The Falcons blew two double-digit leads and got stuffed on a fourth-down gamble in overtime as they fell to the Chargers, 33-30. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from the Georgia Dome.
October 23, 2016 Atlanta: The Falcons cheerleaders wear throw back uniforms and sport pink for breast cancer awareness while they perform during an NFL football game against the Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /firstname.lastname@example.org
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FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons (4-3) are set to face the Green Bay Packers (4-2) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
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Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday.
1. COLEMAN LIKELY OUT: Falcons running back Tevin Coleman suffered a hamstring strain and is likely out for Sunday’s game. The Falcons brought up Terron Ward from the practice squad and signed veteran running back Stevan Ridley.
2. AJC POWER RANKINGS: The Falcons slipped out of the top 10 after their loss to the Chargers.
3. DEPTH CHART: The Falcons released their depth chart for Sunday’s game against Green Bay.
4. TRADING PLACES: Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders surprised travelers Tuesday as they traded places with Southwest Airlines Employees and surprised passengers.
5. DEFENSE ON ALERT: The Chargers spread the Falcons out Sunday, and quarterback Philip Rivers surgically sliced them with short passes. The Packers essentially did the same thing to the Bears last week — and they have an even better quarterback than Rivers and a deeper group of pass targets than San Diego’s. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a two-time league MVP, comes to the Georgia Dome on Sunday with a blueprint for how to beat the Falcons.
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GAME SIX: Seahawks 26, Falcons 24
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GAME FIVE: Falcons 23, Broncos 16
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GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33
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GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32
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GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28
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Trufant’s heads-up play saves the day
Tight ends help to power offense
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Matthews, Schraeder held Mack sack-less
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GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24
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