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This team is so locked in that every game is just a business trip. That trip, of course, ends with someone forced into a lake of fire and under the watchful eye of an ancient demigod.

Dan Quinn has gone through a lot. In order to win games, he had to make sacrifices to a potentially evil metal falcon’s lake of fire. That has been pretty tough, but not nearly as tough as losing two separate Super Bowls to the New England Patriots thanks to his offensive coordinators.

“Never again,” says Quinn. The sadness that previously haunted him is entirely gone. One more season of sacrifices could lead him to that Lombardi trophy. “Time to crack a few eggs,” says Quinn, as the elevator door opens nearly 500 feet below the new Mercedes Benz Stadium.

“This feels a little weird, Dan, but at least you aren’t taking me into the old indoor training camp building again to push me into the…”

Robert Alford sniffs the air, and knows the strong smell of sulfur means he’s in for trouble. Can he escape the lost souls stuck in the fire? This is a new location for him, so he might run out of his normal cheats.

Alford!!! He’s been a mix of his terrible early 2016 and his fantastic late 2016. Ultimately, too many bad penalties and plays made him the worst player on the field against the Green Bay Packers.

So far, Quinn has sent both Wes Schweitzer and Alford to the lake of fire. 14 more and we are into the playoffs!

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Forced to step in at cornerback, second-year player Jonathan Jones, who’d primarily been used as a special teamer to that point in time, stepped up last Sunday in New Orleans.

Jonathan Jones majored in business ad ministration at Auburn Univer sity.

Which is exactly what he was doing at the Mercedes- Benz Superdome last Sunday afternoon – taking care of busi ness.

“It was a good feeling to be out there, be out there with those guys and be able to con tribute on defense,” the Patriots cornerback-special teamer said. “I’d say you have to be pre pared when your name’s called and when it’s your time go out there and not miss a beat and for it to (not) look like the backup’s in because they’re go ing to come at the guys they’re not used to seeing. So you have to be able to step in and make the plays.”

With the groin injury Eric Rowe suffered in the game forcing Jones into some rather extensive duty, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder was on the field for 27 of the Patriots’ 62 plays on defense (42 percent) and an other 19 on special teams in their 36-20 victory over New Orleans.

Jones had two tackles, but what were easily his two biggest plays in the game were two breakups of Drew Brees passes, one on which he literal ly stripped Ted Ginn of a po tential touchdown reception, the other denying Brandin Coleman on a deep ball.

Those two plays drew a rave review from head coach Bill Belichick, who said “the technique that (Jones) used to finish the play at the final re ception point was excellent, perfect” and called it “textbook technique, what we teach all of our players to do.”

“I think the biggest point is just trying to make an impact in any way you can,” said Jones. “If you’re on the team, whatever they ask you to do be able to do it and do it to the best of your abilities. I think for me, that’s definitely important. A guy that’s undrafted, you get in where you fit in and be able to do more. Bill always says that. The more you can do and just be able to contribute in any way possible.”

While he quickly developed into a key contributor on spe cial teams (eight tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in that phase of the game during the regular sea son; four special teams stops to tie Patrick Chung for the team lead in the playoffs), Jones has had to bide his time on defense (only six tackles and one pass defensed all of last year; he was on the field for just three de fensive plays in the Patriots’ 42-27 season-opening loss to Kansas City this year) since he entered the league as a rookie free agent out of Auburn.

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ATLANTA—The first thing you notice in Atlanta’s sparkling new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the halo, a six-story-high, 360-degree screen hanging hundreds of feet above midfield. It’s an architectural and artistic marvel, replays and stats and on-brand messaging visible from any angle. It’ll draw your eyes up there throughout a game, pulling your attention away from the field … which is a bit ironic, considering the entire ethos of this stadium is to pull you off your couch and get you inside.

The greatest rival of any NFL team these days isn’t in their own division. No, it’s in your living room, hanging on the wall. When you can set yourself up with a 60-inch HD television for about the same cost as a couple decent tickets to a single game, what’s the incentive to go to a stadium? When you can keep a close eye on half a dozen games at once, not just the one in front of you, why leave the sanctity of your own domain and bathroom?

It’s a riddle the Falcons are trying to crack Gordian Knot-style. Rather than make piecemeal improvements to an aging Georgia Dome, the Falcons blew it all up and built a brand-new palace that’s just like your living room—only much, much moreso. Twelve hundred beer taps! Two-dollar Cokes! Unlimited refills! Falcons Falcons FALCONS regalia everywhere!

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Via Yahoo Sports)

Yes, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has helped Atlanta unseat Dallas as the unofficial home of epic widescreen college football. And the arena puts Atlanta right in the front row of cities angling for a potential World Cup venue come 2026. It’ll host everything from two marquee college games this weekend to the national championship next year and the Final Four in 2020. But first and foremost, from its red-and-black color scheme to its gargantuan falcon statue out front, this is a shrine designed expressly for the most popular pro team in town.

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With a capacity of 71,000, and with nearly every seat already sold, the Falcons are already playing with house money. Every element of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, from the 100-foot-high vertical video board on the stadium’s east side to the section of seats aligned like the logo’s wings, sets up this stadium as something Atlanta has never held for very long: a true home-field advantage

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The Falcons appear to have escaped the game without any serious injuries.

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The Atlanta Falcons came into preseason Week 3 needing to do just three things against the Arizona Cardinals. In no particular order, those three things were:

  • Not ruin the nice new field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium;
  • Make sure the players they need to evaluate got playing time;
  • Avoid major injuries.

I’d say they checked all three of those boxes, with the last one being particularly critical. The Falcons did inevitably lose some players along the way, but none of them were starters, and none of them appear to have suffered the kinds of injuries that threaten a season, at least at first glance.

First, we had LaRoy Reynolds, who exited the game very early after hurting his shoulder on the opening kickoff. Reynolds is a reserve linebacker, but he’s a solid one who also is one of the core veteran pieces of Keith Armstrong’s special teams units, so he’s a useful player the Falcons would rather not lose. With any luck, he’ll be back in action for the regular season opener.

Falcons LB LaRoy Reynolds has a shoulder injury – Return to the game is “questionable”

Next, there’s Brian Hill. The fifth round rookie back had a better game this time around but was still arguably outplayed by Terron Ward, who has shown a remarkable ability to stick around and also seems to get better every year. If the ankle injury Hill suffered is enough to knock him out for multiple weeks, the team may be tempted to stash him on injured reserve so they can keep Ward and worry about Hill next year. Failing that, they’re going to have to decide whether they want to build a roster with four backs (unlikely), or risk losing Hill if they want to keep Ward. Tough call.

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Falcons fans buzzed around their new home to come see Atlanta play its first home game of the preseason.

ATLANTA — Mercedes-Benz Stadium came alive for the first time on Saturday evening. Falcons fans buzzed around their new home to come see Atlanta play its first home game of the 2017 preseason, a 24-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

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Although the Falcons dropped their third game of the preseason, there are still plenty of reasons for optimism as the regular season draws near. Coach Dan Quinn will have a lot of good film to review with his team before Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After the game, Quinn took a moment to acknowledge all of the hard work that went into building Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“Before we begin tonight, I really want to acknowledge the thousands of men and women that really have poured a lot of their energy and time and heart into this stadium,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. Our team, we’re so damn excited to be here. So for all of the men and women who created this lasting legacy, we wanted to make sure we acknowledged all of you – how much we appreciate all of the work you’ve put in.

“As I said earlier, we were so damn excited to play. It didn’t turn out like we’d like, tonight, in terms of the way the finish happened for us, but I did want to acknowledge it’s so special to be here back with our fans and, in this, our home.”

Here are the five biggest takeaways from Saturday’s game.

Coleman stands out

The Falcons’ first-team offense didn’t look as sharp as it had thus far in the preseason, but running back Tevin Coleman was at least one starter who stood out.

Atlanta has shown some creative ways to get their speedster the ball in space, and it was effective in doing so against the Cardinals on Saturday. Coleman had three carries for 19 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards.

Starting running back Devonta Freeman missed his second straight preseason game as he continues to progress through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Freeman and Coleman form one of the league’s best backfield duos, and both players should see plenty of action in 2017.

Defensive newcomers make big plays

Atlanta’s depth on the defensive line improved greatly over the offseason, and two new additions made several big plays against the Cardinals.

First-round pick Takkarist McKinley showed nice burst as a pass-rusher and harassed Arizona’s quarterbacks when he was in the game. On one play, McKinley forced Drew Stanton to move up into the pocket where defensive tackle Jack Crawford was waiting for the sack.

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A sampling of the photos and observations from the brand new stadium.

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium is officially open for business, with Falcons fans filing in to watch a preseason game against the Cardinals, enjoy some Chick-fil-A, and of course marvel at the team’s gorgeous new home.

In case you can’t be there yourself—like most of us here at The Falcoholic—here’s what your fellow Falcons fans (and members of the media) are seeing, hearing, and doing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium the future home of the Atlanta Falcons is shown next to theGeorgia Dome, right, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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The Atlanta Falcons are officially going through on their pledge to have fan-friendly concession pricing at their new stadium, revealing their full menu Tuesday.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell provided a snapshot of the menu that features refillable soft drinks for $2 and Bud Light drafts for $5:

Falcons confirm Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open on August 26. Here are their “fan friendly” concession prices

The Falcons announced their pricing plan last May. The $1.6 billion facility is slated to open Aug. 26 and will host Super Bowl LIII.

“We focused from the beginning on building a unique fan experience at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a goal of helping those who visit to leave the stadium with great memories shared with family and friends, not aggravation and frustration about their experience,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in the release.

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The view from the roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium earlier this month, looking down on what will become the playing field. 

Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay strongly reiterated the organization’s plan, announced last month, to open Mercedes-Benz Stadium in late August.

“We’ll be ready to go Aug. 26th,” McKay said in an interview that aired Thursday morning on Pro Football Talk Live on NBC Sports Radio.

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