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Falcons fueled by Dangerfield status

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07:59 AM ET 12.09 | Even at 10-2, Atlanta is wrestling with an image problem. Some Falcons feel like they are the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. They have the best record in the league and can clinch a playoff berth Sunday, but they are not getting much national respect. Despite posting victories over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, the mighty Baltimore Ravens and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the Falcons are not feeling much national media love. ... "As far as I'm concerned, we can fly all the way under the radar all the way to [the Super Bowl]," linebacker Mike Peterson said. "I wouldn't mind that at all. They'll know about us when we get there."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Matt Ryan, AP Matt Ryan, AP
December 9, 2010  08:01 AM ET

Media may not care, but those of us watching do.

Falcons are a damn good football team.

December 9, 2010  08:07 AM ET

dangerfield status...he died a few years ago

December 9, 2010  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

dangerfield status...he died a few years ago

way to be quick....

December 9, 2010  08:09 AM ET

no respect at all

December 9, 2010  08:13 AM ET

"I called 911, and they put me on hold!"

December 9, 2010  08:13 AM ET

Rodney was awesome. Caddyshack baby!!!

December 9, 2010  08:27 AM ET

To Atlanta: Just win the Super Bowl. It worked for the Saints.

December 9, 2010  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Media may not care, but those of us watching do. Falcons are a damn good football team.

agree - they have had a couple near misses, but they contenders, right now, imo

December 9, 2010  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Rodney was awesome. Caddyshack baby!!!

Wang what's with the pictures, it's a parking lot, come on

December 9, 2010  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

To Atlanta: Just win the Super Bowl. It worked for the Saints.

a good comparison ...althought the Saints could be hanging around too

December 9, 2010  08:45 AM ET

"When I played in the sandbox, the cat kept covering me up. "

December 9, 2010  08:55 AM ET

The "National Media" is way too concerned about soccer and figure skating to pay attention to what's going on in the NFL.

December 9, 2010  08:58 AM ET
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The "National Media" is way too concerned about soccer and figure skating to pay attention to what's going on in the NFL.

ahhh...figure skating. I long for the Kerrigan-Harding days when it was a contact sport.

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December 9, 2010  09:11 AM ET

"I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers, and a bartender."

December 9, 2010  09:12 AM ET

Because the Media is fairly AFC biased this year and they just like to say this team is the tops of the NFC whether it is the Giants, Packers, Eagles, Falcons....the interesting battles are out in the AFC

More people were interested in who would take the AFC North & East lead than whether Josh Freeman could outduel the Falcons

December 9, 2010  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Wang what's with the pictures, it's a parking lot, come on

"I hear this place is restricted, Wang, so don't tell 'em you're Jewish, okay?"

December 9, 2010  09:23 AM ET

Classic Kinison and Dangerfield:

December 9, 2010  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Classic Kinison and Dangerfield:

I got to sit front row for a Kinison show in Vegas. The man was a game changer!

 
December 9, 2010  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

I got to sit front row for a Kinison show in Vegas. The man was a game changer!

He was great, tragic way to go though.

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