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Rapid Reaction: Patriots 30, Falcons 23

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 30, Falcons 23

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com CNNSI.com Updated Sep 29, 2013
ATLANTA -- A few thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night: What it means: The Falcons now find themselves in unfamiliar territory -- on the outside looking in. Since 1990, only 9 percent of teams have made …
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  • Falcons' Dent exits with ankle injury

    Falcons' Dent exits with ankle injury

    ESPN.com Sep 29, 2013
    ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons starting linebacker Akeem Dent exited Sunday night's game againt the New England Patriots with an ankle injury. Dent suffered the injury attempting to make a tackle as Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount broke free for a 4…
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  • Pats' Wilfork won't return due to hurt ankle

    Pats' Wilfork won't return due to hurt ankle

    New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork left Sunday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons with an ankle injury in the first quarter, limping off the field on the Falcons' first drive of the game. He won't return.
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  • Falcons figure out way to avoid red zone problem

    Falcons figure out way to avoid red zone problem

    The Patriots entered the game as the league’s worst red zone offense. But they weren’t the ones having problems early on. The Falcons overcame some early red zone issues, but Matt Ryan just found tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 21-yard touchdown pass to a…
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  • Will the NFL suspend or fine Dashon Goldson for this illegal hi…

    Will the NFL suspend or fine Dashon Goldson for this illegal hit? (Video)

    Dashon Goldson wiggled out of a suspension less than two weeks ago for a hit on New Orleans running back Darren Sproles, getting it overturned on appeal. Will the Buccaneers safety be that lucky this time around? The NFL will review Goldson's hit in Sun…
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  • Falcons' Baker exits game with injury

    Falcons' Baker exits game with injury

    ESPN.com Sep 29, 2013
    ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker exited Sunday night's game in the second quarter with what appeared to be a left knee injury. Baker fell the ground while trying to block, then was helped off the field by the training staff. After a few …
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  • Josh Freeman banished to suite to watch Tampa Bay’s loss to Ari…

    Josh Freeman banished to suite to watch Tampa Bay’s loss to Arizona

    There are more than a few dumpster fires in the NFL at this moment — looking right at you, Giants and Steelers — but hands down, the ugliest personnel situation in the league is writhing its way through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization. In just a f…
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  • Falcons' Samuel out vs. Patriots

    Falcons' Samuel out vs. Patriots

    ATLANTA -- A thigh injury will keep Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel from playing against his former team on Sunday night. Samuel tested the injury during pregame warmups but was declared inactive for the showdown with the undefeated Patriots. The same …
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  • Watch cornerback Patrick Peterson take over Sunday’s game for A…

    Watch cornerback Patrick Peterson take over Sunday’s game for Arizona with two late interceptions

    yahoo.com Sep 29, 2013
    It's rare to see a cornerback win a NFL game almost single-handedly. But, Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson is a rare player. Peterson, who is one of the NFL's most underrated players because he toils in obscurity with the Cardinals, took over the gam…
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  • Locker Room Buzz: Tampa Bay

    Locker Room Buzz: Tampa Bay

    ESPN.com Sep 29, 2013
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Coach Greg Schiano defended the two play calls on which rookie quarterback Mike Glennon threw fourth-quart…
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  • Glennon's first start for Bucs foiled by Cardinals

    Glennon's first start for Bucs foiled by Cardinals

    Glennon's first start for Bucs foiled by Cardinals
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  • Mark Barron done for day with hamstring injury

    Mark Barron done for day with hamstring injury

    profootballtalk.com Sep 29, 2013
    The Buccaneers defense held the Cardinals off the scoreboard in the first half, but their efforts to remain in front will be hampered by the loss of one of their starting safeties. The team has announced that Mark Barron is done for the day with a hamst…
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  • Sports of The Times: The N.F.L. Protects the Pocket While Black…

    Sports of The Times: The N.F.L. Protects the Pocket While Black Quarterbacks Transcend It

    nytimes.com Sep 29, 2013
    Even as the number of starting black quarterbacks increases, the pro football establishment resists their freewheeling style of play.
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  • Some Drama May Be Brewing Between The Pats And The Gronkowskis

    Some Drama May Be Brewing Between The Pats And The Gronkowskis

    deadspin.com Sep 29, 2013
    Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is inactive for today's game against the Atlanta Falcons, despite cautiously optimistic reports that Gronk was ready to return to the field. So what's the hold up? According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, it's Gronkowski's …
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  • Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams active for Buccaneers

    Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams active for Buccaneers

    profootballtalk.com Sep 29, 2013
    The Buccaneers’ starting receivers are suiting up Sunday. Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are both active for Week Four’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Jackson (ribs) and Williams (hamstring) were each questionable on the injury report, but they…
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  • Greg Schiano’s job is safe, for now

    Greg Schiano’s job is safe, for now

    profootballtalk.com Sep 29, 2013
    Greg Schiano has followed a 7-9 record in his first season as the Buccaneers’ head coach with an 0-3 start and a mess at the quarterback position this year. But Schiano’s job is apparently safe. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Glazer family…
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  • 'It's not the position, it's the disposition'

    'It's not the position, it's the disposition'

    ESPN.com Sep 29, 2013
    METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' defense is operating out of a base 3-4 scheme this year. But it’s been hard to tell that by watching them. For one thing, the Saints have spent most of this season in nickel and dime packages (five or more defens…
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  • Graham has been more receiver than tight end, so far

    Graham has been more receiver than tight end, so far

    profootballtalk.com Sep 29, 2013
    When it comes to big-name players in line for big-money contracts, the Saints like to bide their time. In the case of tight end Jimmy Graham, that could be an expensive proposition. Through three weeks of the 2013 season, Graham has taken more snaps at …
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  • A 1-2 record really is better than 0-3

    A 1-2 record really is better than 0-3

    ESPN.com Sep 29, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Player after player talked about how much better 1-2 is than 0-3 after the Carolina Panthers steamrolled the New York Giants 38-0 a week ago. Here's how much better. Only Chicago (3-0), New Orleans (3-0), Seattle (3-0), Dallas (2-1) a…
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  • Video - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady drops snap 00:46

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady drops snap

    Sep 29
    The Atlanta Falcons catch a huge break when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fumbles the snap and allows the Falcons to recover.
  • Video - Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez 21-yard TD 00:45

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez 21-yard TD

    Sep 29
    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finds tight end Tony Gonzalez for a game-tying 21-yard touchdown just before the end of the second quarter.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Cardinals-Buccaneers Recap 02:04

    Sunday Blitz: Cardinals-Buccaneers Recap

    Sep 29
    Michele Steele and Tom Waddle break down the Cardinals week 4 win over the Buccaneers.
  • Video - Payton Looking Forward To Facing Dolphins 00:34

    Payton Looking Forward To Facing Dolphins

    Sep 29
    Saints coach Sean Payton discusses New Orlean's matchup with the undefeated Miami Dolphins on "Monday Night Football."

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Seattle's latest road victory sends message to rest of NFC; mor…

    Sep 29
    NASHVILLE, Md. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we review the results of Week 4 in the NFL, and watch the surprising 3-1 Titans dispatch the Jets at LP Field. ...
  • Clayton's Last Call: The injury factor

    Sep 29
    Injuries are playing a huge role, writes John Clayton. Plus, the smart Seahawks, the Bucs' bad QB decision and more.