Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ; Falcons Ready to Get Back to Work after Earning Trip to Super Bowl

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ; Falcons Ready to Get Back to Work after Earning Trip to Super Bowl

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No wonder.

It seems as if Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are there every year. One day after reaching the big game for only the second time in franchise history, Quinn and his players were back at their training complex in Atlanta's northern suburbs, rehashing the blowout of Green Bay before turning their attention to the team they'll play next.

"Going to the Super Bowl is not a reward, Quinn said Monday. "Playing really well and winning, that's the reward. It's going to be a hell of a battle.

Immediately after the Patriots routed Pittsburgh for the AFC title, Belichick said he didn't even know the Falcons had won the NFC championship game.

No such ignorance from his coaching counterpart in Atlanta.

"Yes, I know, Quinn said with a smile.

He didn't get much sleep the night before.

It didn't have anything to do with facing the mighty Patriots, however.

"I generally don't after the games, the second-year coach said. "I'm thinking about what we could've done different. Then today, we get right back into our process. Honestly, when you're around our building ... whether it's Week 4, Week 8, Week 12, Week 16, Week 19, when you're inside these walls, it should feel the same. We try to put up a championship week every time we go.

The Patriots know a thing or two about championships. They are the first team to reach the Super Bowl nine times, and the coach- quarterback tandem of Belichick and Brady will be going for its fifth Lombardi Trophy.

Quite a contrast with the Falcons, who have never won an NFL title in their 51-year history. It's been 18 years since their initial Super Bowl appearance, when a team known as the "Dirty Birds was beaten handily by the Denver Broncos in John Elway's final game.

Atlanta endured plenty of distractions in the buildup to that game, from coach Dan Reeves reliving an ugly breakup with the Broncos to a dispute over the how the players departed their chartered jet in Miami to, most notably, team leader Eugene Robinson being arrested the night before the game for attempting to solicit a prostitute. …

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