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After Loss to 49ers, What Should the Falcons Do Now?

Atlanta is again at a crossroads after a heartbreaking loss in the NFC Championship game. Share your thoughts on what the franchise should do moving forward.

The Atlanta Falcons went farther in the playoffs in 2013 than in any year since the 1998 season. Yet, there's still the taste of defeat. And that makes many Falcons fans wonder, "What does it take?"

Sunday's 28-24 loss to San Francisco at the Georgia Dome was tough for Atlanta in that the Falcons, who were the top-seeded NFC playoff team, had a 17-0 lead in the first half. According to media reports, that made it the largest comeback in the history of the NFC Championship.

That shows the Falcons' chief weaknesses -- defense, and a championship tradition. And those should be the team's top priorities to keep moving forward.

-- What are your thoughts on the Falcons' future? Who will win the Super Bowl? Share your opinions in the comments below.

Since the regime of Coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff took over in the 2008 season, the emphasis has been on offense. QB Matt Ryan was drafted right away, and other performers such as RB Michael Turner and receivers Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez have been acquired as supporting players.

However, a coaching cliche is that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. In both playoff games this season, the Falcons had sizable leads (on Seattle and San Francisco), yet had to come from behind. That shows an inability to "put people away," as the saying goes.

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Bluedobee January 23, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Having come from the Pittsburgh area, it's no doubt that the cliche is true. You do win championships with defense. All you have to do is look at the majority of teams who have won Super Bowls over the last 40 years. More evidence, look at the two defensive powerhouses that are playing in the Super Bowl this year. I am also of the opinion that the Falcons need a coach who "plays to win". Mike Smith "plays not to lose" and that has been shown over the last year when the Falcons squandered leads by becoming too conservative, both on offense and defense. The Falcons need to realize that kind of philosophy will NEVER lead the Falcons to win a championship, let alone the Super Bowl.
Leonard Stimley; Ph.D. January 24, 2013 at 04:44 AM
A high quality running back would be nice. The Falcon's are all pass and nothing else. The opponents stop the Falcons easily. They only need to defend against the pass. The Falcons running threat is non-existant. Turner doesn't go for much yardage any more, and Rogers is too small to be a power back or to count on for too many carries.

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