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Atlanta Falcons: League fines Chris Hope and Roddy White

Atlanta Falcons: League fines Chris Hope and Roddy White

ajc.com yahoo.com Updated Dec 21, 2012
The league fined Falcons safety Chris Hope $30,000 today for his helmet-to-helmet against Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz last Sunday. Hope had expected to be fined for the hit, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. All such penalties are review…
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  • Falcons' Hope nailed with $30K fine for Cruz hit

    Falcons' Hope nailed with $30K fine for Cruz hit

    Strong safety Chris Hope of the Atlanta Falcons has been fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz.
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Safety William Moore questionable to play at L…

    Atlanta Falcons: Safety William Moore questionable to play at Lions

    ajc.com Dec 21, 2012
    Six Falcons players are listed as questionable on the injury report for tomorrow’s game at Detroit: safety William Moore (hamstring), wide receiver Roddy White (knee), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (ribs), running back Christopher Owens (hamstring
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  • Film of the NFC South chat

    Film of the NFC South chat

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    Before I head out to begin my trip to Detroit for Saturday night's game between the Falcons and Lions, let's take a look at some team-by-team highlights from Friday's NFC South chat: ATLANTA FALCONS Richard (chino valley az): When the falcons win on sat…
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  • Week 16 Picks: Falcons, Texans can clinch home-field advantage

    Week 16 Picks: Falcons, Texans can clinch home-field advantage

    yahoo.com Dec 21, 2012
    Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions The Falcons can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win over the Lions on Saturday night. After making the playoffs in 2011, the Lions have regressed in 2012, carrying a six-game losing streak …
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Sam Baker bounces back

    Atlanta Falcons: Sam Baker bounces back

    ajc.com Dec 21, 2012
    FLOWERY BRANCH—Playing left tackle in the NFL is one of the toughest jobs in sports. Trying to do it with a balky back - and who knows what else - like Falcons tackle Sam Baker did for who knows how long, makes it nearly impossible. As Baker struggl
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  • Falcons at Detroit: 3 key matchups

    Falcons at Detroit: 3 key matchups

    ajc.com Dec 21, 2012
    Falcons RG Peter Konz vs. Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh: Konz, a second-round pick from Wisconsin has done his part to fortify the interior of the passing pocket since taking over for Garrett Reynolds. Matt Ryan ranks seventh in the NFL in pass attempts (539…
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  • GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Falcons (12-2) at Lions (4-10) at 8:30 p.m. Sa…

    GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Falcons (12-2) at Lions (4-10) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday

    ajc.com Dec 21, 2012
    QB corner: Matt Ryan discusses the Lions Last season, the marauding Lions defensive front got after  Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan was sacked three times and hit six times as he finished with a passer rating of 63.1 in the 23-16 victory. Garrett R…
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  • Week 16 Matchups: Different Motivations, Same Goal

    Week 16 Matchups: Different Motivations, Same Goal

    nytimes.com Dec 21, 2012
    The Lions want to break a losing streak, while the Falcons want to gather momentum heading into the playoffs.
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions 03:23

    'Playbook': Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions

    Dec 21
    Are the Atlanta Falcons the best team in the NFC? The "Playbook" guys discuss that topic, and also explain how the Falcons' defense will game plan for Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
  • Video - Week 15: FedEx Air and Ground winners 00:36

    Week 15: FedEx Air and Ground winners

    Dec 21
    Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns, while Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown.
  • Video - Do Atlanta Falcons need home-field advantage? 00:51

    Do Atlanta Falcons need home-field advantage?

    Dec 21
    How important is it for the Atlanta Falcons to play in a dome during the playoffs? Charlie Casserly explains why QB Matt Ryan and the defense thrive at home.
  • Video - Monday Night Football Preview 01:15

    Monday Night Football Preview

    Dec 21
    Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden look ahead to Falcons vs. Lions.

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