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Only two NFL running backs have more touchdowns than Atlanta's Antone Smith.

October 09, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons face must-win in rare home game

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

October 08, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign WR Martino from practice squad

The Atlanta Falcons have signed wide receiver Freddie Martino from their practice squad to the active roster.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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