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Falcons need title to cement status as elite team

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ATLANTA (AP) -

When Tony Gonzalez decided to return for one more season, he knew there was only one outcome that would make it a success - a Super Bowl title.

Gonzalez's tunnel vision is pretty much indicative of everyone's mindset in Atlanta. Since Thomas Dimitroff took over as general manager and Mike Smith was hired as coach in 2008, the Falcons have gone 56-24 during the regular season, put together five straight winning seasons, made the playoffs four times, won a pair of NFC South titles and twice earned home-field advantage. But to become a truly elite franchise, they need a ring.

Last year, the Falcons came up 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl, losing to San Francisco in the NFC championship game.

Coming so close persuaded Gonzalez to postpone his retirement.

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