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NFL Week 16, Falcons vs. 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.

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.

Is Roddy White's streak in jeopardy?

The Falcons receiver sat out Wednesday's practice with injury. The Falcons take on the Lions on Saturday as they look to clinch home-field advantage.

No bad blood from Ryan, Suh before Saturday's game

The Falcons accused Suh of taunting Ryan last year, but Ryan says he's put the incident behind him. Atlanta could clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs with a win.

Smith says Lions are 'a very good football team'

The Atlanta Falcons are not taking the Detroit Lions lightly in their Week 16 matchup. What are some things that Falcons head coach Mike Smith think the Falcons need to focus on to beat the Lions?

Matt Ryan on Suh: 'A really talented player'

Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan was asked to speak about Detroit Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at his Tuesday press conference.

Limiting Calvin Johnson is a must for Falcons

Johnson is on pace to break Jerry Rice's 17-year old record for receiving yards in a single season.

Lacey moved to IR for Lions

The Lions signed Ron Bartell to fill Lacey's spot on the roster.

White says Falcons aren't scared of anyone

The Falcons' top wideout was sick of the talk from fans that Atlanta couldn't handle the league's best teams.

Franks embraces super-sub role for Falcons

Atlanta Falcons defensive back Dominique Franks has embraced his role as a super-sub for the Atlanta Falcons this year.

Falcons now a 4-point favorite over Lions

After starting out as a three point favorite, early betting now has the Atlanta Falcons as four point favorites against the Detroit Lions.

Mike Smith says Falcons moving on already

Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team isn't getting too excited about their big win over the Giants and have already moved on to preparing for the Lions.

Falcons win clinches home-field advantage

The Atlanta Falcons are on the verge of clinching the top seed in the NFC. What are the ways that the Falcons can clinch?

Falcons defense masking coverage to great effect

The Falcons are leading the league in interceptions, and have gotten there by effectively masking their coverage in the secondary.

Who Cares That The Falcons Are Overrated?

The team that just visited the Georgia Dome is a great example of the reality that regular season performance does not dictate what will happen in January.

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