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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons vs. Panthers

Posted Dec 28, 2013

Take a look back at our entire coverage from the past week as the Falcons prepared for their last game of the season and for the final game of Tony Gonzalez's career.

Monday

With Tony Gonzalez playing his final career game Sunday, head coach Mike Smith said he plans to let the tight end play as many snaps as he wants to make sure the future Hall of Famer gets the sendoff he deserves.

Tuesday

Several Falcons players showed their support for the military by taking part in a holiday party for them and their families at Dave and Busters.

PHOTOS: In honor of Tony Gonzalez's retirement, we take you through his NFL journey from his rookie years to the final season of his career.

PHOTOS: We take you back to the day Tony Gonzalez's career with the Falcons started with photos from the tight end's initial press conference introducing him to Atlanta on April 24, 2009.

Wednesday

PHOTOS: We're all familiar with Tony Gonzalez making plays on the field, so we decided to find rare pictures that give a glimpse into the tight end's life off the field.

PHOTOS: Tony Gonzalez has left his mark on all 32 NFL stadium throughout his career, having memorable moments on the road from the time he was a rookie to now as a 17-year veteran.

Jacquizz Rodgers, who is in the league's concussion protocol after an injury Monday, and Sean Weatherspoon, who is recovering from a knee injury, did not participate in Wednesday's practice.

Thursday

Offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds talked about how pleased he is with the Falcons' o-line improvement over the last few weeks as well as the impact of Tony Gonzalez and his impending retirement.

RB Steven Jackson is looking forward to enjoying Sunday's as an opportunity to play spoiler against the Panthers and as they send out Tony Gonzalez in style.

Matt Ryan looked back on Tony Gonzalez's career and the impact the tight end had on the Falcons, adding that he's determined to have him walk off the field for the final time with a win.

Stephen Nicholas, who led the team in tackles Monday night against the 49ers, said the Falcons aren't worried about taking on the Panthers' weapons when they face them Sunday.

Although he made it clear it was pure speculation and wishful thinking on his part, Roddy White said he's holding out hope that Tony Gonzalez will be back on the field playing with the Falcons next year.

Historically, White always has his best month in December, and this year the wide receiver is once again proving that.

Head coach Mike Smith said Thursday that the entire Falcons organization went through situations this season that served as learning experiences and will only pave the way for increased success in the future.

This year's rookie class reflected on their time with Tony Gonzalez and what it was like to share a locker room with a future Hall of Famer, which you can read here.

The Falcons announced Thursday that they placed defensive tackle Corey Peters on injured reserve and signed safety Sean Baker and defensive tackle Adam Replogle to the active roster.

PHOTOS: Tony Gonzalez has established a Hall of Fame career by breaking records from his early years to the final games of his career.

Friday

After finishing his final practice, Tony Gonzalez stood in front of his locker for the last time and looked back on his 17 years in the NFL and what he was able to accomplish while thanking the Falcons and their fans for making his career a "dream come true."

Sunday's game against the Panthers marks not only the last game of the season, but also the last game of Tony Gonzalez's career, which makes the Week 17 Mission as clear as ever: Win it for Tony.

To demonstrate the range of influence and impact Tony Gonzalez has had on the NFL over his 17-year career, we put together a list detailing his success with facts and figures, which you can read here.

PHOTOS: Tony Gonzalez has had memorable moments on the field throughout his career, so we narrowed it down to 88 of the best one to represent the number the tight end wore so well.

PHOTOS: Nearly every touchdown Tony Gonzalez scores is followed by his signature celebration - a dunk of the football over the goalpost. We gathered pictures of his best dunks through the years.

If you're planning to be at the Georgia Dome for Sunday's matchup against the Panthers, make sure to be in your seats early as the Falcons have festivities planned to celebrate Gonzalez before kickoff and throughout the final 60 minutes of his career. If you're watching from home, you can catch the game on FOX with a start time of 1:00 p.m.