Dwight Freeney

After 51 years, Falcons still chasing first championship

The Atlanta Falcons practiced under blue skies Thursday, the temperature climbing toward 70 degrees.

A rare sight, indeed, for this time of year — and not just because of the unseasonable winter weather.

For only the eighth time in the franchise's 51-season history, the Falcons are among the final eight teams in the NFL playoffs. Of course, they have never won a Super Bowl title, an unachieved goal that looms in front of this high-scoring team heading into Saturday's divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks.

"It would be a huge," said defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux, the team's longest-tenured player. "The city of Atlanta has been...

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