NFL Week 16, Falcons vs. Lions

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Atlanta Falcons

Ryan says Falcons are confident about playoffs

The Falcons are the number one seed in the NFC playoffs, and quarterback Matt Ryan said the team is confident they have learned from their past failings.

Ryan says Falcons are confident about playoffs

The Falcons are the number one seed in the NFC playoffs, and quarterback Matt Ryan said the team is confident they have learned from their past failings.

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Atlanta Falcons

Falcons' Mike Smith addresses media after win

Falcons head coach Mike Smith addresses the media after their 31-18 win over the Liions on Saturday night.

Falcons' Mike Smith addresses media after win

Falcons head coach Mike Smith addresses the media after their 31-18 win over the Liions on Saturday night.

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Atlanta Falcons

Falcons' D comes up big in home-field clincher

The Atlanta Falcons' defense gave up over 500 yards of offense Saturday and somehow came out looking like kings, allowing one touchdown and forcing three turnovers in a 31-18 win over the Detroit Lions.

Falcons' D comes up big in home-field clincher

The Atlanta Falcons' defense gave up over 500 yards of offense Saturday and somehow came out looking like kings, allowing one touchdown and forcing three turnovers in a 31-18 win over the Detroit Lions.

Falcons vs. Lions game day guide

The Atlanta Falcons will try to improve to 13-2 when they take on the Detroit Lions Saturday night.

Lions injury update

The Detroit Lions are relatively healthy, but they could be without tight end Brandon Pettigrew against the Falcons. Calvin Johnson should be good to go.

Falcons unsure about key contributors

The Atlanta Falcons have six players listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, including star wide receiver Roddy White and top defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux.

Sam Baker quietly anchors protection

Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Sam Baker has been quiet this season, but that has helped him play up to expectations as a first-round draft pick from 2008.

Atlanta favored by around 4 points against Detroit

The Atlanta Falcons are currently favored from anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 points for Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions. What are some of the recent betting trends with both teams?

Douglas to replace 'Fair Catch Franks'?

Falcons punt returner Dominique Franks has had a rough season, which could lead to him losing his job to Harry Douglas.

Chris Hope expecting fine for hit on Victor Cruz

The veteran made a helmet-to-helmet tackle on the third-year receiver Sunday.

Pettigrew out at Lions practice

Detroit missed just one player at practice Thursday.

Moore, Matthews miss Falcons practice

Both were out because of hamstring injuries.

Gonzalez says Falcons focused

Tony Gonzalez said earlier this week his team is focused on not suffering a letdown on the road to the Detroit Lions.

Yahoo-baseball

Smith pleased with scoring defense

The Falcons aren't allowing a lot of points, which head coach Mike Smith said has been a key to their success.

Falcons still aren't running well

Even with a 12-2 record, the Falcons' running game could be a concern with the playoffs looming.

Atlanta needs strong OL play against Detroit

The Falcons protected quarterback Matt Ryan well against the Giants last weekend, and they'll be up against another tough front four this Saturday.

Fairley on IR, Pettigrew sits on Wednesday

The Lions host league-leading Falcons on Saturday night. They could possibly be without two of their most promising young players.

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