5 things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday
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.
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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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