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Falcons moving on after disappointing loss to Panthers

Atlanta is trying not to dwell on the loss to the Panthers on Sunday, and it has more work to do in order to lock down the NFC's No. 1 playoff seed.

Grant Halverson

The Atlanta Falcons fell, 30-20, to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, which was just their second loss of the season. The Falcons already have clinched a division title -- they are the only NFC team to do so at this point -- but they have more work to do in order to solidify the No. 1 playoff seed. They'll try to bounce back when they face the New York Giants next Sunday.

"We have to come out against a real tough football team in the Giants and get this thing rolling," tight end Tony Gonzalez said. "It’s only three games left to try to go out there and hit our stride. We can and we will."

The Giants' playoff position is less certain than the Falcons', although they lead the NFC East with an 8-5 record. The Falcons return home to host New York, and they have not lost a game in the Georgia Dome this season.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.