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Falcons coach Mike Smith concedes he should have done things different in final minute of loss

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks to players against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks to players against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

In a rare admission for a coach, Atlanta's Mike Smith conceded Monday that he "didn't do the things that needed to be done to put our guys in the best position to win the game" in a bitter loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Smith faced intense criticism after calling a timeout with 55 seconds left before the Falcons called a low-percentage pass on third-and-2. After the throw was batted down, Matt Bryant kicked a 53-yard field goal that put the Falcons ahead. But Cleveland had all three timeouts and enough time to get in position for Billy Cundiff's 37-yard field goal on the final play, giving the Browns a 26-24 victory.

Before taking questions at his regular news conference, Smith said he "would have done some things differently."