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Dome struggles worry Dunn, Brooking

Warrick Dunn Warrick Dunn
Keith Brooking Keith Brooking

ATLANTA - Warrick Dunn and Keith Brooking need nobody to remind them of Atlanta's poor record at the Georgia Dome over the final two months of 2005-06.

If the Falcons lose this weekend to Carolina, they would own a 1-and-7 home record during November and December of the last two seasons.

Dunn, a tenth-year running back in his fifth season with the Falcons, and Brooking, whose career as an N-F-L linebacker began when Atlanta drafted him 12th overall in 1998, know the team hurt its playoff chances with a 38-to-28 loss to Dallas last night.

Dunn said -- quote -- "If you look at all the teams that have won Super Bowls and played in Super Bowls, guys have excelled in November and December. And if you can do that, you put yourself in a real good situation. We just haven't done that."

Brooking had difficulty describing why the defense allowed the Cowboys to convert three of five third-down chances in the second half and seven of 12 overall.

Brooking said -- quote -- "We're executing in September and October and not doing it in November and December. That's the bottom line. I couldn't tell you, man. I don't know what it is. I don't have an answer for you."

Entering Week 16, Atlanta (7-7) must beat Carolina to stay even with the New York Giants (7-7) and one game back of the Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) in the race for the N-F-C's two wildcard spots.

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