Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) falls to the turf as New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster (23) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)The Associated Press
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks off the field after the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 34-0. (AP Photo/John Amis)The Associated Press
Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones (11) and Roddy White (84) celebrate a Jones touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New york Giants, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)The Associated Press
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Thursday was an ugly, rainy day at Atlanta's practice facility — a perfect setting for the Falcons to be reminded they can make sure they don't play another game outdoors this season.
That's added motivation to avoid a letdown in Saturday night's game at Detroit's Ford Field.
The Falcons can secure home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs by beating the Lions. They play their final regular-season game against Tampa Bay next week in the Georgia Dome. The Super Bowl in New Orleans also will be played in a dome.
The Falcons have painful memories of their last road game, a Dec. 9 loss at Carolina that followed a home win over the Saints. Tight end Tony Gonzalez says players must respond better to last week's impressive win over the Giants.