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Tom Jones' Two Cents: What we learned from this weekend's NFL p…

Tom Jones' Two Cents: What we learned from this weekend's NFL playoffs

tampabay.com yahoo.com Updated Jan 14, 2013
By Tom Jones, Times Staff Writer Monday, January 14, 2013 Peyton Manning is human. Colin Kaepernick may not be. The Patriots keep on rolling. The Falcons finally got off the ground. And Ray Lewis' career just will not end.Here's what the division round …
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  • Smith says Abraham’s ankle not a major concern

    Smith says Abraham’s ankle not a major concern

    The Falcons didn’t get much use out of John Abraham yesterday, but Falcons coach Mike Smith indicated his only real pass-rusher’s injury wasn’t terribly serious. Abraham only played 15 snaps yesterday after aggravating an ankle injury and leaving in
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  • Jacquizz Rodgers Will Quizz On Your Face, If His T-Shirt Is To …

    Jacquizz Rodgers Will Quizz On Your Face, If His T-Shirt Is To Be Believed

    deadspin.com Jan 14, 2013
    Reader Corey wrote in and said he made this shirt for Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers while Quizz was in college. It is the first known display of personality shown by a Falcons player in the Mike Smith era. I feel like I know this team so much be…
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  • Looking ahead to 49ers-Falcons

    Looking ahead to 49ers-Falcons

    ESPN.com Jan 14, 2013
    ATLANTA -- I’m getting ready to fly back to NFC South blog headquarters. I’ll check back in late this afternoon with updates on what Falcons coach Mike Smith had to say in his Monday news conference and anything else that pops up. But, as I travel, le
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  • Leading Off: Can Anyone Stop These Guys?

    Leading Off: Can Anyone Stop These Guys?

    nytimes.com Jan 14, 2013
    The sum total of the weekend's four N.F.L. games: 3,598 yards, 35 touchdowns and that whole defense-wins-championships canard takes one right in the kisser.
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  • Statistical superlatives on the Falcons

    Statistical superlatives on the Falcons

    ESPN.com Jan 14, 2013
    Let’s take a by-the-numbers look back at Atlanta Falcons' 30-28 playoff victory against Seattle with some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Falcons’ media relations department. The first time Matt Ryan faced a blitz by a Seattle defensive bac
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  • Falcons never doubted Matt Ryan

    Falcons never doubted Matt Ryan

    ESPN.com Jan 14, 2013
    ATLANTA -- Although the Atlanta Falcons hadn’t won a playoff game in the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era before Sunday’s victory against Seattle, that didn’t stop them from acting like they’ve been there before. They have been in similar situations many
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  • Explaining Atlanta's onside kick

    Explaining Atlanta's onside kick

    ESPN.com Jan 14, 2013
    There was one oddity that might have gotten lost in the shuffle of the final minutes of the Atlanta Falcons' 30-28 victory against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. After Matt Bryant made a 49-yard field goal to put the Falcons ahead for good with eight s…
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  • Gonzalez breaks a pair of streaks Sunday

    Gonzalez breaks a pair of streaks Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 14, 2013
    Much had been made about the playoff drought the Falcons ended yesterday, the  one that went back to the 2008 debut of quarterback Matt Ryan, coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in Atlanta. But when Tony Gonzalez, whose own streak last…
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  • Pete Carroll offers novel excuse for kicker-icing backfire

    Pete Carroll offers novel excuse for kicker-icing backfire

    profootballtalk.com Jan 14, 2013
    Falcons kicker Matt Bryant Norwooded a 49-yard field goal attempt that came after a timeout was called at the end of Sunday’s NFC playoff thriller, and FOX cameras promptly showed an incredulous Seahawks coach Pete Carroll apparently arguing to an offic
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  • Erasing Playoff Demons, One Atlanta Player at a Time

    Erasing Playoff Demons, One Atlanta Player at a Time

    nytimes.com Jan 14, 2013
    Crushing playoff defeats have been the norm for a franchise that hasn't had much luck or success in the N.F.L. But a wild finish against Seattle could be a turning point for the Falcons.
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  • Atlanta Falcons' victory over Seattle Seahawks means vindicatio…

    Atlanta Falcons' victory over Seattle Seahawks means vindication for QB Matt Ryan, who wins first playoff game

    nydailynews.com Jan 14, 2013
    Matt Ryan watched in relative seclusion as Matt Bryant lined up for the 49-yard field goal with 13 seconds to play at the Georgia Dome on Sunday. The kick would determine whether the Falcons would suffer another ignominious playoff defeat or move within…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Broncos Fail To Move On To AFC Title 03:11

    NFL32OT: Broncos Fail To Move On To AFC Title

    Jan 14
    Episode 248: Wendi Nix and Chris Mortensen discuss the Broncos conservative play in the 4th quarter against the Ravens. Merril Hoge breaks down the impact of Rob Gronkowski's injury on the Patriots. The NFL32 crew discuss the Falcons win over the Sea
  • Video - 'The Coaches Show': How did the Atlanta Falcons mess up the squib kick? 01:31

    'The Coaches Show': How did the Atlanta Falcons mess up the squib kick?

    Jan 14
    The Atlanta Falcons took the lead over the Seattle Seahawks late in the game, but the ensuing kickoff didn't go as planned and kept the Seahawks' slim hopes alive. "The Coaches Show" crew look at what went wrong.
  • Video - Can the Atlanta Falcons stop San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick? 01:12

    Can the Atlanta Falcons stop San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick?

    Jan 14
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick torched the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. Can the Atlanta Falcons slow him down in the NFC Championship Game? Brian Billick weighs in.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Takeaway From Divisional Playoffs 01:36

    NFL Live OT: Takeaway From Divisional Playoffs

    Jan 14
    Tim Hasselbeck, Merril Hoge and Eric Mangini discuss their biggest takeaway from the divisional playoffs.

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    Jan 14
    The pistol and read option have staying power, but defenses will eventually adjust. Plus, reader questions.
  • Peter King: Offensive outburst, meeting of legends set up conference final…

    Jan 14
    DENVER -- Ray Lewis was sick Saturday night, 90 minutes after the Ravens had stunned the Broncos here, and he was waiting in a stadium anteroom to be connected with Deion Sanders for an NFL Network interview. "Flu?'' someone asked him. He nodded in…