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Quinn expects Falcons to punch back from Super Bowl loss

BY MICHAEL MAROT – AP SPORTS WRITER INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn threw the first jab at the NFL’s annual scouting combine. When he walked to the podium Wednesday, he answered his own questions – before letting anyone else speak. Yes, he has watched the Super Bowl tape. No, he will not forget what happened. And now it is time for everyone to start focusing on the future. Nearly a month after an epic Super Bowl collapse, Quinn calmly and confidently explained how the Falcons plan to use it to their advantage next season. "Those who...

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Falcons hire Steve Sarkisian as new offensive coordinator

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have hired Steve Sarkisian as their new offensive coordinator. The move was announced Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Kyle Shanahan left to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Sarkisian took over as Alabama’s offensive coordinator in the national championship game, but his tenure with the Crimson Tide stunningly lasted only one contest. He is a former head coach at Washington and Southern Cal. Sarkisian was named Alabama’s offensive coordinator after Lane Kiffin left to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic University. The 42-year-old Sarkisian takes over the...

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Coaches, QBs lapped by Brady/Belichick marvel at success

HOUSTON (AP) — Marv Levy, the only coach in NFL history to take a team to four consecutive Super Bowls, looks at what Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have done together with the New England Patriots and marvels. “Really, it is remarkable that they keep going back, and they maintain the focus and dedication necessary to do it,” the former Buffalo Bills coach said. “It just becomes, quote, old hat. It’s just almost unfathomable what they’ve accomplished. So they sure do deserve great credit, and it shows you that the draft isn’t perfect. Sixth-rounder at quarterback. Many will rate...

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The good, bad and weird of the NFL season

The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Houston. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider. BEST GAME: The beginning of the end for the defending champions came in Week 12 in a frigid classic. The Broncos blew an eight-point lead over Kansas City and lost 30- 27 when Cairo Santos banked a field goal as overtime expired. Denver’s Brandon McManus hooked a 62-yard attempt with a minute left in OT. Earlier, Trevor Siemian threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler that made it 24-16,...

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Lions eye high-stakes finale vs Packers after loss to Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matthew Stafford moved on quickly from another loss to his hometown team. The Detroit quarterback was already thinking about his home field, where the Lions will play Green Bay for the NFC North title in the regular season finale Sunday after missing a chance to clinch a playoff spot in a 42-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. "If we get a win, we win the division and get a home playoff game," said Stafford, who lost Monday night on the same field where he dropped to 0-2 in the playoffs with a wild-card loss two...

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