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What you need to know to enjoy Sunday’s NFL playoffs 

What: The NFC and AFC Championship Games Why: The winners go to the Super Bowl Jaguars (10-6) at Patriots (13-3), 3:05 p.m. Vikings (13-3) at Eagles (13-3), 6:40 P.M. Jaguars-Patriots, CBS Vikings-Eagles, Fox After this: The Super Bowl is two weeks later, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.  -- Patriots QB Tom Brady suffered a cut on his throwing hand in practice and is listed...



Dan Quinn: Steve Sarkisian ‘is coming back in 2018’

Dan Quinn: Steve Sarkisian ‘is coming back in 2018’

Dan Quinn didn’t wince. He didn’t stutter. He didn’t hesitate.  The Falcons’ head coach was very clear about one important issue with regard to the future of first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian during his end-of-season news conference Thursday. “I know your first question, and I’m not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark is coming back in 2018...
Falcons prioritize Matt Ryan extension, see parallels with Tom Brady

Falcons prioritize Matt Ryan extension, see parallels with Tom Brady

As Tom Brady continues to wow the football world at 40 years old, the Falcons believe their quarterback can similarly fend off Father Time. And they’re willing to bet their money on it. Extending the contract of Matt Ryan will be the team’s top priority this offseason, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday. Ryan, 32, is entering the final year of a five-year, $103.75 million...
Vic Beasley moving back to defensive end -- permanently 

Vic Beasley moving back to defensive end -- permanently 

Vic Beasley, whose sack total fell from an NFL-leading 15.5 to five last season, is headed back to defensive end. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after his season-ending news conference Thursday that the third-year player will move from linebacker.  “I have re-assessed it,” Quinn said. “He played six games at linebacker and two injured. I&rsquo...
Falcons to interview Ken Dorsey, Darrell Bevell for QB coach position

Falcons to interview Ken Dorsey, Darrell Bevell for QB coach position

Falcons coach Dan Quinn plans to take his time with the search for a new quarterback coach and doesn’t plan to consult starter Matt Ryan. “He won’t have any influence or impact on that decision,” Quinn said of Ryan. “Matt trusts us, and he knows that, and that’s actually the term he used, ‘Man, I trust that you know what you’re doing.’ I know...
Vegas places odds on Falcons’ future

Vegas places odds on Falcons’ future

Following the Falcons’ loss to Philadelphia in the Divisional Playoff round, Vegas is betting on the likelihood of changes in Atlanta. Vegas’ Sportsbook has set odds on the return of coach Dan Quinn (1/19) and quarterback Matt Ryan (1/19) next season. It also gives the Falcons a 19-to-1 probability of playing in next year’s Super Bowl ... at home in Atlanta.  
Keith Armstrong set for second interview with Cardinals

Keith Armstrong set for second interview with Cardinals

Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, who is a candidate to replace Bruce Arians as Arizona’s head coach, is scheduled for a second interview with the team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Armstrong, 54, played for Arians at Temple and has coached in the NFL for the past 24 years. “It’s a great opportunity,” Armstrong said before the first interview...
19 years ago: The greatest moment in Falcons history

19 years ago: The greatest moment in Falcons history

It's hard to believe it was 19 years ago. On Jan. 17, 1999, Falcons kicker Morten Andersen drilled a 38-yard field goal in overtime in the NFC Championship Game to beat the Vikings and send the Falcons to their first Super Bowl. It was the greatest moment in franchise history and perhaps the most exciting moment in Atlanta sports history, only competing with the night the Braves won the World Series...
Charlie Weis Jr. leaving Falcons for Florida Atlantic 

Charlie Weis Jr. leaving Falcons for Florida Atlantic 

Charlie Weis Jr., who served one season as an offensive assistant with the Falcons, is leaving to become Florida Atlantic’s offensive coordinator. Weis came to the Falcons from Alabama, where he was an offensive analyst from 2015-16. He is the son of former NFL and college football coach Charlie Weis. 
Cover 9@9: Could the return of Greg Knapp be upon us?

Cover 9@9: Could the return of Greg Knapp be upon us?

061105 DETROIT, MICHIGAN:–MORE FRUSTRATION–The frustration shows on the faces of Michael Vick and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp as they sit on the bench late in the 4th quarter being upset by the Lions 30-14 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006. (PHOTO BY CURTIS COMPTON/staff) Good morning! Welcome to The Cover 9@9 blog. It&rsquo...
Report: Falcons to interview Greg Knapp for open QB coach spot 

Report: Falcons to interview Greg Knapp for open QB coach spot 

Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who was on Jim Mora’s staff, is set to interview for the team’s vacant quarterback coaching position, according to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-2006. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with Michael Vick at quarterback after the 2004 regular...
Falcons’ Deion Jones added to Pro Bowl

Falcons’ Deion Jones added to Pro Bowl

The Falcons have another Pro Bowler. Linebacker Deion Jones was named to the Pro Bowl team Tuesday, the NFL announced. Jones will replace Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is unable to participate because of injury. Jones was an alternate when the Pro Bowl teams originally were announced. This is his first Pro Bowl selection. Jones, a second-year linebacker out of LSU, ranked fourth in the NFL...
Football Outsiders: Falcons’ last series in Philly really was awful

Football Outsiders: Falcons’ last series in Philly really was awful

Anyone who frequents this space occasionally – and bless you for so doing – knows that I’m a major fan of Football Outsiders. At the risk of spoiling the ending, here’s what Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar thought of the Atlanta Falcons’ goal-to-go series against Philadelphia:  Not much.  Kacsmar on the first-down choice: “I think we can live...
Falcons to interview Jedd Fisch as QB coach

Falcons to interview Jedd Fisch as QB coach

Jedd Fisch, 41, will interview for the job as Falcons quarterbacks coach Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The team is expected to interview several people for the vacant position this week. Fisch last served as offensive coordinator/quarterback coach for UCLA. He also served as interim head coach after Jim Mora was fired, and he coached the Bruins in the Cactus Bowl loss...
Leadoff: Falcons’ playoff TV rating down in Atlanta from same round last year

Leadoff: Falcons’ playoff TV rating down in Atlanta from same round last year

The much-documented decline in NFL television ratings was reflected in the Atlanta market for the Falcons’ playoff game against Philadelphia.  The Falcons-Eagles NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday posted a 29.3 rating in the Atlanta TV market, down from a 35.0 rating here for the Falcons’ game against Seattle in the same round and same time slot of the playoffs one year...
Now that it’s over, what’s next for Falcons?

Now that it’s over, what’s next for Falcons?

What’s next? The Falcons are out of the playoffs. Should offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian return? Roquan Smith is leaving Georgia for the NFL. What will the defense look like next season? AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein discuss the Falcons’ year and the first-and-goal sequence that determined their fate in their “We Never Played...
Falcons sign nine players to reserve/future contracts 

Falcons sign nine players to reserve/future contracts 

The Falcons signed signed nine players to reserve/future contracts on Monday.  Quarterback Garrett Grayson, safety Marcelis Branch, cornerback Deante Burton (a former wide receiver), offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill, defensive lineman Taniela Tupou, defensive lineman Joey Ivie, defensive end J’Terious (JT) Jones, wide receiver Reggie Davis, and tight Alex Gray, who were all on the...
The failure of the Falcons’ season was a failure of coaching

The failure of the Falcons’ season was a failure of coaching

Ask yourself this: Had Carson Wentz been healthy Saturday and the Falcons reduced to deploying Matt Schaub, how big would the Eagles have won? Something like 24-7, right? In your wildest dream, could you envision the Falcons doing with their backup quarterback what Philadelphia did with its? No? So how did the Eagles win by five on a day when the quarterbacks were Matt Ryan and Nick Foles? How did...
Falcons slated to pick  26th overall in NFL draft

Falcons slated to pick 26th overall in NFL draft

After the divisional round of the playoffs, the order for the 2018 NFL draft is mostly set through the first 28 positions. The Falcons are slotted at the 26th position, the same place they traded up to last season to select defensive end Takkarist McKinley. The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 in Dallas.  Last season, the Falcons were slated to pick 31st overall, but traded with Seattle...
Report: Freeman may need knee surgery 

Report: Freeman may need knee surgery 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who rushed for seven yards on 10 carries and missed a blitz pick up in the playoff loss to the Eagles, believes that he might need knee surgery, according to an ESPN.com report. Freeman was listed on the team’s injury report with a knee injury. He said, in the report, that he suffered sprained posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments...
What to watch when there are no more Falcons to watch?

What to watch when there are no more Falcons to watch?

Another hung-over day after, having chugged the belief that these Falcons should have been favored on the road against the NFC’s top seed. What were we thinking? Aren’t we getting a little too old for that kind of irresponsible behavior? Another day of reckoning, when you look back on all the bad decisions you have made in your life when it comes to choosing which officially licensed sports-themed...
How Atlanta, Philly compared in TV ratings for Falcons-Eagles

How Atlanta, Philly compared in TV ratings for Falcons-Eagles

Philadelphia topped Atlanta in the TV ratings for the Falcons-Eagles playoff game Saturday.  NBC’s telecast of the game drew a 37.8 Nielsen rating in the Philadelphia TV market, compared to 29.3 in the Atlanta market.  The rating is the percentage of the market’s households that watched the game on average.  As would be expected, the Philadelphia and Atlanta markets had...
Offseason decisions (not just Sarkisian) led to Falcons’ problems

Offseason decisions (not just Sarkisian) led to Falcons’ problems

The Falcons’ grew tired of critics continually measuring their offensive success this season against the Super Bowl team of 2016 -- and to be fair, nobody should have expected Matt Ryan would replicate his MVP season or the Falcons would average nearly 34 points per game again. But the problem wasn’t that the Falcons didn’t look like they did last year. The problem was that too often...
Falcons to play six games against playoff teams in 2018

Falcons to play six games against playoff teams in 2018

The Falcons opponents for the 2018 seasons were set back in December when they were locked into the third place in the NFC South. In addition to Carolina and New Orleans (twice), the Falcons will play only two other playoff teams in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Falcons will face the third-place teams from the NFC West (Arizona) and NFC North (Green Bay). The Falcons also will face opponents from...
Falcons have free agency decisions to make on Poe, Clayborn, Bryant 

Falcons have free agency decisions to make on Poe, Clayborn, Bryant 

The Falcons, after being eliminated from the playoffs, have some important personnel decisions to make before free agency begins in March. The NFL salary cap has been projected to be between $174 million and $178 million, according to NFL Media. The official number will not be known until the start of the new business year in March. Last season’s salary cap was $167 million. The Falcons are...
My opinion: Offense was a dumpster fire under Sarkisian

My opinion: Offense was a dumpster fire under Sarkisian

The hiring of Steve Sarkisian had disaster written all over it from the beginning. To replace offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons needed someone who could at least keep the attack on the same level. Maybe add some power to the short-yardage package and keep it moving. Sarkisian had not been in the NFL since the 2005 season. He was essentially a college coach given the keys to the kingdom...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ lack of power on offense hurt them again

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ lack of power on offense hurt them again

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones stops by the 40th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast to discuss the offense’s woes this season and takes us through the last offensive play of the season, an incomplete pass on fourth down-and-goal from the Eages’ 2-yard line. The Falcons’ attempt to get back to the Super Bowl and redeem themselves from last season’s collapse...
What Matt Ryan had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

What Matt Ryan had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

 Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 15-10 loss to the Eagles in the NFC Divisional game on Saturday:  On the fourth-and-two play at the goal-line: “That’s a play we practice all the time. Certainly in those situations, you want to go to your best players. You know obviously rolled to the right and had an opportunity to Julio (Jones). It...
What Dan Quinn had to say after playoff loss to Eagles

What Dan Quinn had to say after playoff loss to Eagles

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 15-10 loss to the Eagles on Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoff game:  Opening remarks: “Coming into this game we knew this was going to be a battle. It was probably likely going to go down to the end. We knew it was going to be a tough game. The missed chances and the almost, those are the ones, that don’t work...
Jones felt he should have made catch on final play

Jones felt he should have made catch on final play

A jump ball to Julio Jones is normally a win. This one wasn’t. The Falcons’ All-Pro wide receiver thought he should have come down with a jump-ball pass with 1:05 remaining against the Eagles in the NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday. Trailing 15-10, the Falcons drove down to the Eagle’s 2-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, the Falcons called a sprint out play. Jones was supposed to...
Neal felt he should have made key interception

Neal felt he should have made key interception

Keanu Neal was dejected. The Falcons safety thought he should have had a key interception right before halftime against the Eagles of the NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday.  On second-and-8 from Philadelphia’s 30-yard line, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles sailed a pass through the wind that Neal had a chance to intercept. However, the ball hit his knee and bounced back to wide receiver...
What Falcons players had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

What Falcons players had to say after playoff loss to Eagles 

Here’s what the Falcons had to say after the 15-10 loss to the Eagles:   On the final offensive play: “It was just a sprint out with a route to me. (We were) trying to take advantage of one-on-one down there.” On what happened with him going to the ground: “I don’t know. But at the end of the day, I can make those plays. I ended up on the ground when...
Falcons out of playoffs because offense failed them too often

Falcons out of playoffs because offense failed them too often

If there was even a trace of justification for the late-game unraveling and the manner in which the Falcons’ season ended a year ago, it’s that they lost to arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and a coach and a franchise that have become associated with all-time-best arguments. But this wasn’t Tom Brady. It was Nick Foles. Until a few weeks ago, he was a backup, on...
There’s no sugar-coating this: The Falcons blew another one

There’s no sugar-coating this: The Falcons blew another one

The team infamous for blowing the Super Bowl just blew another playoff game. Yes, it was on the road. Yes, it was against the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Yes, it was windy. But this No. 1 seed lost its No. 1 quarterback last month. There can be no excuses. The Falcons had a clear path to the conference championship game and fell flat.  If any doubt remained as to the extent of the misallocation of...
Report card: Eagles 15, Falcons 10  

Report card: Eagles 15, Falcons 10  

The Falcons’ bid to return to the Super Bowl is over. In an upset, the Eagles, playing with their backup quarterback, defeated the Falcons 15-10 in a NFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Stadium.  Nick Foles, playing for the injured Carson Wentz, engineered two second-half scoring drives. Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense was shut out in the second half...
Inactives: Falcons at Eagles divisional playoff 

Inactives: Falcons at Eagles divisional playoff 

The Falcons (11-6) are set to face the top-seeded Eagles (13-3) at 4:35 p.m. today at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Falcons’ inactives: wide receiver Marvin Hall, running back Terrence Magee, cornerback Leon McFadden, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, offensive guard Sean Harlow, offensive tackle Austin Pasztor and tight end Eric Saubert. The Eagles inactives: tackle Will Beatty, wide receiver...
Matt Ryan ready for homecoming playoff game 

Matt Ryan ready for homecoming playoff game 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was not all sentimental about returning to the city where he played his high school football. For the former Penn Charter High star from the Philadelphia suburb of Exton, this is the classic business trip. As far as Ryan is concerned, the Falcons (11-6) are on a mission to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) in the divisional round of playoffs and advance to the...
Watch: Falcons’ Matt Ryan steps up in the playoffs

Watch: Falcons’ Matt Ryan steps up in the playoffs

Matt Ryan's first career playoff game didn't go well. He had two interceptions, lost a fumble, was sacked three times and only threw for only 199 yards in the Falcons' loss to the Cardinals in 2009. But since then, he's compiled some pretty impressive numbers in the postseason. Watch the video above to see how Ryan steps up in the playoffs. The Falcons play the Eagles Saturday in Philadelphia. If...
Both Trufant and Falcons want him to get in on postseason fun

Both Trufant and Falcons want him to get in on postseason fun

When last the Falcons made a stirring playoff climb, all the way to the top of the Super Bowl 10-meter platform, where a belly flop awaited, they were without one of their defensive cornerstones.  Cornerback Desmond Trufant’s chest was broken, a torn pectoral muscle to be precise. His heart was only slightly less torn. “I was living through my teammates,” he recalled. &ldquo...
Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among our customers, who clearly aren’t troubled by the loss...
LEADOFF: What they’re saying about Falcons-Eagles playoff 

LEADOFF: What they’re saying about Falcons-Eagles playoff 

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.  On the eve of the Falcons-Eagles playoff game in Philadelphia, here’s a sampling of insights into the matchup . . .  NFL.com laments that Carson Wentz’s knee injury robbed this game of a Wentz-Matt Ryan clash and calls Nick Foles-vs.-Ryan possibly the most lopsided quarterback matchup of the weekend.&rdquo...
Watch for players from Georgia colleges in NFL playoffs

Watch for players from Georgia colleges in NFL playoffs

Georgia's season is over but some former Bulldogs are still playing football. Three have key roles in the NFL playoffs and another might be activated this weekend. There's also an ex-Georgia Tech player and a former Georgia Southern standout on rosters for the league championship games Sunday. Watch the video above to find out who the players are so you can watch for them this weekend.
Watch: Comparing key Falcons players’ statistics from last two seasons

Watch: Comparing key Falcons players’ statistics from last two seasons

The Falcons’ season hasn’t had the magic feeling of last season’s Super Bowl run – yet. But the 2017-18 Falcons were 10-6 in the regular season and won just one less game than the 2016-17 squad. See the video above to check out a comparison of statistics from the last two seasons for several key players. Whose numbers are better and whose are worse? The Falcons won their first...
Falcons at Eagles: Some key stats

Falcons at Eagles: Some key stats

The Falcons are going into Philadelphia as an experienced bunch. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan will be making his 10th playoff start Saturday. Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles will make his second playoff start against the Falcons. The Eagles -- in their first playoff game since 2013 -- have only two players on the active roster who have won a playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Falcons...
The X-factor: Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant 

The X-factor: Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant 

Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant needs to shake out of his late-season slump. He will be the X-factor in the divisional playoff game against the Eagles on Saturday. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods caught nine passes for 142 yards, including a 38-yarder with Trufant in coverage, in Saturday’s wild-card game. “We won,” Trufant said. “He made some plays. They caught...
On the hot seat: The Falcons’ offensive line 

On the hot seat: The Falcons’ offensive line 

Falcons center Alex Mack and offensive line mates know they are in for a major rumble against the Eagles on Saturday. “Their (defensive) front is as good as it gets in our league,” Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said. “Handling that, is probably where it begins for us, whether it’s in the run game or the pass game.”  Mack and guard Wes Schweitzer and...
Analytics: Nick Foles making a return trip to the playoffs 

Analytics: Nick Foles making a return trip to the playoffs 

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is set to make his second playoff start Saturday against the Falcons. Under former coach Chip Kelly, he started when the Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints, 26-24, in the wild-card round Jan. 4, 2014. He tossed a go-ahead touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz with 4:54 to play to put the Eagles up 24-23, but the defense couldn’t hold and they lost on a last-second...
What Matt Ryan had to say about the Eagles 

What Matt Ryan had to say about the Eagles 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say about the Eagles’ defense:  On the defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan: “They both do a really good job. Obviously, they are both physical. You talk about doing the dirty work, but they are both are very physical with what they do. Penetrating ….there more taking up space by Jernigan, I would suppose...
Three key matchups: Falcons at Eagles 

Three key matchups: Falcons at Eagles 

Falcons DE Takkarrist McKinley vs. Eagles RT Lane Johnson: McKinley had six sacks in the regular season and one in the playoff game against the Rams on Saturday. He finished with 20 tackles. Johnson, who was suspended for much of the 2016 season has been spectacular. He was named All-Pro after handling most of the top rushers in the league. Falcons RG Wes Schweitzer and C Alex Mack vs. Eagles DT...
Falcons know Eagles want to hit them in the mouth - again

Falcons know Eagles want to hit them in the mouth - again

Just mention the 208 yards rushing, and Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel gets hyped up. He was the defensive backs coach last season when the Eagles mauled the Falcons’ run defense in a regular-season meeting. “That one there, in my 15 years of being in this league, they hit us in the mouth,” Manuel said. “We have to be prepared for that. They hit you right...
Matt Ryan returns, asks for privacy; Julio Jones misses another practice 

Matt Ryan returns, asks for privacy; Julio Jones misses another practice 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan returned to practice Wednesday after missing a day to attend to a personal matter. Ryan did not want to address why he left the practice facility Tuesday, after attending a team meeting for what team officials described as an appointment. “I just want to thank everyone for their support and outreach. It means a lot to me. I’ve always tried to keep my...
Quinn: ‘Zero chance’ Sarkisian is going to Seattle 

Quinn: ‘Zero chance’ Sarkisian is going to Seattle 

With Darrell Bevell being ousted as Seahawks’ offensive coordinator, rumors of Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian going to Seattle swirled almost immediately. A Seattle radio station asked about the move and Jason La Canfora tweeted about Sarkisian going to Seattle. Sarkisian, like head coach Dan Quinn, is close to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who hired him to his USC staff in 2001...
Matt Ryan back at practice Wednesday 

Matt Ryan back at practice Wednesday 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was back at practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday’s practice to attend to a personal matter.  “He’s here today, and we’re back getting out things going and our preparation, so I won’t address the topic with you guys. That is Matt’s story to tell,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I did want to make sure that you...
Falcons’ Dan Quinn to reach out to Kirby Smart 

Falcons’ Dan Quinn to reach out to Kirby Smart 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who’s had his share of big-game coaching miseries, will reach out to Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who suffered a crushing overtime defeat to Alabama in the college national championship game Monday. Quinn can share with Smart how he dealt with adversity after the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI before losing to New England 34-28 in overtime. Also, Quinn was the...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look at the Philadelphia Eagles 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look at the Philadelphia Eagles 

In the 39th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Eagles coach Doug Pederson and Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen stop by to help us preview the divisional round playoff game which is set for 4:35 p.m. on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Falcons are the first sixth-seed to ever be favored in a playoff game against a No. 1 seed in part because the Eagles lost their starting quarterback...
Falcons prepare to face NFL’s top run defense in Eagles

Falcons prepare to face NFL’s top run defense in Eagles

The Falcons’ rushing attack helped them defeat the Rams in Saturday’s wild-card playoff game. They’ll need to run the ball again when they play the Eagles, who boast of the NFL’s top run defense, in the NFC divisional playoffs at 4:35 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles’ staunch defense, which is anchored by three-time Pro Bowl tackle Fletcher Cox and...
Injury report: Julio Jones misses practice

Injury report: Julio Jones misses practice

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle) and quarterback Matt Ryan (personal matter) did not practice on Tuesday, according to the team’s official injury report. The Falcons are preparing to play at the Eagles in an NFC Divisional playoff game on Saturday. The injury report also included tight end Levine Toilolo (knee) as a full participant and running back Devonta Freeman (knee) and wide...
Ryan misses practice over ‘personal matter’ 

Ryan misses practice over ‘personal matter’ 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan did not practice Tuesday because of a personal matter. It was believed to be the first practice that Ryan missed since a turf-toe injury in 2009.   Ryan is not injured. Ryan was in the team facility early in the day before leaving for an appointment. The team said he may have returned before the end of practice, but did not. He is expected back at practice...
Ryan has NFL’s third-best all-time playoff QB rating

Ryan has NFL’s third-best all-time playoff QB rating

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a postseason quarterback rating of 102.4, the best mark in franchise history and third all-time in the NFL behind two Hall of Famers. Ryan also holds quarterback franchise records for games played, passing yards and touchdowns. The only quarterbacks with a higher postseason rating are Bart Starr (104.8) and Kurt Warner (102.8). Ryan is set to play his 10th career...
What Eagles coach Doug Pederson had to say about Falcons 

What Eagles coach Doug Pederson had to say about Falcons 

Here’s what Eagles coach Doug Pederson had to say in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday in advance of Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Falcons:  On the Falcons: “I tell you, you want to be playing your best football at the end of the year and that’s exactly what Atlanta is doing. They are playing great. Just great defense...
Falcons vs. Eagles in playoffs: The good, the bad and the ugly

Falcons vs. Eagles in playoffs: The good, the bad and the ugly

The Falcons and Eagles will meet for the fourth time in the postseason in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game on Saturday. The Eagles hold a 2-1 edge, winning both games played in Philadelphia. Here’s a look at the previous postseason matchups: > Dec. 24, 1978: In the first Wild Card playoff game in NFL history, the Falcons scored 14 fourth-quarter points for the victory in Atlanta&rsquo...
Armstrong had interview with Cardinals

Armstrong had interview with Cardinals

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong interviewed for the Cardinals’ vacant head coaching position on Monday in Atlanta. Armstrong interviewed with Arizona president Michael Bidwell and general manager Steve Keim. The Arizona contingent stayed in the city to watch the college national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Cardinals have interviewed their own defensive...
Falcons release official depth chart for playoff game against Eagles

Falcons release official depth chart for playoff game against Eagles

The Falcons released the official depth chart for their divisional round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which is set for 4:35 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. WR 11 Julio Jones, 14 Justin Hardy, 19 Andre Roberts  LT 70 Jake Matthews, 74 Ty Sambrailo LG 63 Ben Garland, 64 Sean Harlow C 51 Alex Mack,  63 Ben Garland  RG 71 Wes Schweitzer, 75 Jamil Douglas ...
A quick look at the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles 

A quick look at the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles 

The Eagles were off to a 10-2 start when star second-year quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury. Nick Foles, who has bounced around the league to three teams and is serving his second-stint with the Eagles, will start at quarterback when they face the Falcons in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs at 4:35 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Eagles finished...
Five reasons why the Falcons beat the Rams 

Five reasons why the Falcons beat the Rams 

Here are five reasons why the Falcons beat the Rams 26-13 in the wildcard round of the NFC playoffs: 1. Screen game shut down. A staple of the Rams offense was their screen passes. They completed only 4 of 10 screens for 29 yards. Running back Todd Gurley, who was their leading receiver with 72 catches for 788 yards, caught four passes for 10 yards.   Cornerback Brian Poole exemplified the...
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