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A season lost: Falcons flop after Vick's injury

Updated: October 25, 2003, 12:18 PM ET

ATLANTA -- Things looked so promising for the Atlanta Falcons:

The energetic owner. The sold-out stadium. The new uniforms. The coach closing in on 200 wins. And, of course, the most exciting player in the NFL.

Then Michael Vick got hurt -- and it all fell apart.

The Falcons (1-6) took a six-game losing streak and the worst record in the league into their off week, a stunning collapse even by the standards of the up-one-year, down-the-next NFL.

After all, Atlanta reached ...

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