FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons, projected by many to contend for the Super Bowl title, have been an epic failure in 2013.
Their freefall from the No. 1 seed in the NFC to last place could end in historic fashion.
Since the NFL started seeding teams for the playoffs in 1975, there have been 96 No. 1 seeds, and only two — the 2003 Raiders and 2005 Eagles — have returned the following season to finish in last place in their division.
Currently, the Falcons are 4-10 and tied for last place with Tampa Bay in the NFC South, with two games left to play. The Falcons will not be favored at San Francisco and at home against Carolina.
Mincey goes from outhouse to penthouse in AFC
Defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday after missing two team meetings and falling out of favor with a front office that gave him a four-year, $20 million contract last year, was all smiles after his first practice with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday.
He went from a 4-10 team to one that’s 11-3 and fighting for the top seed in the playoffs.
“The guy has a clean slate coming in here, and he had a good first day’s work,” Broncos coach John Fox said.
Browner suspended again
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The suspension was announced Wednesday, and is the second in two seasons for Browner. He was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Browner has appealed, and is awaiting the league’s answer.