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Smith, Horford help Hawks knock off Wizards

Smith, Horford help Hawks knock off Wizards

ESPN.com Updated Dec 7, 2012
Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Al Horford also posted a double-double and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 104-95 on Friday night to keep the Wizards winless on the road.
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  • Falcons' Moore, Samuel listed as questionable

    Falcons' Moore, Samuel listed as questionable

    ESPN.com ajc.com Dec 7, 2012
    Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore and cornerback Asante Samuel missed practice Friday for the third straight day and are questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Q&A with wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s …

    Atlanta Falcons: Q&A with wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s closing in on his first 1,000-yard season

    ajc.com Dec 7, 2012
    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan congratulates wide receiver Julio Jones on his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons wide receiver Julio Jon
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Koetter not worried about dip in Ryan’s number…

    Atlanta Falcons: Koetter not worried about dip in Ryan’s numbers

    ajc.com Dec 7, 2012
    FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is not putting too much stock in the slide in quarterback Matt Ryan’s passing numbers over the third quarter of the season. In the third quarter of the season, some of Ryan’s key statistics
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  • Jonathan Stewart “very doubtful” for Panthers

    Jonathan Stewart “very doubtful” for Panthers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    If the 3-9 Panthers are going to prove that they’re better than the 11-1 Falcons, they’ll be doing it short-handed. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday that running back Jonathan Stewart was “very doubtful,” adding a modifier to what’s on the
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  • Final Word: NFC South

    Final Word: NFC South

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about the Week 14 games: Magic number: The Falcons have won their past five games against the Panthers. But the amazing thing is Atlanta’s point total has been either 30 or 31 in each of those games, including a 30-28 victory a
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  • Countdown Daily: Falcons-Panthers

    Countdown Daily: Falcons-Panthers

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    The "NFL Live" crew makes its picks for Atlanta at Carolina.
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  • Falcons at Panthers: 3 key matchups

    Falcons at Panthers: 3 key matchups

    ajc.com Dec 7, 2012
    Falcons DE John Abraham vs. Panthers LT Jordan Gross: Abraham is the NFL’s leading active sack leader with 122. Abraham appears rejuvenated by his reunion with coordinator Mike Nolan. He started his career with Nolan and the New York Jets. He’ll play
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Robert McClain set to face team that cut him

    Atlanta Falcons: Robert McClain set to face team that cut him

    ajc.com Dec 7, 2012
    BY MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons’ locker room was boisterous after they defeated the Saints last week, and as usual, the party was liveliest at the defensive backs’ end of the locker room. Cornerback Asante Samuel and safety Willia
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  • NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

    NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Thanksgiving and the game between the Saints and Falcons threw us off our regular NFC South chat schedule the past two weeks. But we’ll be back on track Friday. We’ll chat at 1 p.m. ET, so bring your questions and join us. Here’s your free ticket in
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  • Doug Martin says he’s not hitting rookie wall

    Doug Martin says he’s not hitting rookie wall

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is well on his way to surpassing 300 carries in his first season in the NFL. Martin has come off two largely ineffective games against the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos where he was held to under 60 yar…
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  • Video - Smith, Horford Fuel Hawks 00:48

    Smith, Horford Fuel Hawks

    Dec 7
    Josh Smith scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the Hawks past the Wizards.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers 03:58

    'Playbook': Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

    Dec 7
    The "Playbook" crew discusses why the Atlanta Falcons' strong defense will be able to contain the Carolina Panthers, while the Panthers' defense will struggle to stop the Falcons.
  • Video - Open Locker Room: Roddy White 04:51

    Open Locker Room: Roddy White

    Dec 7
    Jay Glazer chats it up with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White on how the one-loss team is preparing for the playoffs, and more.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defe…

    Dec 7
    So I am fairly smitten with this option offense Washington is running, called by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and executed with precocious zeal by 22-year-old franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. A big test comes Sunday at home against Balti…
  • The Sports Guy talks NBA leadership with Bill Russell, plus Week 14 picks

    Dec 7
    Thoughts on Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and the different paths to immortality.