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JAN 29 EAGLES BEAT 49ERS IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed the first spot in Super Bowl LVII after a 31-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers' game was defined by injuries to quarterbacks Brock Purdy and Josh Johnson as the Eagles cruised to a win thanks to 148 rushing yards.

The Eagles will play the winner of the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs game.

JAN 28 ED O TO ATL? 

Ed Orgeron is a Ryan Nielsen guy, and vice versa. So now that Nielsen has been lured from the Saints to be the new defensive coordinator in Atlanta, it’s not much of a leap to suggest he’d want to hire the former LSU national-champ coach. Orgeron and Nielsen have a deep connection. Nielsen played for Coach O at USC and coached on Orgeron’s staff at Ole Miss. Orgeron once tried to bring Nielsen from the Saints to LSU. And now that Nielsen is here? Logic says the new coordinator might try to return the favor.

JAN 27 FALCONS HIRE DC; PART WAYS WITH 3 ASSISTANTS

The Atlanta Falcons hired defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen Friday evening, officially allowing him to take over for Dean Pees.

With the addition of Nielsen, the Falcons' defensive staff will undergo several changes.

According to ESPN, the team is letting go of defensive line coach Gary Emanuel, outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino and secondary coach Jon Hoke.

JAN 19 FALCONS COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN FLORES

The Atlanta Falcons are in the midst of a search process for their next defensive coordinator after Dean Pees retired. 

The Falcons completed their interview with former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. After being fired by the Dolphins following the 2021 season, he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff as the linebackers coach. 

Flores finished 24-25 after two seasons as the head coach of the Dolphins.

JAN 19 INTERNATIONAL GAMES ANNOUNCED FOR 2023

The NFL announced that the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots will each play international games during the 2023 regular season.

The Bills and the Titans will each play a game at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Jaguars will also being playing in the UK. And the 2023 season will also see the Chiefs and Patriots both play regular-season games in Germany.

The Falcons are eligible to play the Titans or Jaguars, as Atlanta plays them on the road next season. It would be the Falcons' second trip to London in three years after beating the New York Jets in 2021.

JAN 16 TOM BRADY, BUCCANEERS ELIMINATED BY COWBOYS

The NFC South is no longer represented in the playoffs after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 Monday night at Raymond James Stadium.

With the loss, Tom Brady's season comes to an end as he faces free agency in the spring. The Buccaneers may not re-sign him, which could spell the end of him facing the Atlanta Falcons twice a season.

The Cowboys play the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday in the Divisional Round.

JAN 15 FALCONS ASSISTANT COACH TAKES COLLEGE JOB

Atlanta Falcons offensive assistant Nick Edwards has accepted the job offer to become the Washington State Cougars' receivers coach, according to The Athletic.

Edwards joined the Falcons in March of 2022 after being the offensive coordinator at Cal Poly. Prior to that, he was the receivers coach at Eastern Washington, working with NFL wideouts Cooper Kupp and Kendrick Bourne, among others, before making a stop at the University of California-Berkeley.

Now, Edwards is back to the college ranks - and the Falcons appear to have another job to fill.

JAN 14 WILD CARD SATURDAY BRINGS DRAMA

The beginning of the NFL playoffs kicked off with a bang Saturday.

After the San Francisco 49ers came back from trailing at halftime to win by three scores, the Jacksonville Jaguars managed a 27-point comeback (third-largest in NFL history) to beat the Los Angeles Chargers at home. Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun had a game-high 13 tackles.

The 49ers will host the highest-remaining NFC playoff team, while the Jaguars await their opponent based off tomorrow's results.

JAN 9 FALCONS NAME NEW PRESIDENT 

There's a new president in the building!

According to NFL Network, the Falcons have named Greg Beadles their new president after 28 years with the organization.

The previous president, Rich McKay, will remain CEO and oversee football operations.

JAN 7 FOYE OLUOKUN MAKES PLAYOFFS 

The Atlanta Falcons may not be in the playoffs this year, but a familiar face will be.

After the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans Saturday night, linebacker Foye Oluokun punched his ticket to the playoffs. He started every game for the Jaguars this season and recorded 184 tackles this season.

Oluokun played for Atlanta from 2018-21, and now makes his first playoff appearance.

JAN 5 HAMLIN AWAKE

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is no longer in a coma, awake and showing more signs of improvement, according to teammate Kaiir Elam.

Hamlin has been in the hospital since Monday night after suffering cardiac arrest in the MNF game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

JAN 3 FALCONS SIGN CB JOHN REID TO PRACTICE SQUAD

The Atlanta Falcons have signed cornerback John Reid to their practice squad ahead of a Week 18 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Reid was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft but was traded to the Seattle Seahawks after his rookie season.

The 26-year-old Reid spent 2021 with Seattle and remained there into 2022 before being waived in October ... eventually being picked up by the Falcons.

Reid was signed off Atlanta's practice squad by the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 6, but now finds himself back in the same spot after being waived by the Titans last Friday.

A former Penn State Nittany Lion, Reid will likely be given a chance to sign a future's contract this offseason and fight for a roster spot during OTAs and training camp.

JAN 3 MNF GAME SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY

The NFL released a statement Tuesday afternoon in regards to the continuation of the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game.

All Week 18 games will currently be played as scheduled.

JAN 2 MNF PAUSED AFTER SCARY FALL 

The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals are currently suspending play after one of the scariest moments in NFL history.

Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field with 5:58 left in the first quarter.

There is no timetable for when the game will return to action.

JAN 2 BUCS VS. FALCONS TIME REVEALED

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Atlanta Falcons in the regular season finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

With a game on the east coast and no playoff implications surrounding the game, it comes as no surprise that the Falcons and Bucs play in the early window.

The Sunday Night Football matchup features the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

JAN 1 BUCCANEERS WIN NFC SOUTH

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will represent the NFC South in this year's playoffs after a 30-21 win against the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.

It's the Bucs' third consecutive NFC South title. But it hasn't come easy with Tampa only 8-8 heading into the final week of the season.

The Bucs now have nothing to play for, except for pride, when they visit the Atlanta Falcons in next week's regular season finale.