The Falcons say this season won’t end like the one in 2008 . . . or 2010 . . . or 2011.
That’s three playoff busts in three tries for the Falcons with general manager Thomas Dimitroff, coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan. That’s a lot of baggage for the Falcons to carry when they open the playoffs on Jan. 12 or 13 as the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Rather than pretend the weight isn’t there, the Falcons say they are ready to carry it.
“This is a very different team from last year, two years ago, three years ago,” Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said. “Our players are much more mature. I think we are ready to go. We feel like we’ve got a lot to prove in the playoffs because we haven’t won a game and we want to win one so bad.
“I don’t think anybody is pressing. We just want to go win.”
The Falcons (13-2) have done all they can to set themselves up with the easiest possible path to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
They secured the top seed with