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What Now for Falcons After Loss to 49ers?

Atlanta is again at a crossroads after a heartbreaking loss in the NFC Championship game. Share your thoughts.

The Atlanta Falcons went farther in the playoffs in 2013 than in any year since the 1998 season. Yet, there's still the taste of defeat. And that makes many Falcons fans wonder, "What does it take?"

Sunday's 28-24 loss to San Francisco at the Georgia Dome was tough for Atlanta in that the Falcons, who were the top-seeded NFC playoff team, had a 17-0 lead in the first half. According to media reports, that made it the largest comeback in the history of the NFC Championship.

That shows the Falcons' chief weaknesses -- defense, and a championship tradition. And those should be the team's top priorities to keep moving forward.

Since the regime of Coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff took over in the 2008 season, the emphasis has been on offense. QB Matt Ryan was drafted right away, and other performers such as RB Michael Turner and receivers Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez have been acquired as supporting players.

However, a coaching cliche is that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. In both playoff games this season, the Falcons had sizable leads (on Seattle and San Francisco), yet had to come from behind. That shows an inability to "put people away," as the saying goes.

-- What are your thoughts on the Falcons' future? 

The 2013 Super Bowl will be Sunday, February 3, in New Orleans. Game time is 6:30 p.m., CBS. So who do you think will win the Super Bowl? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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John B January 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I think they have a bright future. First they need to talk Gonzalez out of retirement. He has way too much left in the tank to quit now. Falcons are just a couple of players away from reaching the SB. Next, make Jacquizz Rogers their primary RB and put Turner out to pasture. Lastly, use the draft to beef up their defense...more specifically their front 7 so they can put more pressure on the QB and stifle the run...we'll see............

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