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Julio Jones dominates as Falcons win 29-18 over Cardinals

Julio Jones could not be stopped Sunday. (Brynn Anderson)

Julio Jones could not be stopped Sunday. (Brynn Anderson)

Patrick Peterson said he wanted Julio Jones one-on-one.

Be careful what you wish for.

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Falcons atop dreadful NFC South with 19-17 win over Panthers

Ra'Shede Hageman blocked Graham Gano's 63-yard field goal attempt to win the game.  (Bob Leverone)

Ra’Shede Hageman blocked Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal attempt to win the game. (Bob Leverone)

It’s strange to say, but the 4-6 Atlanta Falcons are leading the NFC South.

With a 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers coupled with a New Orleans Saints 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Falcons are sitting atop the division.

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Falcons snap losing streak, defeat Bucs 27-17

Matt Ryan

The Falcons are still in contention for the NFC South crown. (Brian Blanco)

The Atlanta Falcons hadn’t won a game on the road since defeating the Buffalo Bills back in Week 13 of last season.

They also hadn’t won a game since Week 3 against the same team they defeated on Sunday – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Falcons Lose Hawley, Holmes for Year; Moore Placed on Short-Term IR

Joe Hawley's absence will be felt. (Michael Conroy)

Joe Hawley’s absence will be felt. (Michael Conroy)

After losing Sam Baker in preseason, the Atlanta Falcons lose two more starting offensive linemen: center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes.

Additionally, William Moore was placed on short-term injured reserve.

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Falcons take care of Bucs in 56-14 pounding

Devin Hester turned in a record-breaking night. (John Bazemore)

Devin Hester turned in a record-breaking night in the Falcons’ 56-14 victory. (John Bazemore)

Devin Hester set a new NFL record with his 20th return touchdown and Matt Ryan broke the Falcons franchise record for completion percentage with 87.5 en route to a 56-14 dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Ryan has record-setting day as Falcons beat Saints 37-34 in OT

Matt Ryan turned in a record-breaking performance against the Saints. (Jason Getz)

Matt Ryan turned in a record-breaking performance against the Saints. (Jason Getz)

Matt Ryan couldn’t be stopped.

The quarterback piled up 448 yards through the air – breaking the previous single-game franchise record for yards set by Chris Chandler at 431 in 2001  – and led the Atlanta Falcons to a 37-34 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South matchup. Ryan’s three scores passed set him atop the Falcons’ mark for career touchdown passes, passing Steve Bartkowski’s 154.

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Falcons Sign Safety Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson brings depth and five years of NFL experience to the team. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Tyrell Johnson brings depth and five years of NFL experience to the team. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Atlanta Falcons have signed free safety Tyrell Johnson in light of Dwight Lowery’s uncertain status after suffering a concussion during Friday’s scrimmage.

Johnson was drafted in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He started 27 games for them over four years, and last appeared in four games with the Detroit Lions in 2012. For his career, he’s totaled 126 tackles and two interceptions.

To make room for Johnson, the Falcons waived fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones.

The free safety position is now officially a concern for the Falcons.

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Falcons Lose LB Weatherspoon for Year With Torn Achilles

Sean Weatherspoon's injury is a big blow to the Falcons linebacker corps. (Stacy Revere)

Sean Weatherspoon’s injury is a big blow to the Falcons linebacker corps. (Stacy Revere)

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is out for the year after tearing his Achilles.

He was already working back from a knee injury that ended his season last year in Week 15.

It’s a big blow for the Falcons’ linebacking corps.

Weatherspoon was in the last year of his rookie contract. Unfortunately, I can’t see the Falcons bringing him back unless it’s on a incentive-laden, prove-it deal.

Hopefully the linebacker has a speedy recovery and returns to the field soon.

 

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Falcons Agree to Terms with Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman has a chance to steal carries from Jacquizz Rodgers. (Phil Sears)

Devonta Freeman has a chance to steal carries from Jacquizz Rodgers. (Phil Sears)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with running back Devonta Freeman.

The Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round (103rd overall) out of Florida State.

Atlanta has eight of its nine draft picks signed; only Dezmond Southward remains unsigned.

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Review of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 NFL Draft

Getting "bigger and tougher" was the offseason's mantra. (John Bazemore)

Getting “bigger and tougher” was the offseason’s mantra. (John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons had Super Bowl aspirations going into last season but fell well short with a 4-12 record.

The primary issues? Injuries, and toughness at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense

Quarterback Matt Ryan was hit a league-high – and career-high – 203 times last season. He was sacked 44 times – again, a career-high, and tied for third in the league.

The Falcons’ front office made it clear what the plans were for both the offseason and the draft: Protect the $100 million quarterback, and get tougher on both sides of the ball.

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