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Falcons fire Mora after disappointing 7-9 season

Updated: January 2, 2007, 5:32 PM ET
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Not long after Atlanta owner Arthur Blank fired him as the Falcons' third-year coach, Jim Mora went to great lengths to list his accomplishments.

Advancing to the NFC Championship game in his first season, however, wasn't enough to save Mora's job. The Falcons, who went a combined 4-13 during the final two months of 2005-06, missed the playoffs the last two years.

"This is a tough business, and it takes tough people, and if you can't take it, ...

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