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Falcons create a new memory for themselves in New Orleans
Tevin Coleman of the Falcons celebrates a 2-yard touchdown run in the first half of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on Monday night. (Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images)

Updated: 1:53 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

The homecoming didn’t belong to the New Orleans Saints this time. The Falcons provided no moment that would be commemorated in bronze, no joy to a division rival that has owned them for the better part of a decade, no fodder for more lampooning by a Monday night television audience.There ...
Falcons can’t create more happy memories for Saints
The memory of New Orleans’ Steve Gleason blocking a punt from the Falcons’ Michael Koenen in 2006 lives in in a sculpture titled, “Rebirth.”

6:23 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Ten years ago, the Falcons traveled to New Orleans for the third game of the season, having been summoned by the NFL to play the role of homecoming patsy. It was on that Monday night in 2006 when the Superdome reopened, just as the city was emerging from its post-Katrina ...
New Georgia looks like the old Georgia in ugly loss
Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason looks for an escape route before being sacked by Ole Miss Rebels defensive tackle D.J. Jones during the first quarter in Oxford Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

Updated: 6:27 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

This is the kind of game that got a head coach fired.This is the kind of game that would cause everybody — boosters, fans, administrators, media, a series of Ugas — to look around and wonder: Shouldn’t Georgia be better?Shouldn’t Georgia be at a level where the offense doesn’t go ...
This week will say a lot about where Dogs, Jackets headed
Kirby Smart’s Georgia team has more upside than Georgia Tech because of overall talent, including quarterback Jacob Eason, but will that potential be reached this season? (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

It’s building in Athens because, well, it always builds in Athens after a win. Jacob Eason makes a big throw to win an SEC game on the road and suddenly, the overwhelming thought among Georgia fans is, “If he can do that at Missouri, he can do it at Ole ...
Falcons put on an offensive show — and win
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, here calling out signals in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s win. (AP photo)

9:06 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

This might just be one of those seasons when the Falcons keep us guessing … not merely from game to game but series to series … touchdown drive to too-many-knuckleheads on the field during a punt return … blown lead to, wait-whose-hands-did-that-pass-bounce-off-of? … red zone ineptitude to, um, red zone ...
Falcons try to avoid going from 0-1 to off the rails
Falcons second-year linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., who failed to make a tackle in the season-opening loss against Tampa Bay last week, is among those who need to make significant improvement. (Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Hear that? It sounds like a series of splashes. Fans jumping ship. Media dumping on coaches and players. Odds mutating to unexpected forms.Panic … 6.25 percent into the season.The Falcons lost their season opener and now enter a series of games (at Oakland, at New Orleans, home against Carolina, at ...
Sports has a hammer: Get used to it
The NCAA and president Mark Emmert have been criticized for several issues but moving seven championship events out of North Carolina, including men’s basketball tournament games, because of the so-called “bathroom law” was the correct decision. AP photo)

Updated: 5:51 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

When will it dawn on people that this is reality? When will some understand that many athletes don’t just run fast and jump high but have thoughts on significant issues facing society and choose to use their platform to further their causes? When will local governments understand that when legislation ...
As season opens, it’s Mike Smith 1, Falcons 0
Former Falcons head coach Mike Smith gets a hug from owner Arthur Blank after speaking with general manager Thomas Dimitroff before Sunday’s game. Smith, now Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator, was victorious in his return to Atlanta. (Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com)

6:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Allow Mike Smith this departure from his norm. The man was known to speak in shades of beige when he was the Falcons’ head coach, by design. But if there was any day when he might pop just a little bit, it would be Sunday. First game of the season. ...
Georgia exposed by team it should’ve handled easily
Georgia coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs narrowly escaped with a victory against Nicholls 26-24 at Sanford Stadium on Sept. 10, 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 6:41 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

They’re still Georgia.They’re still sooooo Georgia.Their ranking said ninth. Their performance said Liberty Bowl.You want to obsess over some dazzling freshman quarterback and cling to fantasy that it will easy to turn this program into something greater than what it has been? Have at it. But when a team like ...
Predicting the Falcons’ season
Falcons coach Dan Quinn went 8-8 in his first season in part because the team went only 1-5 against NFC South opponents. That has to improve. (Curtis Compton / jschultz@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Sept. 11, Tampa Bay: The Falcons went 1-5 in the NFC South last season, which included getting swept in two games by the Buccaneers for the first time since 2007. Had they gone 3-3, they would’ve finished 10-6 and possibly made the playoffs. And now look: The Falcons will be ...
Film doesn’t lie, but Matt Ryan learning from mistakes
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spends hours watching game film in the quarterback room at the Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 10:51 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Editor's note: This article was first published on June 11, 2016. Flowery Branch -- The lights are off, the door is cracked open and inside a small meeting room at the Falcons’ practice facility, Matt Ryan is sitting in a chair, holding a remote, his eyes shifting from the two ...
Georgia worthy of high expectations — but proceed with caution
Georgia coach Kirby Smart yells at his defense during the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ season opener against North Carolina. Georgia rallied to win the game 33-24 at the Georgia Dome and plays Nicholls State this week. (Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Ready? Prepare yourselves because it’s going to build. Georgia is going to deliver a backhand to the cute little team from Nicholls State (and a prize off the top shelf to the first person who can locate the school on a map). Then they are going to Missouri to win ...
Justin Thomas rescues Tech — with his arm
Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas is tackled by Ty Schwab of Boston College during Saturday’s game in Dublin, Ireland. Thomas led the Jackets’ 17-14 comeback win in their season opener. (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

Updated: 5:39 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016

Paul Johnson called it “a throwback” kind of game. Agreed. If Dublin’s Aviva Stadium were situated just a little bit closer to the Irish Sea, this would’ve been a lovely flounder to throw back. Maybe Georgia Tech and Boston College didn’t quite kill any chance of American college football growing ...
In any country, Georgia Tech needs to be better

Updated: 3:44 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

So now it’s about football. It’s not about the Irish culture or, “How was your bus tour?” or, “What do you think about hurling?” Traveling to a foreign land for an otherwise normal football game tends to throw coaches into a tizzy because they’re creatures of habit and they embrace ...
A solution to satellite camps: Hold them in Ireland
Members of from “Experience Gaelic Games” shows Georgia Tech football players the finer points of Gaelic football and hurling.

Updated: 6:23 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

It was two days before the start of the season and I’m not sure I like what I saw, or at least heard, from the final Georgia Tech practice before its opening game.“Go ahead, take my stick — I got this. I’m Irish,” senior running back Lynn Griffin said after ...
Until there’s football in Ireland, I had a more important mission
Leprechauns really do exist, as evidenced by this photo in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, Ireland, site of this week’s Georgia Tech-Boston College game. (Jeff Schultz / jschultz@ajc.com)

Updated: 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

I roamed the downtown area and didn’t see one. I toured the rugby/soccer/afterthought-football stadium and didn’t see one. I even went to the National Leprechaun Museum and didn’t see one, which begs the question: “If someone can go to a car museum and see cars, or can go to art ...
This actually good time for Georgia Tech to get away for a while
Daniel Rooney (center left), the U.S. ambassador to Ireland, and Irish prime minister Enda Kenny take part in the opening coin toss during the NCAA Emerald Isle Classic college football season opener in Aviva Stadium between Notre Dame and Navy in 2012. (Photo by U.S. Navy / Michael Lewis)

10:46 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

The first time two college football teams played a game in Ireland came in 1988. It was such a novelty for countrymen more accustomed to hurling, Gaelic football and bowing at the little leprechaun feet of Rory McIlroy that few understood the significance of the event when Boston College held ...
Falcons reminding all: These games don’t count
General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn said they were disappointed, but not jolted, by the Falcons’ performance in the third exhibition game against Miami. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

4:04 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Are they ready?Because they didn’t look ready the other night when they got whacked by a team projected to win seven games, albeit in an exhibition.They didn’t seem ready when the starting quarterback (Matt Ryan) threw a red-zone interception disturbingly similar to ones he threw last season.They don’t feel ready, ...
Predicting Georgia Tech’s season, game by game
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson smiles during the first day of practice at Rose Bowl Field on campus. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Sept. 3, vs. Boston College (Dublin, Ireland), 7:30 a.m.: Boston College has 15 returning starters. But is that a good thing or a bad thing when you went 0-8 in conference the year before and averaged 9.1 points per game? (Trivia: B.C. was first school in ACC history to go ...
Chipper Jones likes Braves’ future but says moves needed
Chipper Jones paid tribute to former teammate Andruw Jones during a Braves Hall of Fame luncheon on Aug. 19. Chipper Jones is now an adviser to the team. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com)

Updated: 12:53 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who is now an adviser with the team, recently moved back to Atlanta from his Texas ranch, which he is selling. I spoke with him about a variety of subjects, including his future, the Braves’ season and what he thinks about the team moving ...
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