5 things every Falcons fan needs to know on Christmas



FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the five things you need to know on Christmas  about the Falcons (7-7), who play host the undefeated Carolina Panthers (14-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Carolina’s Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart (foot) was declared out for the game by Carolina coach Ron Rivera on Thursday.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Top 50 Falcons: No. 13, Julio Jones

1. PRACTICE: Falcons coach Dan Quinn pushed practice back to the afternoon so the players could play Santa Claus and spend time with their kids. Practice will start at 2:15 p.m. today.

2. COLEMAN UPDATE: Quinn will have an update on Tevin Coleman, who slipped in the shower and suffered a concussion on Wednesday. He’s in the league’s concussion protocol program.

3. UNDERDOGS: The Falcons are seven point underdogs to Panthers. The Falcons have lost 11 straight as home dogs of a touchdown or more. Atlanta went 6-5 against-the-spread in those games, according to PredictionMachine.com. (@predictmachine on Twitter)

4. TOP 50 COUNTDOWN: Check back later today on AJC. com to see who’s ranked No. 6. Is it Hammer Time? 

5. FOX NO. 2 TEAM:  FOX Sports’ Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver will be the announcers for the game on Sunday.



MEET THE FALCONS CHEERLEADERS: Aleria

Aleria has been a member of the Falcons cheer squad for three seasons. (Curtis Compton / www.ajc.com)

Aleria has been a member of the Falcons cheer squad for three seasons. (Curtis Compton / http://www.ajc.com)

 

 


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