Atlanta Falcons

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

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

NFL Replay Booth Playing Bigger Role

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.

97.1 The Ticket–10/25/2011

DETROIT - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is examined after being sacked during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Were The Lions Really Taunting An Injured Ryan?

After the Falcons stopped Detroit 23-16 on Sunday, word filtered from Atlanta’s locker room that Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted quarterback Matt Ryan after he appeared to suffer a serious ankle injury.

97.1 The Ticket–10/24/2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks to throw a fourth quarter pass in front of Ray Edwards #93 of the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 23-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ryan Leads Falcons Over Lions 23-16, Stafford Hurt

Matt Ryan went to the sideline with a worrying injury, then came back a few plays later to lead his team.

97.1 The Ticket–10/24/2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Quarterbacks Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions shake hands after the game at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Falcons defeated the Lions 23-16. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lions Random Thoughts By Matt Dery

I was very disappointed at the Lions performance. Very. I think the Falcons are a solid team, but nothing special, and this was a very winnable game.

97.1 The Ticket–10/24/2011

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