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Why the 4-5 Falcons are only half a team

The giddiness over winning three in a row was understandable. Winning three in a row beats the heck out of losing three in a row, which these Falcons had already endeavored to do. But two of those three victories came at home against teams that are a collective 4-13, and one thing you could say about Dan Quinn’s Brotherhood is that it hasn’t lately lost to a bad team. Now it has. The Falcons...


Quinn wants more speed and energy after disappointing loss to Browns 

Quinn wants more speed and energy after disappointing loss to Browns 

Dan Quinn just more colorful language to describe the Falcons’ mood after a lackluster and season-threatening loss to the Browns. After getting steamrolled by Cleveland Sunday, 28-16, the Falcons returned to practice Monday and started their attempt to move on from the embarrassing loss. After reviewing the film with the staff and meeting with the players, Quinn had a clear plan.
Jalen Johnson honored by ACC

Jalen Johnson honored by ACC

After a standout performance against Miami Saturday night, Georgia Tech linebacker Jalen Johnson was named ACC linebacker of the week on Monday. Johnson was credited with eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Yellow Jackets’ 27-21 win over the Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It followed Johnson’s nine-tackle game against North Carolina last week, which was a career high.
Smart provides injury update on offensive linemen

Smart provides injury update on offensive linemen

Georgia coach Kirby Smart updated the health of his offensive linemen including Kendall Baker and Ben Cleveland on Monday. Baker limped off the field Friday with a leg injury and was replaced by Cleveland, who has suffered with an injury to his left fibula this season.
Watch: Smart credits Fromm’s clock management for two-minute success

Watch: Smart credits Fromm’s clock management for two-minute success

Georgia coach Kirby Smart credits quarterback Jake Fromm’s clock management skills in two-minute offense for the Bulldogs offensive success.  “When you’ve got the threat of run and pass, especially against us, it gets a lot tougher,” Smart said. “Jake (Fromm) has done a great job of managing the clock. Our offense does that every week against us.
How Georgia Tech band came to play rap hit ‘Mo Bamba’

How Georgia Tech band came to play rap hit ‘Mo Bamba’

The Georgia Tech marching band had a new addition to its playlist for Saturday’s home game against Miami. And the band partly had defensive end Tyler Merriweather to thank. Beginning with Miami’s first offensive series and later at different points of the game, fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium were treated to the hook of the rap track “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes between snaps.
Updated: Nagbe out, four Atlanta United players called up by national teams

Updated: Nagbe out, four Atlanta United players called up by national teams

Though Atlanta United is facing MLS playoff games on Nov. 25 and 29, four of its players have been called up by their national teams for the upcoming FIFA window. Darlington Nagbe was called up by the U.S., but has a strained hamstring and won’t participate. He is week to week. He suffered the injury during Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against NYCFC Sunday.
Atlanta United’s Remedi man of NYCFC playoff series

Atlanta United’s Remedi man of NYCFC playoff series

Eric Remedi laughed when asked if his offense - a goal and an assist - was a bonus to the defensive work he did in helping Atlanta United sweep aside NYCFC by an aggregate score of 4-1 in the semifinals of the MLS playoffs. “It’s luck,” he said.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons took Browns lightly, got steamrolled  

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons took Browns lightly, got steamrolled  

In the 89th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we dissect how the Falcons will try to pick up the pieces after getting pummeled by the Cleveland Browns 28-16 on Sunday.  Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Matt Ryan stop by to tell us what happened to the passing attack against the Browns.  --- Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D.
Bobby Petrino, bad guy, is fired for being a bad coach

Bobby Petrino, bad guy, is fired for being a bad coach

As many jobs as Bobby Petrino has had – and he has had many, though not as many as Brian VanGorder – it was easy to read of his firing and think, “So what else is new?” But this was technically the first time Petrino has been fired for losing. Not losing was the reason, for all his foibles, people kept hiring him.
Georgia schedules home-and-home series with Clemson, Texas

Georgia schedules home-and-home series with Clemson, Texas

Georgia announced non-conference home-and-home series with Clemson and Texas on Monday. The Bulldogs’ matchups with Texas are scheduled for the 2028 and 2029 seasons. Georgia will travel to Austin on Sept. 2, 2028, and host the Longhorns on Sept. 1, 2029. Georgia also announced it will play Clemson in 2029 and 2030. Clemson will host Georgia on Sept.
Snap counts in Falcons’ loss to Browns 

Snap counts in Falcons’ loss to Browns 

Here are the percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams for the Falcons from their 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday.
Robinson shines for Atlanta United in MLS playoff game

Robinson shines for Atlanta United in MLS playoff game

Though a surprise starter and having never appeared in an MLS playoff game, Miles Robinson was one of Atlanta United’s best players in its 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday, according to manager Gerardo Martino. “He defended well, which was his main job tonight,” Martino said. “He did a few things that we practiced throughout the week.
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference playoff series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8:  Finished with three saves, claimed two crosses and dealt with David Villa’s shenanigans throughout the night. ... Tough save in the 16th minute to preserve a 0-0 tie. ... Not much he could...
No. 5 Georgia is a 6-touchdown favorite over UMass

No. 5 Georgia is a 6-touchdown favorite over UMass

Georgia football has opened as a 43 1/2-point favorite over UMass in Saturday’s game at Sanford Stadium (4 p.m., SEC Network; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB), according to VegasInsider.com. It’s the largest line for a UGA game since Georgia opened the season against FCS Austin Peay as a 48-point favorite.
Hawks come up just short against LeBron James, Lakers

Hawks come up just short against LeBron James, Lakers

Taurean Prince scored 23, Kent Bazemore 21 and Trae Young 20 but the Hawks lost to the Lakers 107-106 Sunday night in Los Angeles. LeBron James led the Lakers with 26 points, including the game-winning dunk with 15.3 seconds to play.  Young also had 12 assists and just four turnovers. The rookie hit 8 of 18 shots from the field and 4 of 8 from 3-point distance.
Atlanta United vs. Red Bulls in MLS East finals

Atlanta United vs. Red Bulls in MLS East finals

After being pipped by them for the Supporters’ Shield, Atlanta United will play New York Red Bulls for the right to play for the MLS Cup. The two teams will face off in the Eastern Conference finals of the MLS playoffs. Atlanta United advanced by defeating NYCFC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium in the first leg and 3-1 in the second leg at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United advances in MLS playoffs

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United advances in MLS playoffs

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9 FM and SoccerDownHere.net discuss Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference playoff series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
More than just a pretty team, Atlanta United is playoff tough, too

More than just a pretty team, Atlanta United is playoff tough, too

The Illustrated Playoff History of Atlanta United is a brief tome. But being set in Atlanta, you know that even this virtual pamphlet had to contain a high concentration of bitter dregs.     Sunday, though, was an entirely new chapter. The second-year soccer team won a playoff game for the first time at home, and won it resoundingly.
What Matt Ryan said after loss to Browns 

What Matt Ryan said after loss to Browns 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said after the 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday: On the difficulty of the loss after a three game win streak: “It was disappointing. Obviously, you have to give credit to Cleveland. I thought they played really well and made a lot of good plays. We fell short and did not make enough plays when we needed to.
What Julio Jones said after loss to Browns 

What Julio Jones said after loss to Browns 

Here’s what Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had to say after the 28-16 loss to the Browns:  On losing momentum with a loss: “No, we have to do a better job offensively. They played a lot of two-high the whole game, and we just have to go out there and find ways to attack cover two.
What Falcons players said after loss to Browns 

What Falcons players said after loss to Browns 

While cornerback Desmond Trufant and Damontae Kazee declined to speak to the media after the loss, here’s what other Falcons players said after getting body-slammed 28-16 by the Browns Sunday:  On what happened: “We have to go to the film, see what we have to correct and move forward.
Atlanta United sets MLS playoff record; surpasses a million tickets sold on season

Atlanta United sets MLS playoff record; surpasses a million tickets sold on season

Atlanta United surpassed one million in tickets sold and distributed  this season and set a new MLS playoff record with Sunday’s announced attendance of 70,526 for the second leg of the MLS playoff series against NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The one million total includes all home games (MLS and U.S. Open Cup) hosted by Atlanta United at the stadium.
Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over Falcons

Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over Falcons

Cleveland running back Nick Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over the Falcons. “This is the same game we always play no matter who the opponent is,” said Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia. “I know that is my hometown, but I’m just prepared like any other game.
Joke’s on Falcons in embarrassing loss at Browns

Joke’s on Falcons in embarrassing loss at Browns

Even in the NFL, where parity is king, the Browns are the kind of opponent that other teams use to build confidence or keep it high. They were speed bumps during winning streaks by the Steelers and Chargers. The Buccaneers beat the Browns for their only victory in their past seven games.  The Browns didn’t win a game last season.
Beating Miami ‘a great feeling’ for TaQuon Marshall

Beating Miami ‘a great feeling’ for TaQuon Marshall

The mantle of leadership is not often light, a lesson Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall has learned over the course of his two seasons as the Yellow Jackets starting quarterback and team captain. However, late Saturday evening, Marshall felt unburdened. After the Jackets came up short of bowl eligibility last season at 5-6 and then started out this season 1-3, Marshall felt it.
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s starting 11 against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United won the first leg 1-0 at Yankee Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who finished fifth in the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting.  Centerback Miles Robinson, who will make just his fourth start this season. He is in for the injured Jeff Larentowicz.
On armistice centennial, a Georgia Tech star who never came home

On armistice centennial, a Georgia Tech star who never came home

On Sunday, on a pristinely landscaped 40.5-acre plot of land in the east of France, the memories of 4,135 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country were to be honored. The day marks the centennial anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, and at St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France, a ceremony was to begin at 11 a.m. local time.
Five things we learned from Falcons’ 28-16 loss to Browns 

Five things we learned from Falcons’ 28-16 loss to Browns 

So much for the Falcons’ season-saving win streak. The Falcons came out flat and got steamrolled by the lowly Browns 28-16  before a raucous and faithful fan base of 62,144 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. “We just came out flat today,” said rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun, who was about the only player to openly admit what happened.
Atlanta United’s Almiron, Martinez in MLS Best XI

Atlanta United’s Almiron, Martinez in MLS Best XI

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez and midfielder MIguel Almiron were selected to the MLS Best XI team, which was revealed by the league on Sunday. Martinez set a league single-season scoring record with 31 goals. Almiron scored 12 goals and added 14 assists for the Five Stripes, which finished tied for the second-most points in league history (69).
Nick Chubb breaks loose for 92-yard TD run 

Nick Chubb breaks loose for 92-yard TD run 

Browns running back Nick Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia, broke loose for a 92-yard touchdown run against the Falcons on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. The score put the Browns up 28-10 with 8:45 to play in the third quarter.  The touchdown was the longest rushing touchdown in Cleveland franchise history.
Browns up on Falcons 14-10 at halftime 

Browns up on Falcons 14-10 at halftime 

Led by two touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Browns lead the Falcons 14-10 at halftime on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mayfield has completed 12 of 12 passes for 165 yards.  He tossed 28-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Nick Chubb.  Chubb rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries in the first half.
Falcons’ Julio Jones fastest to 10,000 yards in NFL history 

Falcons’ Julio Jones fastest to 10,000 yards in NFL history 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught a 30-yard pass against the Browns in the second quarter to go over the 10,000-yards receiving mark in his career on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.  Over 102 career games, Jones entered the game with 9,987 yards.
5 takeaways from Georgia Tech’s win over Miami

5 takeaways from Georgia Tech’s win over Miami

Georgia Tech improved to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the ACC with its 27-21 win over Miami Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Jackets have now won five out of their past six games after starting 1-3. There was plenty to glean from the Jackets’ 10th game of the season.
Inactives: Falcons at Browns 

Inactives: Falcons at Browns 

The Falcons (4-4) will near full strength when the face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. The inactives for the Falcons were kicker Mat Bryant, tackle Matt Gono, defensive end Stephen Means, fullback Ricky Ortiz, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Keith Tandy and offensive guard Rees Odhiambo.
Game theory: Should Bama sit Tua until it meets UGA?

Game theory: Should Bama sit Tua until it meets UGA?

The question was posed to Mecole Hardman, special teamer and special player: Have the Georgia Bulldogs begun to think about Alabama?  Hardman’s response: “Who?”  At first this seemed a case of Georgia being coy, as Georgia under Kirby Smart can be. But no. Hardman hadn’t heard the entire question. (Postgame interview “areas” can be loud places.
Five things to know before today’s Falcons at Browns’ kickoff

Five things to know before today’s Falcons at Browns’ kickoff

Here are five things to know before today’s Falcons (4-4) at Browns (2-6-1) kickoff at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones needs just 13 yards to reach the 10,000-yards in his career.  Over 102 career games, Jones has 9,987 yards.
Georgia Tech bowl eligible, but out of Coastal race

Georgia Tech bowl eligible, but out of Coastal race

Pittsburgh’s win over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon eliminated Georgia Tech from contention for the ACC Coastal championship. The 52-22 win by the Panthers means that the worst that they can finish in league play is 5-3.
Yes, a receiver can make a difference at Tech - just ask Stewart

Yes, a receiver can make a difference at Tech - just ask Stewart

Brad Stewart is a Georgia Tech wide receiver. Yes, Georgia Tech does deploy wide receivers. And sometimes, it’s widely rumored, they even receive, although there isn’t always much physical evidence to back up such a theory. Saturday night against Miami, the senior Stewart had himself a real, live receiving touchdown.
What Paul Johnson said after the win over Miami

What Paul Johnson said after the win over Miami

Comments from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson following his team’s 27-21 win over Miami Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium: “It was a heck of a football game. I’m really proud of our team, we dug down and made some plays. It wasn’t always pretty, but we made fewer mistakes than they did and we were able to capitalize on a couple of their mistakes and come out on top.
Georgia Tech serves Mark Richt first loss at Bobby Dodd Stadium  

Georgia Tech serves Mark Richt first loss at Bobby Dodd Stadium  

Georgia Tech handed Miami coach Mark Richt his first loss at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday as the Yellow Jackets sailed to a 27-21 victory.  Penalties and costly turnovers cost Richt continued perfection in games he coached at Tech. Dating to 1992 during his time at Florida State, Richt continued a perfect tenure in Bobby Dodd Stadium with 14 consecutive wins -- until Saturday.
UGA marches toward December, Auburn in its wake

UGA marches toward December, Auburn in its wake

For all Georgia’s talent, there was no guarantee these Bulldogs would be where they are, which is 9-1 with another SEC East title in the bag and a puncher’s chance at a second consecutive conference title and playoff bid. They had to perform. They had to win games. They had to prove they weren’t just a pretty good team that caught lightning in a jar.
Georgia Tech ends Miami streak

Georgia Tech ends Miami streak

On a clear and cool night under the lights of Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech finally got the better of the dreaded Miami Hurricanes. With the help of three Miami turnovers, the Yellow Jackets ended a three-game losing streak to the Hurricanes and secured bowl eligibility after missing out on the postseason twice in the previous three seasons with a 27-21 win Saturday evening.
Georgia keeps rolling with win over Auburn

Georgia keeps rolling with win over Auburn

One week after clinching a spot in the SEC Championship game, the Georgia Bulldogs built on their momentum Saturday night with a 27-10 win over Auburn at Sanford Stadium.  Georgia trailed narrowly for much of the first half before scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the second quarter for a 20-10 lead.
Kennesaw State wins second consecutive Big South title

Kennesaw State wins second consecutive Big South title

Kennesaw State won its second consecutive Big South Conference title Saturday afternoon with a 51-14 victory against Monmouth in Long Branch, N.J. Running back Darnell Holland set a school record with 195 yards rushing, and he scored three touchdowns for the No. 2 Owls.
Braves’ Wilson, Davidson have nice days in AFL

Braves’ Wilson, Davidson have nice days in AFL

Izzy Wilson and Braxton Davidson, a pair of Braves prospects, helped Peoria defeat Surprise 7-4 in Saturday’s Arizona Fall League meeting. Center fielder Cristian Pache, the Braves’ highest-ranked prospect in Arizona, wasn’t in the lineup, paving the way for Wilson to start in right field. Pache ran into a wall in the eight inning of Friday’s game, but he stayed in.
UGA-Auburn: The old rivalry is getting lopsided

UGA-Auburn: The old rivalry is getting lopsided

Lewis Grizzard famously described Georgia and Auburn as “two brothers wrestling,” and sometimes brothers get sick of one another. After his Bulldogs beat Kentucky, Kirby Smart said of his next opponent, “They don’t like us very much” – the clear implication being that the feeling was mutual. For Smart, familiarity could well have bred contempt.
Georgia-Auburn: 5 keys to Saturday’s game in Athens

Georgia-Auburn: 5 keys to Saturday’s game in Athens

- Video: A look at the last five games in the series Georgia looks to stay in complete control of its College Football Playoff hopes when rival Auburn arrives in town for a chilly Saturday night showdown. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1 SEC) play host to the No. 24 Tigers (6-3, 3-3) at 7 p.m. at Sanford Stadium (TV: ESPN, Radio: WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM).
First Round recap

First Round recap

Troup got the playoffs started early with a Thursday night victory over the visiting Warriors—giving the program its first 10-win season since 2003. Running back Tyree
Georgia-Auburn: The buzz on social media before the game

Georgia-Auburn: The buzz on social media before the game

- Video: A look at the last five games in the series Here’s a sampling of what’s being said on social media in advance of Saturday’s matchup between Georgia and Auburn in Athens: - 3 things to know about Georgia-Auburn | More UGA on ajc.com
Catch up on Georgia Tech women’s basketball team

Catch up on Georgia Tech women’s basketball team

The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team began its season Friday night with an agonizing result, a 95-89 double-overtime loss at Houston. It likely did not dissuade coach MaChelle Joseph from the optimism she expressed about the season prior to Friday’s game.
Round 1 Roundup

Round 1 Roundup

After giving up an early lead to Collins Hill on a 75-yard run by Isaiah Love, the Parkview Panthers soundly defeated the visiting Eagles 42-19 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Updated: What was learned in Georgia Tech’s season opener

Updated: What was learned in Georgia Tech’s season opener

In its season opener, Georgia Tech asserted its superiority over Lamar in an 88-69 win over Lamar Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. As far as what could be ascertained about the Yellow Jackets in a win over a team from one of the weaker conferences in Division I (the Southland), there were a few things. Backup post man Sylvester Ogbonda has come a long way since last season.
Hawks fall to Pistons 124-109 for third consecutive loss

Hawks fall to Pistons 124-109 for third consecutive loss

Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey challenged his team to overcome the Hawks’ league-leading pace of play by beating Atlanta in transition and forcing turnovers. They succeeded on both fronts in Friday’s 124-109 win at State Farm Arena. Although the Hawks entered the game ranked third in the NBA in turnovers forced (17.
Richt in search of some relief on this trip to Georgia Tech

Richt in search of some relief on this trip to Georgia Tech

Bobby Dodd Stadium always has served as an unwilling sanctuary for Mark Richt. A grudging safe place for him to come and forget the stresses of the college coaching world while picking up an automatic victory over Georgia Tech. A sort of spa, really, minus only the seaweed body wrap and the vigorous exfoliation.
Georgia Tech-Miami: TV, online, radio information

Georgia Tech-Miami: TV, online, radio information

Georgia Tech has won four of its past five games and clings to a chance to win the ACC’s Coastal Division title, making the game against Miami another critical one for the Yellow Jackets. By the time Tech (5-4, 3-3 ACC) kicks off against Miami (5-4, 2-3), or shortly after, the Jackets may know that they must win to avoid elimination in the race for the division.
Georgia-Auburn: TV, online, radio information

Georgia-Auburn: TV, online, radio information

The Georgia Bulldogs have won the SEC East title and will face Alabama for the SEC championship Dec. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. That much has been determined. What could get lost is that three games remain on Georgia’s schedule before the game against the Crimson Tide. The first of the three comes against No. 24 Auburn.
Falcons not half bad on defense, and getting better

Falcons not half bad on defense, and getting better

Halfway through the season the Falcons aren’t half bad on defense. If that seems like faint praise, you should have seen them before.  Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel warned us after two Pro Bowl starters from last season, linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal, went to injured reserve after the first game.  “Next man up” sounds nice in theory.
Alex Mack looks forward to going back, sort of

Alex Mack looks forward to going back, sort of

Upon talking to Alex Mack about anything football, one may walk away feeling like a witness to a metronome click, as the Falcons center approaches and speaks about his craft as a machine might if it were to play the game – methodically, without deviation.
Anree Saint-Amour’s success has delighted his teammates

Anree Saint-Amour’s success has delighted his teammates

Anree Saint-Amour has had plenty of opportunity to celebrate himself. The Georgia Tech defensive end has been the Yellow Jackets’ most effective defender this season, leading the team with sacks (four), tackles for loss (10.5) and quarterback hurries (eight). But it’s not his way. “He’s just Anree,” linebacker Brant Mitchell said.
X-factor: Falcons’ run defense must stop ex-Bulldog Nick Chubb 

X-factor: Falcons’ run defense must stop ex-Bulldog Nick Chubb 

Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia, will make his third start against the Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Chubb has rushed 74 times for 403 yards and four touchdowns. He’s caught 3 of 7 targets in the passing game for 15 yards. 
Alford back for Falcons, Bryant’s out for Browns game

Alford back for Falcons, Bryant’s out for Browns game

The Falcons figure to be nearly at full strength Sunday when they play at Cleveland, as starting right cornerback Robert Alford will return to the lineup, and coach Dan Quinn said after Friday’s practice that the only player ruled out against the Browns will be kicker Matt Bryant.
Atlanta United not interested in NYCFC mind games

Atlanta United not interested in NYCFC mind games

Atlanta United brushed aside NYCFC’s attempts to play mind games ahead of the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, which is scheduled for Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
On the hot seat: The Falcons’ offensive line 

On the hot seat: The Falcons’ offensive line 

The Falcons (4-4) will try to keep their rushing attack rolling when they face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The Browns give up 138.9 yards per game, which ranks 29th of 32 in the league. The Falcons rushed 24 times for 154 yards, the second-highest output of the season against the Redskins.
Bye week re-focused Holyfield, Swift to lead running charge 

Bye week re-focused Holyfield, Swift to lead running charge 

Georgia emphasized the run game against Kentucky, and it worked. The Bulldogs’ run-heavy offense resembled last season’s when they rushed for a season-high of 331 yards and three touchdowns in their 34-17 win over the Wildcats on Saturday.
QB corner: What Matt Ryan said about the Browns 

QB corner: What Matt Ryan said about the Browns 

On Cleveland’s defense: “They lead the league in turnovers. I think they’ve done a good job in the secondary of making plays, (tipping) the ball in the air and coming up with interceptions.
UPDATED: Falcons’ official depth chart for Browns’ game 

UPDATED: Falcons’ official depth chart for Browns’ game 

The Falcons released their official depth chart for the game against the Browns on Tuesday before they added Bruce Irvin and released offensive lineman Austin Pasztor. The Falcons are set to play the Browns at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.  The team removed Pasztor from their online depth chart, but had not placed Irvin in a slot as of 11:32 a.m. on Friday.
Atlanta United’s Larentowicz not certain for Sunday’s second leg

Atlanta United’s Larentowicz not certain for Sunday’s second leg

Atlanta United’s Jeff Larentowicz is dealing with a muscle injury and may not be available for Sunday’s second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals against NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Manager Gerardo Martino said Friday that Larentowicz sustained the issue during last week’s game, which Atlanta United won 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.
Atlanta United’s Martino explains why he spoke English

Atlanta United’s Martino explains why he spoke English

Though it created a bit of a stir with regard to the U.S. men’s national team, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he had a simple reason for speaking English during the halftime interview from last week’s semifinal at NYCFC. “(Justin) wasn’t close by,” Martino said of his interpreter, Justin Veldhuis.
Falcons look to avoid letdown against Browns 

Falcons look to avoid letdown against Browns 

The Falcons have rebounded from their 1-4 sunken place with three straight wins, including an impressive 38-14 pummeling of the NFC East first-place Redskins last week.
Just kicking it around, and schmoozing to boot

Just kicking it around, and schmoozing to boot

When it comes to football kickers, many of whom over the years have been considered curious, the Falcons’ man of the moment will change no stereotypes. Yet, Giorgio Tavecchio’s path and manner qualify as unique.
Cops: Woman fires gunshots at parents over watching UGA football game on TV 

Cops: Woman fires gunshots at parents over watching UGA football game on TV 

A Middle Georgia woman allegedly shot at her parents after he father wouldn’t change the television channel from the University of Georgia football game on Saturday, the Macon Telegraph reported. Tambria Chaprii Palmer, 28, of Milledgeville, was arrested at her family’s home in the 200 block of Hudson Drive in Baldwin County, the newspaper reported.
Nick Markakis wins a Silver Slugger award

Nick Markakis wins a Silver Slugger award

Braves right fielder Nick Markakis won the Silver Slugger award Thursday night for the first time, capping what’s considered the most celebrated campaign of the 34-year-old’s career thus far. The Silver Slugger award is given to the top offensive players at each position, voted on by managers and coaches.
Falcons swarming to stop the run

Falcons swarming to stop the run

The Falcons will have you know that no great research went into improving their run defense, no secrets have been incorporated into their grimy work, and that when they seek to blunt former Georgia running back Nick Chubb on Sunday in Cleveland, the plan shall be simple. Like, send a lot of dudes at the guy with the ball. Start with numbers.
As Jackets open season, Josh Pastner looks (far) ahead

As Jackets open season, Josh Pastner looks (far) ahead

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner gave an indication of what lies ahead this season at a Tuesday news conference. That’s when the third-year coach repeatedly tried to shift the conversation to next season. “This is a big year for development because this core group is going to move forward with us as we continue to move forward,” Pastner said.
New Falcon Irvin elated to exchange silver and black for red and black 

New Falcon Irvin elated to exchange silver and black for red and black 

Bruce Irvin burst out of the locker-room doors and on his way to his first practice with the Falcons and yelled, “I’m free! I’m free!” He was glad to be out of dysfunctional Oakland and wearing the red and black instead of silver and black.  Irvin, a native of Atlanta, is looking forward to playing for the Falcons (4-4) when they face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m.
What Julio Jones had to say on Thursday 

What Julio Jones had to say on Thursday 

Here’s what Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had to say to the media on Thursday:  On some of the keys on keeping the offense going: “You know for us, it’s more about us than them. We just have to be consistent, we have to remember like you said they create a lot of turnovers on there defense. But we just have to protect the ball and do what we do.
Former Braves prospect Mallex Smith traded after breakthrough season

Former Braves prospect Mallex Smith traded after breakthrough season

Former Braves prospect Mallex Smith was traded to the Seattle Mariners Thursday. Smith, 25, stole a career-best 40 bases this year for the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit .296, tied for the major league lead with 10 triples and had 40 RBIs.
Watch: Bruce Irvin on joining hometown Falcons

Watch: Bruce Irvin on joining hometown Falcons

Newly acquired Bruce Irvin reported for his first day of work with the Falcons on Tuesday. He joins his hometown team in a situation he called a “childhood dream.” Irvin could play for the Falcons in Sunday’s game against the Browns.
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