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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.