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Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons scored 35 first-half points en route to a 56-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

The game was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons scored 21 points, 14 of them on Matt Ryan touchdown passes.

Ryan finished the game completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

Falcons receiver Devin Hester scored twice, the second time on a 62-yard punt return that moved him ahead of Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in NFL history.

"It's tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor," Hester said. "I'm kind of emotional right now."

Tampa Bay (0-3) turned the ball over five times and mustered only 217 yards of offense in the loss.

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta, which improves its record to 2-1.

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Falcons Sign Returner Devin Hester

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After eight years with the Chicago Bears, returner Devin Hester has agreed on a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

Even at age 32, Hester remains one of the best return threats in the entire NFL and could one day find himself in the Hall of Fame as a result. During his career with the Bears, Hester has 18 combined kickoff and punt return touchdowns, the most in NFL history.

Hester figures to add an upgrade to the Falcons' special teams unit. In 2013, Hester averaged 27.6 yards per kickoff and 14.2 yards per punt return. Last season, Falcons' returners averaged 24.4 yards per kickoff and 8.3 yards on punt returns.

After serving as a returner exclusively last season with the Bears, Hester is expected to be part of the Falcons in 2014 as a receiver.

The Falcons have had a busy off-season so far. Aside from Hester, they've signed defensive tackle Paul Soliai, defensive end Tyson Jackson, guard Jon Asamoah, and defensive back Javier Arenas.

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Devin Hester Won't Play for Bears in 2014

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Dynamic punt returner and wide receiver Devin Hester won't be back with the Chicago Bears in 2014.

Hester will become an unrestricted free agent after eight seasons in the windy city.

"From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," Hester told the NFL Network on Wednesday. "All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They've always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn't have played for a better city than those guys. At the end of my career, I do want to retire as a member of the Bears."

The three-time Pro Bowler tied Hall of Famer Deon Sanders' NFL record with 19 returns for touchdowns last season and brought back 13 of them for punt returns.

"To all my Chicago people ... I can't thank you all enough for my time in Chicago," Hester posted later on his Facebook page. "I've always said I wanted to retire a Chicago Bear but sometimes things don't work out the way we would like. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and if I am fortunate enough to break the return record, we will have all broken it together ... no matter where I am. Thank you again and God Bless."

The Bears have signed 10 players who were set to hit the unrestricted free agent market.

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