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Falcons see what they have behind Julio Jones in tough loss – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] ATLANTA -- The best move Atlanta Falcons made Thursday night was keeping star receiver Julio Jones out of the lineup with a shoulder injury during a 26-18 loss to the rival New Orleans Saints, a loss sure to incite more chatter of coach Dan Quinn's hot seat despite an inspired effort by his team to close the game -- including recovering two onside kicks. The last time a team
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When Falcons’ Matt Ryan reaches 50,000 yards, fantasy will become reality – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- There will be at least one Manning rooting hard for Matt Ryan to reach 50,000 career passing yards Thanksgiving night, and it won’t necessarily be Peyton or Eli.Peyton’s 8-year-old son, Marshall Manning, has a vested interest in how the Atlanta Falcons quarterback performs on a weekly basis. Ryan is well aware of it.“I guess Peyton’s son, Marshall, I’m his fantasy quarterback," Ryan said with a
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Matt Ryan, Falcons blow golden chance to turn around season – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] ATLANTA -- This was supposed to be another step toward a miraculous turnaround -- a chance for the Atlanta Falcons to continue silencing critics while helping alter the perception surrounding their embattled head coach.The Falcons had a golden opportunity Sunday to build off a two-game winning streak against a weak Bucs defense. Instead, they left the home fans shaking their hands in disgust in a baffling 35-22 loss.The Falcons
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Falcons bring consistent pressure, look like different team in upset – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] NEW ORLEANS -- Maybe that speech from Julio Jones had an effect. Or maybe switching receivers coach Raheem Morris over to the secondary made an impact.Whatever the case, the Atlanta Falcons looked like a totally different team Sunday in upsetting the rival New Orleans Saints, 26-9. For one afternoon, they actually appeared capable of competing with any team in the league.The Falcons didn't look like the same team that
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Falcons defense falls flat again in sixth loss in a row – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When you lose track of a guy who stands 6-foot-4 not once but twice, you must be doing something really wrong.That's exactly what happened to the Atlanta Falcons' defense on Sunday in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf was wide open on 4- and 2-yard touchdown receptions from quarterback Russell Wilson. Those two defensive breakdowns were symbolic of the
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Falcons doomed by slow start on both sides of the ball in 27-24 loss – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] INDIANAPOLIS -- The recipe for the Atlanta Falcons moving forward has to involve avoiding slow starts -- on both sides of the football.The Falcons didn’t exactly learn their lesson from a season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings, where they fell behind 21-0 and lost 28-12. On the road Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, they fell behind 20-3 and couldn’t come back, losing 27-24.Matt Ryan vowed to put his five
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Inside Julio Jones’ first touchdown that was almost taken away – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] 6:00 AM ETVaughn McClureCloseESPN Staff WriterCovered Bears for seven seasons at Chicago Tribune Also worked at Chicago Sun-Times, Fresno Bee Honorable mention, Football Writers Association of America for enterprise writing, 2002Mike WellsCloseESPN Staff Writer Previously worked at Indianapolis Star, covering the Indiana Pacers for nine seasons Also covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer PressFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Julio Jones added to his decorated résumé on Sunday night, becoming the
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Julio Jones delivers big with game on the line in Falcons’ win – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] ATLANTA -- Julio Jones came through when it counted most.The Falcons' star receiver's 54-yard, catch-and-run touchdown proved to be the difference in the Falcons' 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles."My team needed me in that situation and I came through for them,” Jones said on the winning catch.The fourth-quarter play came after QB Matt Ryan recognized the coverage and got everyone in position to throw the screen to Jones
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Matt Ryan: Falcons have ‘a great chance’ to return to Super Bowl – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] DECATUR, Ga. -- About 20 minutes before Matt Ryan arrived at the Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta Thursday, highlights of the Atlanta Falcons' deflating Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots played on a big-screen television right inside the front entrance.Had Ryan walked in to see such a sight, he might have laughed and shaken his head before proceeding about his business.
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Falcons hope Ryan-Koetter reunion will spark offensive resurgence – Atlanta Falcons Blog

[ad_1] FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan didn't step to the podium last week rambling about the adjustment period a quarterback has to go through with a new offensive coordinator.There was no need.That's the luxury Ryan has when his new coordinator is an old, familiar face. The Atlanta Falcons brought back Dirk Koetter, the guy who called the offensive plays for Ryan from 2012 to 2014."I'm excited to work with