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Falcons' Performance Relies on Turner

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After an onslaught of crippling winter weather, this region desperately needs a weekend warm-up.

From a football standpoint, the Atlanta Falcons are in the same sled.

Without a strong performance by running back Michael Turner — aka the Burner — in Saturday night's second-round playoff game against Green Bay, Atlanta's Super Bowl hopes will likely go up in flames.

As much credit as Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan receives for Atlanta's 2010 success, Turner provides the offensive spark. The Packers learned that first-hand during a 20-17 road loss in late November.

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