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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons vs. Redskins

Posted Dec 14, 2013

Take a look back at our entire coverage from the past week as the Falcons prepared for their Week 15 matchup against the Redskins.

Monday

During his weekly press conference Monday, head coach Mike Smith spoke about how Tony Gonzalez will get significant playing time the rest of the season not only because he gives the Falcons the best chance to win, but because the tight end wants to savor every snap he has left.

Smith also provided injury updates, saying that S Thomas DeCoud is in the NFL's concussion protocol and that RB Antone Smith has a knee injury and will be day-to-day this week.

We also got an update on DE Kroy Biermann, who's happy with his progress in recovery.

Justin Blalock, who leads NFL guards in consecutive starts, said the Falcons are still focused on this season and are preparing hard to win their three remaining games.

Despite some troubles throughout the season, rookie linebackers Paul Worrilow said the Falcons defense always plays with pride and therefore continues to improve and play better each week.

Head coach Mike Smith and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon join 790 The Zone's Wes Durham and Dave Archer for Monday's radio show to talk about what went wrong in the Falcons' loss to the Packers.

PHOTOS: The Digital Media staff for the Atlanta Falcons meets every Monday morning to discuss potential storylines for the upcoming game. Here are the items the staff is looking to cover this week.

Tuesday

Several Falcons visited the City of Refuge, practically around the corner from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, to prepare and serve meals Tuesday to help lift spirits during the holiday season.

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader Kat M. placed just two spots out of qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and she now has her sights set on making the 2016 Olympic team. Read the rest of her incredible story here.

Wednesday

LB Sean Weatherspoon has seen significant growth in the Falcons rookies this year and said he looks forward to being a part of their promising future as they continue to progress.

QB Matt Ryan said despite the challenges they face from their opponents, the Falcons' biggest challenge right now is to look inward and place their focus solely on improving themselves.

CB Desmond Trufant has seen major progression throughout the season both from himself and fellow rookie Robert Alford, largely due to them taking in everything they can from the veterans on the team.

Veteran CB Asante Samuel acknolewdges this season has been his toughest yet, but still knows that the entire Falcons team doesn't have an ounce of quit in them and will keep fighting.

Zeke Motta, who had an impressive performance Sunday after stepping up in place of an injured Thomas DeCoud, said he always looks for areas where he can improve and make adjustments. You can also learn more about Motta as we went Behind the Facemask with the rookie safety.

Rookie CB Robert Alford hopes that in the future the Falcons can continue to have the same showing of teamwork that they have been able to produce the past few games.

Steven Jackson knows he still has the same skill set as he had in the past and that his teammates and coaches have full confidence in him to produce up to his full potential.

Head coach Mike Smith said the Falcons are prepared to face Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and believes that playing against him last year will serve as a great benefit to the entire Falcons team. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and Cousins also had plenty to say about the decision to sit Robert Griffin III the rest of the season, which you can read in this week's Behind Enemy Lines.

PHOTOS: Get to know this week's opponent, the Washington Redskins, in our Know the Enemy gallery.

You can also take a look at keys facts about the matchup in this week's Wing Tips.

Thursday

Head coach Mike Smith sits in on the weekly marketing department meeting to check in on events for Sunday's game against Washington in this week's edition of McDonald's Coffee With Coach.

LB Paul Worrilow has more than 100 tackles this season after only starting since Week 7, but he says the amazing stat doesn't matter as much to him as getting wins for the Falcons.

The Falcons have created a history of facing some tough challenges after halftime and tight end Tony Gonzalez spoke to the issue Thursday and has a hard time putting a finger on the cause. The future Hall of Famer also spoke about taking in every detail during the final weeks of his career.

For two sacks and five tackles in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, defensive end Jonathan Massaqoui is awarded this week's State Farm Player of the Week championship belt.

AtlantaFalcons.com's Jay Adams and Daniel Cox recap the coldest games in Falcons history and discuss several young players who are warming up as the season heads down the strech in this week's FalconCast podcast.

PHOTOS: The Falcons' trip to Green Bay was officially the coldest game the team has ever played in, and we got curious about some other cold-weather games the Birds have had to endure.

Friday

A 40-yard dash took place after practice Friday with members of the Falcons equipment staff and D-Block hosted the winner and loser of one of the hotly contested heats in this week's episode.

Head coach Mike Smith breaks down the three keys for a Falcons victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday in this week's edition of UPS Logistics of the Game.

LB Sean Weatherspoon sits down with AtlantaFalcons.com's Wes Durham to chat in this week's edition of McDonald's What's Brewin'.

The Falcons have continually struggled to piece together four consistent quarters, which makes this week's mission to play a solid 60 minutes of football.

PHOTOS: Although Thomas DeCoud and Antone Smith have been ruled out of Sunday's game, there are still plenty of others you can keep an eye on. Here are 16 players to watch for from both teams.

After two consecutive weeks on the road, the Falcons return to the Georgia Dome in Week 15 to face the Redskins. Kickoff on Sunday is set for 1:00 p.m.