Mike Nolan knows a thing or two about the San Francisco 49ers.
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.
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.
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.
The Atlanta Falcons beat the Detroit Lions 31-18 Saturday night and earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
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.
Last year’s discord in Detroit left the Falcons and Lions bickering at each other and accusing the other side of bad sportsmanship.
The Detroit Lions may have finally hit rock bottom for 2012.
Falcons coach Mike Smith has learned that little credit is given for regular-season success when it is followed by postseason flops.
The Falcons had just been called for a costly pass-interference penalty with Atlanta clinging to a seven-point lead late in Sunday’s game against Detroit.