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March 16, 2013

Jackson believes Falcons are his ticket to championship

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ATLANTA —

“We had some options out there and for whatever reason they didn’t make sense,” Jackson said. “But the one I really wanted to happen happened.

Jackson joins an offense that’s loaded with playmakers.

Quarterback Matt Ryan is coming off his second Pro Bowl season. Gonzalez is the NFL’s No. 2 career-leading receiver.

Roddy White last year became just the fifth NFL player with three straight seasons to record three consecutive seasons with 90 catches and 1,200 yards receiving.

And second-year receiver Julio Jones is coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance.

“I’ve admired this team from afar,” Jackson said. “At this point in my career, where winning is most important, I believe this will be a great chance for me to finish out my career with an opportunity to do some special things.”

The Falcons’ offense, however, struggled at times in short-yardage situations last season as Turner’s productivity declined.

In the playoff win over Seattle and the NFC championship loss to San Francisco, the offense failed in the second half to hold a lead at the Georgia Dome because it couldn’t run for a first down and control the clock.

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