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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, center, and general manager John Lynch, right, celebrate while interviewed by Terry Bradshaw after the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers won 37-20 to advance to Super Bowl 54 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Also pictured at bottom left is Mike Shanahan. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan reflects on blown Super Bowl

Jan. 22, 2020 3:29 PM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan's play calls from his first trip to the Super Bowl as an offensive coordinator have been heavily scrutinized. That's to be expected after Shanahan's Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots and lost in overtime three years ago in part because Atlanta was...

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks at a news conference after the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers won 37-20 to advance to Super Bowl 54 against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Shanahan to keep close eye on backpack in Super Bowl return

Jan. 21, 2020 2:44 AM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan knows one mistake he wants to avoid in his second trip to the Super Bowl. When Shanahan made his first trip to the big game as offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons three years ago, his week in Houston got off to a stressful start when a reporter mistakenly...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino tries to get the referees attention during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse, in Syracuse, N.Y. Petrino, a coach with a track record of on-the-field success but off-the-field embarrassments, will be the next coach at Missouri State, the university said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Former UL, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino lands at Missouri St

Jan. 15, 2020 11:21 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Petrino, a coach with a track record of on-the-field success and off-the-field embarrassments, will be the next coach at Missouri State. The Springfield-based university said Wednesday that Petrino, 58, will be introduced at a news conference Thursday. He will replace Dave...

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a passagainst the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Falcons answer fans' call for new uniform design for 2020

Jan. 14, 2020 7:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will have new uniforms for the 2020 season. That's all the team is disclosing for now. The Falcons announced the plan in a letter from team owner Arthur Blank to season-ticket holders. No details of the new look were released. The Falcons say the uniform, designed by...

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, left, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff face the media during a news conference held by the NFL football team, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn and Dimitroff were in the hot seat earlier this season after a poor start, but owner Arthur Blank made the decision to retain both of them last week. (John Amis/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Former Alabama coach Tosh Lupoi joins Atlanta Falcons staff

Jan. 11, 2020 2:25 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Former Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is joining the Atlanta Falcons' staff. The team announced Saturday that Lupoi will serve as defensive line and run game coordinator, focusing on defensive ends. This past season, Lupoi was defensive line coach for the Cleveland...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, Maryland head coach DJ Durkin stands on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Towson in College Park, Md. Former Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, who was fired during the 2018 season following the death of a player who had collapsed during offseason conditioning drills, was hired Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, as an assistant by Mississippi. Durkin, who spent last season as a consultant with the Atlanta Falcons, will join new Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin's defensive staff. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Ole Miss hires former Maryland coach Durkin as assistant

Jan. 2, 2020 6:48 PM EST

Former Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, who was fired during the 2018 season following the death of a player who had collapsed during offseason conditioning drills, was hired Thursday as an assistant by Mississippi. Durkin, who spent part of this past season as a consultant with the Atlanta Falcons, will join new Ole...

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, left, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff face the media during a news conference held by the NFL football team, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn and Dimitroff were in the hot seat earlier this season after a poor start, but owner Arthur Blank made the decision to retain both of them last week. (John Amis/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Falcons defensive assistants Henderson, Jones won't return

Jan. 2, 2020 10:59 AM EST

Two Atlanta Falcons defensive assistant coaches are not returning for the 2020 season. The team says secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson and assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones will not return. The two will pursue new career opportunities. The Falcons ranked 22nd in...

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn speaks to players during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Quinn says Falcons' strong finish must carry over to 2020

Dec. 30, 2019 5:43 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons couldn't save their season even though their second-half turnaround rescued coach Dan Quinn from being fired. A 6-2 second-half record certainly boosted spirits, including after Sunday's 28-22 overtime win at Tampa Bay, Still, in a bottom-line league, the...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) fires a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

ICYMI: Winston joins group of one _ the 30 TD-30 INT club

Dec. 30, 2019 2:29 AM EST

With one last bad throw to close out the season, Jameis Winston became part of his own one-man club. Winston threw a pick-six on the first play of overtime Sunday to send Tampa Bay to a 28-22 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and with that throw, also become the first NFL quarterback to toss at least 30 touchdowns...

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a passagainst the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Jones' INT return in OT lifts Falcons over Bucs 28-22

Dec. 29, 2019 7:27 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons can hardly wait to get started again. A strong finish to a disappointing season may not make them feel better about going 7-9 for the second straight year. Rebounding from a 1-7 start to save the coach's job, however, provides some hope for 2020....