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FILE - This Sept. 23, 2012 file photo shows Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud celebrating an interception against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego. The Falcons keep coming up with turnovers at just the right time _ no one more so than DeCoud. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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ATLANTA -- During their dismal first season, the Atlanta Falcons' mascot -- a real bird -- apparently decided he had seen enough bad football.. So, he picked up and left. Just flew away.. For the better part of the next four decades, plenty of Atlantans probably wished they could've followed


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