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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass during their NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Smith Expects Injured Abraham To Start Vs. 49ers

It’s too early for the Atlanta Falcons to know how much defensive end John Abraham will play in Sunday’s NFC title game.

97.1 The Ticket–01/17/2013

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 28: Head coach Mike Nolan of the San Francisco 49ers waits for a decision on a challenged play against the New Orleans Saints on September 28 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the 49ers 31-17. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Nolan Holds No Bitterness Toward His Former Team

Mike Nolan knows a thing or two about the San Francisco 49ers.

97.1 The Ticket–01/16/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Keys In The NFC Championship, San Francisco At Atlanta

Can the Falcons’ defense contain 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: Look, the kid is a tremendous passer and wide receiver Michael Crabtree has had a breakout season.

97.1 The Ticket–01/16/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

49ers Are 1 Win From Reaching Super Bowl At Last

Running back Frank Gore arrived for work Monday ready to push through another tough week of game preparation and do everything he can to keep his team playing right into February.

97.1 The Ticket–01/15/2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Wilson Gives Seahawks Optimism About Next Season

While the rest of his teammates were throwing shoes, shirts and other belongings in boxes, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was in an upstairs meeting room watching film of the finest performance of his rookie season — one that ended in a loss.

97.1 The Ticket–01/15/2013

Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions.  (File photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Falcons 31, Lions 18

The Atlanta Falcons beat the Detroit Lions 31-18 Saturday night and earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

97.1 The Ticket–12/23/2012

Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10.  (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Falcons At Lions Preview

It would be easy to overlook the lowly Detroit Lions (4-10) because they have lost six straight and were bad enough to lose to Arizona last week 38-10, allowing the Cardinals to end a nine-game slide.

97.1 The Ticket–12/22/2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23:  at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Atlanta Seeks To Keep Detroit’s Suh Away From Ryan

Last year’s discord in Detroit left the Falcons and Lions bickering at each other and accusing the other side of bad sportsmanship.

CBS Detroit–12/20/2012

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Lions Hope To Salvage Something From Final 2 Games

The Detroit Lions may have finally hit rock bottom for 2012.

97.1 The Ticket–12/19/2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons drops back to pass against the New York Giants at the Georgia Dome on December 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Falcons Trying To Build Momentum For Playoffs Against Lions

Falcons coach Mike Smith has learned that little credit is given for regular-season success when it is followed by postseason flops.

97.1 The Ticket–12/18/2012

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