The Falcons appear to be headed back to the playoffs, but there's reason to temper the optimism about their future.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith was taken off the team's charter plane and to the hospital for chest pain. It was not a heart attack and Smith is "resting comfortably."
Matt Ryan led Atlanta to another comeback victory over the Carolina Panthers, keeping the Falcons in the playoff chase with a 31-23 victory.
C Todd McClure has been with the Falcons through ups and downs over the years, and Atlanta has experienced a good share of both in 2011.
Cowboys-Giants could change the tide in the NFC East; the Saints and Packers face unfamiliar AFC foes; and lots more in this early look at Week 14.
Crucial errors from players the Falcons have made major investments in set the team back in a 17-10 loss to the Texans in Week 13.
Aaron Rodgers' great finish; Leslie Frazier's poor coaching move; the year of the breakout pass catcher; and plenty more from a busy Week 13.
Rookie T.J. Yates threw a touchdown pass in his first NFL start, Arian Foster rushed for 111 yards and Houston overcame another hamstring injury to Andre Johnson to beat Atlanta 17-10 on Sunday.
The Falcons' confidence in QB Matt Ryan has never been greater heading into the final stretch of the playoff race.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Wednesday that starting CB Brent Grimes will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time after minor knee surgery.
If he's healthy, Troy Polamalu and the Steelers will have another chance to take down Andy Dalton and the Bengals; plus the rest of the Week 13 action.
OLB Sean Weatherspoon's improvement this season has helped the Falcons' stout run defense.
Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes and the Atlanta defense came through with a goal-line stand after Percy Harvin's 104-yard kickoff return, preserving a 24-14 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.
Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's Vikings-Falcons game.
Third-year veteran DT Peria Jerry started the first four games of the season, but he has been coming off the bench since Week Five.