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Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wi.) -- The Green Bay Packers maintained home dominance with a 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued his MVP-like season, completing 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. 

The Packers also leaned on their running game to keep the Falcons off balance.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a touchdown and combined for 148 yards on 23 carries. 

The Falcons fell behind early, surrendering a 24 point lead at halftime. Julio Jones helped lead an Atlanta rally, catching a career best 259 yards on 11 catches, including a 22-yard touchdown that contributed to a 20 point Falcons fourth quarter.

Green Bay (10-3) has won all seven of their home games so far this season, scoring at least 38 points in four of their last five games in Lambeau. Their final home game will be in week 17 against the Detroit Lions, who are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North at 9-4. 


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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 WR Roddy White to Sit Against Buccaneers

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.)  --  Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with lingering hamstring and ankle injuries.

The four-time Pro Bowler suffered a high-ankle sprain during the preseason and injured his hamstring in a 30-28 loss to the New York Jets in Week 5.  He has not been able to practice all week.

The 1-4 Falcons will head into Sunday's game without two of their top playmakers, with Julio Jones already sidelined for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

White's impressive consecutive games played streak will end at 133.  He is the team's sixth-leading receiver with 14 catches for 129 yards.

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Julio Jones Out for Rest of Season 

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) --  The Atlanta Falcons confirmed Wednesday that wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a right foot injury.

A CT scan showed that Jones suffered the same fracture in his foot as he did back at the 2011 NFL scouting combine.

Jones went to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday to seek a second opinion from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

"Unfortunately, Julio's appointment with the doctor today confirmed our initial findings," Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement. "He is scheduled to have a season-ending procedure on Monday."

Jones was injured in Monday night's 30-28 loss to the New York Jets, but remained in the game.  He leads the 1-4 Falcons with 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns.

The team signed free agent receiver Brian Robiskie to help replace Jones, which quarterback Matt Ryan says will be nearly impossible to do.

"It's tough to replicate what he can do," Ryan said. "Certainly one of the most gifted receivers in the NFL. That makes it difficult to replace that. But we have other guys that need to step up and, I think, will step up for us."

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Report: Julio Jones Could Miss Remainder Of The Season

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones could miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury, according to ESPN.

Falcons head coach Mike Smith told reporters during his news conference on Tuesday that it was premature to rule Jones out for the season.  Smith added Jones will be seeking a second medical opinion.

The 24-year-old Jones suffered the injury during Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets. In five games this season, he has 41 receptions for 580 yards and two touchdowns.

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Falcons Hold Off Rams, 31-24

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Falcons (1-1) got their first win of the season in their home opener on Sunday.  Matt Ryan passed for 374 yards and threw two touchdowns in Atlanta's 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams (1-1).

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones pulled in 11 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown in the victory. The biggest catch was in the first quarterback when Ryan connected with Jones on an 81-yard touchdown strike.

The Rams trailed 21-0 after Osi Umenyiora picked off Sam Bradford and took it 68-yards for the touchdown in the second quarter, but St. Louis battled back.

Bradford answered with three touchdown passes in the second half and finished with 352 yards in the loss.

Atlanta heads to Miami to take on the Dolphins (2-0) next Sunday.  The Rams will be in Dallas against the Cowboys (1-1).

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Torrey Smith Shines as Ravens Edge Falcons 27-23 

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) --  After an incredible postseason run that resulted in a Super Bowl title, the Baltimore Ravens finally returned home to play a game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Torrey Smith hauled in a 77-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco, and the Ravens topped the Atlanta Falcons 27-23 on Thursday night to improve to 2-0 in the preseason.

Matt Ryan looked exceptionally sharp for the Falcons, throwing for 97 yards and a touchdown to Julio Jones.  The Falcons led the game 23-7, before the Ravens' backups rallied with a 20-point fourth quarter that won them the game.

"We're just happy to come away with the win," running back Ray Rice said after carrying the ball eight times for 10 yards. "Our young guys are really improving. That's special to us."

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Falcons Blank Giants, 34-0

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- In a rematch of last season's NFC Wild-Card game, the Atlanta Falcons blanked the New York Giants 34-0 in hopes of sending a message to all their skeptics and critics.

Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for the Falcons (12-2), who held the Giants scoreless in the regular season for the first time since 1996.

Julio Jones caught two of those touchdowns, finishing with 74 receiving yards on six receptions.

The Falcons moved one step closer to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the win.  They need one win in their final two games to accomplish that feat.

Eli Manning threw two interceptions for the Giants (8-6), which fell into a first-place tie with the Washington Redskins in the NFC East.

The Giants were sloppy from the start.  They were 0-for-3 on fourth down conversions and kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a 30-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter.

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Falcons Edge Buccaneers 24-23

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, FL) --  The Atlanta Falcons edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 on Sunday to improve to 10-1 this season.

Matt Ryan passed for 353 yards and one long touchdown to Julio Jones.  The duo connected on an 80-yard score in the third quarter.  He also had an interception and a fumble lost.

The Buccaneers had a 23-17 lead in the fourth quarter when Ryan led the team on another touchdown drive.  This time, it was running back Michael Turner punching it in from three yards out to give the Falcons the lead for good with 7:55 left.

Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth missed a 56-yard field goal late in the game and Josh Freeman's pass attempt on the final play fell incomplete in the endzone.

Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin rushed 21 times for 50 yards and two scores in the loss, which dropped them to 6-5 and snapped their four-game winning streak.

The Falcons are tied with the Houston Texans (10-1) for the NFL's best record.

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Matt Ryan Leads Falcons to Blow Out of Chiefs

Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, MO) -- Matt Ryan threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, while running for another to lead the Atlanta Falcons (1-0) to a 40-24 season-opening victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez hauled in a seven-yard score from Ryan, playing in the city where it all started in what is likely his final season in the NFL.

Wide receiver Julio Jones had six receptions for 108 yards and two scores.

It was a close game at the half, as the Chiefs (0-1) trailed Atlanta 20-17.  The Falcons followed up with 20 unanswered points in the second half to seal the victory.

Matt Cassel threw for 258 yards and a touchdown while also running for another score. Running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 87 yards in his first game since tearing his ACL early last season.

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