FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Mike Smith knows the value of a strong finish, even in a dismal season such as this one.
The Atlanta Falcons coach has been urging his players to forget their record over the last month of the season. They are off to a good start in that regard, beating the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime this past weekend to snap a five-game losing streak.
Smith remembers how the Falcons won their final three games in 2009 after being eliminated from the playoff race. That finish carried over to the next season, when Atlanta went 13-3 and won the NFC South.
The Falcons (3-9) travel to Green Bay on Sunday to meet another disappointing team. The Packers (5-6-1) haven't won since quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured in a month ago.