The NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons improved to 13-2 and clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 31-18 win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night at Detroit’s Ford Field. The Falcons will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Kick off is set for 1 pm. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge, Northwest Georgia’s radio home for Atlanta Falcons football.
It was one week ago today that a gunman opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 26 people, including 20 children and six adults.
Georgia State Troopers will be out in force over the holidays, keeping an eye out for impaired drivers. According to a Georgia State Patrol media release, troopers are urging drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be a part of their holiday celebrations.
The 2012 Rome News-Tribune/Seven Hills Rotary Club Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament concludes tonight with the girls and boys championship games.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks split a pair of games over the weekend. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 99-80 in Philly on Friday night, which was followed by a 92-75 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the Philips Arena. The Hawks will take a brief break for Christmas and will return to action on Wednesday night as host to the Detroit Pistons.
The Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville invites you to see an Appalachiosaurus get a makeover today. The Appalachiosaurus on display at Tellus is about to change, with new, shorter arms in compliance with the most accepted, current description of the dinosaur, according to marketing director Joe Schulman.
Today is the first day of Winter. It is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year (and consequentially, the longest night). Days will begin to get longer from here on out.
Tune into WLAQ AM 1410 and www.wlaq1410.com tonight for this year’s final edition of This Week In Northwest Georgia Football, at which time the WLAQ/95.7 FM The Ridge sports staff will wrap up the 2012 high school football season. The show, sponsored by the River City Bank, will air at 6 pm.