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Are Jets for real? Are Falcons done?
That was unexpected. Sure, the New York Jets entered "Monday Night Football" with a better record than the host Atlanta Falcons, but ... come on. These were the Falcons, they of a 13-3 record a season ago and, you know, a real quarterback. But wait -- rookie Geno Smith and Rex Ryan's crew outplayed Matt Ryan & Co. in a 30-28 last-second win. Now Atlanta is 1-4 and really on the outside of things. The Jets? They're 3-2, and -- dare we say it? -- hanging around the (early) playoff hunt.
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NFC South Preview -- 2013
For several years in the NFC South, it's been a back-and-forth battle between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, with last season's bout firmly landing in the Falcons' corner (those bounty scandal suspensions certainly didn't help the Saints). Now New Orleans is looking to rebound, Atlanta aims to take that next step (read: the Super Bowl) and those "other" two teams -- the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- hope to break into the postseason.
Falcons, Ryan finalize extension
This just in: Quarterbacks are valuable. Or so say several teams this offseason. The latest: the Atlanta Falcons, who on Wednesday, sources say, finalized a five-year, $103.75 million deal that includes $59 million guaranteed. This seems like a good value for the Falcons; quarterbacks, you know, matter, and Ryan just led Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game. Then again, he hasn't taken them any farther ...
Who are the Atlanta Falcons?
Some experts picked the Falcons as a Super Bowl contender this season, but a 24-2 loss against the Giants means Mike Smith and Matt Ryan are now 0-3 in the playoffs.
What's the verdict on Matt Ryan?
Ryan finished the regular season with the NFL's eighth-best passer rating, the third time in his four pro seasons he's been in the top 11.
Is Mike Smith too aggressive?
Mike Smith didn't let a fourth-down failure against the Saints earlier this season stop him from going twice in Sunday's game, once in easy field goal range with his team down 10-2.
Falcons, Panthers or Buccaneers?
The Saints are ahead of the Falcons at the moment, so we'll set them aside in the NFC South. But does Cam Newton give the Panthers the edge on the Falcons moving forward?