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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Waiting for Saturday night

By Pat Yasinskas

DETROIT -- I’m counting down the hours to Saturday night’s game and so are the Atlanta Falcons.

By pure coincidence, I’m staying at the same hotel as the Falcons. I was just downstairs and had a brief chat with quarterback Matt Ryan as he headed to the team lunch. I also ran into general manager Thomas Dimitroff, and we had an informal chat about football and other things.

My plan is to head over to Ford Field about three hours before game time. I’ll get you the inactives about 90 minutes before kickoff. I’m also scheduled to help preview the game on ESPN Radio at about 7:30 p.m. ET.

Please feel free to join us for the Countdown Live chat that will go on throughout the game. Countdown Live will pop up as a separate post on this blog prior to the game.