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Gonzalez: Falcons first loss will make us better

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11:22 AM ET 11.12 | The Atlanta Falcons lost on Sunday, their first of the season. The Saints upended the Falcons, 31-27, after Atlanta was unable to score in the game's final minutes. Even though it was a loss, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said there are benefits to it. "It's going to make us a better football team," Gonzalez said. "I guarantee it." Gonzalez had 11 receptions and two touchdowns in the loss.

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November 12, 2012  11:33 AM ET

Maybe. Didn't seem to work out so well for the Packers last year.

November 12, 2012  11:51 AM ET

The Aints feel better, the 72 Dolphins feel better, the Falcons will be better, Its all good!

November 12, 2012  12:22 PM ET

Is this fool trying to be a coach ?

November 12, 2012  12:27 PM ET

I know it's not their fault that the rest of the league sucks, but Atlanta has only beaten one team with a winning record, and that was the Broncos way back in week 2.

Does anyone else see them waltzing into the playoffs with ease and then going one-and-done?

November 12, 2012  12:31 PM ET

I hope this guy doesn't retire.

November 12, 2012  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I hope this guy doesn't retire.

If he gets a ring this year, I think he will. And he may anyway.

Great career, but nobody but Al Davis can live forever.

November 12, 2012  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I know it's not their fault that the rest of the league sucks, but Atlanta has only beaten one team with a winning record, and that was the Broncos way back in week 2.Does anyone else see them waltzing into the playoffs with ease and then going one-and-done?

I suspect you are correct DD

November 12, 2012  04:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I know it's not their fault that the rest of the league sucks, but Atlanta has only beaten one team with a winning record, and that was the Broncos way back in week 2.Does anyone else see them waltzing into the playoffs with ease and then going one-and-done?

It's their history. Maybe next year they will draw some tougher competition--that would either help prepare them for the post-season, or show up the holes in their game.

November 12, 2012  04:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It's their history. Maybe next year they will draw some tougher competition--that would either help prepare them for the post-season, or show up the holes in their game.

You guys are acting like they got stomped or something.
It was a VERY close game, could have gone either ways.
Give some credit to the team and the coaching staff.

November 12, 2012  09:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You guys are acting like they got stomped or something.It was a VERY close game, could have gone either ways.Give some credit to the team and the coaching staff.

No, we are acting like they lost to a team with a winning record, after beating the pulp out of losing teams. If they hadn't lost early in the playoffs the last couple of years, that wouldn't be such a big deal. But they did lose, so it is a big deal. When they start beating good teams, that will be a big deal, too. If it ever happens, that is.

November 12, 2012  11:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It's their history. Maybe next year they will draw some tougher competition--that would either help prepare them for the post-season, or show up the holes in their game.

I agree with you and DD, but it does seem as though Ryan has elevated his play this year, and Mike Nolan has also improved their defense considerably. That being said, Gonzalez does have a point- there will be no more questions about them "making history" and "will they slip up"- they can just line up and play ball

 
November 13, 2012  12:36 PM ET
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No, we are acting like they lost to a team with a winning record, after beating the pulp out of losing teams. If they hadn't lost early in the playoffs the last couple of years, that wouldn't be such a big deal. But they did lose, so it is a big deal. When they start beating good teams, that will be a big deal, too. If it ever happens, that is.

The last three years in the playoffs, the Falcons have lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion. But hey, that doesn't count for anything, does it? Nobody ever mentions that when talking about playoff loses for the Falcons. As far as the teams the Falcons are playing, I think the team has contributed to the record of those teams.

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