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ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 6-7 - FILE - This Sept. 17, 2012 file photo shows Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) celebrating a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game, in Atlanta. White showed up at his locker with a somber look. "We're all business this week," he said. But it wasn't long before the Falcons receiver broke into a big smile. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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