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Falcons’ second half rally not enough in 43-37 loss to Packers

Julio Jones turned in another monster game. (Tom Lynn)

Julio Jones turned in another monster game. (Tom Lynn)

At the half, the Atlanta Falcons were down 31-7 to the Green Bay Packers, and it looked like the game was slated to get worse in the second half.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview

Julio Jones and Roddy White will have a tough matchup against Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson. (John Bazemore)

Julio Jones and Roddy White will have a tough matchup against Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson. (John Bazemore)

It’s division leader versus division leader as the Atlanta Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals, who have the best record in the NFC at 9-2.

On the other hand, the 4-7 Falcons made NFL history by being the first team to ever lead a division while being three games under .500.

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Falcons Routed 29-7 by Ravens

Mike Smith's time in Atlanta is coming to an end.  (Gail Burton)

Mike Smith’s tenure as head coach in Atlanta is coming to an end. (Gail Burton)

Matt Bryant’s 57-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter bounced off the crossbar with a doink as if to signify the end of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 season.

The Falcons extended their losing streak to four after coming up short 29-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta is now 2-5 with an 0-4 record on the road.

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Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens Preview

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

After losing a key home game to the Chicago Bears last week, the Atlanta Falcons – riding a three-game losing streak – hit the road again to take on the Baltimore Ravens.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears Preview

Devin Hester status is questionable heading into Sunday's game against his former team.(Ann Heisenfelt)

Devin Hester status is questionable heading into Sunday’s game against his former team. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Atlanta Falcons already face a must-win game, and it’s only Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season.

The Falcons host the Chicago Bears in what will be their only game at home in the Georgia Dome until November 23. Atlanta plays a “home” game against the Detroit Lions in London in Week 8.

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Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants Preview

The Falcons have to find a way to win on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Falcons have to find a way to win outdoors on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t won an outdoors road game since defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 on November 25, 2012.

That losing streak was extended with last Sunday’s 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

This Sunday, the Falcons (2-2) go on the road once again to face the New York Giants, a team that has won two games in a row.

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Falcons Allow 558 Yards of Offense in 41-28 Loss to Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater had an impressive debut against the Falcons. (Ann Heisenfelt)

Teddy Bridgewater had an impressive debut against the Falcons. (Ann Heisenfelt)

On paper, the Atlanta Falcons defense looked to be in for another huge day following the blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Minnesota Vikings were starting a rookie quarterback and were without Adrian Peterson and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Heading into the game, Minnesota had one of the league’s worst offenses.

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Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Preview

The Falcons' high-flying offense should have success against the Vikings. (Scott Cunningham)

The Falcons’ high-flying offense should have success against the Vikings. (Scott Cunningham)

Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings will be the first of a seven-game stretch in which the Atlanta Falcons play just one game in the Georgia Dome.

How the Falcons (2-1) perform in the coming weeks will serve as a good indication of what type of team they are. It could also serve as good setup for the back half of the season, as they’ll be at home for four of the final six games.

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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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