Originally created 12/15/00

No Falcons on NFC team



ATLANTA - For only the fourth time in the franchise's 35-year history, but for the second time in as many years, the Falcons will not be represented in the annual season-ending Pro Bowl game.

Atlanta, which has struggled to a 3-11 record this season heading into Sunday's game at New Orleans, also didn't have a Pro Bowl player in 1996 and '78.

Four other teams will not have representatives in the Feb. 4 game in Honolulu - the Chicago Bears in the NFC, and the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in the AFC.